VW Might Show Off a New Small Pickup This Week

Plus McLaren at Melbourne and BMW is done in Detroit.

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VW Pickup

This week marks the beginning of the New York Auto Show. Most of the cars we expect to see at the show will be boring crossovers, but according to Automotive News, Volkswagen is planning . But don't expect something quirky like the Rabbit Pickup above.

Instead, VW's supposed pickup will be closer to a Honda Ridgeline since it'd be based on the new Atlas crossover. We'll see VW's pickup on Wednesday, if it does indeed exist.

McLaren Was Better Without Honda

Preseason testing had us questioning whether McLaren was smart to drop Honda for Renault in F1 this season. McLaren spent a lot of time in the garage with technical issues while Toro Rosso's new Honda-powered car completed a gazillion laps. But yesterday's Australian Grand Prix showed that

Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne both finished in the points, with Alonso's fifth equalling the teams best result in three years with Honda power. Meanwhile, Pierre Gasly's Honda-powered Toro Rosso dropped out of the race and Brendon Hartley was the last car running at the finish, one lap down.

BMW Done in Detroit

Next year's Detroit Auto Show is losing another automaker. Mercedes has already announced that it'll be pulling out of the show, and now to Cobo Hall for the annual event.

BMW is just the latest automaker to pull out of the show in the last few years, following Jaguar-Land Rover, Porsche, Volvo, and Mazda, as all of the manufacturers re-evaluate where to show off new models.

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