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With Atlas, VW seeks redemption with U.S. dealers, consumers

VW, aiming to recover from emissions violations, is betting that a jumbo-sized crossover will persuade more U.S. consumers to give it another chance -- now that the seven-seater has a name they can pronounce: Atlas. The name initially proposed by company bosses in Germany -- the Teramont -- landed with a thud when it was run by U.S. dealers months ago.

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Jeep plans off-road Trailhawk variant of retooled Compass

The redesigned 2018 Jeep Compass, due in U.S. dealerships next year, will offer a ...

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Subaru goes big with 7-seat crossover concept

Subaru is trying again in the seven-seat crossover segment by developing a larger, ...

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Jaguar joins EV race with I-Pace crossover

Jaguar is joining the race among luxury brands to market electric vehicles with the ...

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Range Rover to show pair of plug-ins in L.A.

Plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover sport are coming to the U.S. market next summer.

BMW i8 will drop the top

The long-teased i8 roadster is official. Expect the production version to be unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show.

Jaguar I-Pace to be built by Magna Steyr

Jaguar, a British brand owned by an Indian company, will use a Canadian-owned contract manufacturer to build full-electric crossovers in Austria.

Lusty and thrilling: What people are saying about Alfa Romeo's Stelvio

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles finally unveiled the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week, and the crossover quickly became a hot topic. Here’s what people are saying about

Tron-ified and snakes: Jaguar's I-Pace and what people think

Jaguar took the stage at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show to unveil the I-Pace Concept, the first vehicle on its new electric platform. A production version of the I-Pace will be shown in late 2017 and

FCA counts on Stelvio to boost Alfa sales

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio -- the first crossover from the resurrected brand and key to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' hopes of restoring Alfa Romeo to global relevance -- features a trim lineup that

Chevrolet seeks bigger payoff from pickup bet

Chevy is taking on its pickup rivals more directly with the ZR2, a high-performance, off-road version of the Colorado.

Los Angeles Auto Show trend spotting

Global auto trends converged during last week's Los Angeles Auto Show press days — with an elegant luxury convertible, an India-built small crossover, a brawny off-roading pickup and much more.

Subaru thinks big on 7-seater

Subaru has been slow to return to the fullsize crossover market, but its U.S. chief is confident its roomier entry in the segment will sell to millennials and conquest buyers.

Nissan Sentra takes Nismo into mainstream market

Nissan has offered Nismo performance trim packages on sports models in the past, including the 370Z. For 2017, Nismo comes to the compact Sentra sedan.

Crossover segment fragmenting, not just expanding

Consumers swapping out their sedans, wagons and coupes are demanding equal diversity from their crossovers and SUVs, fueling an influx of new and redesigned models that continue to expand the

Porsche: We won't go below Macan, Boxster

Porsche won't introduce any vehicles smaller than the Macan crossover and Boxster convertible in the current product lineup.

Cars. Congestion. Must be L.A.

This year's Los Angeles Auto Show offered good news for off-roaders, speed lovers and owners of the Fiat 500L. Our David Undercoffler explains.

Hyundai plans to shuffle its crossover portfolio

Hyundai plans to restructure its crossover lineup in the coming years with the addition of two small models at the bottom of its range and a repositioning of the current trio of crossovers to more

Mini pilot lets owners rent out their cars

Mini is launching a pilot program in Seattle that would allow owners to rent out their cars from 2016 and later model years via a company-provided app.

SHOW NOTES: Chevy Bolt grabs green car of the year honor

Steve Majoros, director of marketing for Chevrolet, accepts the Green Car of the Year award for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV from Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car ...

SHOW NOTES: VW Atlas stands tall with 2 Lakers legends

L.A. Lakers legends James Worthy, second from left, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, second from right, joined VW execs on Thursday to showcase just how big the VW Atlas crossover is on the ...

Toyota reveals U.S.-spec C-HR compact crossover with gasoline engine, CVT

The U.S. version of Toyota's subcompact crossover C-HR will be equipped with one gasoline engine and a continuously variable transmission for now.

VW packs e-Golf with bigger battery, more range for 2017

VW's 2017 e-Golf receives a new 36 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, compared to 24 kWh in the outgoing model. The bigger battery boosts driving range to up to 124 miles on a charge, compared

SHOW NOTES: Honda, NHL partner again for All-Star Game

Retired National Hockey League star Wayne Gretzky, from left, Honda Senior Vice President Jeff Conrad, and NHL Executive Vice President Brian Jennings, were on hand Thursday to announce ...

Jaguar rebuilds a 1957 legend - the XKSS supercar

Jaguar's new supercar has been 60 years in the making. Don't expect paddle shifters, ABS, or even the luxury of electric windows. As well as a vintage look, the XKSS has vintage features to boot.

SHOW NOTES: Kids know best

Chrysler product specialists lead reporters on a walkaround of the Pacifica e-Hybrid minivan on Wednesday morning.
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'Forbidden fruit' Audi A5, S5 Sportback coming to U.S.

After months of hints, Audi finally confirmed the A5 and S5 Sportback for the U.S. market, revealing it here at an event on the eve of the L.A. auto show.

SHOW NOTES: Smart joins electric parade

Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, presents the Smart Electric Drive on Wednesday.
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SHOW NOTES: Tennis star power

Tennis star Maria Sharapova reacts as actor Patrick Dempsey tries to convince her to get into a Porsche 911 RSR race car today at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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Alfa's first crossover takes aim at Germany's best

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio -- the first crossover from the resurrected brand and a key to Fiat Chrysler's hopes of restoring Alfa Romeo to global relevance -- features a trim lineup that puts German

Audi sees potential for just one diesel model in U.S.

Audi envisions the potential of just one diesel model in its U.S. product mix in the wake of diesel emissions violations that have embroiled its parent company Volkswagen AG, Audi's U.S. head says.

Mazda plans diesel CX-5, EV, plug-in hybrid under fuel-efficiency push

After three delays that have spanned four years, Mazda plans to bring diesel vehicles to the U.S. beginning in 2017 with the second-generation CX-5 crossover. Mazda also plans an electric vehicle in

For Subaru, when and where to add capacity as U.S. sales streak rolls on

If you are Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent of Subaru, one of the hottest brands in the U.S., when do you take the next step, capacity-wise, and start gnawing away at the big numbers of the volume

SHOW NOTES: TIE-fighter tie-in

Nissan execs are positively giddy about their Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie tie-in. An imperial fleet TIE-fighter lurks behind a Rogue crossover on the Nissan stand. ...

Acura reboots the dashboard for a connected, digital world

First Acura did away with its awkward beak grille. Now Honda's premium brand is looking inward for its next transformation.

SHOW NOTES: Talking head

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth does a standup interview very early on the first press day of the L.A. Show.
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Mazda's 2017 CX-5 builds on new design language for crossovers

As consumer interest in crossovers continues to strengthen, Mazda unveiled a new compact CX-5 on Tuesday night, a key cog in the automaker's lineup. The 2017 CX-5, which Mazda dubbed a fully

SHOW NOTES: Rogue under attack

Nissan introduces the 2017 Nissan Rogue Star Wars Edition at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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SHOW NOTES: Lexus turns heat to 11 with custom Sriracha IS sedan

There are hot cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show and then there’s the eye-watering Lexus IS sports sedan, which is Sriracha hot in a tribute to the locally made red sauce. The custom ...

SHOW NOTES: Planning the day

U.S. Volvo chief Lex Kerssemakers, right, ‎consults with communications vice president Dean Shaw before the press hordes arrive at the L.A. Show.  
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SHOW NOTES: Let's get this Mini rollin'

Bryce Menzies, a rally car driver and star of Red Bull TV's five-part docuseries, Driving Dirty: The Road to the Baja 1000, checks out the redesigned Mini Countryman during its ...

Nissan takes Nismo mainstream

Nissan will market a Nismo performance package on its high-volume compact Sentra sedan starting next year, the first mainstream U.S. outing for the performance label.

SHOW NOTES: Mazda's baby CX-9 is born

Julien Montousse, North America director of design at Mazda, with the redesigned, second-generation CX-5 crossover on Tuesday. The baby ute borrows styling cues from its larger sibling, ...

SHOW NOTES: A star tennis player, skateboarder meet at Mini

Tennis star Serena Williams, winner of 22-time Grand Slam singles titles, left, and skateboarder Tony Hawk were on hand when Mini introduced the bigger, 2017 Countryman in Los Angeles on ...

Honda Civic powers up with Si package

The march of the Civics continued Tuesday with Honda revealing a prototype of its latest variant headed to production, the enthusiast-minded Civic Si, on the eve of the L.A. auto show. The concept is

Genesis packs extra power in G80 3.3T Sport

Genesis is giving its midsize luxury sport sedan a kick of extra power with the debut of the 365-hp G80 3.3T Sport. The new variant will slot between the base V-6 sedan and the top-end V-8 G80.

Mercedes pickup won't be coming to U.S. -- for now, Exler says

Mercedes-Benz won't bring its new pickup to the U.S. market in 2017, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler said. But Exler didn't rule out becoming a pickup seller down the road.

Chevy forges off-road cred with Colorado ZR2

Chevrolet hopes to take advantage of surging demand for midsize pickups with an off-road, high-performance version of the Colorado.

Mercedes-Maybach drops top with limited edition S-class cabriolet

Mercedes is expanding its Maybach line with a new limited-edition S-class convertible. It's the third entry in the company's Mercedes-Maybach subbrand. The company will produce just 300 of the

SHOW NOTES: Jaguar juices up

Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, an electrification guru and former director of engineering for Jaguar Land Rover, reviews the dynamics of the lithium ion battery pack that helps power the Jaguar I- ...

SHOW NOTES: The force is with Nissan

Workers install a Star Wars TIE Fighter to prepare for release of the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition crossover at Nissan's booth during preparations for ...

L.A.'s star rises again

After several years of C-list debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2016 iteration is back with a vengeance -- and some relevance. L.A. will offer a variety of crucial model debuts, most of which

Panamera gets more powerful V-6

Redesigned V-6 and long-wheelbase Porsche Panameras will arrive in the U.S. next spring and summer.

SHOW NOTES: Star power

Musicians Fat Joe, left, and DJ Khaled, right, perform during the introduction of the Ford EcoSport subcompact crossover in Los Angeles on Monday.

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