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27 July


Mercedes and Toyota present their updated SUVs

New York International Auto Show opens in the USA

Photo: Mercedes

/NOVOSTIVL/ Automakers on Wednesday gathered at this year's New York International Auto Show where Japanese carmakers unveiled all-new sport-utility vehicles amid growing demand for light trucks over passenger vehicles. This article appeared in the Kyodo News.

Toyota Motor Corp. introduced its 2020 Highlander, a midsize family-friendly SUV that ushers in the model's fourth generation, while Subaru Corp. came out with a redesigned version of the Outback, its top seller in the United States last year. Other automakers like Hyundai Motor Co., Ford Motor Co. and Daimler AG joined the SUV segment.

Hyundai introduced the Venue, its most affordable SUV meant for younger consumers keen on design and add-on technologies. Ford's Lincoln rolled out its new crossover, the Corsair, for the luxury SUV segment. Mercedes-Benz unveiled its seventh model for the same segment with the 2020 GLS, the German brand's largest SUV.

In the United States, "light trucks" including SUVs and pickup trucks accounted for 69 percent of auto sales in 2018, up 4 percentage points from the year prior. Passenger cars have been losing market share for the past seven years, capturing only 31 percent in 2018, according to Cox Automotive.