Detroit Auto Show

Butch Cassidy, wackadoo tech and Range Rover whispers: What people think of Kia's Telluride concept

It’s nearly covered the car market from side to side and top to bottom, and now Kia appears to be making bold plans to raise its game on the crossover/SUV side. The full-size Telluride concept, the brand’s biggest crossover or SUV since ... 2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28

Detroit auto show sets best attendance record since 2003 peak

Detroit's North American International Auto Show this year drew 815,575 in total ticketed attendance, event organizers said late Sunday. That topped last year’s 803,451, and continues the attendance upswing after a dip during the recession ... 9:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25

BMW will boost i3's range

DETROIT -- BMW will boost the range of its i3 electric car by about half for the 2017 model year. This summer, the lithium ion battery pack of the compact EV will be improved, "which puts it into a much more usable range," Ian Robertson, BMW AG ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Acadia's stance: Less is more

DETROIT -- Since they arrived nearly a decade ago, General Motors' big crossovers -- the GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave -- have served as de facto minivans for image-conscious buyers who needed lots of room. But that ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

GM delays rollout of Super Cruise

DETROIT -- General Motors' Super Cruise autonomous driving technology will debut on the Cadillac CT6 sedan sometime in 2017, at least several months later than the fall 2016 on-sale date the company announced in September 2014. The system allows ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Nissan aims to eclipse Honda sales

DETROIT -- Nissan Motor Co. is the No. 2 Japanese automaker in global sales, behind Toyota Motor Corp., but it has long trailed smaller Honda Motor Co. in the U.S. and Japanese markets. Now, Nissan hopes to finally pass Honda in America in 2016. "If ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Continental captures the concept's pizazz

DETROIT -- The front-to-back chrome console and thick carpeting are gone, but otherwise the production version of the Lincoln Continental is strikingly close to the concept that drew big crowds at auto shows in New York and China last year. Lincoln ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Toyota ramps up its truck production, with caution

DETROIT -- Toyota Motor Corp. plans to boost light-truck output in 2016 to tap the hot market for SUVs and crossovers, but it will do so cautiously with an eye to the flattening market, said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America. The shift is ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee on the way

DETROIT -- For months, Fiat Chrysler executives accidentally have been saying "Track-hawk" when they meant to say "Trailhawk" -- the off-road-ready versions of some Jeeps -- before correcting themselves. We may now know why. At the Detroit auto show ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

GM weighs new diesel for Cruze hatchback

DETROIT -- Not only is General Motors pressing ahead with plans to launch a 1.6-liter turbodiesel in the Chevrolet Cruze sedan in about a year, it is considering offering the engine in the five-door Cruze hatchback introduced last week at the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

China pushes down Rolls sales

DETROIT -- Rolls-Royce global sales fell last year because of a 54 percent decline in China -- despite a 6 percent increase in North America. Worldwide, Roll-Royce sales declined to 3,785 cars from a record 4,063 in 2014. The ultraluxury brand does ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Jeep Cherokee adds luxe trim

Jeep will expand the Cherokee range this spring with an Overland trim level that includes a more luxurious interior and nearly all the off-road capabilities of its top-end Trailhawk model. The Cherokee Overland will have a leather-wrapped instrument ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Zetsche: '17 E class will pass ES

DETROIT -- Daimler AG Chairman Dieter Zetsche said he is "very confident" the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class will reclaim the No. 1 spot in the U.S. midsize luxury sedan segment from the Lexus ES. Mercedes believes much of the car's appeal will ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Genesis brand born with luxury heritage

DETROIT -- "No one is born fully formed," the late Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire once wrote. "It is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are." Don't tell that to Hyundai Motor Group. Hyundai came to the Detroit auto show ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Volvo seeks luxury cred with product revival

DETROIT -- Volvo showed a new car -- and a reborn company -- last week at the Detroit auto show. Five years after being sold by Ford Motor Co., Volvo set a global sales record last year, topping 500,000 vehicles. Freed from Ford's hierarchy and with ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Hyundai resists the allure of retail temples for Genesis

DETROIT -- As they prepare to launch the Genesis luxury brand, Hyundai's top U.S. executives are determined to resist the auto industry's edifice complex. In setting up a retail network for the new marque, Hyundai is charting a different course from ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Detroit's stars & snoozers

After a detour to the Consumer Electronics Show, our Faraday Future beat reporter and resident car critic David Undercoffler arrived in Detroit weary and jet-lagged. But nothing stirs him out of his slumber like the smell of fresh metal. Here are ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Lexus, Acura and Infiniti search for halos in assault on Germans

DETROIT -- The LC 500 is a stunning coupe meant to shatter Lexus' stodgy image. The Acura Precision Concept is a hot sport sedan symbolizing the brand's refocus on performance. The Infiniti Q60 two-door gets a 400-hp twin-turbo to sit atop the range ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Significant concepts in 2016

Vehicle type: Luxury sport sedan Engine: This is a design study; Acura isn’t giving engine specs. Who designed it: Acura’s California design studio under the direction of Dave Marek, the brand’s global creative director, with ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Ford skips flash, and media attention

Without another supercar such as last year's GT or an aluminum pickup up its sleeve, Ford spent much of the Detroit auto show talking about mobility -- a topic it sees as critical to its future but one that doesn't easily capture the attention of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Buick Envision intro is low-key, high-stakes

DETROIT -- The sultry Buick Avista concept coupe drew oohs and aahs when it rolled onto the brightly lit stage at a lively Buick shindig here last week. But it was the vehicle sitting 50 feet away offstage -- in the shadows over by the bar -- that ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17

Hyundai: Expect Ioniq hybrid in Q3

DETROIT -- Hyundai will launch hybrid and all-electric versions of its Ioniq five-door hatchback in the third quarter, said Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America. The hybrid mates a 1.6-liter gasoline engine rated at 104 hp to a 43-hp ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17

Explore the Detriot auto show -- virtually

Take a virtual tour of the North American International Auto Show created by LunaTech 3D. The Detroit News calls it "a mind-blowing, high-def video-palooza: floor-to-ceiling screens, digitally wrapped columns and 360-degree displays." You can ... 9:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16

Nissan could join off-road battle

DETROIT -- Just days after it began selling its new full-size pickup, the 2016 Titan XD, Nissan also is thinking of going up against the small niche of performance off-road pickups. The Titan Warrior Concept that debuted here last week has massive ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16

Dim tunnels, desire and god: What people are saying about Acura's Precision concept

Acura’s Precision Concept is one of the buzzworthy vehicles at the 2016 Detroit auto show. With a striking red paint job and sleek styling, it signals that the days of Acura’s controversial beak grille are coming to an end, and it ... 2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15

Ghosts of Rodney Dangerfield: The Lexus LC 500 and what people think

DETROIT -- Lexus hopes to pump a little high-powered adrenaline and glamour into its lineup with the LC 500. The sport coupe, with four seats, is expected to be priced at around $100,000. It is powered by a 5.0-liter, V-8 engine borrowed from the ... 2:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14

Japan automakers hitch pickups to U.S. growth as gas prices slide

DETROIT (Reuters) -- Japanese automakers are taking on the Detroit 3 and scrambling to expand their share of pickup truck sales in the United States, as record low gasoline prices curb demand for their once best-selling small and medium-sized sedans. ... 6:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14

Toyota Tacoma engineer wins Steel Institute award

DETROIT -- Mike Sweers, chief engineer for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup, said his team turned to steel to meet aggressive targets to improve body and frame rigidity and strength while reducing mass. “We looked at the design; we looked at the ... 11:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14

The stampede to put new tech in lower-priced models

DETROIT -- Rapidly evolving technology is upending the traditional pecking order in the luxury car market, which until now has operated on the principle that bigger is better. Now, Mercedes-Benz and a host of others are quietly changing the rules. ... 12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Chuck Norris and giggles: What people think of Honda's '17 Ridgeline

DETROIT -- Honda’s newest Ridgeline looks truer to a pickup while retaining platform ties to its Honda siblings, namely the Honda Odyssey minivan and Pilot crossover, and the Acura MDX crossover. Here’s what some critics, analysts and ... 2:29 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Luxury brands tap mobile software experts to polish premium cachet

DETROIT (Reuters) -- Software expertise has become the new battleground for upscale automakers as the latest premium cars compete on high-tech innovations rather than sheer power or luxury, something that requires millions of lines of code. ... 8:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13

The 5 most important models in Detroit

DETROIT -- With performance, quality and good fuel economy being the ticket to admission in the cutthroat North American market, the emphasis on eye-catching design and advanced electronics as a differentiator is one major theme of the 2016 Detroit ... 11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

GM delays Super Cruise rollout

DETROIT -- General Motors’ timeline to introduce its first semi-autonomous vehicle has slipped by several months as the automaker works to perfect the system, which allows hands-free highway driving even while in traffic. In a statement to ... 5:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Acura gets sleek, sexy with Precision Concept

DETROIT -- The Acura Precision Concept -- a swept-back, long-hooded sports sedan -- previews the brand’s new design direction while aiming to reinvent the marque’s image as aspirational. The concept, unveiled this morning at the Detroit ... 8:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Lincoln strives to deliver on luxury promise with Continental

DETROIT -- The front-to-back chrome console and thick carpeting are gone, but otherwise the production version of the Lincoln Continental is strikingly close to the concept that drew big crowds at auto shows in New York and China last year. Lincoln ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

GMC shrinks Acadia, aims refined crossover 'at heart of midsize' market

DETROIT -- The GMC Acadia will be dramatically downsized from the big crossover that has been in service for nearly a decade when the next generation rolls out this spring. GMC unveiled the 2017 Acadia at the auto show here today. It will be more ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Fisker unveils VLF Force 1 V10 supercar after lawsuit against Aston Martin

VLF Automotive unveiled its Force 1 V10 supercar, a week after it became the subject of a suit between designer Henrik Fisker and Aston Martin. The Force 1, a heavily modified Dodge Viper two-seater with an 8.4-liter V10 engine with 745 horsepower, ... 11:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

VW CEO Mueller blunders by blaming emissions rigging on 'technical problem'

DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller is struggling find the right tone on his first official U.S. visit, where he is under pressure to placate lawmakers and regulators to emerge from the emissions-cheating scandal. In an ... Jan. 12, 2016 16:49 European CT | UPDATED: Jan. 13 13:14 CET -- adds Mueller interview

Low oil prices make it harder to sell fuel-efficient cars, GM powertrain boss says

DETROIT -- Although slumping oil prices have not changed General Motors' product development plans, the plunge is affecting consumers’ purchase decisions, says Dan Nicholson, GM’s powertrain chief. The price of oil crashed to as low as ... 3:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

What people are saying about the Chrysler Pacifica

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles aims to pump new life into a segment it created more than 30 years ago with a new minivan that will carry the Pacifica badge. The comprehensive makeover -- new platform, more safety and convenience features -- means the ... 1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Conquests key to Volvo S90 success, Samuelsson says

DETROIT -- Volvo will need to lure more than half of the buyers for the new S90 luxury sedan from conquests, an even higher rate than the redesigned XC90, says its CEO. The S90 made its world debut Monday at the Detroit auto show. The S90 sedan ... 11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11

With 2017 E class, Mercedes aims to renew a hit

DETROIT -- Mercedes-Benz faces a crucial test when its redesigned 2017 E class goes on sale this summer. Sedan sales are stagnating in a U.S. market increasingly dominated by trucks. To counter that trend, the automaker has packed a bigger but ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Infiniti returns to sport coupe segment

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated the model year of the redesigned Q60 sport coupe. DETROIT -- Infiniti's redesigned 2017 Q60 sport coupe shares the more sophisticated underpinnings of the Q50 sedan, marking the end of the ... 1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11 | UPDATED: 1/11/16 4:54 pm ET - corrected

Kia packs Forte with technology as it shifts to Mexico plant

DETROIT -- Kia Motors Corp.'s freshened, technology-packed 2017 Forte will inaugurate its soon-to-open assembly plant in Monterrey, Mexico, and join a growing list of inexpensive compact cars being produced at Mexican factories for the U.S. market. ... 2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Kia's Telluride concept signals revived interest in SUV

DETROIT -- A once-burned Kia signaled that it’s thinking of getting back into the SUV business to accelerate its growth in North America. At the Detroit auto show Monday, the Korean automaker introduced the Telluride, a concept for a hulking ... 2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Lexus ventures into higher luxury tier with LC 500 coupe

DETROIT -- Toyota President Akio Toyoda made a rare appearance at the Detroit auto show Monday to make the case that Lexus intends to compete with Germany’s luxury giants not just for volume but also for glamour, power and prestige. ... 12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Audi shows A4 allroad, hydrogen fuel cell concept

DETROIT -- Audi executives showcased a bit of the brand's near and long term future with two global debuts here at the Detroit auto show.  Audi revealed the 2017 A4 allroad here in Detroit ahead it its U.S. launch planned for later this year -- ... 10:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 | UPDATED: 1/11/16 3:16 pm ET - adds details

Honda takes second shot at U.S. pickup market with new Ridgeline

DETROIT -- Looking to repeat the innovation of the original but not duplicate its offbeat styling, Honda revealed the all-new Ridgeline midsize pickup at the 2016 Detroit auto show. The second-generation Ridgeline will go on sale this spring as a ... 8:47 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Ford's SuperCrew F-150 Raptor sports longer wheelbase

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. today showed the four-door, SuperCrew version of the 2017 F-150 Raptor, with a wheelbase that’s 12 inches longer than the SuperCab Raptor. Ford has not announced pricing for any variations of the Raptor, which goes ... 11:04 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Honda Civic named North American Car of the Year; Volvo XC90 takes truck title

DETROIT -- The Honda Civic today was named the 2016 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show, while the Volvo XC90 took home top truck honors. Both models are repeat winners, with the Civic winning the best car award in 2006 and the ... 7:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 | UPDATED: 1/11/16 9:17 am ET - adds details

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