Inside the Industry

Long-awaited Jeep Gladiator pickup arrives

(November 30, 2018) LOS ANGELES — The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility, best-in-class towing and 4x4 payload, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features.

All-new Kia Niro EV crossover utility makes North American debut

(November 29, 2018) LOS ANGELES — The new Kia Niro EV opens a world of new possibilities for consumers who love crossover characteristics but also want all the benefits electric vehicles have to offer. Not only can they have all the functionality of a traditional crossover, but they can have it while driving past filling stations.

Energy and power for Niro EV comes from a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled 64kWh lithium ion polymer battery that is packaged under the floor of the vehicle to allow for minimal passenger space intrusion.

280-horsepower 2019 Honda Passport SUV makes world debut

(November 29, 2018) LOS ANGELES — The all-new 2019 Honda Passport 5-passenger V6-powered SUV made its world debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Going on sale early next year, Passport provides a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road adventure capability along with best-in-class interior space. The all-new Honda Passport will slot between the compact CR-V and three-row Pilot in Honda's SUV lineup.

Kia shows its redesigned 2020 Soul in L.A.

(November 29, 2018) LOS ANGELES — Kia has introduced the 2020 Soul, a completely new yet familiar version of Kia’s beloved and award-winning urban runabout. Taking everything that helped popularize the quirky, unconventionally styled subcompact, Kia Motors poured more of its soul into nearly every inch of the vehicle, resulting in a third-generation that continues to transcend style, peppy performance, new technology, and urban practicality.

Mazda reveals redesigned next-generation Mazda3

(November 29, 2018) HIROSHIMA, Japan — Mazda unveiled the all-new Mazda3 this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The fully redesigned model will be rolled out to global markets starting from North America in early 2019.

The all-new Mazda3 adopts a matured Kodo design language that attempts to embody the essence of Japanese aesthetics. While the overall form presents a simple, single motion, subtle undulations bring the design to life through shifting light and reflections that glide over the body surface.

All-new Toyota Corolla Hybrid expected to get at least 50 mpg

(November 29, 2018) LOS ANGELES — With its bumper-to-bumper, wheels-to-roof transformation, the 2020 Toyota Corolla was already big news in sedans for 2019. And now comes the ultimate “But wait, there’s more!” bonus: a new hybrid model that achieves at least 50 mpg combined fuel economy (projected). That makes the 2020 Corolla Hybrid the most fuel-efficient model to ever wear the model name that debuted more than a half-century ago.

Finalists named for North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards

(November 29, 2018) LOS ANGELES — Finalists for the 2019 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards were announced Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Honda, with two vehicles among the finalists, has a chance to extend its NACTOY winning streak to a fourth consecutive year.

The three car finalists are the Genesis G70, Honda Insight and the Volvo S60. The utility finalists are the Acura RDX, Hyundai Kona and the Jaguar I-Pace. They beat out offerings such as the Jeep Wrangler, Cadillac XT4 and BMW X5.

Toyota Prius adds electric all-wheel drive system for 2019

(November 28, 2018) LOS ANGELES — When it comes to the 2019 Prius, “Let’s Go Places” can be expanded to “let’s go more places, in more conditions” thanks to the available new AWD-e system. Designed to provide more confidence and control when weather and road conditions are less than ideal, the electric all-wheel drive system further expands where the Prius can take drivers.

Cadillac Escalade gets special black edition for 2019

(November 28, 2018) LOS ANGELES — Cadillac is introducing the 2019 Sport Edition, a bold new look for those who aren’t afraid of the dark. This new black-accented version is the first special edition available for the current generation of the sales- and segment-leading, SUV.

Offered on Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum models, the new Sport Edition is distinguished by gloss black exterior trim, including the front grilles, window moldings, body side moldings and more, as well as a unique Midnight Silver finish on the standard 22-inch wheels.

Volvo and Luminar show groundbreaking autonomous technology

(November 28, 2018) Volvo Cars and Luminar, a leading start-up in the development of core sensing technology for autonomous vehicles, are demonstrating the most advanced LiDAR sensor and perception capabilities to date at this year’s Automobility LA trade show in Los Angeles.

The ongoing development of LiDAR technology, which uses pulsed laser signals to detect objects, is a crucial element in creating safe autonomous cars. It allows autonomous cars to navigate safely in complex traffic environments and at higher speeds by providing these cars with reliable long-range perception capabilities.