Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘2016 North American International Auto Show’

Buick Avista Scores Big – But Unlikely to See Production

Coupes are losing ground as upscale buyers shift to SUVs and CUVs.

by on Jan.18, 2016

Even if Avista doesn't make it to production, it's likely to influence the brand's future designs. Avista photos by Len Katz.

Of the dozens of new cars, trucks, crossovers and concept vehicles to make their debut at this year’s North American International Auto Show, perhaps none has generated as much buzz as the Buick Avista.

The striking 2+2 show car got a special preview the night before the auto show’s official media preview began and has continued to draw crowds since the 2016 NAIAS opened its doors to the public with a splashy black tie charity preview last Friday.

Your Insider!

To turn a popular movie cliché on its head, if they come, will GM build it? That was a question has posed to a number of senior General Motors executives, including President Dan Ammann. But for those who might be ready to plunk down a deposit, the news isn’t good.


Update: Lutz, Fisker Partner On New VLF Force 1

When is a Dodge Viper more than a Viper?

by on Jan.13, 2016

The VLF Force 1 went from little more than a sketch to driveable prototype in just 10 weeks. Photo Len Katz

(This story has been updated with new information about the VLF Force 1.)

Two automotive industry veterans are planning to make a return to the market, Danish designer Henrik Fisker and former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz serving as two of the key partners in the new VLF Automotive.

They’ll be joined by industrialist Gilbert Villarreal in the venture, which will present its limited-edition supercar, the Force 1, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.

Keeping the Record Straight!

“I’m honored to become a partner in this automotive ‘Dream Team’,” said Fisker, who served as the chief designer at Aston on projects like the DB9 before setting up his own venture, Fisker Automotive. That plug-in hybrid maker went bankrupt in 2013.


Mercedes Bringing New Fuel Cell Vehicle to Roads Next Year

Zetsche thinks future is battery electric based on costs.

by on Jan.12, 2016

Daimler's Dieter Zetsche says that Mercedes will have a fuel cell vehicle on the road next year, he believes the future is battery electric.

The head of research at Daimler AG said Mercedes-Benz will have a fuel-cell vehicle ready for the road next year, but the company’s chief executive officer, Dieter Zetsche, also raised new doubts about the viability of hydrogen as at automotive fuel during a session with reporters on the sidelines of the North American International Auto Show.

“There is a disconnect,” noted Zetsche. Right now battery-electric vehicles have gained an edge over fuel cells, he noted. “Five years ago they seemed to be equal,” But fact of the matter is that there is a lot more money being spent on battery electric vehicles than in research on hydrogen fuel cells. “The potential advantages of fuel cells have diminished,” he said.

The Leader in Global Automotive News!

In addition, the infrastructure issues associated with hydrogen fuel cells remains formidable. People talk about the hydrogen highway in California, but the progress is very slow and very limited, he suggested. (more…)

Acura Precision Concept Lets the Japanese Maker “Dream Big”

But it’s also a good indicator of what Acura will soon bring to production.

by on Jan.12, 2016

The Acura Precision Concept made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Photo credit: Len Katz.

It’s going to be a big year for Acura, the Japanese maker set to mark its 30th anniversary in March with the launch of the reborn NSX supercar.

When the original Legend and Integra models came to market in 1986, there were plenty of skeptics who doubted a Japanese maker could deliver a true luxury car to rival dominant European and American brands. Today, there are three Japanese luxury marques, including Lexus and Infiniti. But Acura, among them, has been struggling to redefine itself and regain the momentum it had in its early years.

News You Can Trust!

And that’s where the Acura Precision Concept comes into play. Making its debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the concept allows Acura to “dream big,” says Jon Ikeda, the former designer now heading the maker’s U.S. sales operations. (more…)

Volvo Hopes to Build on Big Win by its New XC90

Safety only part of its message going forward.

by on Jan.12, 2016

Volvo new S90 flagship is part of the maker's plans to build a portfolio of vehicles using four-cylinder engines.

There’ve been plenty of folks ready to write off Volvo since it was sold off by Ford Motor Co. to China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group for $1.8 billion six years ago.

But you’d be hard-pressed to find evidence of the Swedish brand’s imminent demise at this year’s North American Auto Show. Quite the contrary, Volvo launching the annual event by nabbing the sought-after honor of North American Truck/Utility of the Year for its new XC90 sport-utility vehicle.

The Leader in Global Automotive News!

“There couldn’t be a better way to pave the way for the new S90,” Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo’s top U.S. executive said later in the day, as the carmaker revealed the next major product in its rapidly expanding portfolio, a new flagship sedan. (more…)

Lincoln Looks for Credibility with Debut of Continental

New sedan brings back a classic name – but will luxury buyers care?

by on Jan.12, 2016

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

(This story has been updated with new photos, powertrain details and comments from Ford CEO Mark Fields.)

Once one of the market’s most successful luxury brands, Lincoln has become little more than an afterthought for most high-line buyers these days – if they think about the domestic brand at all.

But the Ford subsidiary generated a flurry of interest last April when it staged the surprise debut of the Lincoln Continental concept vehicle at the New York Auto Show. Now, barely nine months later, the big sedan is back, this time in production trim, making its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

News Now!

“The Continental name has long been associated with the ultimate in Lincoln beauty and luxury,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “With the all-new model, we are focusing on creating more human, personally tailored experiences for our clients – providing what we call quiet luxury.” (more…)

Audi Shoots for the Moon

German automaker outlines tech goals – including new moon mission.

by on Jan.12, 2016

Audi's U.S. CEO Scott Keogh, left, and Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, talk about Audi during the Detroit Auto Show.

It weighs just 75 pounds, boasts wheels made of a titanium-aluminum alloy, and its “sunroof” is an array of solar panels. The little buggy rolling around the Audi stand at the North American International Auto Show isn’t nearly as sleek and sexy as the rest of the vehicles Audi has on display. But it doesn’t have to be, not when it comes time to start rolling around the surface of the moon.

The German maker is lending its financial support to a team of scientists chasing the latest Xprize. They hope to launch their mobile lab next year atop an Indian rocket, and if all goes well, it will travel nearly a quarter-million miles before landing on the Taurus Littrow Valley – which just happened to be the last place an Apollo moon mission landed 43 years ago.

Global News!

“We plan to go back and look at the (lunar rover) they left behind,” Karsten Becker, a member of the German team told During the 11 days it’s expected to be operational, the Audi-funded buggy will also perform a wide range of experiments before being plunged into the deep freeze of a lunar night. (more…)

Porsche Introduces New 911 Turbo, Turbo S

New models go zero-to-60 mph faster than ever.

by on Jan.11, 2016

The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo got horsepower upgrades pushing the zero-to-60 times to three seconds ... and lower. Photo credit: Len Katz.

The much-anticipated Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models arrived on the floor of the Detroit Auto Show, displaying the tweaks that have them reportedly running zero-to-60 mph faster than ever.

Both the Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S models received a bump in horsepower for 2017 that has the 911 Turbo S making the run in just 2.9 seconds while the 911 Turbo lags by just a tenth at three seconds flat. Both models are available in both coupe and convertible bodies.

Subscribe Now!

The 3.8-liter twin-turbo six in the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo will now make 540 horsepower, a 20 hp increase Porsche says was achieved by modifying the intake ports and switching to new fuel injectors that allow for higher fuel pressure. (more…)

Infiniti Unveils Q60 Sports Coupe at NAIAS

Luxury brand continues renaissance.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Infiniti took the wraps off its new Q60 sports coupe at the Detroit Auto Show. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Infiniti continued its renaissance in Detroit today as it unveiled its new Q60 sports coupe at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

The new coupe is part of the move at Infiniti to offer buyers – younger buyers – more performance-oriented vehicles with compelling exterior designs to match the new power under the hood.

News Now!

“As the third-generation version of Infiniti’s iconic sports coupe, the new Q60 builds on Infiniti’s brand heritage and history of technology leadership,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “It reinforces Infiniti’s reputation for performance, elegance and driver-focused design.” (more…)

Hyundai Takes Wraps off Genesis G90 Flagship

Automaker launches premium brand.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Hyundai debuted its Genesis G90: the flagship sedan for the maker's new premium brand.

Hyundai’s long-awaited, executive-level Genesis brand got its first entry: the Genesis G90. The new luxury sedan made its debut at the North American International Auto Show.

The G90 “will deliver a concept of ‘New Luxury’ to our customers,” promised Hyundai R&D chief Woong-Chul Yang during an earlier reveal. “The G90 sits at the pinnacle of the Genesis brand and demonstrates how we apply our human-centered values to give our customer true satisfaction in every aspect of the vehicle ownership experience.”

Product News!

The G90, which is known as the EQ900 in Asia, replaces the Hyundai Equus at the top of the automaker’s portfolio. The Equus was Hyundai’s first effort to push into the Premium Luxury market, a segment dominated by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and competitors like the new BMW 7-Series. (more…)