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Feb
20
Local Color: Unusual Paint Hues at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Check out our gallery of eye-catching colors seen at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

Chicago Auto ShowTraditional auto shows are facing plenty of challenges these days, as manufacturer priorities shift and the new-vehicle marketplace evolves. One thing has stayed the same, though: an auto show offers an unparalleled opportunity to compare competitive cars back-to-back, and to “tire-kick” a broad range of vehicles in a short amount of time. For an auto journalist, these shows are also a great way to spot industry trends large and small.

Feb
07
2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

Chicago Auto Show Toyota’s lineup of TRD Off-Road SUVs is about to get a smaller sibling. The RAV4 compact SUV, which was just redesigned for 2019, is set to add a TRD Off-Road model outfitted with an array of Toyota Racing Development engineering and design features aimed at enhancing trail-driving capability.

Feb
07
2019 Volkswagen GLI

2019 Volkswagen GLI 35th Anniversary

Chicago Auto Show Volkswagen unveiled the “hot-rod” version of its recently redesigned compact sedan at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The 2019 Jetta GLI gets its 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and other performance features from Volkswagen’s Golf GTI compact hatchback.

Feb
04
2019 Chevrolet Blazer

2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS

If you were hoping that Chevrolet’s anticipated revival of its Blazer nameplate would result in a modern-day off-roader that could square off against Ford’s soon-to-be-unveiled 2020 Bronco, we’ve got bad news for you.

Feb
01
GMC Sierra AT4

2019 GMC Sierra AT4

The 2019 model year is a momentous one for domestic-brand full-size pickups. The Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram 1500 are all redesigned, and the Ford F-150 sees some notable updates. As always, these big haulers are available in a dizzying array of body and cab styles, trim levels, and powertrain options, and the GMC Sierra roster gets even bigger with the mid-year addition of the new AT4 trim level and an accompanying performance package.

Jan
21
Nissan IMs Concept

Nissan IMs Concept

Detroit Auto Show LogoDETROIT—True “blue sky” concept vehicles seem to be much rarer at auto shows these days than they’ve been in the past, but Nissan unveiled one at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The IMs concept is a genre-bending 4-door that Nissan calls an “elevated sport sedan.”

Jan
16
2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

Detroit Auto Show LogoDETROIT—Lexus’s sporty RC coupe lineup launched for the 2015 model year, so it’s old enough now to have reached its “freshen by” date. The RC 300 and RC 350 models got a refresh for the 2019 model year that included updated styling, retuned suspension, and a few newly available features. For 2020, it’s the high-performance RC F model’s turn. At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lexus unveiled the 2020 RC F and the new RC F Track Edition model.

Jan
14
2020 Volkswagen Passat

2020 Volkswagen Passat

Detroit Auto Show LogoVolkswagen unveiled a thoroughly revamped version of its mainstream front-wheel-drive midsize sedan at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat retains the basic powertrain and underpinnings of the previous Passat, but wears all-new body styling and a redesigned interior.

Jan
14
2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line

Detroit Auto Show LogoDETROIT—The sporty version of Hyundai’s Elantra GT compact 4-door hatchback is getting a name change and a few other updates for 2019. The new Elantra GT N Line—unveiled at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit—replaces the 2018 Elantra GT Sport model, and Hyundai says that more N Line models will be arriving later on future Hyundai products.

Jan
14
2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride

Detroit Auto Show LogoDETROIT—After a few rounds of concepts and lightly disguised show-vehicle versions, Kia officially took the wraps off its all-new three-row SUV at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2020 Kia Telluride is the largest vehicle Kia has ever produced, and it has been designed specifically for the North American market.

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