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Detroit Auto Show Confirms it May Move to October

Bad weather, increasing competition work against show’s current January date.

by on Mar.05, 2018

The NAIAS has seen a sharp drop in the number of new product previews, though there were still some big ones in 2018, including the introduction by CEO Akio Toyoda of the new Toyota Camry.

Thirty years ago, a once-backwater car show suddenly became the most important event of its kind, at least in North America, but the North American International Auto Show has begun to see its shiny star tarnish, at least from the perspective of new car previews.

And that’s got the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, the sponsors of the annual event, thinking about whether it makes sense to continue staging the show in January. It won’t happen next year, the NAIAS media preview scheduled for January 14-15, 2019, with the public days running through the 27th. But 2020 might be an entirely different story.

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“A critical part of being a sought-after global stage for companies is that we continuously evaluate future opportunities to make sure our show meets participating brands’ needs,” DADA spokesman Max Muncey told “We are exploring many opportunities for the show, with October being one of those opportunities. Ongoing discussions are underway with key stakeholders around the world.”


More New Debuts Announced for LA Auto Show

50 unveilings planned from Porsche, Nissan, Range Rover, Ford, others.

by on Oct.21, 2015

Expect the production version of the Infiniti QX30 to make its formal debut in L.A. next month.

The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show is shaping up to be a big event, with at least 50 new products set to make their U.S. or global debuts during the two-day media preview.

The LA show also expects to put a premium on technology, with a third day devoted specifically to new connected car technology. And the annual “Green Car of the Year” will be unveiled, as well, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Porsche, Buick, Ford, Range Rover, Nissan, Infiniti and Jaguar are among the manufacturers who’ve already scheduled more than 30 separate product unveilings during the annual media preview. Volvo, Hyundai and a variety of industry suppliers will also hold news conferences to discuss technology breakthroughs.


California Dreaming – or Detroit Cruising?

Woodward Dream Cruise and Pebble Beach Concours bookend a classic car weekend.

by on Aug.15, 2015

A classic Chevy Nova with its shaker hood up takes a break from cruising Woodward Ave. All photos by Len Katz unless otherwise noted.

There’ll be plenty of thunder in Detroit today, even though the skies are only partly cloudy. The rumbles are coming from the city’s main drag, Woodward Avenue, where as many as 1.5 million people, and tens of thousands of muscle cars, hot rods and exotics stage are out for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

On the other side of the Continent, the crowds will be building all over the Monterey Peninsula for a weekend of excitement wrapped around the tony Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, considered by classic car fanciers the crowning event of the year.

We're a Classic!

The Dream Cruise and the Concours highlight two very different aspects of the automotive world – and underscore the fact that America’s love affair with the automobile has hardly diminished. But what’s a gearhead to do – unless you have a private jet ready to whisk you from one to the other?


Live From The Geneva Motor Show

Global automakers descend on Switzerland for the season's big show.

by on Mar.03, 2014

The 84th annual Geneva Motor Show is winding down. Many of the 146 new models have made their debuts and been dissected, examined and even fawned over by the world’s automotive press. The introductions have run the gamut from the new Jeep Renegade to the Maserati Alfieri and Lamborghini Huracan as well as BMW’s new 2-Series Active Tourer. has been scouring the show floor to bring you the new model introductions as well as all the breaking news, but all of that concludes today.

Check the jump page for our complete round-up…and keep coming back for the final updates from Geneva!


Mazda Says No to New Miata Rumors

No Chicago Auto Show debut planned.

by on Jan.20, 2014

Sorry, says Mazda, but we'll have to wait to get a first look at the next-generation Miata.

As much as we’d like to see the next-generation Mazda Miata land in showrooms by, well, yesterday, it appears we’re going to have show some patience.  Widespread reports that the new 2-seater would be unveiled at next month’s Chicago Auto Show just aren’t accurate, it turns out.

“It’s not true,” Mazda’s chief U.S. spokesman Jeremy Barnes tells  “File that under the heading of ‘Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.”

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That’s too bad because Mazda – and the Miata – have always had a special relationship with the Windy City, the little sports car making its original debut at the Chicago Auto Show exactly a quarter-century ago.


Land Rover Paints it Black with Most Expensive Range Rover Ever

Only 100 Autobiography Black Models slated for the US market in 2014.

by on Nov.19, 2013

Range Rover nudges the $200,000 mark with its most expensive model ever, the Autobiography Black.

You’ll have to move fast – and hope to have a big chunk of available change – if you plan to get one of the new Range Rover Autobiography Black models. The British marque plans to import only 100 of what will be the most expensive version ever of the flagship SUV for 2014.

You may also need a cue card to remember the formal name of the new offering, officially dubbed the Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black edition. The good news is that for $185,000 – before delivery charges, taxes and other fees – you’ll also get the longest list of standard features ever found on a Range Rover.

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The basic shape is familiar, picking up with the all-new, all-aluminum version of the Range Rover introduced for the 2013 model-year. To broaden the big ute’s appeal – especially in China where affluent motorists are more often than not using chauffeurs – parent Land Rover has introduced a new long-wheelbase version for the ’14 model-year.


Jaguar to Reveal New F-Type Coupe at LA Auto Show

North American launch in spring 2014.

by on Nov.05, 2013

The Coupe version of the Jaguar F-Type will reach U.S. dealer showrooms next spring.

Hoping to expand upon the success of its new F-Type convertible, Jaguar plans to introduce a coupe version of the sports car at the upcoming LA Auto Show and follow up with an Asian preview at the Tokyo Motor Show a day later.

Dubbed the “spiritual successor” to the legendary E-Type, the Jaguar F-Type has scored a long list of kudos – and strong sales – since its debut earlier this year, including honors as the World Car Design of the Year.

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“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the F-Type Convertible, but for me the purity of creating a sports Coupe is a uniquely satisfying process – and I know that both visually and dynamically, F-Type Coupe raises the bar yet again,” said Jaguar’s global design director Ian Callum.


Over 50 Models Set for Debut at LA Auto Show

New Mini, Porsche Macan among products confirmed for show.

by on Aug.02, 2013

The production version of the Macan will take its formal bow at the upcoming LA Auto Show, organizers have announced.

Automakers aren’t the only ones vying for attention.  Auto shows are also battling it out, in this case to land the vehicle previews that will get them not only headlines but hordes of both the media and the masses.

The Los Angeles Motor Show appears to have done a good job convincing manufacturers to come to Southern California this coming November, organizers announcing they’ll have “more than 50” new products to reveal for the first time. That includes a mix of conventional vehicles as well as the green machines the LA show has become increasingly known for in recent years.

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“As the first major North American show of the season, Los Angeles sets the tone for 2014, and we expect that automakers will pull out all the stops to excite new-car buyers. In virtually every category, from the greenest electric vehicle to high-horsepower performance models, the technological advancements we are seeing today eclipse all previous automotive eras,” said Terri Toennies, the LA Auto Show’s new General Manager.


Subaru Delivers Surprise with New WRX Concept

Lower, wider, lighter. But engine details are on hold.

by on Mar.28, 2013

Subaru hints at what's to come with the WRX Concept.

For now, Subaru is calling the little sports coupe on display at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center a “concept,’ but what you see is almost certain to be what you get – with only the most subtle tweaks – once the next-generation Subaru WRX goes into production for 2014.

The WRX is not only the halo car for the Subaru brand but a benchmark for the “rice-burner” market that includes such competitors as the Honda Civic Si and Mitsubishi Evo, so Subaru has a lot riding on the new model.

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The Subaru WRX Concept’s design is meant to emphasize the show car’s turbocharged power and all-wheel-drive grip while adopting a more agile and athletic form.  But some of the biggest changes aren’t immediately visible, Subaru putting an emphasis on reducing the performance coupe’s overall weight and lowering its center of gravity.


2014 Highlander Caps Toyota’s Product Offensive

New safety features and a more “sleek” design.

by on Mar.27, 2013

Toyota's 2014 Highlander is the centerpiece of the maker's New York Auto Show stand.

Like an army on the march, Toyota is moving ahead with one of its largest product offensives ever, rolling into New York with the new iteration of the its most popular utility vehicle, the 2014 Highlander.

The new version of the midsize Highlander is designed to continue Toyota’s new focus on “passionate” design, something the maker admits has been a critical weakness that it hopes to address with all of its brands. The new look for the Toyota Highlander is mean to convey a sense of refinement and strength, which complements a new interior with seating for up to eight as well as an array of standard features.

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In line with the family buyers midsize crossover-utes like Highlander appeal to, the 2014 update will add a number of new safety features, including optional Blind Spot Monitor and Cross-Traffic Alert.

The 2014 Toyota Highlander will come with three powertrain choices: a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, a new 3.5-liter V-6 mated to an equally new six-speed automatic, and a V-6-powered Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain for enhanced mileage and lower emissions.