International auto show coverage


M-B's 2019 C-class sedan to get new M264 engine

Mercedes-Benz's 2019 C-class sedan will get the automaker's new M264 four-cylinder engine but it will come without the 48-volt system Daimler touted when the engine was announced.

BMW's redesigned X4 adds new engines, more power for 2019

In addition to the new engines, the second-generation X4 moves to a new architecture ...

Mercedes' freshened C class gets more powerful engine

The freshened 2019 Mercedes C300 and C300 4MATIC will go on sale in the U.S. in late ...

Nissan readies redesigned Altima for Big Apple debut

The Altima, Nissan's highest-volume sedan, will be redesigned and reach the market ...

Lexus will debut UX crossover with taillamp fins

Lexus plans to commit to its belated entry in the hot small crossover segment by debuting its UX at the Geneva auto show on March 6.

Mercedes confirms plan to skip 2019 Detroit auto show

Mercedes-Benz confirmed it will have no formal presence at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2019, striking a blow to the event as more manufacturers save major vehicle introductions for tech conferences or their own special showcases.

Ford tweaks the Edge to Titanium Elite

As more of its Edge sales move to high-end trim packages, Ford unveils an Elite version in Chicago.

Call Chicago the 'Snow Show'

Automakers were ready for Chicago auto show audiences who fretted about the dead of winter.

Mercedes set to pull out of '19 Detroit auto show

Mercedes-Benz -- a high-profile mainstay of the Detroit auto show -- is poised to withdraw from the event next year, sources at the German carmaker said. A withdrawal would mark the latest setback for the Detroit show, which has watched brands such as Mazda, Volvo, Porsche, Jaguar and Land Rover pull out.

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect Wagon adds tech, new diesel engine

Ford aims to position the third-generation Transit Connect Wagon as a less expensive, more capable minivan alternative to help further expand its dominant share in the commercial vehicle market.

Subaru marks 50 years in U.S. with special edition lineup

Subaru's 50th anniversary lineup will be true "limited editions," with prices ranging from $29,200 for the Impreza sedan to $42,055 for the WRX STI. Both prices include shipping.

Hyundai preps hybrid, plug-in hybrid Sonata

The estimated fuel economy of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata SE variant is 39 mpg city/45 highway/42 combined, the automaker said.

Toyota rolls out new trail-ready TRD Pro trucks

Toyota is rolling out updated TRD Pro trims for the midsize Tacoma pickup, the full-size Tundra and the 4Runner SUV -- some of the most popular trucks the automaker sells -- adding a snorkel-like intake on the Tacoma and internal-bypass shocks across the lineup.

VW packs 268 hp in new Arteon flagship sedan

The successor to the discontinued CC, the Arteon is more than 5 inches longer than the outgoing car and is set to arrive in U.S. dealerships in the third quarter.

Kia freshens Ceed with new look, better handling

Kia hopes new technologies, a "more self-confident" design and better driving dynamics will gives its new Ceed a boost in Europe's compact car segment against rivals such as the VW Golf and Ford Focus.

Dates for 2019 Detroit auto show announced

The 2019 Detroit auto show will begin Monday, Jan. 14, with press preview days, and end its public show Sunday, Jan. 27.

City-slickers and F-150 Junior: What people are saying about '19 Ford Ranger

One of the bigger debuts at the 2018 Detroit auto show was the 2019 Ford Ranger. The newest Ranger is larger in size this time around and will compete against the likes of the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma once it reaches dealerships next year. Ford officials are positioning the pickup as a lifestyle vehicle that appeals to younger, active buyers who may not want the herculean hauling capabilities — and higher price tag — of a full-size F-150. Here's a sampling of Ranger reaction from the automotive media.

Chicago Auto Show features freshened Ford, snow-friendly Nissan

A freshened version of Ford's Transit Connect small van, a wild one-off roadster/snowmobile and the U.S. debut of Volkswagen's new flagship sedan will headline the Chicago Auto Show.

Cadillac XT4 to debut in Big Apple

Cadillac's newest crossover, the XT4, will make its world debut in the Big Apple next month as part of the New York auto show.

Ford counts on new Focus, other debuts for Europe boost

Ford hopes a big product offensive in Europe this year -- led by its new Focus -- will boost its regional division.

Lexus may ride LF-1 to higher ground

Rather than follow Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Jaguar into less-expensive, entry-luxury territory to boost its sales volumes, Lexus aims to stake out more ground in the upper tiers of luxury.

Ferrari readies track-focused 488

Ferrari is likely to introduce a lightweight, track-focused version of the 488 supercar at the Geneva auto show in March.

Range Rover will add coupe flagship

Range Rover will add the limited-edition Coupe SV as its new flagship model. The SUV will be Land Rover's most expensive model to date when it goes on sale later this year.

Hybrid Hemis, homework, and luxe-mobiles: What scribes are saying about '19 Ram 1500

Redesigned for the 2019 model year, the next-gen Ram 1500 finally broke its cover last week at the Detroit auto show. It won't take long for the new Ram to arrive at dealerships in the U.S., as production is set to begin this month. Here is a roundup of initial reaction to the new pickup.

Sedan glut forces VW to ease up production

Volkswagen is tapping the brakes on production of its compact and midsize sedans to deal with a glut as consumers veer toward crossovers and SUVs.

Newest pickups leaving Ford on aluminum island

Ford looked to be leading the way toward making aluminum the industry standard for automakers trying to cut weight and improve fuel economy — but nobody followed.

BMW will add fwd model to X2

BMW expects many buyers new to BMW Group when its new X2 crossover goes on sale in March.

Despite baggage, Insight name also carries weight

The third-generation Insight will stand outside Honda's Clarity subbrand of electrified vehicles and line up next to the Accord Hybrid.

RDX starts Acura evolution

Acura said its daring Precision concept unveiled during the 2016 Detroit auto show pointed to a bolder future for the brand. That future, as it turned out, wasn't far off.

Wagener loves them just the way they are

Mercedes introduced the redesigned G class last week at the Detroit auto show, making sure to keep the iconic boxy exterior for which it is beloved.

If it's not a Scrambler, what is it?

Will the Wrangler-based pickup be named the Scrambler? FCA US CEO Sergio Marchionne doesn't know.

Infiniti quietly builds QX50 in Mexico

Infiniti is keeping a low profile as it launches the redesigned QX50 crossover, even though it is the brand's most significant new vehicle in years.

Toyota quietly rolls out Apple CarPlay

'Finally,' Siri told Toyota at the Avalon press conference at NAIAS.

Toyota: Let's bring order to small-car line

Toyota's North American CEO, Jim Lentz, told Automotive News that the brand needs to bring some order to its lineup, which contains a range of hybrids plus some carryovers from Scion.

No slowdown for Toyota's Ky. car plant

Plant manager Susan Elkington says the infusion of fresh product will spark sedan sales and keep the Georgetown line humming.

Detroit's hits & misses

Richard Truett, staff powertrain savant and design connoisseur, jumped up on just about every stand, thought and pondered, changed his mind a couple of times and came up with a list of auto show hits and misses.

Hyundai keeps Nexo fuel cell's look understated

The differences between the Nexo and Toyota's Mirai reflect the broader differences in design philosophies of the two brands, says Minchul Koo, head of exterior design for Hyundai Motor Co.

Paint pro gives high marks to automakers' Detroit palettes

Part of the glitz of the Detroit auto show is the palette of colors selected and created for the occasion.

Hyundai's U.S. arm eager for a bigger say

Hyundai Motor Group is going through a restructuring that will shift more decision-making power to regional markets such as North America.


There were darn few pure concept vehicles at the 2018 Detroit auto show, but the ones that did appear were true conversations starters.

Jeep sees banner year with new products, Manley says

While other mainstream auto brands head for sliding United States demand this year, Jeep is rolling out new models to buck the trend and bring 16 straight months of sales declines to an end.

Mercedes plans more SUVs

Mercedes will respond to growing demand for SUVs by expanding its lineup with more models, most likely in the fast-growing compact segment.

Waymo chief pops up at Detroit show with Chrysler Pacifica tester

Even though self-driving-car company and Google spinoff Waymo didn't make any news in Detroit this week, CEO John Krafcik showed up at Cobo Center in a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica.

2019 Ram 1500: The engineering behind FCA's newest truck

The retooled Ram will be smarter, tougher and more efficient than the outgoing model but what exactly do those claims mean?

SHOW NOTES: Jeep tweaks an anchor

Jeep CEO Mike Manley introduces the freshened 2019 Cherokee, a pillar in the Jeep lineup, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Tuesday. The Cherokee was the Jeep brand's No. 3 seller in the U.S. in 2017 with volume of 169,882, topped only by the Grand Cherokee (240,696) and the venerable Wrangler (190,522). ...

SHOW NOTES: Circle of life

The BMW X2 crossover introduced Monday may be all new. But the BMW roundel on the C-pillar is a direct draw on Bimmer heritage and cars such as the 3.0 CS of the 1970s. ...

SHOW NOTES: BMW scratches the X in X7

The BMW Concept X7 was supposed to make its Detroit auto show debut this week but "the SUV was damaged while in transport to Detroit by truck," a BMW spokeswoman said Tuesday. ...

SHOW NOTES: The Listening & Learning Tour

Washington politicians and bureaucrats are crawling all over the North American International Auto Show floor this week. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, chairman of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, along with other members of the committee, toured exhibits from General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is visiting Detroit 3 exhibits. So is Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. ...

SHOW NOTES: Detroit auto show swag: 2018 edition

It's not an auto show without swag, gewgaw and tchotchkes. This year's Detroit auto show collection includes gloves, jump drives, lip balm, maps, portable mobile phone power banks, keychains, Legos, shoulder bags, puzzles, socks and countless pens. ...

SHOW NOTES: IndyCar's 2018 race car bows in Detroit

DETROIT -- Some bold-faced names from open-wheel racing and the auto industry were on hand Tuesday for the introduction of the car to be used by teams during the 2018 IndyCar racing season. The new car and universal aerodynamic bodywork kit -- developed to enhance driver safety, make racing closer and passing more frequent -- are also designed to level the playing field between engine manufacturers Honda and Chevrolet. "It looks more like a race car should," Josef Newgarden, 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, said of the chassis that has been in development for more than a year. He predicted the car will hit speeds of 240 to 245 mph at the Indianapolis 500. ...

Jeep Cherokee gets new engine, nip and tuck for 2019

Jeep's midsize SUV, the Cherokee, gets a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, a new face and a number of fixes as part of an extensive freshening for the 2019 model year.

Ferrari plans electric supercar as lineup expands

Ferrari will make a battery-powered supercar to challenge Tesla Inc. at the high end of the electric-auto market, CEO Sergio Marchionne said.

BMW's sporty X2 fills key gap in utility lineup

BMW's new X2 crossover will fill a key gap in the automaker's utility lineup that accounts for a third of its worldwide sales.

SHOW NOTES: Sizing up the competition

Look who's checking out the newest Ram 1500: GM President Dan Ammann and GM North America President Alan Batey take an up-close look at the interior. Will we find Sergio Marchionne around the Silverado stand? ...

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