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For about 100 years, internal combustion engines—spark- and compression-ignition types—have been dominant. But now, they’re joined by—or with—electric motors. And the ways and means to improve the performance of all types of engines are being driven like never before.

“Compared to the previous CX-9 that was maybe more submissive, this time we wanted it to represent Mazda in a very proud, very stylish manner.” Julien Montousse, director, Design, Mazda North American Operations
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Developing the 2016 Mazda CX-9

Mazda reckons that about 80 percent of its midsize three-row crossover will be sold in North America. So the development was executed in the U.S. by a group of people who are committed to real-world driving, not the stuff of window stickers and brochures.

According to Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors America vice president of Product Planning, all-wheel-drive is an increasingly important offering for compact CUVs. Kia worked with Magna Powertrain  to develop the Dynamax AWD coupling that’s used in the Sportage.
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The 2017 Kia Sportage

Kia Motors America COO and executive vice president says this crossover is “crafted for the urban pioneer.” And it is designed and engineered for competing in one of the hottest segments in the overall auto market.

Flying Beetle

When you think of the Volkswagen Beetle, chances are you remember the classic Doyle Dane Bernbach ads from the 1960s or the little flower vase on the instrument panel of the New Beetle.

Breaking Away—Electrically

One of the things that is becoming more important to several automobile manufacturers is discovering alternatives to the norm, not only in creating advanced powertrains and autonomous technology, but as regards alternatives to straight-up cars and trucks.