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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. ...

BMW's sporty X2 fills key gap in SUV lineup

BMW's new X2 crossover will fill a key gap in the automaker's SUV 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? ...

Saudi oil company stakes its claim at Detroit auto show

Amid the flurry to showcase future electric vehicle offerings at the Detroit auto show, one booth stands alone: Saudi Arabian Oil Co., otherwise known as Aramco.

SHOW NOTES: Bring your best game

The Carpool karaoke booth at the Cadillac stand. General Motors' luxury brand is the official vehicle of Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke: The Series. With the help of a green screen, visitors can record a social-media-shareable video of themselves singing along to popular songs. ...

Acura reboots RDX 'from ground up'

The third-generation RDX -- the first RDX styled, developed and engineered entirely in the U.S. -- is the crossover's most extensive redesign in more than a decade, and it will square off against a wave of new rivals.

Why EVs aren't out front in Detroit

Autonomous vehicles are displayed prominently at several automakers' stands at the Detroit auto show. EVs? Not so much.

Honda Accord, Lincoln Navigator and Volvo XC60 win North American car, truck, utility awards

The Honda Accord won the 2018 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show, while the Lincoln Navigator took the truck honors and the Volvo XC60 was named top utility vehicle of the year.

SHOW NOTES: Another 'utility' trophy for Volvo

Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, poses with the award for North American Utility Vehicle of the Year for the 2018 Volvo XC60 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. It is the second time Volvo has captured the award following the XC90 in 2016. The winner is selected by a jury of 60 American and Canadian automotive journalists -- including Automotive News Staff Reporter Richard Truett and News Editor Sharon Silke Carty. ...

2019 Ram 1500 gets big screen, reclining seats

The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup -- wholly changed and sporting sophisticated technology once reserved for luxury sedans -- is the result of that all-in commitment to the automaker's top-selling vehicle.

The new flagships of Detroit

Along with Ford's pace-setting F series, the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 form a collection of trucks that showcase some of the most sophisticated technologies each manufacturer has in its arsenal.

SHOW NOTES: Super chilled

Acura serves up nitrogen ice cream in RDX-branded cups after the unveiling of the redesigned crossover on Monday at Cobo Center. ...

SHOW NOTES: Another crossover joins the fray

Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO of BMW of North America, introduces the 2018 X2 crossover at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. BMW is betting an overhauled 5 Series sedan and the new X2 crossover will boost U.S. sales this year as the world's second-biggest luxury automaker strives to retake the global lead from Mercedes-Benz. ...

Toyota polishes 5th-generation Avalon, introduces Apple CarPlay

Toyota's next-generation Avalon flagship sedan features more aggressive bodywork, an updated platform to improve driving dynamics and the company's first implementation of Apple CarPlay after years of remaining one of the few holdouts on smartphone integration.

SHOW NOTES: CEO in the house

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, center, listens alongside senior company executives during the automaker's press conference to introduce the 2019 Ram pickup at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. ...

SHOW NOTES: Lincoln takes a top prize

Kumar Galhotra, head of Lincoln Motor Co., accepts the North American Truck of the Year award for the 2018 Lincoln Navigator at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. The latest Navigator topped the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Ford Expedition for top truck honors. It is the first time a Lincoln vehicle has captured North American Car, Truck or Utility of the Year honors. The winner is selected by a jury of 60 American and Canadian automotive journalists -- including Automotive News Staff Reporter Richard Truett and News Editor Sharon Silke Carty. ...

Seeing isn't believing. It's time to rethink the auto show

For the typical consumer driving a nearly 12-year-old vehicle, car bodies on turntables cannot begin to convey what makes today's cars exceptional or how much they have changed in those dozen years.

At Detroit auto show, autonomous future starts to feel tangible

The 2018 Detroit auto show is the first meaningful attempt to, excuse the use of a political term, normalize the future of driving.

Can Ranger crash GM's midsize pickup party?

If General Motors struck gold by reviving the Colorado and Canyon midsize pickups four years ago, then Ford had better hope that mine isn't tapped out by the time the Ranger reaches dealerships early next year.

First Shift: Pickup truck makeovers at Ram, Chevy, Ford

Truck time at Detroit show: Ram 1500 roomier, lighter; Silverado efficiency enhancement; Ranger designed with U.S. in mind; Benz G class makes Hollywood entrance; Jetta gets platform boost.

Lightweight materials r&d facility in Detroit showcased during auto show

A $50 million r&d operation for testing and commercializing lightweight metals and composite materials is being showcased in Detroit during this week's auto show.

China's GAC sets U.S. launch for '19, will recruit dealers at NADA convention

After years of teases and promises, China's Guangzhou Automotive Group announced firm plans to enter the United States market. It plans to recruit dealers at the upcoming NADA convention.

SHOW NOTES: Sketch it white

Min-Chul Koo, director of exterior design for Hyundai Motor Co., reviews the genesis of the more muscular styling behind the latest, 2019 Hyundai Veloster during the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. ...

SHOW NOTES: Above the competition

One photographer's strategy for securing a clear view of the VW presentation, where the redesigned Jetta was formally introduced during media previews. ...

SHOW NOTES: Honda's big win

Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the automobile division of American Honda Motor Co., poses with the North American Car of the Year award for the 2018 Honda Accord at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. ...

SHOW NOTES: Meet the press

Toshiaki Mikoshiba, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., is interviewed on the main floor after the Acura press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Acura said Monday it plans a turbocharged V-6 engine that will be exclusive to all future models, the return of its Type-S performance brand and an expansion of A-Spec sports variants to include all core models. "We have made a major commitment to Acura to bring each element of Precision Crafted Performance to life through a new generation of products," Mikoshiba said. "Acura will pursue a unique powertrain strategy that underscores the brand's rightful place as the performance division of Honda."  ...

Kia Forte gains fuel efficiency, polish for 2019

Design cues from Kia's Stinger sport sedan have made their way to the third-generation Kia Forte sedan and the compact car is receiving an engineering overhaul that improves fuel economy and powertrain refinement.

FCA lavishes tech, safety gear on 2019 Ram pickup

The long list of engineering, safety, performance and functional improvements -- a bigger and quieter cabin, a stronger frame, more storage and improved fuel efficiency -- in the next Ram half-ton truck signal that FCA is determined to challenge Chevrolet and Ford like never before.

New Mercedes AMG 53 line debuts with electrified inline six-cylinder

Three new AMG 53 models, powered by an electrified inline six-cylinder engine, will be on sale in the U.S. by late 2018.

Hyundai Veloster gets more muscular

Hyundai is reviving its Veloster hatchback for the 2019 model year with a new platform and the brand's first-ever N performance model for the U.S. market, along with a more muscular design akin to a sport coupe.

Mini has modest hopes for freshened small cars

Despite a freshening for the 2019 models, Mini expects small-car sales to remain slow this year.

Lexus LF-1 stresses style over utility

Lexus' new crossover concept defines a fresh segment for the luxury automaker: a light truck focused more on style and driving dynamics than utility. The LF-1 Limitless is described as a flagship crossover and the spiritual brother of the new-generation LS flagship sedan.

SHOW NOTES: For Zetsche, an inspection and reunion at BMW

On his walkaround of the Detroit auto show floor late Monday, Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche stopped in at rival BMW, chatted up an old colleague and checked out some new competition. Zetsche -- accompanied by Daimler’s design chief, sales boss and head of r&d -- took a close look at the new X2 small crossover that BMW unveiled at the show and spoke with BMW finance chief Nicolas Peter and BMW of North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt, who worked for Mercedes for 20 years. ...

VW brand will invest $3.3 billion in quest for U.S. relevance

VW will invest more than $3.3 billion in North America to give a boost to its core brand as the automaker seeks to build the marque's U.S. market share in the wake of its emissions-cheating scandal.

SHOW NOTES: Crush of the dark suits

Jim Hackett, making his first Detroit auto show appearance as president and CEO of Ford Motor Co., is surrounded by members of the automotive press after the company introduced the 2019 Ford Ranger and 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt at Detroit's Cobo Center on Sunday. The revival of the American version of the Ranger pickup reverses Ford's 2011 decision to exit what was then a declining U.S. market for smaller pickups in the first years after the 2008-09 downturn. ...

Overhauled Mercedes G-class SUV modern, yet familiar

The 2019 G class is bigger, lighter and more luxurious, and with the most thorough redesign in the venerable SUV's history, Mercedes-Benz will discover whether a modernized chassis and technology-laden interior can push demand even higher.

Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in a chat with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Detroit auto show.

SHOW NOTES: Blue oval brass

Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., right, and Jim Hackett, president and CEO of the company, left, await the start of the Ford press conference on Sunday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It is Hackett's first Detroit auto show as president and CEO of the company. ...

Ford Mustang Bullitt GT will pack a 475-hp punch

Ford confirmed plans to resurrect the high-performance, special-edition pony car from the 1968 Steve McQueen film Bullitt.

VW's 2019 Jetta gets bigger on new platform

VW's redesigned 2019 Jetta sedan, the brand's top seller in the U.S., will be larger with improved driving dynamics while receiving an injection of safety and infotainment technology as it moves to the company's global MQB platform. The base price has been cut by $100.

Will Mercedes G class get juiced?

Mercedes-Benz is strongly hinting at an eventual electric powertrain for the G-class SUV.

SHOW NOTES: A 'tech neutral' pledge as EV era dawns

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, in a speech Sunday at the Detroit auto show, said the Trump administration will introduce revised self-driving vehicle guidelines this summer as the U.S. government rewrites regulations that pose legal barriers to autonomous vehicles. The revised guidelines, Chao said, will also address "barriers to the safe integration of autonomous technology for motor carriers, transit, trucks, infrastructure and other modes." Pending bills in Congress to speed the introduction of autonomous vehicles do not include commercial trucks. Chao in September unveiled the first set of revisions to guidelines first introduced by the Obama administration. ...

Transportation chief says new U.S. guidelines for autonomous vehicle oversight are coming

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the federal government will introduce new federal guidelines in an effort to modernize regulations to fit an autonomous future.

SHOW NOTES: Off-roading indoors, majestically

The re-engineered and redesigned Mercedes-Benz G class SUV will navigate some steep declines inside Detroit's majestic Michigan Theater -- built in 1925 and standing at 13 stories tall -- when it debuts later Sunday evening. ...

At the Gallery, supercars and ultraluxe wheels on parade

The invite-only Gallery event on Saturday helped kicked off the 2018 Detroit auto show at Cobo Center, with vehicles on display worth a combined $10 million.

SHOW NOTES: Terminatorproof

Arnold Schwarzenegger was on hand to help Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche look back at the history of the rugged G class SUV and introduce the redesigned 2019 G class SUV at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Sunday. ...

SHOW NOTES: Meeting over

Raj Nair, Ford Motor Co.'s executive vice president and head of North America, and former global product development chie‎f, exits the company's temporary executive offices at Cobo Center in Detroit on Sunday. Seconds later a stream of Ford folk followed him out the door. Nair's team has a major unveiling later Sunday when the wraps come off the revived Ranger pickup designed specifically for the U.S. market. ...

Ford aims Ranger at pickup buyers who want smaller, simpler package

After an eight-year hiatus, Ford is rejoining the midsize pickup market with the 2019 Ranger, which offers buyers some of the features and benefits they could get in an F-150 but with fewer customization options, a smaller footprint and lower price. It features new technology such as a standard 4G-connected Wi-Fi hot spot, FordPass Connect and pre-collision assist.

SHOW NOTES: Paint it mud

Jan Borsdorf of Art of Stage flew in from Stuttgart -- home base for Daimler and Mercedes -- for a few days to help underscore the off-road chops of a vintage G class on display in the Mercedes-Benz stand. It was Borsdorf's job to paint the SUV in mud. ...

SHOW NOTES: Return of the Mustang Bullitt

Molly McQueen, granddaughter of actor Steve McQueen, introduces the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, inspired by the 1968 movie of the same name, starring Steve McQueen, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Sunday. Ford is marking the 50th anniversary of the film with the return of the latest Mustang Bullitt. Two identical 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used in the filming of the classic Warner Bros. movie “Bullitt” that debuted in U.S. theaters on Oct. 17, 1968. ...