International auto show coverage


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 ...

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 ...

Frankfurt's best and wurst

Spread out over an area roughly the size of Delaware but with better currywurst, the ...

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.

'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.

BMW's X7 shows up in plug-in hybrid concept form

The long-awaited BMW X7 shows up in concept form with a plug-in powertrain and a massive kidney grille.

BMW plans to offer 12 full-electric cars by 2025

BMW will offer 12 full-electric vehicles by 2025, including a low-slung sedan to be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show next week, as the automaker accelerates the rollout of battery-powered vehicles.

VW will unveil EV crossover concept

Volkswagen brand will show a further developed version of its I.D. Crozz full-electric SUV/crossover at next week's Frankfurt auto show, giving a better glimpse at what a future production version

EVs, autonomous cars take spotlight in Frankfurt

Chinese brands, including Chery Automobile and Jeep suitor Great Wall, will have world debuts as they set their sights on expanding to the U.S. and Europe.

Mercedes' re-engineered S-class coupe, convertible go on sale in 2018

The re-engineered Mercedes S-class coupe and convertible receive new engines, styling tweaks and tech upgrades for 2018.

Mini gives sneak peek at EV design

Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW board member responsible for Mini, said the car will come with next-generation batteries small enough to fit into a Mini without compromising range.

Smart previews self-driving city car for sharing

Smart is presenting its vision for future transport with the Vision EQ autonomous EV concept. The concept is based on the ForTwo microcar and will be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show.

Kia preps 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 standalone model.

Mini previews styling for new EV

Mini will preview a new EV due in 2019 with a Frankfurt auto show concept that it says will bring the brand's "iconic design and customary go-kart feeling" into the electric mobility age.

China's Chery preps crossover for U.S., Europe

China's Chery Automobile hinted at the styling for a new crossover it says it plans to sell in the U.S. and Europe as part of a global expansion push.

Detroit mayor calls for auto show venue to get new name

Cobo Center, the downtown convention hall that's home to the annual Detroit auto show, could soon change its name -- a move that would cut its association with a racist ex-mayor.

AutoMobili-D to stage new business-to-business matchmaking at Detroit auto show

Organizers are set to expand AutoMobili-D in terms of space and offerings at the 2018 Detroit auto show following the mobility exhibition's launch last year.

Ferrari takes wraps off new entry-level Portofino

Ferrari unveiled the Portofino, its new entry-level model that will replace the California.

Jeep pickup to carry Scrambler badge, report says

According to information obtained by the Jeep Scrambler Forum, Jeep's Wrangler-based pickup will be called the Scrambler -- recalling the original CJ-8 Scrambler, a long-wheelbase variant of the C-7

Revolutions and angry amphibians: What people are saying about the BMW Concept Z4

BMW aimed for the spotlight in Pebble Beach, Calif., last week with the Concept Z4. The show car previews the next-generation Z4 roadster, which will share a platform co-developed with Toyota Motor


With the Prototype 9, Infiniti imagines a 1940s racing heritage for a brand that did not debut until 1989.

Selling cars from the auto show floor

Regional auto shows in China are raucous affairs where manufacturers, dealers and customers come to not only look at cars but to buy and sell them.

VW's retro bus to take dealers on a commercial trip

VW will use the I.D. Buzz to help put its U.S. dealers in the commercial vehicle business -- a segment where the company has global aspirations.

Mercedes-Maybach goes green with Vision 6 Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz is giving its ultraluxe Mercedes-Maybach lineup some green cred with the Vision 6 Cabriolet powered by an electric motor with output of 750 hp and a range of more than 200 miles.

Infiniti Prototype 9 pays homage to '40s-styled racers

Infiniti may not have a vaunted motorsports pedigree but that hasn't stopped designers from creating a retro-looking race car and showcasing it at the year's most elevated celebration of automotive

Frankfurt, other big auto shows struggle as brands shift investment

The number of automakers skipping next month's Frankfurt auto show highlights a shift in thinking among carmakers as they increasingly opt for their own events or choose to attend smaller shows.