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  • Infiniti QX Inspiration SUV concept, 2019 Detroit auto show

    The future of Infiniti is electric. And today at the Detroit auto show the brand previewed the direction of a future electric Infiniti SUV—and the brand—with the QX Inspiration concept. With entirely new proportions allowed by electric powertrains, a cleaner, simplified exterior design direction, and a warm, lounge-like interior, the QX Inspiration, according to the brand, “sets a direct precedent for the company’s first fully electric production car.” After some false starts over the years, Infiniti last year said that it’s working quickly toward an...

  • Nissan IMs Concept, 2019 Detroit auto show
    Nissan elevates the sedan with IMs electric-car concept

    At the Detroit auto show, Nissan today revealed the IMs concept, a vision that sees the sedan as existing in a quite different, all-electric “elevated” form. At face value, the IMs serves as a sedan counterpoint to the IMx concept first shown at the 2017 Tokyo show and advances some of...

  • 2020 Ford Explorer, 2019 Detroit auto show
    2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid signals the start of a big electrified push

    As Ford prepares the first of several fully electric vehicles, for what amounts to a rapidly expanding niche, the automaker is also working on rolling out electrified versions of its existing mainstream lineup. After finding plenty of success many years ago with its Ford Escape Hybrid, and then...

  • Future Cadillac long-range electric large luxury utility vehicle (rendering), 2019 Detroit auto sho
    Long-range Cadillac SUV to lead GM's next electric-car push, in 3 years

    On Sunday night, General Motors showed renderings of a future long-range, all-electric SUV to be offered roughly three years hence by its Cadillac luxury brand. The look at the brand's first battery-electric vehicle came as part of the 2019 Detroit auto-show debut for the 2020 Cadillac XT6, a...

  • Audi e-tron GT Concept, 2018 LA Auto Show
    Electric cars from Audi, Porsche: Explaining platform magic

    It would be unthinkable for any automaker but Porsche to introduce a new car with a flat-6 engine hung out behind the rear axle. At this week’s 2018 LA Auto Show, the 2020 Porsche 911 duly made its debut in the hallowed configuration that has persisted since 1964. But with underpinnings...

  • 2021 Kia Soul EV
    Here’s why Kia Soul EV and Kia Niro EV both get big 64-kwh battery packs

    One key specification in the 2020 Kia Soul EV that was revealed at the LA Auto Show this week was a bit unexpected: its inclusion of a large, 64-kwh battery pack. That leaves two vehicles—the Soul EV and the 2019 Kia Niro EV—with the same big battery. And both will be arriving at U.S...

  • 2021 Kia Soul EV

    At the LA Auto Show, Kia revealed a completely new generation of its Soul—including, once again, an all-electric Kia Soul EV that makes overtures to urbanites who need box-on-wheels utility, affordability, parking ease, and some design flair but also want an electric car. The Soul EV is, once again, front-wheel drive, but its electric motor now produces 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque—significantly more than the 2018 Soul EV’s 109 horsepower and 210 pound-feet. Meanwhile, the other big piece of news is the battery—a liquid-cooled 64-kwh pack that earns 239...

  • Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept, 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Mitsubishi Evo rally sedan morphs into electric crossover concept

    Electric power has come to drag racers, hill-climb cars, and Formula E racers. Why not rally cars? At least that's Mitsubishi's idea with its new e-Evolution concept that debuted Wednesday at the LA Auto Show. Unlike the winged sedan that took the off-road rally racing world by storm 15 years ago...

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla, 2018 LA Auto Show
    2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid aims for 50 mpg—Prius tech meets frugal mainstream

    With the introduction of a 50-mile-per-gallon Corolla Hybrid at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota is keeping true to a mission it undertook a long time ago: democratizing hybrid technology, and making it mainstream. The carmaker has long aimed to deploy its hybrid system aggressively into pretty...

  • Audi e-tron GT Concept, 2018 LA Auto Show
    Audi e-tron GT electric sports car is its take on Porsche Taycan

    The four-door e-Tron GT concept that Audi introduced Wednesday at the 2018 LA Auto Show is “very, very, very, very, very close to production.” Those are the words of Audi design boss Marc Lichte, not ours. The design study will earn the distinction of being the first battery-powered...

  • 2019 Mazda 3, 2018 LA Auto Show
    2019 Mazda 3 sedan and hatch aim for an X factor–and that’s not electric

    Mazda has revealed its 2019 Mazda 3 compact car, in new-generation form, at the 2018 LA Auto Show. It’s not surprising, given the brand’s go-it-alone strategy this decade, that the new ‘3’ appears to take a different path than key global compact-car rivals in nearly every...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius AWD-e earns 50 mpg with all-weather treads

    If you want one of the highest-mileage non-plug-in vehicles on the market—like the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, or Honda Insight, there’s been one quite significant deal-breaker for many Snow Belt families: All-wheel drive simply isn’t a possibility. That’s due to...

  • Volvo's "This is not a car" statement for 2018 LA auto show

    Most of the major auto shows, like the Los Angeles auto show, have always had two components: news-making and car-selling. And it’s the second part—the public days—that thrives today. People are attending traditional, consumer-focused auto shows in record numbers. Counterintuitively—in this day when much of new-car research happens on phones and tablets—they’ve become a more important place for shoppers to peruse vehicles on “neutral ground,” It’s also what pays the bills, giving leads to dealerships, connecting brands with shoppers, or...

  • Buick Velite concept, 2016 Guangzhou auto show
    Buick to launch new electric, plug-in hybrid models in China; what about US?

    For 15 years now, Buick has been a far more important brand in China than it is in North America: four out of five Buicks sold globally are purchased by Chinese buyers. The brand has a wider range and variety of vehicles in that country, along with numerous models U.S. buyers never lay eyes on. So...

  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
    5 things about the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric we learned at the NY auto show

    After a Detroit auto show that was about little except pickup trucks and a new Jeep, followed by a tepid Chicago show, New York proved to be relatively rich in interesting new green cars. The standout was clearly the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, the 250-mile battery-electric small hatchback that...

  • Classic Mini with electric powertrain
    Classic Mini converted to electric previews 2019 Mini E to come

    With a new, all-electric Mini E set to arrive in dealerships in a year or less, BMW wants to highlight the idea of a Mini Cooper powered by batteries. That's what led it to display an "old Mini" converted to electric power at a reception before last week's New York auto show. Sadly, the car wasn't...

  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2018 New York auto show
    2019 Hyundai Santa Fe launched with diesel; hybrid, plug-in hybrid for US or not?

    Along with the 250-mile 2019 Kona Electric hatchback it launched Wednesday at the New York Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled an entirely redesigned version of a much higher-volume vehicle. That's the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe mid-size crossover utility vehicle, which gains size, features, and considerably...

  • 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback, 2018 New York auto show
    2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback returns at NY Auto Show

    The Toyota Corolla is the world's highest-selling nameplate, having surpassed the Ford Model T and Volkswagen Beetle years ago. It exists in many different models and varieties all over the world, but the U.S. hasn't always been offered the hatchback version. In fact, the Corolla lineup only...

  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, 2018 New York auto show

    The biggest question around the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric has now been answered: it will have a rated range estimated at 250 miles on the U.S. test cycle. Hyundai debuted the U.S. version of the small all-electric hatchback on Wednesday at the New York auto show media days. While the company refers to the all-electric Kona as a "crossover" utility vehicle, it doesn't offer all-wheel drive—although its gasoline counterpart does. DON'T MISS: Hyundai Kona Electric debuts before Geneva show with two battery sizes First unveiled at the Geneva auto show two weeks ago, the battery-electric...

  • Waymo Jaguar I-Pace
    Jaguar I-Pace electric car to join Waymo's self-driving car fleet

    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...

  • 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...

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