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NAIAS coverage rose 40% this year

The future of Detroit's North American International Auto Show may still be in flux, as organizers mull whether to leapfrog the annual event from January to October, but new numbers around media coverage from this year's show illustrate why moving the event isn't exactly a no-brainer.

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Six weeks after Mercedes-Benz announced it would not attend the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, BMW has done the same. The Munich automaker provided a statement to Automotive News that read, "This decision was made as BMW Group is constantly examining our presence at trade-shows and other engagements, while, at the same time, also exploring alternative platforms and formats. The overall goal is to communicate our ideas and plans regarding future mobility in the best way and achieve the greatest possible

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Transcript: Volkswagen unveils fourth I.D. Concept. VW unveiled the I.D. Vizzion Concept, the 4th installment of the I.D. family, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The Vizzion features level 5 automation and artificial intelligence capable of learning from its operator. Vizzion utilizes a 111 kWh lithium-ion battery and produces 302 horsepower with an estimated range of 413 miles. Vizzion operates without a steering wheel or pedals. The operator interacts with the vehicle via gesture control, augme

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Transcript: Bentley unveils the "world's first" luxury hybrid. Bentley revealed the Bentayga Hybrid at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. This is Bentley's first step toward eventually going fully electric. The Bentley Bentayga Plug-in Hybrid will include a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and the "E Motor." The E Motor acts as a generator and electric motor with 3 E Modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Mode, and Hold Mode. It has an electric range of 31 miles with a charge time of 2.5 hours using an

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Transcript: Jaguar goes all-electric with the production 2019 I-Pace. The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace has been revealed in Graz, Austria ahead of its public debut in Geneva. Originally revealed back in 2016 as a concept, the EV has been heavily influenced by the C-X75 supercar concept. The I-Pace is Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle and will include a 90 kWh battery with a range of 240 miles. Jaguar says it can recharge to 80% in just 40 minutes on a 100-kW DC fast charger. The all-wheel-drive SUV has

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Ford unveiled its 2019 Transit Connect Wagon at the Chicago Auto Show. The Blue Oval is marketing the 7 passenger van to Baby Boomers and entrepreneurs. Ford is touting that the vehicle is full of tech, safety, and space “without the minivan price tag.” Transcript: This van is aimed at Baby Boomers The Ford Transit Connect Wagon unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Ford is marketing the Wagon to Baby Boomers. Who want space, versatility, and technology “without the expensive minivan price

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Hyundai’s new Plug-in has a range of 590 miles Hyundai revealed the 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. The Plug-in Hybrid includes a 50 kW electric motor battery pack and has a combined range of 590 miles. The two Sonatas will be built in Asan, Korea. Transcript: Hyundai’s new Plug-in has a range of 590 miles Hyundai revealed its redesigned sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert,

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The Lincoln Nautilus is a midsize crossover that is set to replace the MKX. Coming to dealerships next spring, Lincoln hopes that the Nautilus can continue where the MKX left off, as the luxury automaker's top-selling model. For more coverage of the 2017 LA Auto Show head over to https://www.autoblog.com/la-auto-show/

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It's finally here, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS. This is the third generation of the car that popularized the four-door coupe design. This version has a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to improve fuel efficiency. For more coverage of the 2017 LA Auto Show head over to https://www.autoblog.com/la-auto-show/

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The 2018 Wrangler was revealed at the LA Auto Show and this is our first look at the four-door Sahara model. Jeep has made some interior and exterior design changes on Wrangler for 2018. And the automaker says that the off-roading icon will also see an improvement to fuel economy. For more coverage of the 2017 LA Auto Show head over to https://www.autoblog.com/la-auto-show/

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FCA unveiled the 2018 Jeep Wrangler at the LA Auto Show. Here's our first look at the Rubicon model. Rubicon is the most purpose-built of the Wrangler lineup. For 2018 this icon will feature a lighter body-on-frame platform and better fuel economy. For more coverage of the 2017 LA Auto Show head over to https://www.autoblog.com/la-auto-show/

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FCA unveiled the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler at the 2017 LA Auto Show. The iconic off-roader will be lighter and have better fuel economy than its predecessor. For more coverage of the 2017 LA Auto Show head over to https://www.autoblog.com/la-auto-show/

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The 2018 Hyundai Kona crossover is officially coming to the U.S. It’s Hyundai’s first B-Segment crossover for the U.S. market. The Kona is scheduled to be at dealerships in the U.S. in early 2018. For more coverage of the 2017 LA Auto Show head over to https://www.autoblog.com/la-auto-show/

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The 2018 Nissan Kicks is coming to the U.S. This marks Nissan’s 6th CUV in it’s crossover and SUV line-up. The Kicks will be offered in 3 models: Kicks S, Kicks SV, and Kicks SR. For more coverage of the 2017 LA Auto Show head over to https://www.autoblog.com/la-auto-show/

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Honda will debut the 2017 Civic Si at the 2016 LA Auto Show.

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The 2015 Detroit Auto Show was one of the most exciting installments of the annual event in years with everything from supercar debuts to the future of electric mobility. If you go check out some of these new cars to admire their aluminum and carbon fiber, keep in mind the beautiful people surrounding the booths are listening. In fact, it's a big part of their job.

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This year's Shanghai Motor Show has not ruled out banning promotional models that normally accompany cars on show stands, after models' racy attire at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show was chastised for having "a negative social impact."

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Since no one seems to want to follow my advice and erase all memory of the 1980s, every so often, I stumble upon something like this – a video showing the highlights of the 1987 Chicago Auto Show. And it's terrible. Yet oddly priceless.

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The world's auto show circuit could be about to welcome back a member to the premier ranks occupied by Geneva, Detroit, Shanghai and others, as Prince Michael of Kent has announced that the London Motor Show will be held in 2016, marking the first time the UK has hosted a major auto show since 2008.

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The 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show is already shaping up to be a big deal, with at least nine world debuts from some of the biggest names in the industry. Now, Autoblog has intercepted a memo that's going to be sent out to automakers this week explaining that LA will be even bigger this year because it is adding a third day of media festivities.