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How the extravagant Tokyo show lost its mojo

Back in its crazy, hazy heyday, the Tokyo Motor Show was the place to be. Even after Japan's economic miracle deflated in the late 1990s, the show sustained much of its allure. But then it was unceremoniously knocked off-kilter by a brutal one-two punch.

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For many brands, regional shows are big deals

With one in four new-car buyers attending an auto show before they purchase, many ...

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Show stoppers

BMW's decision to unveil a car in a video game illustrates how the digital era is ...

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Audi to skip 2019 Detroit auto show, joining BMW, Benz

In dropping out of the 2019 Detroit auto show, Audi said it will continue to ...

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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.

VW brand to skip 2018 Paris auto show

A spokesman for VW's French operations said that other Volkswagen Group brands -- Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat -- are still scheduled to attend the October show.

VW will launch SOL EV brand in China with subcompact crossover

JAC Volkswagen, a new joint venture between Jianghuai Automobile and VW, said the first product under its new SOL electric vehicle brand will be a subcompact crossover, the E20X.

2019 Lexus ES: 7 things to know

A new engine, new hybrid powertrains and a first for the ES -- a 350 F Sport model -- highlight the changes Lexus is making to the redesigned midsize sedan for 2019.

Japan brands' EVs for China appear strikingly familiar

If the first wave of Japan-brand electric vehicles for China looks familiar, it should. Toyota, Nissan and Honda are simply rolling out EV versions of existing nameplates.

Infiniti readies platform for electrified vehicles

Infiniti says it will introduce a platform for its entire range when it shifts to exclusively electrified powertrains in 2021.

Can Nio entice Americans to use phones to buy cars?

Nio, the Chinese electric vehicle startup that uses swappable batteries and puts a bobblehead digital assistant on the dashboard, wants to launch a global model in the U.S. by 2020.

BMW's iX3 concept heralds electric expansion

BMW previewed the expansion of full-electric cars into its core product lineup with the iX3 concept at the Beijing auto show.

BMW will export iX3 electric SUV to Europe, U.S. from China

BMW will export its first full-electric SUV, called the iX3, to global markets after it goes into production in 2020 at its joint-venture plant in China.

Nissan to bring Sentra EV, Leaf to China in electrification blitz

Nissan is accelerating its global electrification blitz by adding a full-electric version of the Sylphy small car in China as it chases global sales of 1 million electrified vehicles in five years.

Mercedes-Maybach bets on a hybrid SUV-sedan

Mercedes is betting on a hybrid SUV-sedan to attract wealthy Chinese buyers to its Maybach ultraluxury brand.

Ford's 2019 Focus ST will pack 2.3-liter EcoBoost motor

The next generation Ford Focus ST, which is expected to debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show, will use a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, a British media report says, up from the current 2.00-liter turbo.

Ferrari pushes possible EV launch beyond 2022

Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne says the supercar brand will not launch a full-electric car until after its next business plan ends in 2022.

Lexus ES redesign goes sportier with F Sport edition

Lexus is so confident in the performance chops of its redesigned ES sedan that it is giving the remake of one of its frumpiest nameplates an F Sport version for the first time.

Mercedes seeks to keep China luxury lead with stretched A class

Mercedes aims to widen the brand's appeal to Chinese buyers with a long-wheelbase version of its latest A class.

Mercedes previewing Maybach SUV

Mercedes will preview a potential SUV rival to the Bentley Bentayga and upcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan with the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept at the Beijing auto show this week.

This is not the MG you know

The MG of the present is a bit ... unrecognizable, but the company is forging ahead into new segments and new powertrains.

GM's electric push: Velite 6, Enspire in Beijing

The first vehicle announced under General Motors' ambitious effort to introduce at least 20 electric or fuel cell vehicles by 2023 will be the Buick Velite 6 for China.

Next-gen Lexus ES features new contours, tweaked grille

The next-generation Lexus ES sedan, which will debut at the Beijing auto show, will feature a more stylized body with a more prominent version of the brand's polarizing spindle grille.

Lexus' next-gen ES sports new contours, tweaked spindle grille

The next-generation Lexus ES sedan, which debuts at the Beijing auto show next week, will feature a more stylized body with a prominent version of the brand's polarizing spindle grille.

GM, in electric push, sets Buick Velite 6 PHEV, EV for China

The first vehicle announced under General Motors' ambitious effort to introduce at least 20 electric or fuel cell vehicles by 2023 will be the Buick Velite 6 for China.

Mercedes to wrap GLS in Maybach ultraluxury

A Mercedes-Maybach version of the GLS class is finally in the works, and the automaker plans to preview the upcoming ultraluxury, full-size SUV at the Beijing auto show in concept form in a matter of days.

BEIJING AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

When global automakers descend on Beijing next week for Auto China, they will be focused on two white-hot vehicle segments: crossovers and EVs.

Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and if the H500 sedan concept looks like a hopeful Tesla rival, that's because it is.

Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and if the H500 sedan concept looks like a hopeful Tesla rival, that's because it is.

A bigger Jag crossover is coming

Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, according to a new report.

Aeronautics, baby Navigator and better grip: What people are saying about Lincoln Aviator

Here is a roundup of initial Aviator reaction from the automotive media.

Baby 4Runner, homely and adventure: What people are saying about '19 Toyota RAV4

Here's a roundup of initial reaction from the automotive media on the 2019 Toyota RAV4.

Unibody bones, Yanks and bluster: What people are saying about the VW Atlas Tanoak

Here are some snippets of reactions to the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept from the automotive media.

A perfect Manhattan

The new truck and a truckload of new crossovers were jammed into the Javits Center last week. Here are our notes on the noteworthy debuts.

RAV4 reaches for a broader market

The unassuming compact crossover now represents Toyota's principal weapon in an intensifying battle for sales volume, market share and brand loyalty.

Don't I know you?

Fans of competing crossovers might recognize some design touches in the redesigned RAV4.

BMW Group looks into a Rolls EV

With China as an impetus, an electric Rolls-Royce is on the table.

Mercedes-AMG's 35 line to debut with A class

Mercedes-AMG will introduce another new entry-performance line in 2019 with the A35.

Mercedes-AMG will stop selling V-12s

There will be no new V-12-powered AMG 65 models coming.

2019 Forester: Subaru not afraid to tinker with winner

How did Subaru approach the redesign of one of its key components in the Forester? By not being afraid.

Hits & misses

Engineering reporter and car critic nonpareil Richard Truett made his jaunt through the Javits Center and, yes, did a bit of fault-finding. But our man liked a lot of what he saw -- even some of the cars. Remember cars?

BMW, Daimler join forces against new rivals

The fiercest of rivals, BMW and Daimler are now merging several of their businesses to better carve out a top position in the growing mobility services space.

BMW iNext, i4 coming; i3, i8 futures in doubt

BMW will introduce the i4 and iNext EVs in 2020 and 2021, but the cars that kicked off BMW's i electric subbrand — the i3 and i8 — may not have a future beyond their current generation.

A reconfigured K900

Kia’s second-generation K900, which debuted last week at the New York auto show, is a little longer and wider than its predecessor.

Kona EV highlights Hyundai powertrain versatility

Hyundai's new electric subcompact crossover has an estimated range of 250 miles on a charge.

A pickup VW needs --- and how it could be a winner

Female buyers may be the key to success if Volkswagen decides to build its pickup concept.

New Altima stirs Nissan's plan for a sedan comeback

Nissan has stuffed the new Altima with the latest and greatest of its technology. Now the company wants to make the sedan segment come back.

Cadillac 'halo vehicle' not coming until after 2022

Cadillac will realign its product portfolio and get operations in order before releasing a "halo vehicle."

Subaru Forester gets bigger, adds safety features

The Subaru Forester, one of the brand's best-sellers in the U.S. and a key cog for the automaker's growth, is getting bigger, with additional safety features and an updated design for 2019.

VW dips toe in pickup waters with unibody Tanoak

Volkswagen doesn't have formal plans to build the Atlas Tanoak concept pickup unveiled Wednesday in New York, but is using it to gauge potential consumer interest. The Tanoak features a 276-hp, V-6 engine mated to an eight speed transmission.

Toyota's 2019 RAV4 gets more trims, power

The update gives the RAV4 more ammunition to defend its crown as the top-selling nonpickup in the nation last year against an ever-growing field of competing small crossovers.

Nissan Altima makes AWD, turbo, tech play

Nissan is giving the Altima a radical makeover in hopes of bringing U.S. buyers back to the shrinking midsize sedan segment. All-wheel drive will be offered to boost sales in cold-weather markets where consumers often buy crossovers and SUVs.

Jaguar packs 550 hp into F-Pace SVR crossover

Jaguar hopes to retain its customers defecting from sports cars and sport sedans with the F-Pace SVR.

Genesis adds halo with electric Essentia concept

Genesis, taking a page out of the playbook of Germany's luxury brands, is reimagining its "athletic elegance" styling with the electric Essentia concept, a bonafide halo car.


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