Los Angeles auto show


Toyota wades again in crossover waters with FT-AC concept

Toyota is testing the baby crossover waters again with another concept -- this time the FT-AC, for "future Toyota adventure concept" -- styled more like a traditional SUV and aimed at outdoor enthusiasts.

Overhauled Wrangler generates electricity

Jeep will offer a plug-in hybrid version of its iconic off-roader in 2020, joining ...

New Nissan Kicks targets millennials, their parents

The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be targeted at millennials and retirees alike, and priced ...

Intel: We've got the edge on efficiency

The war over the self-driving car chip got a little personal last week at the Los ...

Subaru chooses Crosstrek for first plug-in hybrid

Subaru seeks to electrify at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the brand's first plug-in hybrid, a gasoline-electric version of the Crosstrek that arrives in U.S. dealerships by year end.

Jeep Gladiator pickup: A first look

Fiat Chrysler accidentally -- or maybe on purpose -- leaked pictures and specs of the new Jeep pickup that goes on sale next year. The eagle-eyed spies over at the Jeep Gladiator Forum, formerly the Jeep Scrambler Forum, caught a few details on an FCA website before the company took it down.

Kia to keep it funky with redesigned Soul at L.A. show

Kia keeps its boxy Soul urban runabout true to its funky inner spirit with the unveiling of the third generation at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show.

Hyundai Palisade crossover leaks ahead of L.A. debut

Days after the name Palisade was confirmed for Hyundai's newest large crossover, the first undisguised image of the three-row Palisade has been published by Autoreview.ru, ahead of the vehicle's official unveiling.

Next Mazda3 takes mild hybrid approach

Mazda pulls the curtains on its next-generation Mazda3 small car at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show, kicking off a new era of performance-oriented vehicle platforms and Skyactiv-X drivetrains.

Hyundai's new Palisade 3-row crossover set for L.A. debut

Hyundai will unveil the Palisade crossover, its big-bodied, three-row answer to the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse, at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show. It is one of two crossovers Hyundai is adding in 2019 as the company races to match the industry's rapid shift from cars to light trucks.

Mazda preps next Mazda3 with Skyactiv-X engine for L.A. debut

Mazda will pull the curtains on the next-generation Mazda3 small car at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show, kicking off a new era of performance-oriented vehicle platforms and Skyactiv-X drivetrains, all wrapped in a voluptuous new design language.

2019 Lincoln Aviator to bow at L.A. auto show

Lincoln plans to introduce the production version of the Aviator crossover in L.A., roughly eight months after it showed off a "production preview" in New York.

Luxury EV startup plans for AutoMobility LA debut

Rivian Automotive, an upstart electric vehicle maker headquartered in suburban Detroit, plans to introduce its first pair of electric, off-road vehicles -- a crossover and a pickup -- in November at AutoMobility LA.

2017 Photos of the year: Miscellany

Here's a roundup of memorable photos from the past year.

Oversized offspring, Nissan hints and un-PC utes: What people are saying about the '19 Subaru Ascent

The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent is big. So big that when the automaker unveiled it on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, eight adult dogs filed out of the three-row crossover. The Ascent has room for either seven or eight passengers and puts the automaker right back into a competitive segment that it hasn't been able to cash in on since Tribeca production ceased in 2014. Here is some initial reaction from the automotive media on the Ascent.

Lexus targets conquests with 3-row RX variant

Lexus figures it has been leaving money on the table for years because it lacked a three-row variant of the segment-leading RX crossover. That's about to change.

The hot new model? Subscriptions

Automakers took the opportunity at the Los Angeles Auto Show to promote alternatives to the basic retail sales model and the American tradition of personal car ownership.

Infiniti execs call redesigned QX50 critical to brand

Infiniti expects its redesigned crossover, powered by what it calls a breakthrough engine technology, to finally make it a bigger player in a critical segment.

Subaru Ascent fills big hole in crossover lineup

The 2019 Subaru Ascent is all about family. To demonstrate the Ascent's size and family appeal, Subaru packed the crossover with eight golden and Labrador retrievers Subaru called its "spokesdogs," during the Los Angeles auto show reveal.

Crossover country

Automakers clearly expect the crossover boom to continue, with nearly a dozen crossovers making their world or U.S. debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Panasonic CEO: Short cycles not long off

Panasonic North America CEO Tom Gebhardt says short cycles are used to fix errors.


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For Volvo, strong lineup, tech ties pillars of success

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the key to long-term success also lies in creating lucrative partnerships with tech companies.

Caddy to lift camo sooner to boost quality

Cadillac, which has a major overhaul of its lineup on the way, plans to reveal new vehicles further in advance to allow for more thorough testing on public roads.

First Shift: Subaru's Doll: 'I hate incentives'

From LA Auto Show: Subaru's Doll on why he hates spiffs, Audi's Keogh will avoid acts of 'madness' in luxury sales race, Kia's 7-seat Sorento, Nissan's 'Star Wars'-themed lineup.

AutoNews Now: LA Auto Show hits and misses

LA Auto Show hits and misses; Nov. sales up at Ford, Honda, down at GM, Toyota; NADA predicts '18 sales retreat; Ford sues wrestler for flipping GT; Subaru's $140M plant upgrade.

This $15 ticket buys what Tesla fans have waited 20 months for

Tesla has kept thousands of would-be buyers waiting to see a car they started paying $1,000 deposits for 20 months ago. The chance to get up close to a Model 3 sedan can be had now for another $15.

Porsche likely to add 911 plug-in hybrid variant, CEO says

The Porsche 911 will likely get a plug-in hybrid variant mid-way through its next generation, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume says.

First Shift: Jeep promises plug-in hybrid Wrangler in '20

From LA Auto Show: Jeep to add plug-in hybrid Wrangler in '20, A 'nimble' Nissan Kicks, Mitsu's coupe-like CUV, Mazda6 gets high-end trim, turbo; Snyder on sales, spiffs and a mismatch.

SHOW NOTES: 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, off-road trails in the world -- before landing in Los Angeles this week. ...

SHOW NOTES: 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. ...

AutoNews Now: Toyota off-road concept evokes FJ Cruiser

From LA Auto Show: Toyota off-road concept evokes FJ Cruiser, Hyundai dives into compact CUV market, Porsche times four, Honda grabs green prize; GM plans mass robocar rollout by 2019.

SHOW NOTES: 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. ...

Fading CLS gets fifth seat, new 6-cylinder

Mercedes-Benz hopes to reverse a significant U.S. sales decline for the car when the third generation arrives next fall.

AutoNews Now: Stretched Lexus, plug-in BMW roadster

From LA Auto Show: Lexus stretches RX; BMW plugs roadster into i8 lineup; Benz revamps CLS coupe; Kia Stinger battles Accord, Camry for Car of Year; Alfa contends for utility crown.

SHOW NOTES: 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.  ...

SHOW NOTES: 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. ...

SHOW NOTES: 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. ...

Mazda6 adds turbo, high-end trim to stand out in waning sedan market

Mazda, looking to inject new life into lagging sales of the Mazda6 and keep pace with strong redesigned rivals from Toyota and Honda, is updating uts midsize sedan, adding a high-end trim line, optional turbocharged engine and design updates throughout.

Lexus pads LX cargo space

While Lexus was unwrapping its first three-row RX with more seats for growing families, it was also introducing a new version of the big LX SUV for buyers who want fewer seats and more cargo space.

BMW: Roadster will be top-selling i8

BMW expects its new i8 roadster to dominate the sales mix in the i8 plug-in hybrid family when it goes on sale in the spring. The open-top two-seater will join a freshened version of the i8 coupe also going on sale in the spring.

Under next-gen Jeep Wrangler's familiar sheet metal, a modern-day overhaul

The redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler may look similar to its immediate predecessor, but above the skid plates and beneath the removable top, fans of the off-roader will notice the upgrades incorporated into the first Wrangler redesign since 2006.

Nissan adding new gateway crossover with Kicks

Nissan, looking to further capitalize on the crossover craze, is adding the Kicks as a gateway to the brand's light truck lineup. With the Kicks, Nissan will join Fiat with two entries in the subcompact crossover segment.

SHOW NOTES: 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. ...

First Shift: Why Chevrolet built the Corvette ZR1 droptop

From the L.A. Auto Show: Chevy shows a topless Corvette ZR1; Jeep's next-gen Wrangler gets its tech on; Lincoln's Nautilus is ready to set sail; Subaru's Ascent to take off in hot segment; 'Bullish' Infiniti redesigns the QX50.

SHOW NOTES: 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. ...

SHOW NOTES: 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. ...

Lexus stretches RX crossover to add optional third row

The RX is Lexus' top seller and the best-selling luxury vehicle in the U.S., but dealers have clamored for a family-friendly version for years. The 2018 RX L is stretched more than 4 inches at the rear and goes on sale in December, a key month for Lexus.

Lincoln rebrands MKX as Nautilus as brand drops confusing MK name

Say hello to the Lincoln Nautilus and goodbye to the brand's "MK" naming scheme that some customers still haven't deciphered after more than a decade. First to go is the MKX, which will become the Nautilus when the 2019 model reaches showrooms in the spring.

SHOW NOTES: 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. ...

VW packs I.D. Crozz EV with smart motors

The VW I.D. Crozz, due in 2020, will be powered by a pair of electric motors, one on each axle, with a combined output of 302 hp. Each motor can operate together or separately as conditions demand.

Infiniti banks on retooled QX50 to pad U.S. sales

Infiniti, already one of the fastest growing luxury brands, aims to give itself a bigger boost with a technology-laden crossover that one executive calls the most important vehicle in the brand's history.

Chevy's new speed champ, the ZR1, goes topless

The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 convertible is expected to go on sale in the spring, alongside the coupe, starting at $123,995. The coupe will start at $119,995.

SHOW NOTES: 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.     ...

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