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  • 2018 Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio

    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 introduce an EQ electric car as well. DON'T MISS: Camouflaged Audi e-tron electric SUV appears at Geneva show Could this be the production version of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, an all-electric crossover utility built on a dedicated plug-in platform that would be the company's first long-range vehicle? Well...

  • 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback
    2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid hatchback debuts in Geneva for Europe

    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...

  • 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

    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 the Volkswagen ID range of battery-electric models, VW says, and will go into production by 2022. DON'T MISS: Volkswagen ID Vizzion large all-electric sedan teased before Geneva debut It will join production versions of the Volkswagen ID compact hatchback, the ID Crozz compact crossover, and the ID...

  • 2019 Lexus UX
    Lexus UX smaller crossover peeks out before Geneva auto show

    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...

  • 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

    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 latest version of the RX Hybrid. Now it has released prices for the 2019 Lexus RX 450hL crossover at the Chicago auto show. DON'T MISS: 2018 Lexus RX L adds third row to fast-selling luxury crossover That's a new seven-seat version of the RX hybrid, with an extended wheelbase and a third-row seat...

  • 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
    2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon gets "EcoBlue" diesel option, no hybrid so far

    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...

  • 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 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 vehicle." It's entirely possible, however, that it might be a concept version of the future BMW X3e, an all-electric version of its next-generation X3 compact crossover utility vehicle. DON'T MISS: Mini Electric Concept revealed in Frankfurt auto show debut It could also be something entirely different...

  • E-Fuso Vision One concept
    Mercedes parent Daimler launches E-Fuso electric truck sub-brand

    Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, also owns the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation—which it used last week to preview major shifts coming to its Daimler Trucks business. It all took place at the reveal of E-Fuso, a new sub-brand of Daimler's Fuso operation that will...

  • Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride fuel-cell concept targets 600 miles of range

    Toyota continues to experiment with and develop various types of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles despite not yet offering a single production battery-electric car. The Japanese automaker now sells the Mirai, has announced it will begin studies of the Project Portal fuel-cell semi truck, and reportedly...

  • Nissan IMx concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Nissan IMx Concept electric SUV debuts at Tokyo Motor Show

    The long-awaited all-electric crossover utility concept from Nissan finally made its public debut Wednesday morning on the first press day at the Tokyo auto show. Dubbed the Nissan IMx, the compact crossover concept includes both fully autonomous driving and an electric range given as more than 370...

  • Nissan LCV e-NV200 Fridge Concept for electric refrigerated small van at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Nissan e-NV200 Fridge Concept: electric refrigerated van at Tokyo Motor Show

    Nissan will roll out a new electric van concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one that it believes will help solve urban delivery congestion. The e-NV200 Fridge Concept adds a refrigerated compartment to the existing e-NV200 electric small delivery van to keep various perishable goods fresh while...

  • Teaser for Nissan concept debuting at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Will Nissan have an electric SUV concept at Tokyo Motor Show?

    Automakers spend a lot of time trying to work out how electrified powertrains, autonomous driving technology, connectivity, and sharing will turn their industry upside down. Or not. Meanwhile, globally but especially in North America, one trend is clear right this moment: utility vehicles are hot...

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