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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.”


Continental Unveiling Fingerprint-Based Ignition System

Supplier also showing off "intelligent glass."

by on Dec.16, 2016

Continental AG plans to show off its biometrically enhanced car at CES, which includes a fingerprint-triggered push-button ignition.

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has emerged as one of the world’s premier car shows and at least one entrant at the show next month plans to unveil a higher level of personalization and safety for vehicle owners.

Continental AG, one of the global auto industry’s top suppliers, is showing the combination of the keyless entry and start system with a biometric element, opening up new possibilities in the field of vehicle personalization and authentication.

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There is much more to innovative access systems than simply unlocking car doors or starting the engine, Continental executives said. (more…)

Detroit Auto Show Ready to Go Mobile with AutoMobili-D

Showcase emphasizes importance of technology in auto industry.

by on Dec.09, 2016

The AutoMobili-D exposition, show in this artist's rendering, is expected to open 50 start-up companies as part of its 120 exhibitors overall.

For years now automakers have been emphasizing the amount of technology used in today’s new cars, trucks and utility vehicles. In fact, so much so that some auto shows are hosting entirely separate “show within a show” style events to showcase that technology.

At the North American International Auto Show, it’s called AutoMobili-D and in its inaugural event, it will feature nearly 50 start-ups from around the world featuring innovative mobility platforms in January at Cobo Center.

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Those start-ups are part of a group of 120 companies overall inhabiting a 120,000 square-foot section of Cobo Center highlighting the latest in autonomous vehicle technology as well as other gee-whiz-advancements for vehicles. (more…)

Automakers, Shows Changing to Feature Technology

Shows finding ways to include tech with automakers.

by on Jul.15, 2016

GM's decision to debut the Chevy Bolt at the CES instead of at the Detroit Auto Show shows the shift in how automakers view auto shows.

The world is changing and the auto industry is scurrying to change with it.

Transportation options are multiplying and makers are attempting to be players in each segment whether is simply producing new types vehicles, i.e. small SUVs and crossovers, to satisfy consumers or jumping into the personal mobility market through partnerships like the latest between General Motors and Lyft.

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It doesn’t stop there as car sharing services are springing up and folks are focusing on more personal methods of transportation. A quick tour of Facebook will show you the preferences of folks ranging from cars that double as boats to a move to make the U.S. more like Belgium and create a more bicycle-friendly country. (more…)

Volvo Making Semi-Autonomous System Standard on New S90

Pilot Assist system to become industry-first.

by on Jan.07, 2016

Volvo is offering semi-autonomous technology for the first time on its new S90 flagship sedan this year.

Volvo is poised to set an industry first. The Swedish maker plans to make its Driver Assist system standard when it launches the all-new Volvo S90 sedan later this year.

Self-driving technology has become one of the hottest topics in the auto industry, a variety of manufacturers outlining plans to eventually offer hands-free systems during this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. A number of makers expect to begin rolling out semi-autonomous systems between now and the end of the decade, but Volvo is likely to become the first to make such technology standard on one model.

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“We think it’s a great feature and see that (consumer) interest in this technology is increasing quite rapidly,” said Erik Coelingh, senior technical leader for Volvo’s active safety operations. (more…)

Driving the (Almost Production Ready) Chevrolet Bolt

Quick, comfortable, well-appointed … and coming soon.

by on Jan.06, 2016 got an early test drive in a preproduction version of Chevy's 2017 Bolt EV.

An unusual winter rainstorm has finally moved out and the sun is once again shining over Sin City, drying out the temporary test track that Chevrolet has dubbed Electric Avenue.

The little car launches out of the starting gate with unexpected speed – and in near silence, only the crunch of gravel under its tires reaching the surprisingly roomy cabin. For those who think of electric vehicles as sluggish, cramped and boring, a quick spin in the new Chevrolet Bolt could come as a surprising revelation.

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The 2017 battery-electric vehicle is likely to shatter a lot of preconceived notions. Unlike most of the BEVs now on the market, the Bolt will offer significant range, about 200 miles per charge, or more than double what most current electric vehicles can deliver. But unlike that other long-range battery-car, the high-priced Tesla Model S, the Bolt will be targeting the mainstream market, coming in at less than $30,000 once federal tax credits are factored in. (more…)

VW Introduces its New BUDD-e

High-tech electric minivan and advanced e-Golf take center stage at CES.

by on Jan.06, 2016

Volkswagen officials show off the maker's new battery electric minivan concept, BUDD-e, at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016.

We all can use a friend, sometimes more than others. And so, during the current diesel emissions crisis, it’s perhaps all the more significant that Volkswagen has come up with a new BUDD-e.

That’s the name of a connected, battery-powered minivan, one of two high-tech concept vehicles that the German automaker unveiled during a long and splashy news conference at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

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One of two electric vehicles it unveiled, the Volkswagen BUDD-e offers an intriguing look at the way the auto industry is chasing the concept of mobility, going far beyond the simple concept of building vehicles that can get you from Point A to Point B safely. Among other things, this reimagining of the classic VW Microbus would allow a driver to control home automation functions with a gesture or verbal command. (more…)

Kia Plans Extended Phase-In of Autonomous Vehicles

“Partially automated” models to debut in 2020, driverless cars a decade later.

by on Jan.06, 2016

Kia EVP Seung Ho-Hwang outlined the automakers plans for autonomous vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Kia has become the latest automaker to lay out plans for introducing autonomous vehicles to its line-up, though the maker is taking a more cautious approach than some of the leaders in the field.

During a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, officials from the Korean carmaker said they will offer their first “partially autonomous” vehicle by 2020, with “highly autonomous” technology to follow five years later. Vehicles capable of driving under all conditions hands-free, even without a driver at all, would follow in 2030.

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“Kia will invest up to $2 billion in developing these new technologies,” said Seung Ho-Hwang, the Kia executive vice president overseeing the autonomous vehicle program. (more…)

Chevrolet Confirms Debut of Production Bolt EV

Long-range electric will cost under $30,000 after federal tax credit.

by on Jan.05, 2016

The 2017 Chevy Bolt will make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Chevrolet has confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. During her keynote speech on Wednesday, General Motors CEO – and newly named Chairman – Mary Barra will pull the wraps off the production version of the Bolt battery-electric vehicle.

The Chevy Bolt is the first foray by GM – and, indeed, by any mainstream automaker – into the long-range electric vehicle market. The maker anticipates the vehicle will deliver about 200 miles of range per charge, or at least double what virtually all current BEV models are offering, including the current Chevrolet Spark EV.

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Meanwhile, GM plans to offer the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt for less than $30,000 after factoring in the $7,500 federal tax credits currently available. (more…)

Faraday Future Sketches Out Plans for Tomorrow

But start-up leaves plenty of questions unanswered during debut event.

by on Jan.05, 2016

The Faraday Future FF Zero1 concept.

A revolution on wheels? That’s what officials from Faraday Future laid out for an audience at the Consumer Electronics Show late Monday as the mysterious, Chinese-funded start-up carmaker finally came out from the shadows.

Launched just 18 months ago, largely with the backing of Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, Faraday plans to set up a $1 billion assembly plant in North Las Vegas, with the first car set to roll down the line sometime in 2018, R&D chief Nick Sampson confirmed during a high-energy presentation. But the CES debut left plenty of questions unanswered.

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Among them, what will Faraday build? The California-based carmaker rolled out the FF Zero1, something that lead designer Richard Kim called “a concept of cars,” but it is admittedly nothing more than an “electric dream car,” Kim stressed, rather than something likely to go into production.