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News, opinions and notes from the New York Auto Show

Volkswagen is taking a hard look at a pickup truck, the Lincoln Aviator is back, and you love old Subarus (we'll explain). The New York Auto Show returned last week with flair and a wide range of promising reveals. Let's break down some of the big news, plus a few things you might have missed.

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New platform, available AWD: Nissan says it has quit playing it safe

Nissan designed the sixth-generation 2019 Altima to fulfill a lofty mission: shake up the midsized sedan segment. The carmaker said it was already well into work on its formerly best-selling vehicle when the Rogue crossover became the most popular Nissan on the lot. Once the Altima had been freed from the constraint of being the company's No. 1 in the U.S., Nissan decided to go further with the Atima's design and detailing, and make it a global car. The result sits on a new platform, gets two ne

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The Volkswagen Atlas Sport Concept previews a five-seater Atlas soon joining Volkswagen's SUV arsenal for the U.S. market. To be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2019, this lightly disguised concept mixes seven-seater Atlas exterior with a cues from the recent new-generation Touareg and some hybrid powertrain tech we haven't seen from VW yet.

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Appearance package adds custom bumper, badges and wheels

Volkswagen has opted to offer the sporty R-Line design package to its all-new 2019 Arteon. The gussied-up four-door coupe will make its public debut at the New York International Auto Show next week and will be available on every trim level when the Arteon goes on sale in the fall.

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Revised C-Class two-doors gain the same extra features as the sedan

After their four-door siblings bowed at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will send their greetings to the world at the New York Auto Show. Naturally, most of the story here carries over from the sedans.

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Compact crossover gets stylish taillights and a bigger cargo opening

Following Toyota's romantic RAV4 silhouette teaser shot yesterday, Subaru is officially joining in the titillating game with a glimpse of the 2019 Forester. Subaru has toyed with pincer-shaped taillights for a few years on its Viziv concepts. The Ascent concept wore another version of the design, but the production Ascent got fitted with a set of highly unoffensive lamps. Looks like the Forester earns the retail nod for the conceptual units, and with it, a wider cargo opening. The taillights on

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Look for a far more rugged design in Toyota's bestseller

All we have is spy photos and a teaser image.

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Also the sporty Acura RDX A-Spec variant, shown in teaser image

Also debuting will be the sporty A-Spec variant, shown in teaser image

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How will it stand up against the new Camry, Accord and Malibu?

Nissan releases a design sketch of the 2019 Altima that "hints at the future of Nissan design language."

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Genesis reveals the GV80 concept SUV, a glimpse the brand's SUV plans and future design language.

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Hyundai introduces the 2018 Sonata at the 2017 New York Auto Show with a revised design and lots of new technology.

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The focus is on styling and handling.

The rear-drive LS 500 offers a handling package as well.

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On display in New York

From new paint colors to driver assistance technology.

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Two body styles, and neither is a traditional sedan.

Cars with hatches are cooler than cars with trunks, all other things being equal.

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Drivers Were Idle For More Than 98 Percent Of Vehicle's Journey

In the first trip across the United States ever made by an autonomous car, engineers from Delphi Automotive were surprised to learn that, in some cases, their vehicle behaved a lot like a human driver.

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Nissan has followed up on its impressive Super Bowl showing with official images of the new Maxima sedan, slated to arrive at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

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Scion promises to bring the production iM hatchback as well as its very first sedan to the New York Auto Show in the spring, but just what – if anything – will that new sedan be based on?

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New York Auto Show and Beijing Motor Show wrap-ups

Episode #377 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Steven Ewing talk about the New York Auto Show, the Beijing Motor Show (and a tangent or two). We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

New York and Beijing Auto Show wrap-ups

We're almost ready to record Episode #377 of the Autoblog Podcast! You can check out the topics below, add your own to the Q&A and join us live via UStream, as well. Keep reading for our embedded UStream player, and thanks for listening!