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.

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.

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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.


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.

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.

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.

Sketch it white

Min-Chul Koo, director of exterior design for Hyundai Motor Co., reviews the genesis of the more muscular styling behind

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.

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.

Super chilled

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 '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."

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

Exit stage left

General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra departs after remarks with journalists following Chevrolet's introduction of the re-engineered and reskinned Silverado pickup Saturday night in Detroit's Eastern Market neighborhood.

Genesis of a truck

Michael Simcoe, head of General Motors Global Design, reviews how the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado went from sketch to sheetmetal on Saturday evening in Detroit. "Truck customers told us they want the perfect truck for them and not a ‘one size fits most’ truck, compromised for the masses," Simcoe said.

A crosstown dig

Detroit's big pickup slugfest has officially entered the next round. GM product development boss Mark Reuss, touting the workhorse characteristics of the retooled

Big night for trucks with bow ties

It's a trucky atmosphere in Detroit's Eastern Market neighborhood on Saturday afternoon ahead of Chevrolet's party marking 100 years of trucks and the auto show debut of the redesigned 2019 Silverado pickup.

Deep cleaning

A worker cleans under the hood of a Genesis sedan as preparations for the 2018 North American International Auto Show continue in Detroit on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

Rolling thunder

An Acura ARX-05 race car is rolled into position on Friday ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Private inspection

China's Guangzhou Automobile Group plans several vehicle introductions in Detroit and one of them -- a mystery concept, reportedly an EV -- received a private inspection from a small group on Thursday. It will remain under wraps until Monday when GAC is scheduled to hold a press conference at 1:35 pm ET.

Naps encouraged

Some crews are working around the clock to get exhibits ready for the 2018 edition of the Detroit auto show. This napper was spotted near the Volkswagen display on Thursday Jan. 11.

Big push for tiny crossover

Hyundai's latest crossover, the subcompact Kona, receives top-billing in this giant banner going up Thursday outside Cobo Hall. The Kona goes on sale in Spring 2018 and is expected to fortify Hyundai's crossover lineup and bolster the brand's overall U.S. sales, which slipped 13 percent in 2017.

Mercedes looks back ... to 1979

Mercedes-Benz is heralding the debut of the redesigned G class by embedding an original 280 GE -- 1979 marked the first model year of the boxy G class SUV -- in a massive cube of amber resin at the entrance to Detroit's Cobo Center. It's

Italian touch-up

An Alfa Romeo Giulia receives a final dusting before being covered for the night on the show floor Thursday Jan. 11, 2018. Alfa Romeo's U.S. sales surged 2,232 percent in 2017 to just over 12,000, mostly behind the Giulia and Stelvio SUV, but it's going to be a quiet 2018 Detroit auto show for the Italian luxury brand, which has no major vehicle introductions planned.

GM's classic truck show

Chevrolet launched a display marking 100 years of trucks Thursday at General Motors' headquarters in downtown Detroit. In addition to numerous classic trucks, the redesigned 2019 Silverado is also getting its first Detroit showing.

Out of this world

The Chevrolet exhibit under construction on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit's Cobo Center. Chevrolet plans to showcase the redesigned 2019 Silverado pickup at the show.

To hell and back

Not all vehicles are buffed and buffed and buffed again and again for the show floor. Kia displayed a freshened 2019 Sorento crossover that treaded its way through the treacherous Hell’s Revenge in Moab, Utah -- one of the most challenging and obstacle-laden,

A Titan with force

Nissan's Titan AT-M6 Star Wars custom truck is unveiled Thursday. The AT-M6 is the largest vehicle in the First Order’s arsenal in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The Titan is equipped with a massive megacaliber cannon affixed to its back and a custom body wrap reminiscent of the movie’s massive First Order walker.

On guard

Stormtroopers stand guard at the Nissan stand ahead of the company's press conference on Thursday in Los Angeles. Looks like another vehicle with a Star Wars theme and edition is about to be launched.

EV admirers

Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers, left, and Britta Seeger, member of the board of management at Daimler AG with responsible for Mercedes-Benz cars marketing and sales, check out the Tesla Model 3 on the show floor Wednesday. 

Mitsubishi's baby crossover

Kazuo Yano, general manager of design strategy for Mitsubishi Motors, with the 2018 Eclipse Cross at the Los Angeles auto show on Wednesday. The Eclipse Cross is the latest entry in the growing subcompact crossover market.

A big day for Jeep

Mike Manley, head of Jeep, presents the redesigned Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon models at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.

Mazda6 nip, tuck

Masahiro Moro, CEO of Mazda North America, presents the freshened Mazda6 on Wednesday at the Los Angeles auto show. It goes on sale in Spring 2018.

A fast serve

Tennis player Maria Sharapova poses with the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS after its debut Wednesday at the Los Angeles auto show in Los Angeles.

Canine assist

Takeshi Tachimori, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Subaru Corp., receives an assist from a puppy during the introduction of the all-new Ascent on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Watch your speed

An exhibitor drives an unidentified electric vehicle through the Los Angeles convention center as part of preparations for the auto show on Tuesday.

Infiniti's latest

Karim Habib, executive design director of Infiniti Motor Co., helps introduce the redesigned QX50 crossover in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The 2019 QX50 will be powered by a VC-Turbo engine, the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine.