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VW to keep Passat on old platform, update styling, tech for 2020



The 2020 Volkswagen Passat will receive new exterior styling, more standard safety equipment and an updated instrument panel but it won't land on a new platform or feature a new powertrain as the automaker, citing the shrinking midsize car market, strives to save resources.

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Jeep Wrangler awarded 1 star in Euro NCAP crash tests

The redesigned Jeep Wrangler failed one of several crash tests performed by Euro NCAP, the European version of crashworthiness studies performed by NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
It is still all about the product

Auto designers today face a difficult task: designing products that are truly distinctive in the growing lineup of SUV's and pickups on the market.

Mazda goes for emotional appeal

Mazda doesn't see the slowing sedan market as an excuse to become complacent about its cars. In fact, it sees this as the perfect time to raise the bar with an artistic approach to design that enhances some of their emotional allure.

As cars slide, Toyota leans in

In a market that's tilted 70-30 toward light trucks, why does Toyota bother to invest in cars? Because in that smaller market, Toyota is a giant. And it has even more elbow room now that the Detroit 3 have decided to vacate several car segments.

Byton bullish about 2019 electric SUV production

In many ways, the story of Byton sounds like so many fledgling automotive companies backed by Chinese investors. The company has outlined grand plans to reinvent traditional business models. It has pinned its fortunes on an electric powertrain.


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