Wheels: Americans Crave S.U.V.s, and Carmakers Oblige

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Ford's latest Lincoln Navigator is larger and more powerful than its predecessor, while aiming squarely at car owners seeking luxury features.

Ford’s latest Lincoln Navigator is larger and more powerful than its predecessor, while aiming squarely at car owners seeking luxury features. Hilary Swift for The New York Times
By BILL VLASIC
At the New York International Auto Show, powerful sport utility vehicles are at center stage, a sign of the continuing shift away from traditional passenger cars.
Emily Hurwitz, 28, purchased a Volkswagen Tiguan through Shift, an online company that brought the car to her apartment for a test drive.

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By MARY M. CHAPMAN
Companies like Shift appeal to millennials in particular, but experts say the traditional dealership isn’t about to disappear.

Matt Dunford, exterior designer, with the Fiat Chrysler Portal concept car in January at the Consumer Electronics Association's annual show.

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By JOHN R. QUAIN
Facial recognition and other technology are set to further personalize the driving experience.