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Japan owned the 2018 Detroit motor show

Michigan may well be home to the ‘Big Three’ US brands, but the North American International Auto Show held in the state capital Detroit this week had a strangely contrarian element...

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2019 BMW X4 to be revealed in coming months
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2019 BMW X4 to be revealed in coming months

The next-generation BMW X4 looks set to be revealed in the coming months, with Bernhard Kuhnt - BMW North America's CEO - confirming the new crossover will debut this year. Confirming the news while speaking to press at the 2018 Detroit motor show - as reported by Carscoops - Kuhnt said; "this year, we will launch a new BMW X4"...


Mazda's rotary engine to make its return in Toyota's autonomous vehicle
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Mazda's rotary engine to make its return in Toyota's autonomous vehicle

Masahiro Moro, head of Mazda North America, has revealed the company's rotary engine will be used in Toyota's future autonomous vehicles. In an interview with Bloomberg, Moro said Mazda's rotary engine technology would be used as a generator to charge the battery and extend the operating range of Toyota's self-driving electric cars...


Peugeot will electrify all models by 2025, planning return to the US
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Peugeot will electrify all models by 2025, planning return to the US

Carlos Tavares, CEO of the PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall, outlined his company's plans for electrified vehicles and the world's second-largest car market. Electrification Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress on the sidelines of the 2018 Detroit motor show, Tavares committed to offering at least one fully-electric or partially-electric version of each of the company's models by 2025...


2019 Skoda Fabia teased ahead of Geneva
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2019 Skoda Fabia teased ahead of Geneva

The 2019 Skoda Fabia has been teased this week, ahead of a reveal at the 2018 Geneva motor show in March. While details of the updated light hatch are few and far between, Skoda is touting the 2019 Fabia as a "major design overhaul" including the availability of LED headlights and tail-lights for the first time...


Ford goes 'all in', boosts electric car funding to $14 billion
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Ford goes 'all in', boosts electric car funding to $14 billion

Ford has confirmed it will more than double its investment in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company's previous plan to spend US$4.5 billion ($5.7 billion) on electrified vehicle development by 2020 will now be supplanted by a new goal of investing US$11 billion ($14 billion) by 2022...


2019 Jeep Cherokee detailed in Detroit
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2019 Jeep Cherokee detailed in Detroit

The facelifted 2019 Jeep Cherokee has been detailed this week as part of its public debut at the Detroit motor show. Compared to the model it replaces, the updated SUV features revised styling, a powerful new engine option, and the company's latest infotainment system...


China’s GAC Motor entering US next year, previews wild EV concept in Detroit
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China’s GAC Motor entering US next year, previews wild EV concept in Detroit

China's GAC Motor says it wants to enter the massive US car market next year, with a wide range of models and a mission that - if successful - will make it a major player outside its home country. As a statement of intent, the Guangzhou company presented its line-up at this week's Detroit motor show, headlined by the slick GA4 small sedan and a wild electric SUV concept called the Enverge...


2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to rival Hellcat with over 520kW - UPDATED
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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to rival Hellcat with over 520kW - UPDATED

Updated: Ford Australia has confirmed the Mustang Shelby GT500 is a US-only model. Full quote at the bottom. The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has been teased at the 2018 Detroit motor show ahead of going on sale some time next year...


Acura RDX Prototype revealed
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Acura RDX Prototype revealed

The Acura RDX Prototype has been unveiled at the 2018 Detroit motor show, and previews the third generation version of the crossover vehicle. As with earlier Prototype models from Honda and Acura, not much will change between the show car and the production model, although we do expect the latter to feature larger wing mirrors...


2019 Ram 1500 revealed in Detroit
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2019 Ram 1500 revealed in Detroit

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has made its debut at the Detroit motor show this week, sporting a lighter body and technology upgrades, along with a new mild-hybrid powertrain. Weighing up to 102 kilograms less than its predecessor, the new 1500 features an aluminium tailgate - but not the tray bed, which remains a decision unique to Ford and its big F-150...


2018 Volkswagen Jetta unveiled
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2018 Volkswagen Jetta unveiled

The new Volkswagen Jetta has made its debut at the 2018 Detroit motor show, but the sleeker-looking sedan is unlikely to grace Australian showrooms. Unlike the current car, the new Jetta is based on the MQB platform for front- and all-wheel drive cars with a transverse engine. The new sedan is one of the last mainstream models in the Volkswagen range to transition onto MQB...


Kia Telluride in development, Aussie arm keen
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Kia Telluride in development, Aussie arm keen

The very big and very bold Kia Telluride concept is now being developed for a market debut, a pair of senior executives have confirmed this week, and the Australian arm has its hand up. In conversation with Australian press at this week's Detroit motor show, the news was confirmed by Kia Motors Corporation president and chief designer Peter Schreyer, and Kia Motors Europe chief designer, Gregory Guillaume...


Ford F-150: Two new reasons RHD might happen next generation
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Ford F-150: Two new reasons RHD might happen next generation

Two key factors might make the return of a right-hand drive (RHD) Ford F-Series pickup economically feasible for the first time in years - opening the door for a hypothetical return to Australia. The more obvious of these is the recent addition of a diesel engine to what has long been the US market’s number one vehicle (more than 800,000 annual sales there)...


Kia planning no N division, no powered-up Stinger... for now
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Kia planning no N division, no powered-up Stinger... for now

The Kia Stinger GT is all the car it needs to be right now, says Hyundai Motor Group's chief of high-performance engineering, Albert Biermann - and so are the rest of Kia's GT models. Biermann was on hand at this week's Detroit motor show to talk with Australian press about his team's targets for Kia's sporting range...


Mercedes-AMG CLS53, E53 models debut in Detroit
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Mercedes-AMG CLS53, E53 models debut in Detroit

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled a new '53' model line in Detroit, with power from a 48V hybrid-boosted inline-six engine. Debuting in the CLS, E-Class Coupe and E-Class Cabriolet, the new powertrain comprises of a turbocharged inline-six petrol engine making 320kW of power and 520Nm of torque, augmented by a 48V electric system offering an extra 16kW and 250Nm for brief periods...


2018 Kia Cerato GT confirmed for Australia, turbo looks likely
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2018 Kia Cerato GT confirmed for Australia, turbo looks likely

A new 2018 Kia Cerato GT model will headline the Korean brand's Australian line-up this year, sitting atop an otherwise familiar model spread. While some other model ranges in the Kia family are topped by a GT-Line variant, those are mere styling kits to give the car a more sporting look. But, as with the flagship Optima GT, removing the 'line' adds power and handling tweaks for a more sporting drive...


2018 Kia Cerato: AEB or sub-$20k, don't bet on both
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2018 Kia Cerato: AEB or sub-$20k, don't bet on both

The operations boss for Kia Australia says he is all too aware of the "nearly compulsory" status of autonomous emergency braking in today's new cars, and the situation has left his team with a dilemma. Last year, Kia Australia chief operations officer Damien Meredith was "pretty confident" buyers could expect to find autonomous emergency braking (AEB) at every level of the new 2018 Cerato range, revealed in Detroit this week...


2018 Hyundai Veloster & Veloster N unveiled
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2018 Hyundai Veloster & Veloster N unveiled

The 2018 Hyundai Veloster has been revealed this week at the 2018 Detroit motor show, headlined by the Veloster N hot hatch. Four variants of the small coupe-come-hatchback have been revealed, the standard Veloster, the Veloster Turbo, the Veloster R-Spec and the Veloster N – all occupying a different spot on the potency scale...


Hyundai Veloster N unlikely for Australia
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Hyundai Veloster N unlikely for Australia

Hyundai Australia says it’s unlikely we'll see the recently-unveiled Veloster N in Aussie showrooms. Unlike the European-sourced i30 N, the new Veloster and Veloster N – unveiled today at the Detroit motor show – are being built in South Korea. While the 'regular' 2018 Veloster range is set to debut in the third quarter of this year, the N model remains unconfirmed...