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North American International Auto Show


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.

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 ...

Ferrari plans electric supercar as lineup expands

Ferrari will make a battery-powered supercar to challenge Tesla Inc. at the high end ...

Ford to hatch most powerful street-legal Mustang under Shelby badge

Ford next year will launch its most powerful street-legal Mustang ever: a 700+ hp ...

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). ...

Chevy skips 2018 Detroit show for next-gen Corvette's debut

Chevrolet's Corvette C8 was a no-show in Detroit this week.

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. ...

AutoNews Now: New turbo, fresh look for Jeep Cherokee

At Detroit show: New turbo, fresh look for Jeep Cherokee, Benz and BMW to test U.S. subscription plans, Peek at powerful Ford pony, Chao's 'tech neutral' pledge; GM's hot profits.

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. ...

Where are the cool concepts?

This is the Detroit auto show, right? So where are the concept cars?

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? ...

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. ...

A little Japanese flair for the next Nissan Rogue?

Nissan's new design chief, Alfonso Albaisa, is really into Japanese design these days -- and the next Rogue crossover might show the results.

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.

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.

SHOW NOTES: Homecoming

Vic Doolan, left, is a former head of BMW North America who left to join Ford’s Premier Automotive Group. Nearly two decades later in Detroit, he was still drawn to the BMW display this week, where he caught up with former colleague Robert Dexter. ...

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."  ...

Infiniti concept signals roomier cabins

The Infiniti Q Inspiration foreshadows the next Q70 with a smaller engine compartment and a more luxurious cabin

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.