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From the designers that give shape and form to exteriors to the materials that are used to build bodies, here’s where you can find information about giving shape and physicality to automotive form.

“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.

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.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

The Honda Accord is simply a really, really good car. (Yes, that’s not precisely a technical automotive description nor is it a highly sophisticated assessment, but when you get right down to it, normal people are in the market for midsize sedans like the Accord, and they are likely to be interested in the comparative levels of goodness of a car more than knowing about the 0 to 60 time or the way that it feels when carving through a curve.) We’ve already talked about it with another powertrain.