Automakers go big on touchscreensJan. 19
Big screen. Dual screen. Vertical or horizontal -- the auto industry wants to make it easier on the eyes. Or at least on the fingers. Or maybe just easier on driver distraction. For cockpit display screens, automakers are taking the "bigger is better" approach. The 2019 Ram 1500 took the cake at the 2018 Detroit show with a 12-inch touch screen- big enough to show an entire magazine page. Here's a look at some of the more notable touch screens from the show floor. -- Lindsay Chappell
Byton conceptJan. 8
Byton, a Nanjing, China-based company, introduced its debut vehicle concept at CES, rolling out its connectivity-focused electric crossover. The flagship crossover, which customers can reserve starting Jan. 7, will start at about $45,000, with an entry-level trim that will have a range of 250 miles, and a high-end trim with a range of 325 miles. Byton plans to sell its first vehicle in China in 2019, and later begin sales in the U.S.
GM celebrates HQ renovation, self-driving Cruise AVJan. 17
General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Jan. 17 celebrated with employees the completed renovation of its "GM World" courtyard at its headquarters by publicly displaying for the first time the Cruise AV, GM's newest self-driving vehicle. The car has no steering wheel or pedals.
2018 NACTOY awards ceremonyJan. 15
The Honda Accord won the 2018 North American Car of the Year, while the Lincoln Navigator took the truck honors and the Volvo XC60 was named top utility vehicle of the year. This year’s winners were selected by a jury of 60 American and Canadian automotive journalists from a group of three finalists in each category. A vehicle must be redesigned or significantly changed to be eligible for the award.
Land Rover Defender Works V8Jan. 17
The Land Rover Defender Works V8 is the fastest version of the iconic SUV built to date. Powered by a 399-hp, 5.0-liter gasoline engine, it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) in 5.6 seconds. The brand is building 150 units to mark its 70th anniversary, with prices starting at 150,000 pounds ($208,000).
2019 Hyundai Veloster and Veloster TurboJan. 15
Hyundai introduced its second-generation Veloster and Veloster Turbo. The Veloster is the first U.S. nameplate to be tuned by Hyundai's new N performance subbrand. The base 2.0-liter engine delivers a peak output of 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. Hyundai says the 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder engine produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. Hyundai expects the new Veloster models to appear in U.S. showrooms in the second quarter of 2018.
GAC Motors Enverge compact crossover and GA4 sedanJan. 15
2019 Ram 1500Jan. 15
The Ram 1500, given the code-name DT, will feature a long list of interior and exterior upgrades in its first top-to-bottom overhaul since those longhorns trod the streets of downtown Detroit in January 2008. The redesigned half-ton pickup will boast a longer cab, allowing its rear-row seating to recline, as well as an upgraded infotainment system with an optional giant touchscreen and a fob-operated tailgate drop. An upgraded engine, coupled with a new 48-volt mild hybrid system, promises to boost overall fuel economy and improve noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.
Lexus LF-1 Limitless conceptJan. 15
Lexus bills the LF-1 Limitless concept as its flagship crossover. Created at Calty Design Research in California, the LF-1 Limitless concept could be powered by fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, gasoline or all-electric. Lexus says by 2025, every Lexus model around the world will be available either as a dedicated electrified model, or have an electrified option.
2019 Acura RDXJan. 15
The third-generation RDX -- the first Acura 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. The compact premium crossover market -- pioneered and dominated by the RDX for years but now led by the Lexus NX -- has become a bona fide battlefield with recent entries from Jaguar and Alfa Romeo. It will become even more competitive when Cadillac launches what is expected to be the XT4 crossover within the year.
2019 Kia ForteJan. 15
Kia redesigned its Forte for the 2019 model year as the brand looks to build some excitement into the compact sedan. Now in its third generation, Kia says the Forte takes some cues from its Stinger fastback sedan and now has a sportier appearance. Inside, an 8-inch touchscreen with Google CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is now standard.
Kia Niro EV conceptJan. 9
Kia's all-electric Niro concept would bring further diversity to the subcompact crossover lineup, which already includes gasoline-electric hybrid and plug-in variations. The concept, which Kia expects to be driven primarily on urban and suburban roads, will come with several safety features to protect pedestrians.