NAIAS 2020

Detroit auto show cancelled, venue designated as COVID-19 field hospital for next 6 months

The North American International Auto Show is Detroit's annual hometown auto show.

Photo courtesy of North American International Auto Show

The 2020 edition of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has been cancelled. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has chosen the TCF Center, formerly the Cobo Center, to serve as field hospital space for COVID-19 afflicted patients of Michigan hospitals for the next six months, according to reports.

Detroit's auto show was scheduled for June 7-20 after organizers originally moved the show from January to the summer in an effort to attract more attendees. This was to be the first year for the summertime dates.

North American International Auto ShowThe event is one of the top auto shows in the country along with the Chicago Auto Show, New York International Auto Show, and LA Auto Show.Photo courtesy of North American International Auto Show

NAIAS had been slated to feature modern technology during the AutoMobili-D portion of the event, a more traditional vehicle showcase, and ride-and-drive experiences for consumers. It also traditionally welcomes a large gathering of the world's top automotive journalists and industry executives.

Representatives for the show have announced that there will not be a makeup date for the event in 2020. Instead, the show's team will focus on readying the model for the 2021 show, scheduled for June 13-20.

Already this year, the Geneva Motor Show and New York International Auto Show have been cancelled. The next major auto show in North America is the LA Auto Show in November.

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New subcompact crossover

Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

Honda

With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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Ford will split into two separate businesses by 2023

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Ford Motor Company is splitting up, though not in the negative way you might be thinking. Today, the automaker announced that it is creating separate and distinct businesses, one to house its electric vehicles and the other for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Ford says the move will help it accelerate innovation and streamline its operations.

The newly created divisions get fancy names, too. Ford's EV business will be called Ford Model e, and will focus on delivery of "breakthrough electric vehicles at scale." The unit will also be heavily involved with software and connected vehicle technologies. Ford Blue will handle ICE vehicles, and will focus on cost reductions, quality improvements, and operational efficiencies. The two new businesses join Ford Pro, the automaker's commercial vehicle division, and Ford says all three should have separate finances by 2023.

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The moves come in the middle of Ford's shift to electric vehicles. The automaker says it plans to produce two million EVs annually by 2026, and notes that it wants EVs to represent half of its global volume by 2030. Ford's current electric offerings include the Mustang Mach-E, which has earned good reviews and offers strong range and performance. There's also the E-Transit, a commercial van available in several configurations.

Ford is gearing up for the release of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. The hotly anticipated pickup promises incredible capability and a load of advanced tech. Ford has taken tens of thousands of reservations for the new truck, so it's likely to be in high demand for quite some time.

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