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2017 Photos of the year: Miscellany

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 1, 2018
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

9:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2017
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.

L.A.'s hot new model? Subscriptions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017
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.

Crossover country

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017
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.

Nissan targets Kicks at millennials — and their parents

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017
The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be targeted at millennials and retirees alike, and priced to be competitive with entry-level sedans.

Lexus seeks conquests with 3-row RX

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017
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.

Wrangler gets overhaul, with plug-in coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017
Jeep will offer a plug-in hybrid version of its iconic off-roader in 2020, joining new turbocharged I-4 and diesel V-6 options on the redesigned 2018 Wrangler.

Redesigned QX50 critical to Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017
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.

Intel chief says chip edge goes to Intel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017
The war over the self-driving car chip got a little personal last week at the Los Angeles auto show, where Intel CEO Brian Krzanich started naming names and calling out the competition.

Subaru Ascent fills big hole in crossover lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017
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.

Short product life cycles coming, Panasonic chief says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017
Panasonic North America CEO Tom Gebhardt says short cycles are used to fix errors.

L.A.'s hits, misses and puppies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2017
Grab a bag of Cheetos and check out what our man David Undercoffler fancied at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

For Volvo, strong lineup, tech ties pillars of success

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2017
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the key to long-term success also lies in creating lucrative partnerships with tech companies.

Cadillac pulling off camouflage sooner

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2017
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.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: LA Auto Show hits and misses

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2017
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.

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

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2017
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.

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

7:19 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2017
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

11:29 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2017
The Porsche 911 will likely get a plug-in hybrid variant mid-way through its next generation, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume says.

BMW boosts i8's electric range and power with new roadster

Nov. 30, 2017 09:31 CET
BMW is giving its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car more power and a longer electric-only driving range, while also adding a softtop convertible variant.

Toyota wades again in crossover waters with FT-AC concept

6:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2017
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.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Toyota off-road concept evokes FJ Cruiser

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2017
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.

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

8:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2017
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.

BMW says roadster will be top-selling i8

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2017
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.

Fading CLS gets fifth seat, new 6-cylinder

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2017
Mercedes-Benz hopes to reverse a significant U.S. sales decline for the car when the third generation arrives next fall.

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

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2017
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.

 
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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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