Interiors & Electronics

Adient Refocuses on Core Seating Business

Restructures joint ventures with Yanfeng, divests Recaro unit

Australia’s Bolwell Plans Lightweight Supercar

Australia’s Bolwell Corp. is developing a new supercar to unveil at the Motorclassica classic car in Melbourne this autumn.

Caddy Puts Performance on a Pedestal

General Motors Co.’s Cadillac unit is launching “Pedestal” editions of the V-Series performance versions of its ATS coupe and CTS sedan.

F-150 Raptor Gets Performance Shocks, Off-Road Tech

Ford Motor Co. has added several performance features and other upgrades to the F-150 Raptor pickup truck.

2019 Camaro Gets a New Face

General Motors Co. is giving the Chevrolet Camaro a midcycle update that includes an updated front-end and expanded availability of the track-focused 1LE performance package.

Mustang Bullitt to Start at $47,500

Ford Motor Co.’s new Mustang Bullitt will carry a $47,500 sticker when it arrives at U.S. dealerships this summer.


Tofino: Another EV Under Development

A car company based in Vancouver, Canada?

Materials & Lightweighting

“Drive Me to the Moon. . . .”

While this snappy hounds-tooth checked seat may look like something that might have been in one of Frank Sinatra’s pads back in the day it is actually the Recaro Rallye, which is said to be the world’s first shell seat: there is a seat shell of fiberglass-reinforced resin formed to the contours of a body.


Spain’s Gestamp Opens Michigan R&D Center

Madrid-based Gestamp Automocion SA has opened a research and development center —the metal parts supplier’s first such facility in the U.S.—in Auburn Hills, Mich.


Spanish Stamping Company to Open Michigan R&D Center

Spain's Gestamp Automocion sl plans to open a research and development center in Auburn Hills, Mich., later this year.


Designing the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

When your task is to create a car for the 21st century that had its legendary debut during the “Swinging Sixties” of the last century, you keep the flair and add the contemporary.


Ford Powers Up Fiesta ST Hot Hatch

Ford Motor Co. says its new Fiesta ST200 is the most powerful Fiesta in history with the car’s turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine tuned to make 197 hp and 213 lb-ft of torque.


V-6 Added to Camaro Track Package

General Motors Co. will offer a track-ready performance package for V-6-powered Chevrolet Camaro LT coupes for the first time, starting with 2017 models late this year.

Ford Unleashes Focus RS Hot Hatch in North America

Ford Motor Co. is finally bringing its high-performance Focus RS five-door hatch to North America.

Ford Debuts Hot-Rod Focus RS

Ford Motor Co. says a new all-wheel-drive system will help maximize the high-performance handling of its upcoming Focus RS sport sedan.


Sonata for SEMA

SEMA is just around the corner, and the OEMs are rolling out with their tricked-out vehicles meant to resonate with that cadre in the youth culture that still think that cars are something of interest.


2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe

A friend has a 1969 Camaro.


Ford 2014 Fiesta ST & Other Automotive Fun

This is the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST: While someone might think, “Pfffft, that’s just an econobox with some fancy aero add-ons,” that thinking will change rapidly when that someone takes a look at this, the Fiesta ST in action: John Davis is Ford North America's chief engineer for the Focus, Fiesta and C-Max.  And one of the programs he recently had the opportunity to work on, with colleagues in the European Team RS and the U.S.


Euro-Bred Fiesta ST Joins Ford’s U.S. Lineup

Ford Motor Co. high-performance 2014 Fiesta ST five-door hatchback will arrive in the U.S. later this year with the same powertrain that drives the European version: a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission.

Kia Set to Unveil Hot Rod Cee’d GTs

Kia Motors Corp. will use the Geneva auto show in March to introduce Europeans to GT versions of its supermini Pro_ceed coupe and Cee'd sedan.

Former Daimler Executive Schmueckle to Join JCI

Former Daimler AG executive Rainer Schmueckle will become chief operating officer of Johnson Controls Inc.'s Automotive Experience unit and president of its seating business on Nov. 1.

Ex-Mercedes-Benz Chief Schmueckle to Join JCI

Milwaukee, Wis.-based Johnson Controls Inc. has hired former Daimler AG executive Rainer Schmueckle to become chief operating officer of its Automotive Experience unit and president of its seating business on Nov. 1.

JCI Plans Hiatus in Automotive Acquisitions

Johnson Controls Inc. will take about a one-year break from buying automotive businesses while it integrates the three European seating operations it has purchased since late last year, CFO Bruce McDonald tells Bloomberg News.

JCI Plans One-Year Pause in Auto Acquisitions

Johnson Controls Inc. tells Bloomberg News it will stop making acquisitions in the auto sector for about one year so it can integrate the three European seating companies it acquired during the past seven months.JCI bought French fabric suppliers Michel Thierry Group last November and German seatmaker C.