The quirky 2020 Kia Soul crossover arrived with a new look at the 2018 LA Auto Show Wednesday. This time around, the battery-electric Soul EV gained a major update, too.
Crossover buyers looking for a little more oomph have a new candidate to consider. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 ushers in a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, and its official EPA fuel economy ratings show it will return as high as 25 mpg combined.
Volvo and its self-driving car technology partner, Luminar, said they've made a major advance in lidar technology that helps autonomous vehicles "see" its surroundings like never before.
2020 Hyundai Palisade
From Motor Authority:
Hyundai's on-again, off-again relationship with crossovers not named "Santa Fe" is complicated.
“When you do a really wild show car and you follow up with a production car which is not as attractive, people aren’t happy,” observed Marc Lichte, Audi’s head of design, while sitting in the back of the e-tron GT concept. “We wanted to do it the other way around. We do a really amazing show car—and the funny thing is, the production car is as good as the show car.”
Developing an autonomous car ready for the public is a huge task that has consumed tech companies for years, with millions of miles of on-testing that has cost hundreds of millions of dollars. It's not easy.
2019 Kia Niro EV
From Green Car Reports:
At the LA Auto Show, Kia revealed a completely new generation of its Soul—including, once again, an all-electric Kia Soul EV that makes overtures to urbanites who need box-on-wheels utility, affordability, parking ease, and some design flair but also want an electric car.
At the LA Auto Show, Kia has provided some long-awaited U.S. market details for the Niro EV. Among the most important ones: With a large 64-kwh battery pack, it will offer an EPA-rated range of 239 miles.
Electric power has come to drag racers, hill-climb cars, and Formula E racers. Why not rally cars?