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Toyota steps up its mobility vision with 2-seater, trike

Toyota will add two more models to its Concept-i mobility portfolio, with an accent on learning what mood a driver is in.

Once tech leaders, now Japan plays catch-up

Mazda's coming technology blitz epitomizes the rush by Japanese carmakers to keep ...

Range Rover to show pair of plug-ins in L.A.

Plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover sport are coming to the U. ...

An auto show's lingering impact

An auto show's influence on new-vehicle purchase decisions lasts for nearly a year ...

Toyota targets 621-mile driving range with fuel cell concept

Toyota will expand its hydrogen fuel cell reach at the Tokyo Motor Show with a fuel cell city bus it aims to commercialize and a fuel cell passenger vehicle concept.

Toyota expands mobility, AI reach with 2 concepts

Toyota plans to broaden its vision of future mobility at the Tokyo Motor Show with two tiny electric runabouts that predict the driver's emotions and guide them away from danger.

Saikawa taps Akio to lie low

In decorum-obsessed Japan, the auto industry is cooperating to keep Nissan's recent factory inspection scandal from dimming the glitz at this month's Tokyo Motor Show.

Taste of Tokyo: Japanese aim to electrify

Japan's automakers aim to electrify at the Tokyo Motor Show with a cavalcade of battery-powered cars as well as visions for autonomous driving and connectivity under the banner "Beyond the Motor."

Mazda signals new engine, design language

Mazda will showcase future trends in drivetrain technology and exterior design with two concept cars at this month's Tokyo Motor Show.

Polestar's 'puzzling' first concept takes shape

Polestar, Volvo's electric vehicle subbrand, is releasing small segments of its first concept car via its Instagram account.

Toyota looks to past and future for Tokyo

Toyota will update two of its most staid and storied nameplates at the Tokyo Motor Show while exploring new hybrid ideas with a sporty car and crossover concept.

Toyota readies sporty, boxy hybrid concepts for Tokyo

Toyota is taking its hybrid know-how into new territory at the Tokyo Motor Show with electrified concepts for a sleek sporty coupe and big boxy crossover.

Mitsubishi e-Evolution greener and smarter, thanks to AI

Mitsubishi's upcoming e-Evolution Concept not only sports a three-motor, four-wheel drive powertrain, it gets a dose of artificial intelligence to make driving safer and easier.

Toyota Century enters 21st century with hybrid upgrade

Toyota is upgrading the Century, its flagship limousine in Japan, with the brand's trademark hybrid drivetrain but keeping the overall styling rooted in old school opulence.

Toyota plans modern take on ancient nameplate

Toyota will unwrap the future styling for one of its oldest nameplates at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a tech-savvy take on the storied, but stodgy Crown.

Nissan to show electric concept, sporty Leaf in Tokyo

Nissan will tout its electric ambitions at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a new concept car alongside a sporty version of its just-unveiled next-generation Leaf EV.

Subaru concept may hint at next Legacy, WRX

At the Tokyo auto show next month, Subaru will show a concept sedan that may preview the next Legacy.

Honda will debut sporty EV

Honda, which is moving into EVs as automakers race to meet increasingly stringent emissions standards, will introduce an all-electric sporty concept car at the Tokyo auto show.

As Texas State Fair opens, outlook for state's auto market is upbeat

Things are looking brighter for Texas' auto market as parts of the state hardest hit by low oil prices and natural disasters start the long road to recovery.

BMW to market high-end models with new logos

As BMW rolls out new models, the company will reposition the top of its lineup with a new logo and marketing efforts.

Subaru to show performance sedan concept in Tokyo

Subaru goes emotional and dynamic with a new semiautonomous performance concept sedan to be unveiled at next month's Tokyo Motor Show.

Mitsubishi readies low-slung electric crossover concept

Mitsubishi called the e-Evolution Concept a "beacon" of renewed ambition for the automaker, which is now controlled by Nissan.

Frankfurt photo booth

A few of the most eye-catching models at this year's show. Some of them will never turn up at a dealership. And none of them will ever need to stop for gasoline.

Honda EV hops back in time

Honda made waves last week at the Frankfurt auto show by unveiling an electric car that at first glance appears to be a 1970s Volkswagen Rabbit.

Bugatti considers four-door model for around 2024

The yet-to-be-named car would pick up where the Galibier concept left off and go on sale around 2024.

Frankfurt's best and wurst

Spread out over an area roughly the size of Delaware but with better currywurst, the biennial Frankfurt Motor Show is the perfect place to take in the sights and flavors of the German auto industry

'Autonomous anonymous'? Not so fast

Personal avatars, windshield TVs and portable steering wheels. Automakers reached deep into their imaginations to combat fears of “autonomous anonymous.”

VW Group to launch Level 5 fleets by 2021

CEO Matthias Mueller said the Sedric self-driving concept shown in Geneva and Frankfurt was only the beginning.

Mentally preparing for 'armada of EVs'

While electrified vehicles account for a tiny fraction of global auto sales today, few industry leaders are concerned about whether consumers will ever truly want to own battery electrics and

Smart boss bullish on future

Smart is discontinuing its gasoline-powered models and losing two-thirds of its U.S. dealers, but the brand's CEO believes sales won't fall very much.

Battling to reinvent the cockpit

Interior suppliers at the Frankfurt auto show signal a growing consensus about how cockpits of the future will look -- with preference for armrest controls, no knobs and no center consoles.

Frankfurt self-driving cars, a shake-up at Tesla and GM's big claim

It's not entirely clear what skeptics who debate the timing of the advent of self-driving cars are trying to prove.

Facebook won't make cars, Sandberg assures Germans

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg went on a charm offensive in Germany, telling the country's powerful automakers that the world's biggest social network does not want to compete with them.

Entry-level Ferrari Portofino faces $2.5 million Mercedes

Ferrari has introduced its new "entry-level" Portofino supercar that costs $234,000, while Mercedes has revealed the Project One concept, which will have a sticker price of $2.5 million, as the two

Honda will launch a small electric car in 2019

Honda said it will launch a production version of the Urban EV concept in Europe in 2019.

Toyota will add a sportier line of hybrid engines

Toyota will add a sportier line of hybrid engines to its fuel-saving gasoline-electric models. The new engines will be fitted to the core models in its current range.

What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on the EV bandwagon?

With X7, BMW ditches the 'very humble' face

The massive grille on BMW's X7 concept is meant to draw attention for a brand late to the market for big SUVs.

Bugs Bunny, glam and hockey sticks: What people are saying about BMW Concept X7

BMW is one step closer to finally bringing a large SUV to market with its Concept X7 iPerformance. The concept teases the production X7 that BMW will launch in 2018 with an on-sale date in the U.S.

What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on the EV bandwagon?

GM's Cruise Automation touts Bolt EV as 'first real self-driving car'

Cruise Automation CEO and founder Kyle Vogt is touting the GM subsidiary's newest version of its autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV as the "first real self-driving car."

BMW's Krueger sticks to profit-margin target even with EV push

BMW Group CEO Harald Krueger says the company plans to stick to a goal for an 8 to 10 percent return on sales at its automotive division, even with the arrival of less profitable electric cars.

EV holdouts: Ferrari and Lamborghini

Ferrari and Lamborghini are working on hybrid sports cars but have no plans to develop wholly electric models, even as the industry races to design and engineer emissions-free light vehicles.

BMW concept will give i subbrand a boost

BMW's i Vision Dynamics concept previews an upcoming third model for the stalled low-emissions i subbrand that will be a rival to the Tesla Model 3.

Mercedes brings F1 tech to road with Project One supercar

The Formula One-inspired concept -- packing 1,000-hp -- brings F1 racing technology to the road for the first time, Mercedes says, and will become a new halo for the AMG performance brand.

In Frankfurt, electric parade looking a lot like 2009

The run-up to this week's Frankfurt auto show has been all about electric vehicles — and not just new EVs but new EV strategies. It feels like the 2009 Frankfurt show.

Kia to unveil fastback wagon concept

Kia will reveal a sporty wagon concept at the Frankfurt auto show intended to preview design elements of the next Cee'd compact and a possible stand-alone model.

BMW plans big plug-in hybrid

BMW's long-awaited X7 is a plug-in hybrid in its concept form.

M-B: No V-6 for S-class two-doors

Mercedes is giving the S-class coupe and convertible most of the changes the re-engineered sedan gets this fall, save for a V-6.

Mercedes plans electric option on every model by 2022; Smart goes all-electric

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says Mercedes-Benz will offer electric versions of all its models by 2022, while converting the Smart city car brand to electric only.

VW updates EV crossover concept

Volkswagen on Monday introduced a version of the I.D. Crozz electric crossover that will be closer to what will be produced in 2020.

Audi Aicon concept previews self-driving ambitions

Audi introduced a luxury autonomous concept designed to showcase Level 5 self-driving technology.

Aston Martin to shift lineup to hybrids, EVs

By the mid-2020s, every model in Aston Martin's lineup — all series production cars — will be hybrids or electric vehicles.

Volkswagen to spend billions more on electric cars in search for mass market

Volkswagen is stepping up its shift to electric cars and plans to invest $24 billion in zero-emission vehicles by 2030 to challenge several automakers aiming to create a mass market for EVs.