First Shift: GM to close one of its four Korean plants

GM closing one of its four Korean plants; Mercedes confirms it's skipping Detroit show in '19; Grille inspired by pinstripe suit; Study: Texas added most new-vehicle stores in '17.

Hybrid Hemis, homework, and luxe-mobiles: What scribes are saying about '19 Ram 1500

Redesigned for the 2019 model year, the next-gen Ram 1500 finally broke its cover last week at the Detroit auto show. It won't take long for the new Ram to arrive at dealerships in the U.S., as production is set to begin this month. Here is a roundup of initial reaction to the new pickup.

Sedan glut forces VW to ease up production

Volkswagen is tapping the brakes on production of its compact and midsize sedans to deal with a glut as consumers veer toward crossovers and SUVs.

Newest pickups leaving Ford on aluminum island

Ford looked to be leading the way toward making aluminum the industry standard for automakers trying to cut weight and improve fuel economy — but nobody followed.

BMW will add fwd model to X2

BMW expects many buyers new to BMW Group when its new X2 crossover goes on sale in March.

Despite baggage, Insight name also carries weight

The third-generation Insight will stand outside Honda's Clarity subbrand of electrified vehicles and line up next to the Accord Hybrid.

RDX starts Acura evolution

Acura said its daring Precision concept unveiled during the 2016 Detroit auto show pointed to a bolder future for the brand. That future, as it turned out, wasn't far off.

Wagener loves them just the way they are

Mercedes introduced the redesigned G class last week at the Detroit auto show, making sure to keep the iconic boxy exterior for which it is beloved.

If it's not a Scrambler, what is it?

Will the Wrangler-based pickup be named the Scrambler? FCA US CEO Sergio Marchionne doesn't know.

Infiniti quietly builds QX50 in Mexico

Infiniti is keeping a low profile as it launches the redesigned QX50 crossover, even though it is the brand's most significant new vehicle in years.

Toyota quietly rolls out Apple CarPlay

'Finally,' Siri told Toyota at the Avalon press conference at NAIAS.

Toyota: Let's bring order to small-car line

Toyota's North American CEO, Jim Lentz, told Automotive News that the brand needs to bring some order to its lineup, which contains a range of hybrids plus some carryovers from Scion.

No slowdown for Toyota's Ky. car plant

Plant manager Susan Elkington says the infusion of fresh product will spark sedan sales and keep the Georgetown line humming.

Auto shows, bring back the concepts

An auto show just isn't the same without the edgy or even flipped-out concept vehicles that used to be a staple at international shows, but have been on the wane.

Detroit's hits & misses

Richard Truett, staff powertrain savant and design connoisseur, jumped up on just about every stand, thought and pondered, changed his mind a couple of times and came up with a list of auto show hits and misses.

Hyundai keeps Nexo fuel cell's look understated

The differences between the Nexo and Toyota's Mirai reflect the broader differences in design philosophies of the two brands, says Minchul Koo, head of exterior design for Hyundai Motor Co.

Paint pro gives high marks to automakers' Detroit palettes

Part of the glitz of the Detroit auto show is the palette of colors selected and created for the occasion.

PETA auto show protest, aimed at FCA, is misdirected

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans to protest FCA at the Detroit auto show for something one of its dealers is doing: sponsoring a long-time dog-sled race in Alaska.

Hyundai's U.S. arm eager for a bigger say

Hyundai Motor Group is going through a restructuring that will shift more decision-making power to regional markets such as North America.


There were darn few pure concept vehicles at the 2018 Detroit auto show, but the ones that did appear were true conversations starters.

Jeep sees banner year with new products, Manley says

While other mainstream auto brands head for sliding United States demand this year, Jeep is rolling out new models to buck the trend and bring 16 straight months of sales declines to an end.

Mercedes plans more SUVs

Mercedes will respond to growing demand for SUVs by expanding its lineup with more models, most likely in the fast-growing compact segment.

Waymo chief pops up at Detroit show with Chrysler Pacifica tester

Even though self-driving-car company and Google spinoff Waymo didn't make any news in Detroit this week, CEO John Krafcik showed up at Cobo Center in a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica.

2019 Ram 1500: The engineering behind FCA's newest truck

The retooled Ram will be smarter, tougher and more efficient than the outgoing model but what exactly do those claims mean?

SHOW NOTES: Jeep tweaks an anchor

Jeep CEO Mike Manley introduces the freshened 2019 Cherokee, a pillar in the Jeep lineup, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Tuesday. The Cherokee was the Jeep brand's No. 3 seller in the U.S. in 2017 with volume of 169,882, topped only by the Grand Cherokee (240,696) and the venerable Wrangler (190,522). ...

Chevy skips 2018 Detroit show for next-gen Corvette's debut

One of the most talked-about cars leading up to press days at the North American International Auto Show this week isn't even at the show. That's right, Chevrolet's Corvette C8 was a no-show.

SHOW NOTES: Circle of life

The BMW X2 crossover introduced Monday may be all new. But the BMW roundel on the C-pillar is a direct draw on Bimmer heritage and cars such as the 3.0 CS of the 1970s. ...

SHOW NOTES: BMW scratches the X in X7

The BMW Concept X7 was supposed to make its Detroit auto show debut this week but "the SUV was damaged while in transport to Detroit by truck," a BMW spokeswoman said Tuesday. ...

SHOW NOTES: The Listening & Learning Tour

Washington politicians and bureaucrats are crawling all over the North American International Auto Show floor this week. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, chairman of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, along with other members of the committee, toured exhibits from General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is visiting Detroit 3 exhibits. So is Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. ...

SHOW NOTES: Detroit auto show swag: 2018 edition

It's not an auto show without swag, gewgaw and tchotchkes. This year's Detroit auto show collection includes gloves, jump drives, lip balm, maps, portable mobile phone power banks, keychains, Legos, shoulder bags, puzzles, socks and countless pens. ...

AutoNews Now: New turbo, fresh look for Jeep Cherokee

At Detroit show: New turbo, fresh look for Jeep Cherokee, Benz and BMW to test U.S. subscription plans, Peek at powerful Ford pony, Chao's 'tech neutral' pledge; GM's hot profits.

SHOW NOTES: IndyCar's 2018 race car bows in Detroit

DETROIT -- Some bold-faced names from open-wheel racing and the auto industry were on hand Tuesday for the introduction of the car to be used by teams during the 2018 IndyCar racing season. The new car and universal aerodynamic bodywork kit -- developed to enhance driver safety, make racing closer and passing more frequent -- are also designed to level the playing field between engine manufacturers Honda and Chevrolet. "It looks more like a race car should," Josef Newgarden, 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, said of the chassis that has been in development for more than a year. He predicted the car will hit speeds of 240 to 245 mph at the Indianapolis 500. ...

Jeep Cherokee gets new engine, nip and tuck for 2019

Jeep's midsize SUV, the Cherokee, gets a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, a new face and a number of fixes as part of an extensive freshening for the 2019 model year.

Ferrari plans electric supercar as lineup expands

Ferrari will make a battery-powered supercar to challenge Tesla Inc. at the high end of the electric-auto market, CEO Sergio Marchionne said.

Where are the cool concepts?

This is the Detroit auto show, right? So where are the crazy, cool, or maybe clunky and clumsy experimental vehicles we used to have so much fun either faulting or falling in love with?

BMW's sporty X2 fills key gap in utility lineup

BMW's new X2 crossover will fill a key gap in the automaker's utility lineup that accounts for a third of its worldwide sales.

SHOW NOTES: Sizing up the competition

Look who's checking out the newest Ram 1500: GM President Dan Ammann and GM North America President Alan Batey take an up-close look at the interior. Will we find Sergio Marchionne around the Silverado stand? ...

Saudi oil company stakes its claim at Detroit auto show

Amid the flurry to showcase future electric vehicle offerings at the Detroit auto show, one booth stands alone: Saudi Arabian Oil Co., otherwise known as Aramco.

SHOW NOTES: Bring your best game

The Carpool karaoke booth at the Cadillac stand. General Motors' luxury brand is the official vehicle of Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke: The Series. With the help of a green screen, visitors can record a social-media-shareable video of themselves singing along to popular songs. ...

Acura reboots RDX 'from ground up'

The third-generation RDX -- the first RDX styled, developed and engineered entirely in the U.S. -- is the crossover's most extensive redesign in more than a decade, and it will square off against a wave of new rivals.

Why EVs aren't out front in Detroit

Autonomous vehicles are displayed prominently at several automakers' stands at the Detroit auto show. EVs? Not so much.

Honda Accord, Lincoln Navigator and Volvo XC60 win North American car, truck, utility awards

The Honda Accord won the 2018 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show, while the Lincoln Navigator took the truck honors and the Volvo XC60 was named top utility vehicle of the year.

SHOW NOTES: Another 'utility' trophy for Volvo

Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, poses with the award for North American Utility Vehicle of the Year for the 2018 Volvo XC60 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. It is the second time Volvo has captured the award following the XC90 in 2016. The winner is selected by a jury of 60 American and Canadian automotive journalists -- including Automotive News Staff Reporter Richard Truett and News Editor Sharon Silke Carty. ...

2019 Ram 1500 gets big screen, reclining seats

The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup -- wholly changed and sporting sophisticated technology once reserved for luxury sedans -- is the result of that all-in commitment to the automaker's top-selling vehicle.

The new flagships of Detroit

Along with Ford's pace-setting F series, the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 form a collection of trucks that showcase some of the most sophisticated technologies each manufacturer has in its arsenal.

SHOW NOTES: Super chilled

Acura serves up nitrogen ice cream in RDX-branded cups after the unveiling of the redesigned crossover on Monday at Cobo Center. ...

SHOW NOTES: Another crossover joins the fray

Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO of BMW of North America, introduces the 2018 X2 crossover at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. BMW is betting an overhauled 5 Series sedan and the new X2 crossover will boost U.S. sales this year as the world's second-biggest luxury automaker strives to retake the global lead from Mercedes-Benz. ...

Ford to hatch most powerful street-legal Mustang under Shelby badge

Ford next year will launch its most powerful street-legal Mustang ever: a 700+ hp Shelby GT500.

Toyota polishes 5th-generation Avalon, introduces Apple CarPlay

Toyota's next-generation Avalon flagship sedan features more aggressive bodywork, an updated platform to improve driving dynamics and the company's first implementation of Apple CarPlay after years of remaining one of the few holdouts on smartphone integration.

SHOW NOTES: CEO in the house

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, center, listens alongside senior company executives during the automaker's press conference to introduce the 2019 Ram pickup at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. ...