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Volvo Reveals Concept Estate Ahead of Geneva Debut

Completes concept trilogy.

by on Feb.27, 2014

Volvo debuts the third in its trilogy of concept vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show: the Volvo Concept Estate.

There are plenty of big changes coming at Volvo, the Swedish maker planning a major shift in its powertrain strategy, opening a pair of factories in China – and adopting a new, and much more expressive design language.

We’ve been getting hints of where the styling side of that equation will head as Volvo has rolled out a trio of concept vehicles over the last three months covering three of its primary body styles.

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It began with the Frankfurt Motor Show reveal of the Volvo Concept Coupe, continued at Detroit North American International Auto Show with the unveiling of the Concept XC Coupe – and will wrap up at next week’s Geneva Motor Show with the debut of the Volvo Concept Estate. (more…)

North American International Auto Show Wraps Up with Solid Finish

Best turnout in over a decade.

by on Jan.27, 2014

The unveiling of the 2015 Corvette Z06 has been hailed as one of the auto show's high points.

Despite some of the coldest weather on record, the 2014 North American International Auto Show delivered its best turnout in over a decade as it wrapped up over the weekend.

Even with snow blowing fiercely and temperatures plummeting, more than 102,000 visitors made it down to Detroit’s Cobo Center on Sunday to give the 25th anniversary of the event a strong finish.  In all, organizers report 803,451 paid visitors passed through the convention center during its nearly two-week run.

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That doesn’t include the 5,169 journalists who came in for the NAIAS media preview on January 13th and 14th. That included reporters from 60 countries and 39 states, according to the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, or DADA, the retailer group that sponsors the annual show.


2015 Mercedes C-Class: The Baby Benz Grows Up

German maker aims to raise the bar with new compact model.

by on Jan.13, 2014

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes a debut during a Detroit sneak preview Sunday night.

What do you do when there’s a new Baby in the house?  In the case of Mercedes-Benz, what was once the “Baby Benz” is about to grow into a much more sophisticated luxury sedan offering many of the latest, high-tech features found in the German maker’s top-line E- and S-Class models.

The Mercedes C-Class is getting a major makeover for 2015, the updated model making its debut at the North American International Auto Show.  The move comes soon after the addition of a new “entry-level” model, the CLA, which is proving to be the most successful launch ever for the German maker’s U.S. sales subsidiary.

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The 2015 remake of the Mercedes C-Class helps separate the two models and allows them to target different market niches.  That’s good news for buyers of what was original sold as the Baby Benz.  The 2015 model is larger yet lighter, more aerodynamic and more fuel-efficient and will offer a broad new array of features including the full array of so-called Intelligent Drive technologies only recently added to the E- and S-Class models, said Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.

“We believe this new model will set an absolute benchmark in a very competitive segment,” Cannon told


Chrysler Reinvents Itself with Next-gen 200 Sedan

Got their mojo rising.

by on Jan.13, 2014

Chrysler will offer both sporty 200S and more sophisticated 200C versions of the new midsize sedan.

Few cars have been more closely tied to an automotive turnaround than the Chrysler 200, the midsize model giving some desperately needed momentum to the smallest of the Detroit makers when it was launched with the help of an unusual, two-minute commercial during the 2011 Super Bowl featuring rapper Eminem.

But while the current Chrysler 200 has certainly fared better than the unloved Sebring model it replaced, it’s little more than an afterthought in a market segment Chrysler Brand President Al Gardner describes as “brutal.” It takes a lot to go up against such powerhouses as the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

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But while the current Chrysler sedan isn’t quite there, the maker is betting it can challenge the established order with the all-new model making its debut at the North American International Auto Show.

And bet is probably the right word considering Chrysler is investing more than $1 billion to bring the new sedan to market, including not just the cost of product development but the money being spent to upgrade the suburban Detroit plant that will assemble the new Chrysler 200.


10 Debuts to Watch at the Detroit Auto Show

From subcompact sedans to aluminum pickup trucks.

by on Jan.10, 2014

The year gets its big kick-off with the upcoming Detroit Auto Show - where Ford is expected to reveal a new F-150, the production version of this Atlas "aluminum intensive" pickup.

We’ve already gotten some momentum for the New Year thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with automakers rolling out an array of new high-tech features and even a few concept vehicles, such as the Toyota FCV hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle and the Ford Solar Energi, a version of the C-Max plug-in hybrid that can recharge using just the sun’s rays.

But the season’s – arguably the year’s – biggest automotive event is still days away, work crews putting the final touches on the displays down at Detroit’s Cobo Hall for the opening of the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

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Don’t be surprised to hear that more than 5,000 automotive journalists from around the world, along with more than 700,000 consumers, will stream through the turnstiles once the show begins.

But whether you get down to the Detroit riverfront or keep track of events from afar, you‘ll have lots to check out, at least 50 new cars, trucks, crossovers and concepts making their debuts. Here are 10 we will be particularly keen to check out: (more…)

BMW Confirms 2-Series Coupe to Debut in Detroit

Will debut alongside new M3 and M4 models.

by on Dec.13, 2013

The new BMW 2-Series Coupe replaces the old 1-Series 2-door model.

We’ve had more than a month to pour over early images of the new BMW 2-Series Coupe but now, the German maker says, we’ve only got a few more weeks to wait for a chance to actually eyeball the new sheet metal with the downsized 2-door scheduled to make its formal debut at January’s North American International Auto Show.

It will make its appearance alongside the fourth-generation BMW M3 and the all-new M4 Coupe on the floor of the newly expanded Cobo Center on the Detroit riverfront.

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For those who haven’t followed BMW’s new nomenclature strategy, odd numbers will now be dedicated to sedans, even numbers to coupes.  In other words, the new 2-Series Coupe is the replacement for the old 1-Series 2-doors.


Downsized, Not Down-Market, Mercedes’ New CLA

Concept Style introduced at private press preview, but won't be shown on Mercedes' stand at the Detroit auto show.

by on Jan.13, 2013

Daimler Chairman Deiter Zetsche introduces the Mercedes CLA-Class at a private press preview at the Detroit Auto Show.

The automotive mantra, at least for Americans, has traditionally gone something like this: “bigger is better.” But that’s rapidly changing as motorists begin to downsize – both in mainstream and luxury segments of the market.

So, it seems Mercedes-Benz may have picked the perfect time to introduce the new CLA, the production version of the Concept Style show car it unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show last April. The new CLA250 made its debut Sunday night in advance of the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

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If the name sounds familiar, no surprise, as it is a downsized version of the popular Mercedes CLS, the German maker’s trend-setting Coupe-Like Sedan. The “A” signifies the second-generation Mercedes A-Class, meanwhile, the smallest product line in the marque’s portfolio.


Infiniti To Launch New Q50 in Detroit

Replacement for G Sedan first to adopt new naming strategy.

by on Jan.10, 2013

Infiniti will reveal the rest of the new Q50 at Detroit's Cobo Center next week.

With a performance by the celebrated Cirque du Soleil to kick things off, Infiniti will reveal the first model launched under its all-new naming strategy – and its newly aggressive global growth plans – when it unveils the Q50 sedan at the Detroit Auto Show next week.

The replacement for the aging, though still popular G-series sedan will be loosely based on the Infiniti Emerg-E concept shown last year.  Significantly, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 will be the first of the maker’s products to be developed as part of a rapidly expanding joint venture between Nissan, Renault and new alliance partner Daimler AG, the parent of Mercedes-Benz.

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The Infiniti brand has been undergoing massive change as Nissan struggles to build it into a true tier-one luxury marque.  Infiniti has gotten its own design and engineering resources, a new headquarters in Hong Kong and a new approach to naming its products developed by new CEO Johan de Nysschen, the former head of Audi’s North American operations.


New Corvette Among More than 50 Previews Scheduled for Detroit Auto Show

Event to deliver scores of new products -- and some "fantasies in chrome."

by on Dec.17, 2012

The new C7 Chevrolet Corvette will be one of the big draws at this year's show. Image courtesy Car & Driver.

From the all-new C7 Chevrolet Corvette to the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Detroit Auto Show is hoping to deliver something new for everyone when it opens its doors next month.

Formally known as the 2013 North American International Auto Show, the event has developed a reputation as the most important car show in the U.S. and one of the five must-see shows worldwide. And it intends to maintain that status with an estimated 53 to 56 new products scheduled to debut on the floor of newly expanded Detroit’s Cobo Center.

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“Somewhere between 80% to 90% of them will be worldwide introductions,” says Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, or DADA, the trade group that runs the annual show.

Manufacturers are scheduled to reveal a broad range of products — from minicars to full-size vans and pickups – during the event, the 25th since the once-modest Detroit Auto Show took on the “international” designation.