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Sao Paulo Show Spotlights Some Hot Concepts

Nissan, Fiat and Chevy roll out some edgy possibilities.

by on Oct.30, 2014

The new Nissan Kicks concept takes the Nissan Extrem from pure fantasy to a market position that is a little closer to reality.

While we media scribes tend to focus on a handful of big car shows in Europe, North America and Asia, we risk missing some promising prospects that show up in other locales, this year notably the car show in Brazilian capital Sao Paulo.

Among the makers rolling out concepts for the occasion are Fiat, Chevy and Nissan. Each appears focused on finding distinct new white space between conventional product segments. That’s a tradition in Brazil, but according to several industry sources, don’t be surprised to see some of these show cars wind up in production – possibly even making it to the American market.

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That’s a particularly solid possibility, we’re being told, for the Nissan Kicks, a second take on the Japanese maker’s 2012 Extrem concept. (more…)

2010 Detroit Auto Show Preview

Big changes coming as auto show redefines itself.

by on Jan.08, 2010

Though media days have been cut back this year, expect some big news from the 2010 NAIAS, including the debut of Cadillac's new XTS flagship sedan.

Auto shows were already well established by the time Henry Ford rolled out his first Model T, more than a century ago, and the formula hadn’t changed much by the time the small, regional Detroit Auto Show morphed into the influential North American International Auto Show, two decades ago.

Arguably the world’s most important automotive event, the NAIAS typically draws more than 600,000 paying customers – along with as many as 5,000 members of the media, there to watch the unveiling of dozens of cars, trucks, crossovers and concept vehicles.

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But in an era of tight budgets – never mind the ubiquitous influence of the Internet – the auto show concept is facing some serious challenges.  One of the first things General Motors Chairman Ed Whitacre says he asked his staff, after assuming the additional post of Acting CEO, is, “Does the auto show sell cars?”


First Official Pics: 2011 Cadillac CTSv Coupe

Set for NAIAS debut next week.

by on Jan.05, 2010

The v-version of Cadillac's new 2011 CTS Coupe has the marque's most powerful engine ever.

The pics make it official.  As first reported, more than a month ago, Cadillac will introduce a new member of its performance v-Series line-up at next week’s North American International Auto Show, the CTSv Coupe.

The base Coupe hasn’t even hit the road yet, but the photos reveal some notable differences between the so called “base” car and performance version, starting with the chromed mesh grille that reportedly doubles the 2-door’s intake air volume.  You’ll also notice the raised center of the hood, which provides clearance for the supercharger, as well as dedicated new front and rear fascias.  The 2011 Cadillac CTSv Coupe’s rear track is an inch wider than the CTS sedan’s, giving it a more aggressive stance.

Like the standard-edition Cadillac CTS Coupe, the v-model’s exhaust is centered inside the rear fascia, but with unique twin outlets. The CTSv Coupe rolls out on 19-inch cast aluminum wheels, either painted or polished, with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 performance tires.  There are Brembo brakes at all four corners – six-piston calipers up front, four-piston calipers in the rear.


But what really matters is the fast-beating heart of the car, and the Cadillac CTSv Coupe shares its engine with the CTSv sedan, a 556-horsepower, supercharged V8.  The 6.2-liter powerplant makes a blinding 551 pound-feet of torque and is the most powerful engine ever offered by Cadillac.  The maker claims a 0 to 60 time of just 3.9 seconds, which puts it into supercar range.