Nissan’s Future-Focused Ariya and IMk Concept Cars

A pair of electric vehicles previewed at the Tokyo Motor Show signal a new direction for the company

In the past, Giovanny Arroba assisted in designing cars as totemic for Nissan as the Altima. Today, he’s a program design director at Nissan, and admits he’s experiencing a pretty special rebirth. Speaking with us at the Tokyo Motor Show about Nissan’s new electric Ariya and (sadly, Japan-market-only) IMk Concepts, he says this sector, for carmakers, feels tremendously freeing. For instance, he says the Ariya …

The New Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Top-of-the-line features help the “Baby Benz” grow up

During CES in January, we had the opportunity to ride in a camouflaged 2018 A-Class to demo MBUX—the brand’s home-grown virtual assistant and large screen user interface that’s optimized for all of the in-car scenarios you can imagine. MBUX is the brain of the vehicle and last Friday night in Amsterdam we got to see the rest of it. This, the fourth generation of the …

Test Drive: The 2016 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

A tiny engine that packs a punch hurtles this compact to the next generation

When Mercedes-Benz re-introduced the A-Class in 2012, the radical redesign was presented as the “heartbeat of a generation.” This double entendre referred to the brand’s new generation of design as well as its new target consumer market. Since then we’ve seen their favor among a younger, more creative audience grow. This success, in part, is due to a tighter relationship between Head of Design, Gordon …