International auto show coverage


Subaru chooses Crosstrek for first plug-in hybrid

Subaru seeks to electrify at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the brand's first plug-in hybrid, a gasoline-electric version of the Crosstrek that arrives in U.S. dealerships by year end.

Muscle cars do the heavy lifting

Pennsylvania dealerships' annual car show builds brand recognition while raising ...

Jeep Gladiator pickup: A first look

Fiat Chrysler accidentally -- or maybe on purpose -- leaked pictures and specs of ...

Kia to keep it funky with redesigned Soul at L.A. show

Kia keeps its boxy Soul urban runabout true to its funky inner spirit with the ...

Hyundai Palisade crossover leaks ahead of L.A. debut

Days after the name Palisade was confirmed for Hyundai's newest large crossover, the first undisguised image of the three-row Palisade has been published by, ahead of the vehicle's official unveiling.

Next Mazda3 takes mild hybrid approach

Mazda pulls the curtains on its next-generation Mazda3 small car at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show, kicking off a new era of performance-oriented vehicle platforms and Skyactiv-X drivetrains.

Hyundai's new Palisade 3-row crossover set for L.A. debut

Hyundai will unveil the Palisade crossover, its big-bodied, three-row answer to the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse, at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show. It is one of two crossovers Hyundai is adding in 2019 as the company races to match the industry's rapid shift from cars to light trucks.

Mazda preps next Mazda3 with Skyactiv-X engine for L.A. debut

Mazda will pull the curtains on the next-generation Mazda3 small car at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show, kicking off a new era of performance-oriented vehicle platforms and Skyactiv-X drivetrains, all wrapped in a voluptuous new design language.

2019 Lincoln Aviator to bow at L.A. auto show

Lincoln plans to introduce the production version of the Aviator crossover in L.A., roughly eight months after it showed off a "production preview" in New York.

Detroit show scores a big win: 2020 Toyota Supra debut

While many European automakers have bailed out of the Detroit auto show, there will be at least one major global debut from a foreign automaker.

Luxury EV startup plans for AutoMobility LA debut

Rivian Automotive, an upstart electric vehicle maker headquartered in suburban Detroit, plans to introduce its first pair of electric, off-road vehicles -- a crossover and a pickup -- in November at AutoMobility LA.

The city of wagon love

Europeans still are showing some love for wagons and hatchbacks even as sales of crossovers and SUVs boom, just as in the U.S. While these models won't be arriving stateside, they attracted attention (and some wishful thinking from American enthusiasts) during the Paris auto show this month.

BMW's 2019 3 series: What people are saying

One of the major debuts at the 2018 Paris auto show was the redesigned 2019 BMW 3 series. The seventh-generation luxury compact sport sedan is longer, wider and taller than the current model. Inside, there are tech features such as smartphone entry and an in-car assistant that learns drivers' routines. The 330i will use an updated version of the company's 2-liter turbocharged four, which makes 255 hp, a 7-hp increase, and 295 pound-feet of torque. The 3 series will go on sale in Europe and the U.S. in March. Here's some initial 3-series reaction from the automotive media.

In Vietnam, familiar names put startup on the fast track

Longtime GM executive Jim DeLuca is bringing a keen sense of American-Vietnamese history to VinFast, the well-funded and ambitious Vietamese automaker that made its global debut at the Paris auto show last week.

A limited-edition EV with unlimited speed

Aspark, of Osaka, Japan, will build 50 examples of its all-electric Owl. When it delivers the first car in mid-2020, it is guaranteeing customers a sprint time of 1.99 seconds from a dead stop to 62 mph on street-legal tires.

Peugeot E-Legend evokes past, future

The E-Legend concept shown in Paris presents Peugeot's vision of an electric and autonomous vehicle future, with styling that evokes the retro feel of the brand's famous 504 Coupe that debuted in 1969.

Renault's EZ-Ultimo is a luxury shuttle of the future

Renault's EZ-Ultimo is a luxury self-driving vehicle that follows the company's EZ-Go, a robotaxi, and the EZ-Pro, a "last mile" delivery vehicle. All three concepts are based on the same front-wheel-drive electric platform and have Level 4 autonomous capabilities.

Monza supercars will be big revenue boosters for Ferrari

Ferrari plans to sell 499 units of the Monza SP1 and SP2 supercars with a €1.6 million ($1.85 million) price tag. Over two years of production, that would generate an additional $755 million in revenue.

BMW focuses on new 3 series' driving dynamics

BMW unveiled the seventh-generation of the sedan in Paris and said the sedan's signature characteristics such as design, agile handling, fuel efficiency and advanced equipment have been raised to a higher level.

Hits & misses

The Gallic rooster rounded up enough debuts to manage a strut of sorts, with a little help from the Germans. Our Nick Gibbs inspected the newcomers to separate the exquisite from the execrable.

China's GAC likely to debut in Europe with an EV

GAC's percentage of foreign sales is around 10 percent, and the long-term target is to have a 50-50 split between sales in China and abroad.

Vietnam's VinFast taps Magna Steyr, other suppliers to become a global player

Vietnam's first domestic automaker, VinFast, is leveraging Pininfarina's Italian design along with German and Austrian engineering and manufacturing expertise for its first two production vehicles.

Mercedes aims for B class sales boost with sporty look

Mercedes believes that its new B class puts the "sport back into sports tourer" with a reworked minivan that offers passengers more interior space and sharper looks.

EZ-Ultimo completes Renault's trio of futuristic concepts

The EZ-Ultimo, a luxury self-driving vehicle, joins the EZ-GO, a robotaxi, and the EZ-PRO, a "last mile" delivery vehicle, in a trio of concepts that explore Renault's future autonomous, electric and shared transportation goals.

Renault robotaxi concept sets mood for special occasions

Renault's EZ-Ultimo is meant to be offered as an on-demand service for private trips and premium ride-hailing offerings by travel companies and resorts, or for special occasions -- Renault suggests a marriage proposal or a reservation at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

VW could launch electric delivery van as soon as '21

Volkswagen is planning a retro-styled electric delivery van, dubbed I.D. Buzz Cargo, for release as soon as 2021.

Upstart EV maker to tempt consumers with $3.6 million, 1,150-hp Owl in Paris

Imagine a car that exists only to humiliate every other car off the line at a stop light. How much should that cost? How about $3.6 million? A little-known Japanese company is betting at least 50 people will say yes to the all-electric Owl.

Infiniti concept changes the hybrid formula

Infiniti, the Japanese premium brand planning to electrify its lineup starting in 2021, will roll out a sporty hybrid concept car ahead of the Paris auto show. The Project Black S prototype builds off a Q60 coupe with what Infiniti calls a Formula One dual-hybrid electric powertrain.

Infiniti prepares new sporty hybrid concept ahead of electrification push

Infiniti, planning to electrify its lineup from 2021, will roll out a new sporty hybrid concept car ahead of the Paris auto show next week. The Project Black S prototype builds off a Q60 coupe with what Infiniti calls a Formula One dual-hybrid electric powertrain.

French Twist

The Paris auto show marks the start of the fight back by German premium automakers against Tesla's dominance of the market for full-electric luxury vehicles. The EQC crossover will be the first of a new generation of battery-powered cars from Mercedes-Benz, while Audi's e-tron makes its auto show debut after a media unveiling last week in San Francisco.

Grand Basel: A new take on the car as art

Are cars art? Is art cars? The organizers behind Art Basel said yes to both those questions and held a big celebration last week of the car as art form in their home city.

Ferrari plans to launch Monza retro-styled supercar

Ferrari's latest special edition supercar will be called the Monza and will broaden the automaker's offering of limited models that typically earn higher margins.

Mercedes pads roomier '20 GLE with range of engines, semi-autonomous tech

The redesigned, 2020 Mercedes GLE midsize luxury crossover features a longer wheelbase, roomier interior, a range of engines, a high-tech all-wheel drive system and suite of semi-autonomous technologies.

Opel joins Ford, FCA and others skipping Paris show

Automakers accounting for almost 40 percent of European sales will be missing from this year's biannual event in Paris.

Hyundai's Evans: Pendulum swing favors auto shows

Hyundai's chief marketer, Dean Evans, predicts auto shows will make a comeback.

Opel concept previews 'pure and bold' design

Opel is marking its ownership switch from General Motors to PSA Group with a new design language it calls "pure and bold."

A hint at Mercedes' electric future

With its sweeping lines, Mercedes-Benz's EQ Silver Arrow all-electric concept offers an early, if idealistic, look at some design elements and technologies that might end up in the automaker's wave of planned electric vehicles.

Audi's future vision

Audi's latest concept -- its vision of the future and one that is not autonomous -- is based off the standard architecture of a midengine sports car, but is powered by a solid-state battery and three electric motors that can go from 0 to 60 mph in just over 2 seconds. It features a movable seating area that can position the driver either on the side or in the center of the vehicle.

Infiniti will unveil the Prototype 10 concept car this week in Pebble Beach.

Detroit auto show moves to June to boost appeal

The Detroit auto show is undergoing a drastic reorganization in 2020, when it will move from the dead of winter to early June to better appeal to car shoppers — and the growing list of automakers that have dropped out in recent years — with outdoor displays and on-road vehicle demonstrations.

Paris premieres for 2 Vietnamese vehicles

Vietnamese automaker VinFast will use the Paris auto show to raise its global profile by unveiling a Pininfarina-designed crossover and a sedan.

Vietnam's Vinfast preps Italian-designed crossover, sedan

Vietnamese automaker Vinfast will use the Paris auto show to raise its global profile by unveiling two production-ready models, designed by Italy's Pininfarina.

Detroit auto show expected to move to June, reports say

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association, which organizes the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit, is preparing to reimagine and shift the annual show to June, Detroit newspapers reported.

Ford will miss 2019 Geneva show

Ford said last week that the decision to miss Geneva was made because the show's timing didn't fit its launch schedule and therefore wouldn't represent good value.

Decision on new Detroit auto show date coming next month

The yearly show has been rumored for months to be moving either to October or June. The new date will take effect for the 2020 show. The 2019 show will remain in January.

Chevy's midengine Corvette C8 undergoes track tests

The midengine C8 Chevrolet Corvette has been spotted again testing at the track, giving the latest glimpse of GM's planned halo model.

Toyota's 'Super Sports Car': Will it be for the road?

Toyota's high-performance division is hatching plans to produce a "Super Sports Car" for the upcoming hypercar class in the World Endurance Championship, with a hybrid powerplant and an eye-watering horsepower output.

Chinese EV startup Byton readies 1st sedan, plans for U.S. launch

Byton, the Chinese EV startup that wants to start selling cars stateside from 2020, previewed its first sedan in a futuristic concept car.

Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo will skip Paris auto show

FCA's Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Abarth brands will not take part in this year's Paris auto show, according to French media reports. FCA joins automakers including Ford and VW brand in skipping one of Europe's top showcases for product debuts.

Volvo to skip 2019 Geneva auto show

Volvo will skip the 2019 Geneva auto show and said its participation in other automotive exhibitions will no longer be a given as it focuses on "purpose-specific communications."

Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgoing 'F30' model largely failed to live up to expectations. Now the automaker is acutely aware the forthcoming model needs to up its game.

One-off Ferrari mashup

Ferrari's SP38 one-off is a mashup of 308, F40 and 488 design cues.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: A lighter, more powerful Vanquish successor

The Aston Martin Vanquish, the marque's muscular super-GT, is riding off into the sunset, but fear not: Its replacement will be here shortly.

Audi hints at Q8 styling

Judging from the design study, the Q8 will be a two-row crossover with a focus on style and personal luxury rather than utility.

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