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NAIAS Hosting AutoMobili-D Mobility Exposition

Event features latest in mobility technology.

by on Apr.19, 2016

The Automobile-D exposition, show in this artist's rendering, is expected to open with the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Detroit’s annual North American International Auto Show, which already supports a long list of show-related conferences and meetings, such as “Supplier Days” and the “Charity Preview” gala, will add an even larger project for 2017.

The North American International Auto Show plans to launch “AutoMobili-D,” an exposition focusing specifically on the rapidly evolving global automotive and mobility landscape.

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Spearheaded by NAIAS, AutoMobili-D will run in conjunction with the 2017 auto show this coming January in Detroit and is expected to feature more than 100 companies, including automakers, tier one suppliers and tech startups. (more…)

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.

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“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.


GMC Amps up Crossover Competition with 2017 Acadia

Better mileage, more technology catapults CUV to top of class.

by on Jan.12, 2016

GMC is taking things a step farther with its new Acadia: the new verion has a model that can go off-road.

The battle for superiority in the luxury crossover segment just got a little more fierce with the introduction of the new 2017 GMC Acadia at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

GMC took some chances with the new Acadia with two new powertrains – one for the fuel economy conscious and one for those who want some oomph – as well as introducing a new “off-road” model.

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“GMC is a strong, growing premium brand and the Acadia is a cornerstone of our success story,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Acadia leverages GMC’s proven SUV experience to take on and shake up one of the largest vehicle segments, with a strong blend of design, technology and capability.”  (more…)

Kia KCD12 Concept to Signal Plans for Large CUV

Debut planned in Detroit.

by on Jan.06, 2016

The Kia KCD12 concept vehicle takes aim at the large, high-line crossover segment.

Kia will roll out the latest in its long-running series of KCD concept vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

Dubbed the KCD12, the show car will offer a solid glimpse of what the Korean carmaker has in mind for the full-size crossover segment, slotting in above its current Sorento model, a company source told

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Kia officials released this teaser image during this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. An initial look suggests the KCD12 would be sized somewhere between a Toyota Highlander and Sequoia. But the concept vehicle appears to be targeting a more premium segment of the market.


Fast, Faster, Fastest? Porsche to Unveil New 911 Turbo, Turbo S Models

Germans squeeze even more from famous turbo six.

by on Dec.01, 2015

The engineers at Porsche have wrung out a little more power for the new 2017 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S.

Never one to settle for something that’s simply fast, Porsche plans to push the limits a little further with the introduction of two new top-of-the-line versions of the familiar 911 at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Both the Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S models will see a significant bump in horsepower for 2017 that will help them both launch from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds, according to the German maker.

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“The powertrain enhancements take the performance of the 911 Turbo models to even higher levels than before,” said a release from Porsche. But it also notes that the 2017 updates involve more than just raw acceleration. (more…)

Hot, Hotter, Hottest? Ford Turns Up the Heat with Shelby GT350R

Maker debuts street-legal, race-ready Mustang.

by on Jan.15, 2015

The new Ford Shelby GT350R lets you go from two-track to race track. It's part of a trio of new powerful pony cars.

At 435 horsepower, the 2015 remake of the Mustang GT is an impressive piece of work. But in today’s new Golden Age of muscle cars, the number is almost middle-of-the-road. So, Ford is rolling out a series of pony car variants that go from hot to hotter to hottest.

It was only a few months ago, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, that we got a good look at the Shelby GT350 Mustang, with its unique new 5.2-liter V-8 featuring a high-revving flat-plane crankshaft bumping the numbers up to a more impressive 500 horsepower. Now, however, Detroit show-goers will get to see that taken up yet another notch, with the addition of the Shelby 350GTR.

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That’s “R” as in “racing,” Ford global product development chief Raj Nair declaring the latest Mustang iteration “street-legal, track-ready.” (more…)

From Concept to Customer, Rating the NAIAS Show Cars

You may see some of these in showrooms soon.

by on Jan.15, 2015

The Chevy Bolt is among the most likely concept vehicles from this year's auto show to end up in showrooms. Photo credit: Len Katz.

With his roots in Hollywood, General Motors’ first styling director, Harley Earl, loved a bit of showmanship, introducing what is today seen as the first true concept car, the Buick Y-Job. It introduced such revolutionary features as hidden headlamps, wraparound bumpers and an electrically operated convertible roof. Ever since, concept cars have been a staple on the auto show circuit, often the primary draw for the public.

In decades past, these show cars tended to be little more than what former Ford design director Jack Telnack likes to call “fantasies in chrome,” such as the wild, turbine-powered Firebird concepts of the ‘60s.

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There are still a few off-the-wall show cars – they’re a staple of the bi-annual Tokyo Motor Show where one recent Toyota concept looked like a telephone booth on wheels – but these days, what you see very well may be what you get.  (more…)

Volvo Captures Auto Ad of the Year

Audi and Toyota also take top honors.

by on Jan.14, 2015

This Volvo Truck ad with action film star Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits while perched on two trucks driving in reverse won auto ad of the year.

Forget the rocks and trees, or SUVs trampling across the meadows, and ignore the fast-talking salesman pitching a deal too good to be true. Occasionally, just occasionally, an automaker’s creative team really does come up with an ad so compelling that you might want to watch it more than the show it is sponsoring.

Honoring standout ads, whether on TV, the Internet, billboards, or in print, is the mission of the non-profit One Club, which sponsored the One Show Auto Advertising Awards presented as a wrap-up to two days of media previews at the North American International Auto Show.

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Humor is a universal theme, it seems, often helping us poke fun at ourselves. Audi was one of the winners in the broadcast category, its TV spot, called “Scripted Life,” likely to resonate with anyone who has felt like they are forced to conform too much. (more…)

Buick Avenir, Ford GT Dominate Design Awards

“Get a day job,” says honoree Bob Lutz.

by on Jan.13, 2015

Bob Lutz received the Eyes on Design Catalyst Award this year during the North American International Auto Show.

Domestic automakers dominated the annual Eyes on Design Awards capping two days of product previews at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ford’s GT and the Buick Avenir concept were the big winners, though Audi also took home honors for its redesigned Q7 sport-utility vehicle.

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The annual awards ceremony is meant to honor the best in automotive design, something former General Motors “car czar” Bob Lutz described as the “great differentiator” in a world in which vehicles share more and more of the same, underlying technology. (more…)