International auto show coverage


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 ...

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

The first vehicle announced under General Motors' ambitious effort to introduce at ...

Next-gen Lexus ES features new contours, tweaked grille

The next-generation Lexus ES sedan, which will debut at the Beijing auto show, will ...

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.


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.

Lincoln Aviator crossover to take flight in 2019

Lincoln's three-row Aviator crossover, which sits on a new rear-wheel-drive platform and is available in gasoline or plug-in hybrid form, returns at a key time for the brand. Lincoln aims to hit 300,000 global sales by the end of the decade and will rely heavily on utility vehicles to get there.

Kia refreshes 2 models for 2019

Kia is upgrading its lineup with a trio of vehicles that will replace models that are losing traction: the Optima sedan, Sedona minivan and the upmarket K900 sedan.

Genesis G70 joins entry-level luxury sedan race -- with a manual

The sporty Genesis G70 joins the entry-level luxury sedan segment this summer, complete with a manual option for driving purists.

VW Atlas Cross Sport packs high-tech hybrid powertrain

The concept version of a five-seat VW Atlas debuting at the New York auto show features an innovative plug-in hybrid system capable of an estimated 26 miles of range under battery power.

Cadillac targets 'next generation of luxury car buyers' with XT4

Cadillac's long-awaited compact crossover will be priced from $35,790, including destination. Cadillac is among the last major luxury brands to join the compact luxury crossover segment, which grew nearly 6 percent in 2017 and is dominated by the Lexus NX, Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLC and BMW X3.

Waymo, Jaguar Land Rover partner on all-electric, self-driving fleet

Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover are partnering to create a new fleet of all-electric, self-driving vehicles.

Crossovers to shine in Big Apple

More than a few -- let's say a slew of -- crossovers will debut this week in New York.

GMC launches off-road AT4 brand with Sierra

With an eye on brands such as Jeep and off-road enthusiasts, GMC will introduce AT4 variants across its lineup. Like the Denali subbrand, the AT4 lineup is expected to be priced higher than standard GMC models and generate fatter profits.

Porsche's EV push won't include battery-powered 911

Porsche says full-electric and hybrid-electric cars will account for 25 percent of sales by 2025 but there will not be a battery-powered version of its iconic 911 sports car.

Easter goodies

Jeep came up with seven concept vehicles for the annual trek to the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.

Lexus will offer UX crossover with subscription option

The Lexus UX subcompact crossover, coming to the New York auto show this week, will be the brand's first vehicle to offer Apple CarPlay and its first to have a subscription option for consumers in the United States.

Bangle on Geneva: Opportunities lost

Since Chris Bangle's re-emergence in the auto industry at the Frankfurt show last fall, he has been sought after for opinion, if only because his views on the state of car design are so entertaining.

Honda's 2019 Insight expected to be rated at 55 mpg city

The third iteration of Honda's ultraefficient Insight coming this summer as a 2019 model is poised to be among the fuel economy leaders with an estimated 55 mpg in city driving.

VW to float midsize pickup concept in New York

Volkswagen is considering a jump into the midsize pickup segment with an American-made truck, sources familiar with the matter told Automotive News.

BMW pulls out of Detroit auto show

BMW is joining German rival Mercedes-Benz and pulling out of the North American International Auto Show. The decision comes as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association contemplates moving the show to October from January starting in 2020.

Toyota's '19 Corolla hatchback adds tech, drops iM tag

Toyota is adding a host of new technology and safety features to the redesigned 2019 Corolla hatchback , which will be introduced at the New York auto show this month.

Viva Geneva

You've read about the splashy debuts at the big Swiss auto show this month, but here are seven intriguing vehicles that may have escaped your attention.

Volkswagen to build new 5-seat Atlas in Chattanooga next year

Volkswagen plans to invest $340 million to bring a third vehicle to its assembly plant in Chattanooga -- a five-seat version of its large Atlas crossover.

For Zetsche, skipping Detroit is hard to do

It wasn't easy for Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche to go along with the decision for Mercedes to pull out of the Detroit auto show.

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