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  • Waymo Jaguar I-Pace

    British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo said Tuesday the carmaker would sell Google's autonomous-car technology arm up to 20,000 of its new all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV to be used in self-driving service by 2020. While last week's news focused entirely on the fatal crash of a Volvo converted by Uber to autonomous operation—apparently with Volvo's safety features switched off—carmakers and other companies continue to plan for expanded test fleets and limited trials of self-driving cars. Waymo will fit its latest sensors and software to the electric Jaguars and put them into...

  • Lincoln Aviator SUV, 2018 New York auto show
    2019 Lincoln Aviator crossover to include plug-in hybrid version

    Ford's premium brand, Lincoln, has started to take on a new confidence, with far more luxurious vehicles and high-end trim levels and vehicles that are more than just restyled mass-market products. On Wednesday, it will draw back the veil from one of the several new SUVs that it hopes will power...

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4, 2018 New York auto show
    Redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid debuts at New York auto show

    With buyers showing no signs of letup in their enthusiasm for crossovers of all sizes and shapes, the redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 couldn't be coming at a better time. The Toyota RAV4 small SUV became the company's single best-selling model in the U.S. last year, surging past its long-time champion...

  • Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept, 2018 New York auto show
    2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport concept shows plug-in hybrid possible in future

    In Europe these days, it's all but de rigeur to fit auto-show concept vehicles with plug-in hybrid powertrains. Most of the Volkswagen SUV concepts that previewed what is now the Volkswagen Atlas seven-seat crossover, on sale today, sported plugs—though no such version emerged into...

  • Porsche Mission E concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Porsche execs on 2020 Mission E, more electric cars to follow

    Auto journalists often relish interviews and roundtable sessions with German executives and engineers. They usually haven't been beaten into submission and forced to stick to scripted talking points, as have too many of their U.S. counterparts. Most German auto executives also speak excellent...

  • 2018 Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio
    Mercedes-Benz EQ electric car Geneva debut was...a rebranded Smart car

    Unveilings for several key new electric cars were expected during the media days for last week's Geneva auto show. The Jaguar I-Pace made its formal debut, and the Audi e-tron appeared in camouflage as a sort of full-size teaser display. But there had been word from Mercedes-Benz that it would...

  • 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback

    Remember hatchbacks? Actually, come to think of it ... remember passenger cars? You know, the sedans and wagons and hatchbacks that don't have all-wheel drive and aren't jacked up 6 to 9 inches off the ground? They used to roam this fair land of ours, but lately, they seem to have been routed by crossover utility vehicles and SUVs and trucks of every size, shape, and segment. DON'T MISS: 2016 Scion iM: First Drive Of New Compact Hatchback (Sep 2015) That means that the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback that debuted in Geneva on Tuesday may not make an appearance in the U.S. But maybe it will;...

  • Camouflaged 2019 Audi e-tron electric SUV on stage at 2018 Geneva auto show
    Audi e-tron electric SUV appears in camouflage at Geneva show, on city roads

    The Geneva auto show was expected to offer the first head-to-head comparison between the first two all-electric SUVs models from European luxury brands, both starting deliveries later this year. It didn't quite work out that way. The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace did indeed debut last Friday, before media...

  • Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]
    Mixed messages on future of diesel at Geneva auto show

    You can smell the diesel exhaust in any city in Europe, sometimes even before you hear the clatter from under the hood of every other passing vehicle. The Volkswagen diesel scandal that broke in September 2015 brought a laser focus to the software used in all diesel engines, and their inability to...

  • Lagonda Vision concept
    Aston Martin Lagonda Vision Concept shows electric car future for luxury sedan

    The storied British brand Lagonda has been owned for half a century by the tiny maker Aston Martin, best known globally for its connection to James Bond, Agent 007. It's had a number of iterations, including a startling low, sleek, square-edged sedan designed by William Towns in the 1970s and a...

  • Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept
    Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept: second electric model previewed

    A design study for the second version of the Porsche Mission E electric sport sedan broke cover Tuesday at the Geneva auto show. The closely guarded concept car is effectively a shooting brake version of the low-slung Mission E sedan that debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt show and will go on sale by...

  • Volkswagen ID Vizzion Concept
    Volkswagen ID Vizzion concept for all-electric sedan by 2022 debuts in Geneva

    What's known as Volkswagen Group Night is always a major event at European auto shows. One of the marquee attractions at Monday night's event, held before Geneva auto show media days start Tuesday, was the Volkswagen ID Vizzion concept for a large, all-electric sedan. It will be the largest car in...

  • 2019 Lexus UX

    The global new-vehicle market is moving toward crossover utility vehicles and SUVs, along with vehicles that look like them. Now the production version of another crossover, shown in concept form more than a year ago, will launch at the Geneva auto show—and Lexus has released one photo and a video that show the European version of the UX. The Lexus UX will be smaller than the current NX compact and RX mid-size crossover utilities now on sale in the U.S. DON'T MISS: Lexus UX small crossover utility still being studied for U.S. Based on the same underpinnings as the Toyota C-HR (nee...

  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
    Hyundai Kona Electric debuts before Geneva show; 292-mile range from top model

    The lack of plug-in electric crossover utility vehicles with all-wheel drive is a growing and obvious gap in the market. And where there's a gap, aggressive South Korean carmaker Hyundai may try to fill it. The company has now released many of the details of the Hyundai Kona Electric small SUV that...

  • Teaser for Volkswagen ID Vizzion concept debuting at 2018 Geneva auto show
    Volkswagen ID Vizzion large all-electric sedan teased before Geneva debut

    Volkswagen's first dedicated battery-electric vehicle will roll off the production lines in 21 months, but we won't see the compact hatchback ID model in North America. Instead, the first dedicated VW plug-in electric vehicle will be the production version of the ID Cross compact crossover that's...

  • 2019 BMW i8 Roadster, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2019 BMW i8: larger battery, more range, plus new Roadster priced from $164,295

    BMW is breathing some fresh air into its three-year-old alternative flagship to improve performance, increase range, and add some style. Revealed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the i8's update (known in the industry as a "mid-cycle refresh") increases its battery capacity from 7.1 to 11.7...

  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
    2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid released at Chicago auto show

    What the auto industry calls a "mid-cycle refresh" can range from indistinguishable to very evident. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid falls into the latter category, with new front and rear styling, changes to the interior and dashboard, and numerous added safety and connectivity features. The hybrid...

  • 2018 Lexus RX L, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2018 Lexus RX 450hL hybrid three-row SUV priced from $51,600

    Lexus invented the idea of a luxury hybrid utility vehicle in a version of its RX crossover well over a decade ago, but sales haven't been strong of late. Cheap gasoline, better fuel efficiency from all types of vehicles due to rising CAFE rules, and a lack of interest in hybrids have all hurt the...

  • 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

    The last time Ford released a new hybrid or plug-in electric model was for the 2013 model year, and that's a long time ago in electric-car years. Detroit's second-largest automaker continues to work on boosting the fuel-economy ratings of its vehicle lineup, however. The latest example is a new diesel engine option for the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon. DON'T MISS: Ford 300-mile all-electric SUV may be named Mach 1; due 2020 That's the low-volume wagon (or "small minivan") version of its Transit Connect small commercial delivery van. The Wagon model, available with five or seven seats and...

  • Teaser for Rimac supercar debuting at 2018 Geneva auto show
    Geneva auto show green car preview: concepts, electric cars, new models

    Media days at the huge and influential Geneva show are March 6 and March 7, and this year it looks like the show will offer a lot of news for plug-in electric car fans. Several significant new production cars powered entirely by batteries are expected to make their debuts. They'll be supplemented...

  • Lexus UX concept, 2016 Paris auto show
    Lexus UX small crossover utility still being studied for U.S. (update)

    The Lexus UX concept previews a possible smaller crossover from the Toyota luxury brand.

  • 2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Nissan Kicks
    Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks: New small crossovers storm the market

    Ten years ago, the subcompact crossover segment barely existed. Now multiple automakers are clamoring for your attention as each brand rushes to bring its own take on the small utility to market. At this week's 2017 Los Angeles auto show, Nissan and Hyundai revealed two new models that will vie for...

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz concept
    Volkswagen ID Crozz electric SUV to launch in US in 2020

    A production vehicle based on the Volkswagen ID Crozz all-electric compact crossover will be launched in the U.S. market during 2020, VW said. The announcement came at a media event Tuesday night before the first of two media days at the Los Angeles auto show, where the electric SUV makes its North...

  • 2018 BMW X3 prototype
    BMW to debut electric-car concept at LA show; electric Mini makes U.S. debut

    BMW will use media days at the Los Angeles auto show, which begin on November 29, to unveil a new electric car that's never before been seen. The electric model that will debut in California wasn't otherwise specified in the German maker's announcement, which called it simply "a world premiere...

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