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Future Cars! 2019 and Beyond

Motor Trend Logo Motor Trend | Slide 1 of 42: Just as we were going to press with our look into this year's new-car crystal ball, Ford shocked the industry by announcing it was going to stop selling most of its passenger car lineup. Crossovers and SUVs are now outselling traditional sedans; the shift in consumer preferences is so pronounced that a major automaker doesn't think they're worth building anymore.Whether Ford is right about ditching cars, similar reasoning can be seen industrywide in our latest edition of Future Cars. Even Rolls-Royce is building its first-ever SUV, no matter what the automaker chooses to call it. Meanwhile, legendary SUV nameplates such as Ford Bronco and Land Rover Defender are making big comebacks. And the venerable Mercedes G-Wagen had the biggest update in its history.It's not all about SUVs, though. Some companies are still counting on affordable sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks. Nissan is doubling-down on the Altima, while Mazda will stretch a drop of gasoline even farther with its next-generation engine technology, previewed in the Mazda3. Then there are the various hybrid, fuel cell, and fully electric cars all rushing down the pipelineSports cars are alive and well, too, with the Toyota Supra rising from the ashes and the mythical mid-engine Corvette finally on the brink of reality. And with the economy still roaring, we're seeing a new generation of pickup trucks, which comprise a huge chunk of sales to contractors, farmers, ranchers, and those who just need a way to haul their boat to the lake.Wherever the industry ends up going, we'll be here to cover it. Your clearest look at what's to come is right here in Future Cars.Read last year's Future Cars special here

2019 FUTURE CARS

Just as we were going to press with our look into this year's new-car crystal ball, Ford shocked the industry by announcing it was going to stop selling most of its passenger car lineup. Crossovers and SUVs are now outselling traditional sedans; the shift in consumer preferences is so pronounced that a major automaker doesn't think they're worth building anymore.

Whether Ford is right about ditching cars, similar reasoning can be seen industrywide in our latest edition of Future Cars. Even Rolls-Royce is building its first-ever SUV, no matter what the automaker chooses to call it. Meanwhile, legendary SUV nameplates such as Ford Bronco and Land Rover Defender are making big comebacks. And the venerable Mercedes G-Wagen had the biggest update in its history.

It's not all about SUVs, though. Some companies are still counting on affordable sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks. Nissan is doubling-down on the Altima, while Mazda will stretch a drop of gasoline even farther with its next-generation engine technology, previewed in the Mazda3. Then there are the various hybrid, fuel cell, and fully electric cars all rushing down the pipeline

Sports cars are alive and well, too, with the Toyota Supra rising from the ashes and the mythical mid-engine Corvette finally on the brink of reality. And with the economy still roaring, we're seeing a new generation of pickup trucks, which comprise a huge chunk of sales to contractors, farmers, ranchers, and those who just need a way to haul their boat to the lake.

Wherever the industry ends up going, we'll be here to cover it. Your clearest look at what's to come is right here in Future Cars.

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