Ford Motor Company today unveiled its plans to replace more than 75 percent of its model lineup by 2020, and is aiming to have the “freshest” product roster in the North American market by that time. The manufacturer will focus heavily on trucks, SUVs, and hybrid vehicles in the next 24 months. More pure-electric vehicles are slated to follow starting in 2020, with six battery electric vehicles (BEVs) planned for introduction by 2022.
One of the highlights of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month was the introduction of the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype (you can read our report on that introduction here). At the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, we had the opportunity to get an up-close look around and inside the RDX Prototype.
There’s no better place than an auto show to see a broad range of brand-new vehicles up close, and there’s also no better place to check out the latest trends in factory paint-color offerings. One of our Chicago Auto Show traditions is to scour the show floor on the hunt for interesting new or recently introduced colors—“double-take” hues that are more eye-catching that the usual whites, silvers, blacks, and grays (and, for that matter, straightforward fire-engine reds).
At the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen officially took the wraps off the North-American-market version of the successor to its stylish CC midsize sedan. The 2019 Arteon is fastback-styled 4-door hatchback sedan that will slot above the Passat sedan in VW’s lineup.
Following in the footsteps of its refreshed-for-2018 Sonata midsize sedan, Hyundai unveiled the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid versions at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.
DETROIT—BMW officially introduced the latest in its seemingly ever-proliferating line of crossover SUV models at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2018 BMW X2 is a compact crossover that shares its basic platform with the BMW X1, but it offers sleeker bodywork and low-slung proportions that focus more on style than utility.
DETROIT—The 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit marked the public debut of the significantly refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee. A redesigned front fascia, newly available turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, and updated infotainment systems are the primary updates to this five-passenger compact SUV.
DETROIT—Nissan unveiled a three-row, six-passenger SUV concept vehicle at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The company says its Xmotion (pronounced “cross motion”) concept blends Japanese culture and craftsmanship with American-style utility, and signals the design direction of future Nissan production models.
DETROIT—Kia kicked off the fourth generation of its mainstream compact car with the unveiling of the 2019 Forte at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new Forte gets fresh styling on a slightly larger platform, an all-new powertrain, new driver assistance features, and estimated fuel economy of up to 35 mpg combined.
DETROIT—Hyundai took the wraps off a redesigned version of its unconventional compact sporty hatchback at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2019 Veloster retains the model’s novel asymmetrical door configuration (one on the driver’s side, and two on the passenger side for easier access to the back seat), but gains all-new styling inside and out, updated powertrains, and a host of new technology features. Hyundai is also using the new Veloster as the inaugural vehicle of a planned “N” lineup of high-performance Hyundais.