The auto industry will be trading winter coats for sunscreen at future editions of the North American International Auto Show.  

Beginning in 2020, the show will be held in June instead of January. Detroit’s Cobo Center will remain the hub, but a warmer month allows for events to also be held at outdoor locations throughout the city. That creates more options beyond the typical auto show reveals. There are several reasons behind the decision, including some automakers pulling out of the January show, and trends in the industry overall. The 2019 North American International Auto Show is still slated for January.

Porsche’s pursuit of improving performance… is making its way to their compact SUV…

The 2019 Porsche Macan was unveiled in Shanghai, but before that… MotorWeek got a close up look at the vehicle designed for the Chinese market. This mid-cycle refresh, features sportier front and rear fascias.

Changes to the V6 engine include more horsepower, moving the fuel injectors next to the spark plugs for a better fuel-air mixture… and placing the turbochargers inside the V to improve performance.

Project managers told MotorWeek about their goals…

Antoon Janssen: “So yes, we increased the power output of the engine, but I have to mention that one of the main items is also the efficiency and the reduction of emissions.”

Sebastian Staiger: “We developed a new chassis especially the air suspension. The air suspension comes with more dynamics and more comfort.”

YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: A Panamera influence is clear in the new touch screen technology. An optional sport steering wheel is from the 911.

We haven’t heard official specifications on a U.S. model of the new Macan, but we expect the Chinese model to be a good indication of what Americans might see.

And that does it for this week’s Motor News.