There’s a line from Moby-Dick, “In a whaler wonders soon wane.” Cetaceans are awesome creatures, magnificent mammalian consequences of evolution. Awesome, in the older, proper sense of the word.

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McLaren held an opening ceremony for its new Carbon Composites Technology Center in Sheffield, United Kingdom, where a light show greeted guests before a McLaren Senna began doing donuts as part of the facility’s “christening.

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BMW could offer a more potent version of its i8 supercar, according to a report from Auto Express.

Alexander Kotouc, head of product management for BMW i, said customers have been asking for this type of vehicle.

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Normally, consumers would cross-shop the new Kia Forte with rivals including the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, or Toyota Corolla. But in a new video, Kia pits its compact sedan against a much more aspirational car, to put it mildly.

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Land Rover is expected to launch a brand new Defender later this year. But until then, the automaker is re-engineering 150 examples of the current Defender with a more powerful 5.0-liter V-8 engine and selling them as limited-edition models.

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All Infiniti models after 2021 will be electrified with the exception of large SUVs in a bid to differentiate the luxury brand from the mainstream Nissan brand, Hiroto Saikawa, CEO of Nissan Motor Company, said at an automotive conference in Detroit.

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As Teslaslowly rolls out the Model 3 to customers, it’s already plotting improvements it can introduce in future software updates. Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed this week that the Model 3 will expand its voice control capabilities.

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SUVs and crossovers aren’t just surging in popularity — the vehicles are becoming flagship models and often garner more excitement than sedans. Some SUV concepts even preview the future design direction for automakers, a task once reserved for cars.

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Although trucks dominated the 2018 Detroit auto show, affordable vehicles of all types filled the auto show floor. From the near-production prototypes and a compact crossover concept to new midsize trucks and funky hatchbacks, a number of cars and crossovers provided great variety to this year’s show.

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The 2019 Infiniti QX50 midsize crossover will start at $37,545 when it goes on sale this spring.

The model sits on a new platform and features a pioneering VC-Turbo engine that adjusts compression ratio to optimize efficiency and performance.

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