Paris Motor show
The city of wagon loveOct. 15
Europeans still are showing some love for wagons and hatchbacks even as sales of crossovers and SUVs boom, just as in the U.S. While these models won't be arriving stateside, they attracted attention (and some wishful thinking from American enthusiasts) during the Paris auto show this month.
BMW's 2019 3 series: What people are sayingOct. 9
One of the major debuts at the 2018 Paris auto show was the redesigned 2019 BMW 3 series. The seventh-generation luxury compact sport sedan is longer, wider and taller than the current model. Inside, there are tech features such as smartphone entry and an in-car assistant that learns drivers' routines. The 330i will use an updated version of the company's 2-liter turbocharged four, which makes 255 hp, a 7-hp increase, and 295 pound-feet of torque. The 3 series will go on sale in Europe and the U.S. in March. Here's some initial 3-series reaction from the automotive media.
Paris previews a new era for auto showsOct. 8
Was this Paris show good? Was it too quiet? Does this mean shows are dead? The arguments around auto show relevance were endless last week, and the jury is still very much out. But this much was clear: Paris was the first auto show of this new season of auto shows.
In Vietnam, familiar names put startup on the fast trackOct. 8
Longtime GM executive Jim DeLuca is bringing a keen sense of American-Vietnamese history to VinFast, the well-funded and ambitious Vietamese automaker that made its global debut at the Paris auto show last week.
Hits & missesOct. 7
A limited-edition EV with unlimited speedOct. 7
Aspark, of Osaka, Japan, will build 50 examples of its all-electric Owl. When it delivers the first car in mid-2020, it is guaranteeing customers a sprint time of 1.99 seconds from a dead stop to 62 mph on street-legal tires.
Peugeot E-Legend evokes past, futureOct. 7
The E-Legend concept shown in Paris presents Peugeot's vision of an electric and autonomous vehicle future, with styling that evokes the retro feel of the brand's famous 504 Coupe that debuted in 1969.
BMW focuses on new 3 series' driving dynamicsOct. 7
BMW unveiled the seventh-generation of the sedan in Paris and said the sedan's signature characteristics such as design, agile handling, fuel efficiency and advanced equipment have been raised to a higher level.
Monza supercars will be big revenue boosters for FerrariOct. 7
Ferrari plans to sell 499 units of the Monza SP1 and SP2 supercars with a €1.6 million ($1.85 million) price tag. Over two years of production, that would generate an additional $755 million in revenue.
Renault's EZ-Ultimo is a luxury shuttle of the futureOct. 7
Renault's EZ-Ultimo is a luxury self-driving vehicle that follows the company's EZ-Go, a robotaxi, and the EZ-Pro, a "last mile" delivery vehicle. All three concepts are based on the same front-wheel-drive electric platform and have Level 4 autonomous capabilities.