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Listen in as Publisher Paul Eisenstein chats wit Motor Trend Audio's Charlie Vogelheim.

by on Feb.19, 2016

Feeling the winter blahs? So were we until we had a chance to catch up with our friend, Charlie Vogelheim, host of MotorTrendAudio. Charlie made his annual mid-winter trek to Detroit recently, and made time to muse over this year’s Detroit Auto Show and other industry news‘s Publisher Paul A. Eisenstein. Join a worn-out Paul and Charlie during a late-night recap of the significant cars and news from the 2016 NAIAS.

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The “Face” and the “Flop” – Picking the Right Paint Colors for Tomorrow’s Cars Can Be a Big Challenge

Two-tone pastels, “secure” blacks and blues, high-tech golds among the likely trends of 2019.

by on Jan.20, 2016

Buick opted for a paint so dark you might think it was black, not blue, depending on lighting.

Low-slung and sensually sculpted, the Buick Avista is generating rave reviews, and large crowds, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

When designers pulled the concept car together, they spent nearly as much time coming up with the right, dark blue paint color as they did on Avista’s sheet metal. And the Buick team wasn’t alone. Whether ticket-me-red, sunburst orange or elegant white, color is critical to designers hoping to make their production cars and concepts pop on the auto show floor – and in the showroom.

We Color Outside the Lines!

“When you buy a car, your friends are likely to ask, ‘What did you buy – and what color is it?’” suggests Jane Harrington, the manager of color styling for PPG Automotive Coatings.


Pres. Obama Set to See Auto Industry’s Resurgence With Auto Show Tour

Legacy likely to include bailouts and safety moves.

by on Jan.20, 2016

Then-candidate Obama at a Jeep plant.

In the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, then-candidate Barack Obama found himself focused on an American auto industry plunging into one of the worst downturns in its history. Among his first duties as president, Obama approved billions of dollars in loans to keep two of Detroit’s bankrupt automakers afloat.

Now, as the two-term president enters his last year in the White House, he’s heading to Detroit for what might be dubbed a victory lap, a chance to see firsthand an industry reporting record sales and, for many companies, record profits.

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As the center of the trip, President Obama will make a stop at the 2016 North American International Show which opened its doors to the public last Saturday after a two-day media preview that brought the debut of about 50 new cars, trucks, crossovers and concept vehicles. Preliminary attendance suggests turnout for the show could also reach record numbers.


Honda Back in Midsize Pickup Market with Ridgeline Redux

Japanese maker betting more conservative design will click with truckers.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Honda is getting back into the midsize pickup truck market with an all-new 2017 Ridgeline. Photo credit: Len Katz.

It wasn’t all that long ago that automakers seemed ready to abandon the midsize pickup market. Among those walking away was Honda, which pulled the plug on the slow-selling Ridgeline truck.

But with demand suddenly on the rebound, the Japanese automaker is making what could be a well-timed return with the completely redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline. Like the original, it uses a non-traditional, crossover-based platform – but the Ridgeline redux opts for a more traditional design that Honda is hoping will do a better job of connecting with conservative truck buyers.

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“We listened and we learned,” Honda brand boss Jeff Conrad told during a background briefing prior to the 2017 Ridgeline’s reveal at the North American International Auto Show. “With its traditional truck profile,” he added during the presentation, “Ridgeline will better communicate its capabilities.” (more…)

Nissan Pushes the Boundaries with Titan Warrior Concept

Truck ups the “menacing” factor a la Ford Raptor.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Nissan ups the "menace" factor with its new Titan Warrior concept truck.

Just weeks after launching the new medium-duty Titan XD pickup, Nissan is going to extremes with the Titan Warrior, a concept vehicle designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the full-size truck.

The maker describes the Warrior – which is making its debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show – as “unapologetic, aggressive (and) athletic.” And they hint that it could serve as a model for a future version of the new Titan, along the lines of Ford’s familiar F-150 Raptor.

What a Concept!

“Truck buyers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for more content and more unique offerings,” said José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America, Inc. “Even though our all-new 2016 TITAN XD just started arriving at Nissan dealers nationwide last month, we are already exploring new territory where Titan might go in the future.”  (more…)

Buick Reveals Elegant Avista Concept Coupe

Officials suggest design is "future" of Buick.

by on Jan.11, 2016

General Motors took the wraps off the Avista concept coupe that is the design future of Buick. Photo credit: Len Katz.

General Motors displayed a new 2 + 2 coupe dubbed the Buick Avista concept vehicle at a special preview on the eve of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that will set the course for future designs.

“The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”

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Ed Welburn, GM’s chief designer, said the Avista builds on Buick’s long history of sleek, sculptural designs. “It’s a magnificent design. It represents the future of Buick,” he added. (more…)

Audi Introduces Next-Gen A4 in Detroit

Heart of the maker's line-up gets revamped engine, exterior upgrade.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Audi is debuting the ninth generation of its mainstay sedan, the A4, at the Detroit Auto Show.

Audi has run up its sales numbers since the end of recession by offering highly-stylized vehicles, with balanced driving dynamics and the latest technology and the new 2017 Audi A4 making its debut at the North American international Auto Show in Detroit doubles down on the formula.

The ninth generation of the A4, which sits at the very heart of the Audi model line-up, includes a revamped 2.0-liter engine, a new cockpit equipped with the latest technical features and new exterior styling that carries on the German carmaker’s tradition of offering striking designs.

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The exterior has been redesigned around what are described as sportier proportions, including a horizontal grille. It also incorporates wrap-around lines emphasizing the vehicle’s length to the wheel arches that accentuate the vehicle’s performance appeal. (more…)

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North American International Auto Show brings more than 40 debuts.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Lincoln is hoping the new Continental will draw in a new type of buyer and rebuild the brand.

Press days at the 28th annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit may be over, but the show – and the news – continues. is covering it all, so check out the stories we’ve already written and come back often for updates. (more…)

Reinventing the minivan: Chrysler Betting Big on the 2017 Pacifica

Pacifica Hybrid version to top 80 mpg.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Chrysler's new minivan gets a dramatic new look and a new name for 2017: Pacifica.

It went from being one of the hottest products on the market to the butt of jokes. But is the minivan slated for oblivion, or can Chrysler make it cool again?

That’s likely to be one of the biggest questions of this year’s North American International Auto Show as the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica makes its debut. Not to be confused with the wagon-like crossover of a decade back, Pacifica is the name Chrysler has chosen for the replacement for the old Town & Country minivan.

Keeping the Record Straight!

“People will tell you the minivan segment is dead,” says Tim Kuniskis, the head of the Chrysler brand. “But it’s still selling 500,000” a year. The question is whether the new Pacifica can reverse the steady decline of a segment that once accounted for more than 2 million sales annually. (more…)

Volkswagen Hopes to Electrify with Tiguan GTE Active Concept

“Extreme off-roader” features plug-in power and gesture controls.

by on Jan.10, 2016

Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept may give folks an idea of what the next-gen SUV might look like: battery-powered.

Volkswagen wants to take plug-in power to new extremes.  For those who think battery vehicles, are slow and boring, the VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept might get you to change your mind.

The maker is billing the Tiguan concept, making its North American International Auto Show debut, as an “extreme off-road version” of the current VW SUV. It just happens to use a plug-in hybrid driveline that can get up to 20 miles in zero-emissions electric mode when you’re back on pavement.

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With VW committed to offering battery-based drivelines on virtually every vehicle in its line-up in the next few years, there’s a more than passing chance that the Tiguan GTE Active Concept will directly influence a production version of the SUV. (more…)