First Impression, 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor



The updated Ford f-150 Raptor is the ultimate high performance off-road pickup that is redefining performance and efficiency. Ford Motor Company announced horsepower and torque ratings for the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor. Equipped with the all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbo high-output Eco Boost® engine, the Raptor pumps out 510 lb.-ft. of torque and 450 horsepower while mated to an all-new Ford-built 10-speed transmission and exclusive transfer case – and managed by a six-mode Terrain Management System™…all for under $50,000

Ford has seemingly mastered the balance between vehicle weight and torque with additional horsepower with the Eco Boost® system. With a six mode Terrain Management System and torque on demand transfer case, motoring though all types of on and off-road challenges. Improvements to the 3.5-liter, twin-turbo, Eco Boost and the addition of a 10-speed gearbox features Auto Start-Stop and an integrated electric pump that will improve driving efficiency. Raptor’s all-new adaptive shift monitors more than a dozen powertrain and driver control signals in real time – ensuring the right gear at the right time for an engaging driving experience, which includes; normal, sport, weather, mud/sand, rock/crawl and Baja modes. In addition, a high-speed, one-way clutch allows for non-sequential shifting. Even though the Raptor is not a new introduction, the announcement of the power and drive train improvements further solidifies Ford’s positon in reduction of weight and improved efficiency across its product line.

First Impression- Ram Rebel TRX Concept


By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

It’s amazing what you will find at the 2016 Texas State Fair.

Off-Roading at 100 MPH? That’s what I’m talking about! The Rebel TRX concept from Ram made its debut at the 2016 Texas State Fair. The Rebel TRX offers a high performance, off-roaders dream. The Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers 575 horsepower, which in this case will be the most powerful factory engineered pickup. With a 4×4 Performance Control System and paddle-shifters, plus 13 inches of travel at all 4 corners, one could only imagine what the ride would be like. The stance of the truck gives an aggressive appearance with fender flares, a 6-inch overall width difference than the Ram Power Wagon and 37 inch tires. Did we mention it can go 100 mph off-roading?

The interior matches the exterior in the form of bold design statements and features. Black suede and Header Red stitching, appoint the interior throughout. the six-point harness seating comes equipped with suede cloth inserts are design to grip your clothes and help you remain in your seat while traveling. With “TRX” labeling throughout the interior as well as the exterior will remind you that this is not an ordinary off-road truck. Did we mention it can go 100 mph off-roading?

One thing I know about FCA, engineering comes first when it comes to developing concepts. Don’t think for a minute that this consumer study is just an executive’s brilliant “what-if” moment. I never liked off-roading because you never moved fast enough, the modified trucks looked like garage studies of “extreme suspension” proportions. Ram may have a little more up their sleeves than we believe. Ford has the “Raptor”, Ram could have the “TRX”. Did we mention it can go 100 mph off-roading?

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We’re Back In Texas for the Big State Fair and Auto Show


featureimg3-1By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

Back in Texas, y’all. It’s been a couple of years since the Auto Show Global team has travelled to the big state of Texas. As natives and visitors alike always say: “Everything’s big in Texas” and the State Fair of Texas and its grand auto show never disappoints. The Media Day starts early tomorrow morning, so look out for the latest in big truck news as we make our way around to the press conferences.

More about the 2016 State Fair of Texas

Celebrating 130 years of tradition, the State Fair of Texas returns this fall for another round of food, festivities and family fun. Themed “Celebrating Texas Agriculture,” the 2016 exposition kicks off on Friday, September 30 in historic Fair Park. Although it seems far away, the State Fair team is already in full Fair mode, prepping and planning for the big event. Before Big Tex makes his annual debut, the State Fair has a few announcements about the latest and greatest attractions lined up for this year’s event.

After a history-making run at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, The Taylor Swift Experience™ is making its way to the Lone Star State with a brand new collection of memorabilia from the superstar’s archive as a featured exhibit at the State Fair of Texas. The famed exhibit takes fans through her journey as a singer, songwriter and global superstar, showcasing memorable performance costumes, tour photos, and instruments. The exhibit also features a special collection of memorabilia that has never been displayed in this unique combination before, such as the light blue Reem Acra gown she wore at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas during the ACM Awards 50th Anniversary. The Fair is thrilled to host this one-of-a-kind exhibit in the historic Hall of State building, with the excitement of providing an attraction that appeals to all ages. Diehard fans are sure to recognize some of Taylor’s trademark wardrobe pieces, from the rhinestone-studded ringmaster ensemble she wore for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” on The RED Tour, to the custom-beaded outfit she wore at the 2014 American Music Awards when she premiered “Blank Space.” Regardless of age or musical preference, visitors will gain a better understanding of Taylor’s achievements that led her to super-stardom and her impact on the entertainment industry worldwide.

In addition to hosting The Taylor Swift Experience™ at the State Fair of Texas, the Hall of State brings fairgoers a taste of Texas with three other exhibits dedicated to the Lone Star State and its history. “Six Nations over Texas” tells the story of the six countries whose flags have flown over Texas and includes rare artifacts from each nation. Fairgoers can learn all about the American West and its prevalence in Texas culture through the “Ways of the West” exhibit. Guests looking to brush up on their cow herding skills can learn all about the traditional cowboy lifestyle in “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy.”

The Lords of Gravity Basketball Slam Dunk Show joins the list as one of the Fair’s new daily shows for 2016. Hailing from Budapest, Hungary, the Lords of Gravity group has become one of the most well known acrobatic basketball teams in Europe. Each high-energy show brings jaw-dropping hoop skills and high-flying acrobatics to the court. The talented troupe will be performing daily in Chevrolet Park Plaza. The action continues with Xpogo, another extreme sports show coming to the Fair this fall. Fairgoers can catch this action-packed performance daily, featuring two pogo professionals showing off their skills with gravity-defying tricks, flips and spins. Also joining the 2016 lineup is the Lone Star Stampede, an all-new show hosted in the Pan Am Arena. Guests can watch the tale of the American West come alive through this award-winning performance, featuring quintessential Western themes like stagecoaches, horses, cowboys and bandits. This can’t-miss event showcases traditional Native American dancers, sharpshooters and a Texas Longhorn cattle drive.

As a nod to its agricultural roots, the Fair chose “Celebrating Texas Agriculture” as its 2016 theme. With this year’s theme in mind, the State Fair is implementing more agricultural-related activities around the grounds, in addition to the many exhibits and events that have been around for years. Fairgoers can learn all about Texas agriculture and natural resources at “I Spy Texas,” a new interactive exhibit in the Science Place building. City-dwellers can get a glimpse of life on the farm by attending one of the Fair’s daily Milking Demonstrations, moving to an all-new location in front of the Science Place building. Educational opportunities also include Farm Day at the Fair, a TEKS-based program providing in-class lesson plans focused on the importance of agriculture. With additional days offered this year, teachers have their choice of 15 different dates to schedule a classroom trip to the Fair for their students to learn all about agriculture through hands-on activities at the Science Place. Farm Day at the Fair is open to 3rd and 4th graders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and includes a learning excursion to the Fair to build upon their in-classroom lessons. The Livestock 101 Stage marks another new agriculture initiative, offering daily presentations from resident livestock experts. Visitors can head to the Livestock 101 Stage at Ag-Power Plaza to learn about the animals being exhibited in the barns that day, then attend a Guided Livestock Tour to get up close and personal with some furry friends.

Football fans have a lot to look forward to this year, with not two but three games scheduled during the 2016 State Fair. Opening weekend of the Fair brings devoted fans from Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M University for the annual Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic on October 1. The rivalry continues on October 8 when the Cotton Bowl Stadium hosts the Red River Showdown, where the University of Texas Longhorns face the University of Oklahoma Sooners. The historic Cotton Bowl Stadium welcomes a new matchup on October 15, when the Air Force Academy takes on the University of New Mexico.

In addition to the traditional State Fair staples, Fair food fanatics can look forward to a few new food locales debuting this year. Trio on the Green brings a new concept of “bites and flights,” serving trios of appetizers and drinks. Located under three oak trees outside the Coliseum, this shady destination will serve everything in threes, from sliders and fries to flights of beer and wine. Fiesta Grande will open next to the Hall of State, offering a selection of both Mexican and domestic beer and assorted snacks at a shaded outdoor location. The cantina-style patio features tables and umbrellas perfect for relaxing, with live acoustic music on weekends.

After launching a fourth through eighth grade curriculum last year, the State Fair is expanding its classroom initiatives to the high school level, with a new curriculum for ninth through twelfth graders. In partnership with Big Thought, the Fair offers a TEKS-aligned program that focuses on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) along with other core disciplines like social studies, English, language arts and visual design. The online curriculum connects classroom learning with student experiences at the Fair, including in-class lesson plans as well as materials and activities for out-of-school time. The new high school lesson plans will be available on for download by September 1, with fourth through eighth grade curriculum guides available now. All teachers are invited to attend a free training seminar on August 27, which will cover all the basics of the curriculum.

Returning for its third year at the State Fair is Canstruction®, a unique exhibition displaying art structures made entirely of canned food items. The exhibit will once again be hosted in the Science Place building, featuring structures that have been created in line with the theme “Celebrating Our Past, Present and Future” which honors the 20th build for Canstruction®. At the end of the competition, all canned food will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank. In addition, the State Fair is continuing its partnership with the North Texas Food Bank to present “It’s A Fair Deal Wednesdays,” offering discounted admission every Wednesday throughout the run of the Fair. Visitors can bring four canned food items and get in for just $4, with all donations going directly to support local families in need. After a successful debut in 2015, the Thrifty Thursdays food discount program will be returning for the 2016 Fair. Through this initiative, participating food vendors are offering one of their signature menu items at a reduced price, ranging from mini versions to regular-size items. Perfect for fairgoers wanting just a tiny taste rather than a full-size meal, or families looking for new ways to save while still getting to enjoy their fair food favorites.


Your trip to the Fair is your ticket to Texas-sized fun – with hundreds of events included in the price of admission, you’ve got an all-access pass to free entertainment. Season Passes are available now at for only $29.95 with promotional code “BigTex10.” This limited-time discount will save you $10, with the regular price set at $39.95. Hurry and get yours today before this promotion ends July 31!

About the State Fair of Texas

Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with proceeds helping to preserve and improve Fair Park and underwrite museum, community and scholarship programs for inner city youth and students pursuing agricultural careers. The 2016 exposition runs September 30 through October 23 in Fair Park. Visit for more information.

Eyes without a Face: The New Tesla Model 3


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New Tesla Model 3

By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

So once again it’s Friday, I’m checking out the morning news. The new Tesla Model 3 is all the rave, big deal, right? Another electric car from Tesla, awesome to look at, hard to buy, and expensive as hell. Since gas prices have dropped, the push for electric cars has waned. Sure, car companies are still selling them, but it’s more of an option to buy than an alternative to have.

I’m looking at thisthumbnail-4 new offering and something seems to be real weird at first – there’s no grille. As a matter of fact, the surface appears that there wants to be an opening in the front, but there isn’t one.

You really don’t need a grille for a car that doesn’t really need tobreathe to function. Most cars have a signature look, an expression, a personality, something that says either, “I’m fierce, ostentatious, or really happy.” The grille is the face of the car; it tells the story. Some luxury cars have the look of a “braced faced” teenager, to convey a look of luxury. Tesla’s Model 3’s futuristic, upscale styling is just absent of a mouth. It’s not a bad look, its different.

Now further into the news story we find that this new product from Tesla is only $35k. That’s’ right, $35k. Slightly cheaper than the Chevy Bolt and Volt and let’s be honest, a whole lot better looking. Comparable specs ad performance to the Chevy Volt and Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 12.45.48 PMcheaper should make this an easy purchase decision for those in the market for an electric car. With the cost and name “Tesla” attached to Model 3, another argument could be made as to whether or not an entry-level car from a luxury brand is worth crossing over from combustible fuel to electric. Think about it, for $35k, a person could buy a Cadillac ATS, or an Audi A3, but we thumbnail-2now have another choice. The Tesla brand is slowly becoming coveted among car enthusiasts. It’s rare, its exclusive, and the styling is phenomenal. The brand doesn’t scream sheet metal, batteries and a lot of plastic. I don’t see repurposed utility or rebadging to make an upscale version. I see a Tesla, and I don’t have to look at a grille to figure that out.

2016 New York International Auto Show: Big reveals in the Big Apple


By Sydnie Coleman, Auto Show Global (Photos by Jonathan Morales, Auto Show Global)

We traveled to New York City for the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) last week and, as always, there’s lots to see in the Big Apple. After the Lion King, the Statue of Liberty, and a emotionally moving tour of the 9/11 Memorial, we made our way to the Javits Center on the west side of the island.

The spacious convention center allowed for test tracks in the lower level for ride-a-longs in FCA vehicles. Outside, cars and trucks were displayed, with fashionable experts on hand to answer any questions.

Inside, NYIAS boasted some crowd-pleasing exhibits, such as an awesome Trans Am  display, featuring three intricately designed models — including the Bandit edition — that stayed true to their original roots with a nostalgic throwback feel.

As seen at other shows this year, the automotive manufacturers found creative ways to incorporate social media into their showcases. Chevy’s team utilized selfie sticks and iPads to allow media to take “selfies” with the vehicles and then easily post to Facebook, Twitter, or send via text or email. The photos, when sent, also included links to information and specifications about the particular vehicle or Chevy’s entire line.

And, of course, there were the reveals, including the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1, 2017 Acura MDX, 2017 Chrysler 300S with an all-new Appearance Package, 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (we forget about that brand being from the Midwest), 2017 Subaru Impreza, 2017 Kia Cadenza, 2017 Nissan Titan, the new Mercedes GLC43 AMG and many more (see gallery). Of course, the big talk of the show, which never made it to the show floor but still made a big buzz, was the Lincoln Navigator Concept. I was disappointed that it was not on the show floor during media days. Maybe we’ll see it at the next big show. Alfa Romeo had a beautiful full-color book dedicated to their stylish new Giulia models,.

After all of the excitement, our photographer and I took a break in the sleek Cadillac lounge, decorated with pristine white chairs and couches, and an open bar serving small plates, beer, wine, and other beverages.

As we looked around we reflected on the similarities and differences between NYIAS and the other shows we have covered this year. NYIAS definitely has its own swag and personality that makes it uniquely chic. We weren’t disappointed!

Public days for the 2016 New York International Auto Show run through Sunday, April 3. For ticket information, go to


Lincoln Navigator Concept at the New York Auto Show: Suit and Tie


NEW YORK, March 23, 2016 -- €“Mark Fields, President and CEO, Ford Motor Co. reveals the Navigator Concept, introducing quiet luxury to full-size SUVs and offering a glimpse at what comes next for the brand’s best-known nameplate. Lincoln invented the large luxury SUV in 1997, and now is reimagining Navigator for modern clients interested in better performance, more space and further refinement. Lincoln'€™s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside. The Navigator Concept is engineered to provide drivers peace of mind. It features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine delivering more than 400 horsepower and smart new technologies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on different road surfaces and in changing weather conditions. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen - See more at:

NEW YORK, March 23, 2016 — €“Mark Fields, President and CEO, Ford Motor Co. reveals the Navigator Concept, introducing quiet luxury to full-size SUVs and offering a glimpse at what comes next for the brand’s best-known nameplate. Lincoln invented the large luxury SUV in 1997, and now is reimagining Navigator for modern clients interested in better performance, more space and further refinement. Lincoln’€™s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside. The Navigator Concept is engineered to provide drivers peace of mind. It features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine delivering more than 400 horsepower and smart new technologies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on different road surfaces and in changing weather conditions. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen – See more at:

By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

So I’m watching the news coverage of the New York Auto Show, and there’s the unveiling of the New Lincoln Navigator Concept. All I can say is: It’s about time Lincoln.

Once again Lincoln appears to be going after the Cadillac Escalade, and this time, if production schedules are in place, this should be an interesting offering. What I could see had that “wow” factor that I’ve been looking for. The pillowed interior, and the cascading running boards, had a nice classy retro feel. The grille, complementary to the new Lincoln Continental is part of the new iconography for Lincoln.

This SUV comes at a time where large luxury SUV’s losing a little popularity and while the new Cadillac Escalade isn’t as visually moving as it used to be. The rivalry between the two brands have been going on for about 20 years. The Navigator striking the first blow in the large SUV market and Cadillac was try to convert a GMC Yukon into an Escalade in the late 90’s. At the beginning of the new millennium, Cadillac finally pulled Lincoln’s number due to the long product cycle of the Navigator and bad designs. Cadillac gained and also enjoyed popularity due to the unintended advertising it received through celebrity sightings and mentions in popular music. No one was or is rapping about driving Navigators. Maybe after this reveal in New York, somebody just might have something to rap about.

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Hometown girl hits the brakes in Columbus to check out the auto show


2016 Columbus International Auto Show is all about cars, trucks, fun attractions and — motorcycles?


Frank Lark, VP of Marketing, Iron Pony Motorsports, next to the Polaris Slingshot at the 2016 Columbus International Auto Show.

March 17, 2016

By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

Back in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio to see the annual Columbus International Auto Show, and instead of car watching, I’m gawking at motorcycles.

This is the local (Westerville) Iron Pony Motorsports’ sixth year on the show floor and they’re getting lots of Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 12.53.29 PMattention. For 2016, Frank Lark, VP of Marketing for Iron Pony, brought in for show-n-tell this three-wheel badass, the Polaris Slingshot, with a 2.3-liter DOHC engine and weighing in at only 1,700 lbs. It’s equipped with a back up camera and heated seats.

If you don’t want to drop the $21,999, you can rent the Slingshot for a day for less. It’s street legal, but not part of the ride and drive experiences at the show. Sorry.

The Columbus International Auto Show opens today, St. Patrick’s Day, and runs through Sunday, March 20.

Thanks, Frank!

2016 Columbus International Auto Show to offer new Ride & Drive experiences, giveaways, a design contest and lots of hot new cars and trucks


Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 12.53.29 PMLast year automakers sold more than 17.4 million vehicles – surpassing the record set in 2000 – and the Columbus Automobile Dealers Association is hoping for another record year as consumers check out the newest rides at the 2016 Columbus International Auto Show, March 17-20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The annual event, sponsored by Huntington Bank, will feature the newest domestic and imports, three exciting ‘Ride & Drive’ experiences, a unique student design competition, a Honda Civic giveaway, and engaging attractions for the whole family.

Subura Ride & Drive Event is new to the Columbus International Auto Show

Subura Ride & Drive Event is new to the Columbus International Auto Show

Show-goers will have the chance to get behind the wheel at the Subaru “Love Spring” Ride & Drive and the Toyota Drive Center, where guests can choose from five Subaru and five Toyota models to take for a test drive through downtown Columbus. Toyota will feature the Camry, all-new next generation 2016 Prius, 2016 RAV4, the redesigned 2016 Tacoma, and Tundra. Subaru plans to showcase its new 2016 Subaru Outback, Legacy, Forester, Crosstrek, and Impreza. Both Ride & Drives are new to the Columbus show. In addition, the popular RAM Truck Experience will once again take passengers on an indoor obstacle course that includes suspension from the RAM “mountain.”

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Chevy reveals all-new 2017 Corvette at the Geneva International Motor Show



Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter introduces the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. Like the Corvette C7.R race car, the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package and a naturally aspirated engine. The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the U.S. and in the fall in Europe. (Photo by Thorsten Weigl for Chevrolet)

Auto Show Global (March 1, 2016)

Chevrolet revealed the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva International Motor Show today in Geneva, Switzerland. On the scene was Oliver Gavin, driver of the #4 Chevrolet Corvette Racing C7.R and Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, who introduce the new performance vehicle to the world.

“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”

The Grand Sport Collector Edition features an exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes and black wheels. the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.

Here’s the official press release from the manufacturer:

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Burn rubber in Ohio at the 2016 Cleveland Auto Show — opens to public on Saturday


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By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

February 26, 2016

Say you live in Ohio and you want to test drive a lot of cars and trucks all at one time but you don’t want to drive around town burning up your precious fuel — even with the low gas prices.

Well here’s a hack — go to the 2016 Cleveland Auto Show.

One of the biggest “new car” shows in Ohio, each year the manufacturers not only bring the hottest new products just revealed in Detroit and Chicago and put them on display, they also bring this year’s cars for show goers to drive and drive and drive.

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Floor plan of the 2016 Cleveland Auto Show

Again this year, Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Subaru, Mazda and Toyota, as well as all of FCA, including Ram, Dodge, Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep, will have their 2016 cars and trucks lined up around the IX Center in Cleveland, Ohio with product specialists ready to hand you the keys.

Once you’re done burning up their fuel around town, go on to the floor and see the new 2017s and the concepts, like some of our favorites — the Acura Precision Concept, Lincoln Continental, Chrysler Pacifica, Cadillac XT5, Mercedes SLC300, and Lexus LC 500 — just to name a few. You can also hit the Jeep and Ram inside test tracks. The Jeep track has been updated with new, more extreme conditions for the off-road simulation course. Our team had a chance to experience the updated course at the Chicago Auto Show in both the 2016 Renegade and Wrangler Rubicon.

The show runs from Feb. 27 – March 6. Cost for adults is $13.00. Pre-teen and senior are  $11.00, and kids are free. Go to for more information about the show.


2017 Acura MDX to debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show — new design and reengineered


2017 Acura MDX will be unveiled at the 2016 New York International Auto Show on March 23

2017 Acura MDX will be unveiled at the 2016 New York International Auto Show on March 23

By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global  

February 24, 2016

As far as luxury SUVs go, the Acura MDX stands out in the crowd, especially for its value (starting at $43,015 MSRP). U.S. News & World Report named it the 2016 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money — for the fourth consecutive year. Although the front-end grille sparks a “love it or hate it” debate, sales have been strong enough — exceeding 50,000 units in each of the past three years — to make it the second best selling luxury SUV on the market.

Acura and Honda, however, aren’t resting on their laurels. To bring the MDX in line with the new brand DNA, the Precision Crafted Performance strategy, Acura announced today that it will unveil the all-new, redesigned and reengineered, 2017 Acura MDX at the 2016 New York International Auto Show on March 23.

“We are sharpening our focus on the Precision Crafted Performance DNA of the Acura brand and the 2017 MDX will integrate new styling elements and powertrain technology that takes us another step in that direction,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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Through the eyes of the intern at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show


By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

Javi in the Jeep stand at the Chicago Auto Show

ASG Intern, Javi Irizarry, in the Jeep stand at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show is one of our favorites — from the size, luxury brands, reveals, test tracks, the city and more, — and the 2016 show didn’t disappoint. Each year we invite a young person to experience and cover the show during press days and this year we had an 18-year old from Orlando, Florida — Javi Irizarry — join us on the team. We put a camera in his hands, and he never stopped shooting.

The cold weather was a shock, but Javi says he mostly enjoyed the snow shower on the final day of the trip. Here are just a few images from the press days, through the eyes of our 2016 intern.


Ram Power Wagon storms down the mountain at Chicago Auto Show 2016


By Karla Thornhill Coleman and Jonathan Morales, Auto Show Global                         February 11, 2016

Ram Truck unveils the all-new Ram Power Wagon during the first press day of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The world’s first and most capable off-road truck gets new design inside and out. It has 17-inch wheels, 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, standard 6,4-liter HEMI V-8 with 410 hp and 429 lb.-ft. of torque, a 12,000-lb. winch in the front grille to pull others out of the mud and 10,030-lb. towing capacity. But most importantly, the suspension system allows for great off-roading. Here are more photos of the new Ram truck. Video by Jonathan Morales.DSC_0170



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Auto Show Global’s 2016 Chicago Auto Show Pre-show Rundown



By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global       February 9, 2016  5:06 p.m.

Auto Show Global is Chi-town bound for the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, starting with press days, Feb. 11-12 and the public days from Feb. 13-21.

It’s the largest auto show in the country with more than a million square feet of show floor, two huge halls and more at the beautiful McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. There’s been some shuffling around of display space, promises and rumors of new vehicle debuts, some “already debuted in Detroit” stuff, and luxury brands that snubbed Detroit but will show up big in Chicago. So stay focused. Here we go with the ASG Chicago Auto Show Pre-show Rundown:

Show floor shakeup

According to the show coordinators, only three manufacturers — FCA, Toyota and Ford — have the same display location as last year. A new trend, which started in Detroit this year, the premium brands are now grouped close together — and let the competitive sparks fly. Look for luxury on the west side of South Hall, while the volume brands are located in the North Hall and all the test tracks will be side to side on the east end of South Hall.

“Exhibitors who weren’t already near competitors wanted to be closer to their competition,” said Dave Sloan, Chicago Auto Show general manager. “This gave us the opportunity to group our three extremely popular test tracks in one area and make it easier for our attendees to cross-shop vehicles.”

2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition

New 2016 Chrysler 200S and 300S Alloy Editions

Promises and rumors — Chicago global debuts

There’s both promises and rumors of new cars and trucks to be seen for the first time in Chicago during the press days this year. Automotive News and listed the following expected global debuts:

  • Chevrolet Camaro 1LE
  • Updated Ram heavy-duty pickup (not saying any more)
  • Refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe crossover
  • Ford Explorer crossover special edition
  • All-new Nissan (not saying any more)
  • New 2016 Chrysler 200S and 300S alloy editions
  • Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup
  • Refreshed Chevrolet Trax subcompact crossover
  • Kia Niro hybrid crossover — production version
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based concept
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Acura Precision Concept 2016

If you missed me in Detroit…

Several of our favorites from the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month will be making their Chicago debut at the show, including the Acura Precision Concept, 2017 Lincoln Continental, 2017 Lexus LC 500, 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, 2017 Cadillac XT5, Volvo S90, 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL and more.

Luxury that snubbed Detroit gives Chicago big love
Jaquar Land Rover, Rolls Royce and Bentley were all MIA at the Detroit Auto Show this year, but these luxury brands plan to show up strong for Chicago’s luxury buyers.

Jaguar Land Rover will showcase more than 10 vehicles at the show, including the brand’s two newest offerings which go on sale later this year – the new 2017 Jaguar XE compact sports sedan and the first-ever Jaguar SUV, the 2017 Jaguar F-PACE, revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.


2017 Jaguar F-PACE, revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

The recently redesigned XF mid-size luxury sedan, full-size Jaguar XJ and F-TYPE sports car will be there too. And along side the Jags will be the Land Rover brand with the new 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible on display, which had its worldwide debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Land Rover will also have the rest of its line-up: the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Land Rover LR4.

Bentley will have the 2017 Bentley Bentayga, as well as the Bentley Continental GTC and the Bentley Mulsanne on display and Rolls-Royce will show its Ghost Series II, Phantom Drophead Coupe and the Wraith. All this added luxury will certainly spice things up on the west end of South Hall.
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2016 Houston Auto Show: Perfect time of year for an auto show in Texas



2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X debuts at the 2016 Houston Auto Show on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X debuts at the 2016 Houston Auto Show on Wednesday, Jan. 27. According to GMC, it’s a special edition of the All Terrain model, featuring enhanced off-road capability and an aggressive, monochromatic appearance.

By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

The 2016 Houston Auto Show kicked off today, and what a perfect time of the year — on the heels of the Detroit Auto Show, while 2016-17 new products are still big news.

Houston is a big and important enough market for some of the automakers to make special plans to showcase some of their brand-spanking new products and innovations still fresh in the minds of Texas auto show goers who watched the reveals out of Detroit earlier this month.

HAS_Logo_04Produced annually by the Houston Automobile Dealers Association (HADA), the show runs through Sunday, January 31, 2016, and has ample floor space — 700,000 square feet of space at NRG Center —  more than 700 of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

A few will be shown for the first time at the show, including the new GMC Sierra All Terrain X, and several shown for the first time in Houston: 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia, 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, 2016 Buick Envision, 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, 2017 Ford Raptor, 2017

2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

Ford Escape, 2017 GMC Sierra All Terrain X, 2017 GMC Acadia Denali, 2017 Infiniti QX30, 2016 Jeep 75th Anniversary models: Cherokee, Renegade, Wrangler, 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night, 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland, 2017 Lexus GSF Sport, 2017 Lotus Evora 400, 2016 Nissan Sentra, 2016 Nissan Altima, 2016 Shelby F-150, and the 2016 VW Passat.

2017 Buick Envision

2017 Buick Envision

Auto shows, like this one in Houston, are my favorite. You get the special treat of test driving the new model year cars and trucks on your home turf. More than 70 vehicles will be waiting for you, the consumer, to give the thumbs up or, the other way.

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Don’t Ask My Neighbor: Trading Spaces at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show


CIS_2016-16By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

The Detroit Auto Show, the most influential of the year, concluded with record attendance again – at least the numbers are going in the right direction. There are a number of reasons why the show was a success for some and a failure in the minds of others, but one thing was for certain – it had it own charm, and a lot was due to real estate.

Until this year, the auto show exhibitors embraced keeping all of the brands together in one display area. Companies like Ford, General Motors, and Toyota, kept both luxury and traditional nameplates within a short walk through a seamless transition. This year, with brands such as Mini, Bentley and Jaguar having noticeable absences from this year’s show, new floor space was made available. This coincided with the fact that luxury brands appeared to want to stand on their own identity similar to a teenager wanting to move out of the parental house.

IMG_20160111_102631205_HDRWhile Lexus stayed home with Toyota, Cadillac and Lincoln became next door neighbors as did Chevy and Ford during this year’s show. Ironically Lincoln and Cadillac were parked right across the street from Mercedes, Audi, and BMW respectively in the high rent district of the auto show. It was interesting looking at the crowd from both sides of the fence both from the Chevy and Ford fence and the Cadillac and Lincoln fence.

CIS_2016-13 16NAIAS_0295 FordHub 2The Ford Experience was just that, an experience. Most of the exhibits were interactive and highlighting the technology that Ford uses in its products. The displays were bright and open. There were displays featuring the durability of Gorilla Glass, the innovation of vehicle lifestyle connectivity, jellybean cocktails of the Ford Fusion color palate, Legos exhibits, and my favorite: compressed air, simulating wind blowing in your face, causing major distortions, that allowed the visitor to post video to social media. The exhibits were engaging to the visitors and would keep them wandering around the display looking for things to interact with. At some point I remembered to look at the products too. On the Chevy side, the whole product line was nicely organized and warmly lit, and allowed the visitor to pass through and get a closer look at the product offerings. It felt more museum-like than the science center feel I got from Ford.

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The Chrysler, I mean FCA (sorry!), display moved to the former GM neighborhood, and it was a needed upgrade. No longer the dark and drab parking lot of the past, the display was lit up like a Christmas tree, with LED screens everywhere. Bright and open, with its luxury brand Alfa Romeo next door, the display does a much better job showcasing all the new Fiat and former Chrysler products.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280-12 Lincoln-Continental-at-NAIAS-4I walked over to the Cadillac display, the new XT5 was center stage flanked by the rest of the Cadillac lineup. The whole display was brightly lit and had a very elegant but sterile feel. Lincoln on the other hand had very few products to show but the display felt very warm, intimate and engaging. I chatted with one of Ford’s Design Directors about why Lincoln separated itself from the Ford brand. The answer was really simple, Lincoln wanted to be next to the other luxury brands – especially since the space was available and Lincoln was debuting the all-new Continental.

To me, it just felt weird because I really could walk from one spot to the next and get a totally different vibe from all the luxury brands, especially between Lincoln and Cadillac. It really felt as though the two brands were finally coming from underneath the veil of the respective parent companies.

I have worked for both Ford and General Motors, and ironically worked in Lincoln and Cadillac studios. There will always be a battle for top domestic luxury brand, Lincoln and Cadillac have been at it for years. It was great to see an old rivalry start up again. It’s about time that Ford and General Motors start having an honest conversation in-house as who they want to be as a brand, especially in such a competitive domestic market. Let’s wait and see if the domestic luxury brands will actually up the ante for future shows, carve out even more “in-your-face” space, and make this rivalry fun again.

Auto Show Global’s Top Five, Must See at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show



The 2016 North American International Auto Show opens to the public on Saturday, so we wanted to share our Top Five, Must See cars, trucks and concepts for those of you making your way down to Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

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Upscale Jeep Cherokee Overland introduced at the 2016 New England Auto Show


2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland

2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland

The New England International Auto Show is back in Boston and Jeep was there to make one of the first announcements of the show.

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Jeep introduced its new premium Cherokee model, the Cherokee Overland, for the opening day of the show. The new trim level for the mid-size SUV offers more luxury features than in the past. But, of course, when it comes to capability, it’s all Jeep. The new premium Cherokee Overland will be available in Jeep showrooms this spring.

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2016 Detroit Auto Show: Kids play, parents recharge in the new Chrysler Pacifica Play Zone



By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

There’s always something for the kids to do in the Chrysler, now FCA, display area. Dominated by Jeep for years, the Chrysler brand is now taking on the challenge of keeping the youngsters entertained.

The Chrysler brand will debut its “Pacifica Play Zone” at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit from Saturday, January 16 through Sunday, January 24, to celebrate the reveal of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica was revealed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 11

2017 Chrysler Pacifica was revealed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show

The Pacifica Play Zone invites parents and their children to interact with the features of the minivan through immersive experiences, including the Uconnect Game Center, which creates a larger-than-life interactive experience across multiple 65-inch touch screens, as well as compete for prizes and learn about hybrid technology from representatives of the Michigan Science Center.

Below are some more activities, but the most important is the Recharge Lounge where parents can stop, sit and recharge their devices, and themselves, while their children explore.

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Feet-hurting experience, but we made it through press days @ 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit


2016 NAIAS TeamThe Auto Show Global 2016 NAIAS team on site during the press days. And yes, after a 12-hour day our feet, backs and arms hurt. Parking was horrible, but there was plenty of sensory overload, great new products and technology and friends to reconnect with. We also found a lot of new display stands that we really liked and a whole new layout for the Detroit Show that we plan to talk about later. Thanks for checking out our coverage; there’s more to come. From left, Prentiss Malone, Karla Thornhill Coleman and Stephan Franklin. 

All-new Lincoln Continental announced at 2016 NAIAS: No retro here


17LincolnContinental_18_HRBy Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

If you’re a baby boomer, or close to it, you remember the Lincoln Continental and its status in the luxury car world. For years it was Lincoln’s flagship and a true head turner. My dad owned a 1986 model, Black two-tone, with the tire in the rear decklid. Of all the luxury family cars he owned over the years, he claimed the Continental was his favorite.

Now its back in the Lincoln lineup as the brand revealed the all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental on the second press day of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

And the only thing “throwback” about this luxury sedan is its name.

17LincolnContinental_07_HRBeginning this fall, the Continental will be available for customers in the US and China – a full-size sedan where the best seat is the rear seat. Yes, chauffeur me, please. It has a very contemporary design with quality craftsmanship and lots of safety and convenience technology.

“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.”

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Acura Precision Concept is precisely Acura


The Acura Precision Concept at its 2016 North American International Auto Show unveiling in Detroit, MI on Jan. 12

The Acura Precision Concept at its 2016 North American International Auto Show unveiling in Detroit, MI on Jan. 12

By Auto Show Global Team

The Acura Precision Concept model, developed by the Acura Design Studio in California, made its world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show today — Day 2 of the press days in Detroit. Calling it “Precision Crafted Performance,” we agree with the brand that it is a true expression of Acura’s distinctive DNA. We will be talking about this more in the future as the Precision is in the running for Auto Show Global’s top five picks.

“There is no more clear promise for the Acura brand than Precision Crafted Performance,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. “We’re committed to infusing this core Acura promise into every facet of our products and every aspect of our relationship with the customer.”

Acura Precision Concept dimensions:

Width 84 inches
Length 204 inches
Height 52 inches
Wheelbase 122 inches
Wheel/Tire – 5-spoke machined wheels

– 22-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport Summer Tire

Acura Precision Concept 2016 - Front 3-4

Acura Precision Concept 2016 – Front 3-4

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2016 Detroit Auto Show: Freezing weather; hot cars and trucks in Cobo Center


It was a cold day in Detroit, and parking at or near Cobo Center was nothing short of impossible. But once inside, the coats, boots, gloves and scarves were quickly tucked away, and we were in for a full day of hot cars and trucks at the 2016 North American International Auto Show Media Day One. Here are just some of the pics from the day, courtesy of Prentiss Malone, Auto Show Global team member.


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2016 North American International Auto Show — Press Days begin on Monday, Jan. 11



Happy New Year! We’re starting off the new year with the mother of auto shows in North America and beyond — the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Nearly every automaker in the world will display what’s new and hot for 2016 and 2017. Press days are Monday, Jan. 11 through Jan. 12 and our team will be on the show floor to bring you photos, video and more of the reveals, people and, of course, the new concepts and production cars and trucks.

2016 NAIAS Floorplan

2016 NAIAS Floorplan

Follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too. Here’s this year’s show schedule:

2016 NAIAS Media Reveal Schedule

Monday, January 11, 2016

7:00 am Main Show Floor Opens

6:50 am NAIAS Welcome – Atrium Stage

6:55-7:15 am North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Awards – Atrium Stage

6:50-7:10 am VDA-German Association of the Automotive Industry – Ambassador Ballroom, Room 360

7:10-7:30 am Schaeffler Group – Ambassador Ballroom, Room 360

7:35-8:00 am Chrysler

8:05-8:30 am Chevrolet

8:35-9:00 am Audi

9:05-9:30 am Volk swagen

9:35-10:00 am Mercedes-Benz and smart

10:05-10:30 am BMW

10:35-11:00 am Volvo

11:05-11:30 am Porsche

11:40 am-12:05 pm Ford – Joe Louis Arena

12:15-12:40 pm Infiniti

12:45-1:10 pm Lexus – (located in Lexus Theater, near the Toyota exhibit)

1:15-1:40 pm Honda

1:45-2:10 pm Hyundai

2:15-2:40 pm Kia

2:45-3:10 pm ZF

3:50-4:15 pm Autoblog – Concourse

4:20-5:15 pm One Show Awards – Atrium Stage

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2015 LA Auto Show: Lincoln MKZ’s new nose job


LOS ANGELES, CA. Nov. 18, 2015--Kumar Galhotra, President, Lincoln-- reveals a newly designed MKZ today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show (LAIAS) focusing on areas most desired by today’s luxury midsize sedan customer – quality, performance and style. The new MKZ is powered by a Lincoln exclusive 400 hp,3.0-liter GTDI V6 engine. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen

LOS ANGELES, CA. Nov. 18, 2015–Kumar Galhotra, President, Lincoln– reveals a newly designed MKZ today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show (LAIAS) focusing on areas most desired by today’s luxury midsize sedan customer — quality, performance and style. The new MKZ is powered by a Lincoln exclusive 400 hp,3.0-liter GTDI V6 engine. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen

By Karla Thornhill Coleman

Lincoln revealed its big surprise on Tuesday at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show: the 2017 Lincoln MKZ got a nose job, seriously. And LA — a haven for plastic surgery — is the perfect place for a coming out party. Here are before and after shots.

2016 Lincoln MKZ

Before — 2016 Lincoln MKZ

2017 Lincoln MKZ at its reveal in Los Angeles

After — 2017 Lincoln MKZ at its reveal in Los Angeles

All in all, Lincoln has come a long way baby, and the MKZ just gets better — with or without Matthew McConaughey. The new MKZ is powered by a 400 horsepower 3.0-liter GTDI V-6 engine. It’s loaded with lots of new technology such as the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functions, and Active Noise Control to keep the cabin quiet.

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And after watching McConaughey perpendicular park his Lincoln multiple times on TV, all while adjusting his cuff links, the available enhanced park assist with ultrasonic sensors is a must have.


2015 LA Auto Show: True Italian design and lightning quick, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio seals the brand’s US comeback


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

By Karla Thornhill Coleman

Although press in Milan had the chance to touch and feel the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio this summer, the reveal at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show was quite impressive. As Alfa models in tight-fitting racing suits flanked the car as it rolled on to the stage, it was a memorable entrance — one of the more dramatic reveals I’ve seen in years. With an all-new four-door sedan now coming to the states, along with the 4C and 4C Spider and a promise of more trim levels for the Giulia Quadrifoglio with class-leading performance, I think the Alfa Romeo brand is really serious about its comeback.

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It’s been a long time since a four-door sedan has evoked emotion from me, but when I sat in the vehicle, I have to admit, it feels different than anything else on the market. Maybe it was the use of carbon fiber, the positioning of the gauges and start button, sultry curves, the cockpit feel. On the exterior, the athletic lines, muscular proportions and Italian style. And when you think of its performance capability — Ferrari-derived 505-horsepower bi-turbo V-6, 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph — you just can’t wait to push the accelerator really hard.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

(Also, the carbon fiber spoiler is an interesting addition.)

If you are looking for a premium performance luxury four-door sedan that will have the neighbors talking, this is it. Built in Italy, the all-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio begins production for North America late in the second-quarter of 2016 with a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $70,000. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the lineup, as the brand promises more to come.

(See specs from manufacturer below.)2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

(Photos courtesy of FCA US LLC)

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2015 LA Auto Show: Jeep offers new special edition models for city and backcountry living


2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Night special edition

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Night special edition

By Karla Thornhill Coleman

The LA Auto Show ( in sunny California kicks off this week and the Jeep® brand will be rolling out two new special-edition models: one for city dwellers with a little performance racing in their blood, and another for those who embrace the “backcountry” life.

The new 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night combines performance, premium and little touch of luxury in an already popular SUV. Harnessing the black appearance of stealth and intrigue, the Night Package has a Gloss Black roof, rear spoiler, front grille bezels, B and C pillars and side window, and the front applique, badge on the hood, rear liftgate, and new lightweight, split five-spoke “5Ten” 20-inch wheels are all in Satin Black. Inside, there are Black Laguna leather with Silver accent stitching and Light Black Chrome bezels. This package comes in three colors, Velvet Red, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night features a standard 6.4-liter V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology that delivers 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, an adaptive damping suspension and a Selec-Track Traction Control system.

While the Grand Cherokee Night is designed to blend in to any city setting, if you live in the Midwest during the winter months, you may want to take a close look at the 2016 Wrangler Backcountry.

2016 Jeep® Wrangler Backcountry

2016 Jeep® Wrangler Backcountry special edition

Off-road enthusiast or not, when the snow is deep and the drifts are even higher, the Jeep brand’s specially designed winter-themed road warrior, may be the answer. With many of the capable off-road features that the Wrangler is already known for, 17-inch Rubicon wheels and standard Rubicon rock rails and Sahara side steps, it’s a customized off-roader right from the factory floor.

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Photos courtesy of FCA US LLC.

2015 Seattle Auto Show: Seattleites to spin around city in latest 2016 cars and trucks


SPU-SeattleBy Karla Thornhill Coleman

If you’re a Seattleite, or hanging around the Puget Sound this weekend, you may want to stop by the 2015 Seattle Auto Show and take a few brand spanking new cars and trucks for a spin around the city.

The annual auto show starts this Thursday, Oct. 8 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 11. It’s not the biggest show in the land, but it is considered by the automakers as a place to be seen. So they’re bringing fleets of new 2015-16 vehicles for show-goers to walk around, test drive and drill the product specialists with questions, observations, long nostalgic monologues — well, you get the picture.

In Seattle you’ll have to play a little “Where’s Waldo,” as the fleets from Kia, Subaru, Chevrolet, Lincoln, Toyota, Ford are spread around in various locations to give drivers, and their ride-along, different views of the city.

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Bigger, stronger, flashier, techier and easier on the gas — trucks rule at 2015 Texas State Fair Auto Show


DALLAS (Sept. 24, 2015) - Nissan kicked off its biggest presence ever at the world famous State Fair of Texas with a special showing of the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup in the heart of American truck country. Pictured with the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD is Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A.

DALLAS (Sept. 24, 2015) – Nissan kicked off its biggest presence ever at the world famous State Fair of Texas with a special showing of the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup in the heart of American truck country. Pictured with the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD is Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A.

By Karla Thornhill Coleman

No surprise that the 2015 Texas State Fair Auto Show – opening to the public today – will be all about trucks. Automakers will be opening doors and tailgates to show whose truck is bigger, stronger, more fuel efficient, offers more technology, brings more bling and can connect today’s truck buyers and admirers to the rest of the world.

Don’t get it twisted, there will be cars, SUVs and crossovers to sit in and gawk over, but this fair-oriented auto show caters to what Texans are known for – their trucks. Driving through Dallas you’ll see plenty of trucks in the big city, of every domestic blend. That being said, the auto show that boasts the most attendance in the Southwest will be filled again with Texans waiting to see what’s coming down the road.

So after you finish your corn dog and elephant ears, take a spin on the Ferris wheel and cheer on renowned wood-carver Burt Fleming as he creates works of art with his chainsaw and sections of timber, here are some of the new trucks for 2016 and 2017 – some revealed for the first time yesterday during the press preview – that will be front and center in the outdoor Truck Zone and inside the Automobile Building (in front of Big Tex himself) and the Centennial Building.

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Automakers cut the clutter with hot vehicles at Frankfurt show


The Audi e-tron quattro concept is designed from the ground up as an electric car and proves to be pioneering in its segment at the very first glance.

Destination: 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. According to Audi: The Audi e-tron quattro concept is designed from the ground up as an electric car and proves to be pioneering in its segment at the very first glance.

By Karla Thornhill Coleman

Five more days before the world’s automakers lift the covers off their bold and beautiful displays at the 2015 International Auto Show (IIA) in Frankfurt. On this world stage, it’s all about cutting through the news cycle clutter during the press days to get the best coverage, photos, videos, blogs, and mentions possible – hoping consumers are paying close attention.

Some of these spectacular reveal moments are a surprise to all — kept secret right up to the moment the drape is pulled or the curtain drawn. On the other hand, there are a few companies who share their plans a head of time to guarantee their place in cyberspace and over the airwaves. This time around, there are several new open-top two-seaters and luxury sedans in the pipeline, along with concepts cars, performance speedsters and people haulers. Here’s a preview of a few of the new vehicles that will be front and center at the show.

The International Auto Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, also known as the Frankfurt Auto Show, is open to public Sept. 17-27 from 9-7 p.m. at the Fairground of Messe Frankfurt, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1 (Parking zone: Messeparkhaus Rebstock) D-60327 Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Trade days are Sept. 17-18 and Press days, Sept. 15-16.

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2015 Frankfurt Auto Show: World’s largest auto show stage just keeps growing



By Karla Thornhill Coleman

It’s big. Massive. It’s the largest, most comprehensive auto show in the world, and it only happens every two years. Like a full moon when it rises in the night sky, its an awestricken event that illuminates the world.

The International Motor Show Cars (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany – with its multiple buildings, endless product announcements, demonstrations, colorful digital displays, celebrity performances, test drives through the streets of Frankfurt, off-road test tracks and more – is one of the automotive industry’s most important showcases of mobility trends and new technology.

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New convertible Camaro invites the summer breeze; Alfa Romeo unveils all-new midsize sedan


2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

DETROIT – Let the sun shine in. Chevrolet will offer a convertible model of the all-new 2016 Camaro, featuring the segment’s most advanced top.

The 2016 Camaro is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following:

Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top
Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph
Remote opening with the key fob
A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is lowered and stowed.
The electro-hydraulic power roof system features multilayer construction – including acoustic and thermal barriers – designed for a comfortable, quiet driving experience in all seasons. The top emulates the sleek silhouette of the Camaro coupe.

“The 2016 Camaro coupe will set the benchmark for the segment in terms of technology, performance and design,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “Adding the most sophisticated top in the segment brings another level of refinement – and driving enjoyment – to the Camaro convertible.”

The new Camaro convertible arrives in early 2016.

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2015 FCA Winter Drive Event: From inclement weather to harsh, off-road environments, FCA US drivelines deliver full range of capability



When the product teams at FCA US leave the auto show floor during the winter months, they head for snow, ice and wind, where ever they can find it. This time it’s Montreal, Canada, to test their latest vehicles designed for these extreme conditions. Here’s some of the latest technology and all-wheel-drive systems for the Jeep Renegade, Chrysler 300, Ram 1500 and more, including applications of fuel-saving axle-disconnect and active-transfer-case technologies and rugged 4×4 systems delivering impressive off-road performance.

The 85th Geneva International Auto Show: Spectacular display of new vehicles and technologies from around the world



The Geneva International Motor Show will open to the public from March 5 – 15, 2015. The election of the Car of the Year and two Press Days will precede this opening, which will be presided over by Mrs Doris Leuthard, a member of the Swiss Federal Council. Some 130 new models and concept cars will be presented to more than 700,000 visitors and will occupy every square metre of space in the exhibition halls of Palexpo. This year some 900 vehicles will be on exhibit, nearly a hundred of which already conform to the strict European Union emission norms that will come into effect in 2021. The watchmaker TAG Heuer will pay homage to more than a hundred years of motor sports in a special interactive exhibition.

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Happy Valentine’s Day and opening day for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show



Over a Dozen Newly-Debuted Vehicles, 25 Supercars on Display

CHICAGO (February 14, 2015) – Taking center stage at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show will be a number of consumer vehicles making their world debut, including the all-new Acura MDX, Chevrolet Equinox, Honda Pilot and Toyota Avalon. Supercars are also on parade, catching the eye of Auto Show attendees.  As the biggest assemblage of supercars in the show’s history, a lineup of 25 cars will be showcased all across the showroom floor.

The show opens to the public on Saturday, Feb. 14. Opening weekend promises an exciting line-up of events and nearly 1,000 different vehicles that will be on display throughout the more than 1 million square feet throughout McCormick Place.  The show runs from Feb. 14-22 and is open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day, with the exception of the last day, where the show will close at 8 p.m.

This year marks the 107th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.  First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent.

“The Chicago Auto Show provides automakers the opportunity to connect with hundreds of thousands of consumers,” said John Webb, 2015 Chicago Auto Show chairman.  “In all, nearly a thousand different vehicles will be on display that appeal to each and every attendee; no other show can offer the diversity of display that you’ll find in Chicago.”
During the two-day media preview, more than a dozen new world introductions were made.  Chicago Auto Show attendees can be the first to see the newest cars debuted, including:

  • Kia Trail’ster Concept and Rio
  • Honda Pilot
  • Chevrolet Equinox, Silverado Custom and Colorado GearOn
  • Acura RDX and MDX
  • Nissan GT-R LM NISMO and 370Z NISMO Roadster concept
  • Ram Laramie Limited
  • Ford Police Interceptor
  • Toyota Avalon, Camry and Corolla
  • Hyundai special edition Veloster Rally Edition and Elantra GT

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2016 Hyundai Veloster receives major performance, design and conectivity enhancements, plus new Rally Edition


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CHICAGO, February 13, 2015 – Hyundai unveiled a new Rally Edition, coupled with significant design, dynamic and connectivity enhancements to its Veloster coupe at the Chicago Auto Show today. The Veloster Rally Edition builds upon Veloster Turbo R-Spec enthusiast credentials, with a more performance-focused suspension, RAYS® lightweight wheels with wide 225/40R18 tires, carbon-fiber-look aero accents, unique badging and floor mats. The Rally Edition is a limited production run planned for 1,200 units, all in a stunning Matte Blue paint, guaranteeing exclusivity to its enthusiast owners. 2016 Veloster will be available at dealers in May 2015.

Hyundai unveiled a new Rally Edition, coupled with significant design, dynamic and connectivity enhancements to its Veloster coupe at the Chicago Auto Show today. The Veloster Rally Edition builds upon Veloster Turbo R-Spec enthusiast credentials, with a more performance-focused suspension, RAYS® lightweight wheels with wide 225/40R18 tires, carbon-fiber-look aero accents, unique badging and floor mats. The Rally Edition is a limited production run planned for 1,200 units, all in a stunning Matte Blue paint, guaranteeing exclusivity to its enthusiast owners. 2016 Veloster will be available at dealers in May 2015.

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New Ford Police Interceptor Debuts at Chicago Auto Show, with canine rep watching on


1423835492904[1]Cute, but I’m sure quite lethal when she wants to be, a representative from the canine unit was on hand to announce the new Ford Police Interceptor during preview days at the Chicago Auto Show. She was more restrained, poised and disciplined than most in the media audience, but eventually the handler had to keep distracting her with a toy to keep her focused. All in all, if you like/love dogs, it was a treat to see along side an impressive, utility vehicle that was tested and approved by Michigan’s own state police and gives the force the performance and added versatility to pursue and capture the bad guys. See the official information from Ford below:

New Ford Police Interceptor Debuts at Chicago Auto Show, Sets Its Sights on Innovation, Continued Sales Leadership

Ford unveiled the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show this Thursday, kicking off a new chapter for the utility that has changed the face of law enforcement.

Since its introduction in 2012, Police Interceptor Utility quickly became America’s best-selling police vehicle, helping Ford capture 55 percent of the U.S. law enforcement vehicle market.

The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility was developed with input from the Ford Police Advisory Board to handle the extreme rigors of police duty. In the business of fighting crime, performance and durability are king. Ford Police Interceptor Utility is the only Pursuit Rated midsize utility vehicle; Ford’s utility and sedan versions are the only Pursuit Rated vehicles with standard all-wheel drive.

“Our Police Interceptor Utility is the best-selling police vehicle in America because we have a unique relationship with our customers,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford North American marketing manager for Police Vehicles. “By listening to the Ford Police Advisory Board, we have engineered a vehicle that officers love.”

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Auto Industry is alive and bringing it to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show


2015-CAS-Logo-JPGToday was the first press day for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, which opens its doors to the public on Saturday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, beginning at 9 a.m. The day started with the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) annual breakfast as a show official stated that hundreds of thousands of tickets have been sold already, and that’s before the box office opened. It’s a big show and it’s getting bigger, and it’s great to many of the OEMs continue to support this well attended show and reveal new offering here in Chi-town.

As the day went on, Chevy, Acura, Kia, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced all new vehicles and concepts on the hour, with more in the afternoon from FCA US, Mazda, Hyundai, Ford, Chevy (again), BMW, VW and more. Here were some of the highlights:

The Chrysler 200 was awarded the Chicago Auto Show’s Family Vehicle of the year at the MAMA breakfast.

2015 Chrysler 200S

In the same venue, the Chevy folks announced the production of an all-new, all electric vehicle, based off the Chevy Bolt EV Concept, at the Lake Orion, Michigan plant. The Bolt is GM’s chance at creating a truly electric vehicle, and leverage the company’s experience with the revolutionary Volt.

2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept all electric vehicle – front exThis generation global electric vehicle is expected to be more affordable and have a longer range — more than 200 miles per charge and priced around $30,000. It’s also great news for workers in the Detroit area.

ChevyEquinoxReveal05.jpgOn the show floor, Chevy introduced the 2016 Equinox – a restyled, updated version of the compact SUV that’s been around for a while now and in need of a more contemporary look. Inside it has large color touchscreen radio, rearview camera and other premium features.

In Kia land, the team pulled the wraps off of the new 2016 Rio sedan and the Trail’ster e-AWD concept.


Over at the Honda stand, Jeff Conrad – Honda Division Senior Vice President and General Manager showed the media audience the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV and I must say, for the first time that morning, I was impressed. It’s a family vehicle that could always hold its own in the marketplace, but was in desperate need of some restyling and contemporizing. Lots of new technology, amenities and safety features. Nice job! I will have pix in the next blog post and more to say as well.

Mike Accavitti – Acura Division Senior Vice President and General Manager, after touting this vehicle’s solid sales leadership and best-ever year, pulled the covers off the newly refreshed and energized 2016 Acura RDX luxury SUV, with all new performance and luxury upgrades befitting of the Acura brand.

And in the world of trucks, Ram is stepping up the level of sophistication and luxury with its announcement of a new trim level for the Ram 1500 — the Ram Laramie Limited. Yes, lots of premium leather and Argento wood for the high-end consumer who wants the versatility of an efficient and capable work horse and lots of after-hour swag.


More tomorrow with announcements from Mazda, Hyundai, Ford, Chevy, BMW, and VW.


In Cadillac style, the brand introduces the 2016 CTS-V at the 2015 North American International Auto Show


cadillac ctsv Naias cadillac ctsv Naias_2 cq5dam.web.1280.1280Introduced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the all-new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V luxury performance sedan joins the cadre of supercars announced at the show this year. Boasting a top speed of 201 mph from its supercharged 6.2L V-8 640 hp engine and 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm), the stylish but super fast CTS=V is equipped with Cadillac’s paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting, the CTS-V will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. See below the specs and information from Cadillac:

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2015 Ram 1500 Rebel at the North American International Auto Show


All-New 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel World Debut

Bringing off-road to the full-size truck, the new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel no full -size truck has ever been. Reveal at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it’s a new edition to the Ram truck lineup. Here are the specs:


Vehicle Type Quad Cab and Crew Cab, 2WD, 4WD
Assembly Plant Quad Cab: Warren Truck Assembly Plant, Warren, Mich.Crew Cab: Warren Truck Assembly Plant, Warren, Mich.
EPA Vehicle Class Standard Pickup
Layout 2WD — Longitudinal, front engine4WD — Longitudinal, front engine, transfer case
Construction 2WD — Ladder-type frame, steel cab, double-wall steel pickup box4WD — Ladder-type frame, steel cab, double-wall steel pickup box
Type and Description 60-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement 220 cu. in. (3,604 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.78 x 3.27 (96.0 x 83.0)
Valve System Chain-driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Aluminum deep-skirt block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio 10.2:1
Power (SAE net) 305 hp (224 kW) at 6,400 rpm
Torque (SAE net) 269 lb.-ft. (364 N•m) at 4,175 rpm
Max. Engine Speed 6,400 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R+M)/2, E85-compatible
Oil Capacity 6.0 qt. (5.7 liter)
Coolant Capacity 14.0 qt. (13.25 liter)
Emission Controls Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors
EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy) 17/25
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All-new Ford GT: Pics from show floor at the 2015 North American International Auto Show


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Can’t wait to get a closer look at Ford’s new Supercar, but in the meantime you can’t deny the edgy, sporty exterior. Here are just a couple pics from a media friend directly from the show floor after the reveal.

No specs, but here’s some info from Ford:

Ford Redefines Innovation in Aerodynamics, EcoBoost and Light-Weighting with All-New Ford GT Carbon Fiber Supercar

  • All-new Ford GT supercar sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost® engine
  • Ford GT features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower
  • Ultra-high-performance supercar is Ford’s most extreme offering, infused with race-proven technology engineered to keep company with exotics when it goes into production in 2016

Ford today unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction.

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World premiere of all-new production 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider revealed at NAIAS


AR015_312FC7rr7sa9cdhe5rng274q64g2k3u__mid[1]Welcome back to the states. The newly named FCA revealed the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this morning. Good things have developed with the marriage of Chrysler and Fiat, and this is one of them. Beautiful design, sporty, great performance — everything the enthusiast, who’ve been holding up the candle for years, can get excited about. But I’ll let you be the judge. Here are the specs and some info from the automaker.

The Specs:

Vehicle Type Coupe and Spider
Assembly Plant Modena, Italy
EPA Vehicle Class Two-seater
Introduction Date 4C Coupe: Q4 20144C Spider: Summer 2015
Layout Transverse-mounted mid-engine, rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Construction “Pre-preg” monocoque with unilateral carbon fiber; aluminum front and
rear cell structures, roof reinforcements and an engine mounting frame;
low-density, high-strength composite body shell
Type and Description Inline 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled with turbocharger, intercooler and wet sump
Displacement, cc ( 1,742 (106.3)
Bore x Stroke 3.27 x 3.17 (83 x 80.5)
Valve System Dual overhead cam with dual (intake and exhaust) continuous variable-valve timing (VVT), 16 valves, roller-type hydraulic lifters
Fuel Injection Direct-injection, sequential, multiport, electronic
Construction Aluminum-alloy block with cast-iron liners, forged-aluminum pistons, forged-steel crankshaft, aluminum-alloy heads and aluminum bedplate
Compression Ratio 9.25:1
Maximum Turbo Boost (psi / bar) 21.75 psi / 1.45 bar
Power (SAE net) 237 hp (177 kW) @ 6,000 rpm (136 bhp/liter)
Torque (SAE net) 258 lb.-ft. (350 N•m) @ 2,200 – 4,250 rpm
Max. Engine Speed 6,500 rpm (fuel cutoff)
Fuel Requirement Unleaded premium — 91 Octane (R+M)/2
Oil Capacity (with Filters) 6.1 qt. (5.8 liter)
Coolant Capacity 11.2 qt. (10.6 liter)
Emission Controls Four, three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors,
engine internal features(a)
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined) 24 / 34 / 28
(a) Meets Tier 2 standards in all 50 states.

Alternator 160-amp
Battery Leak-resistant, maintenance-free, 500 CCA

Description 1st, 2nd gear: double cone3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th gear: single cone  Sequential paddle-shift gear selection with Auto mode
Gear Ratios
1st 4.154
2nd 2.269
3rd 1.435
4th 0.978 
5th 0.755
6th 0.622
Axle Ratio 4.118
Overall Top-gear 2.56
Front Double wishbone – high-strength steel tubular-control arms, aluminum knuckles and tubular anti-roll bar
Rear MacPherson – rear strut: shock absorber with hollow piston rod and
side-load spring, high-strength steel tubular-control arms and aluminum knuckles
Type Manual, rack-and-pinion
Overall Ratio 15.7:1
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb), ft. (m) 40.5 (12.10)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock) 2.7

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GM unwraps the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt at NAIAS in Detroit


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GM pulled the cover off the electric car that no one can forget, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. The original design, both concept and production, were perfect for this vehicle, and the new evolutionary look is just as appropriate for this icon. Well, the front is evolutionary, but the rear is an all new fastback that will look great on the street. The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended range, showcasing a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration.

2015 North American International Auto Show — Back in the D


1420742438464[1]cq5dam.web.1024.768[1]2015 Vipernaias logoIt’s Monday, January 12, 2015 and the first Press Day of the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Talking to some industry friends, the automakers have some special announcements, great cars and trucks and lots of new technology to share. Here’s today’s media reveal schedule:

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Camp Jeep Adventure Zone at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show


Team Auto Show Global takes a bumpy ride in a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon at Camp Jeep Adventure Zone at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. As we try to protect the video camera as best as possible, the product specialist from Jeep talks about all the different features, as well as the on and off-road capabilities of the vehicle. The ride is approximately 5 minutes long. Some of the other vehicles on the track include the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the 2013 Grand Cherokee. The 35-degree climb up the 18-foot Jeep Mountain was our favorite.

Rain and ice at first press day — 2013 Chicago Auto Show



The halls of McCormick Place, home of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show (photo: Michael Anthony)

Jaguar Land Rover kicks off the show

After slushing through the freezing rain we boarded the bus bound for McCormick Place, home of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Yes, typical Chicago weather — they’re expecting a couple inches of snow. I’m hungry so we are off to the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) breakfast where the president of Jaguar Land Rover NA, Andy Goss, is the speaker. Jaguar Land Rover NA will launch a series of all-wheel-drive sedans in 2013, along with Land Rover’s all-new Range Rover.


Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover NA

At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public on Saturday, Feb. 9, Jaguar will highlight the all-weather capabilities of the Instinctive All Wheel Drive™ in the Jaguar XF & XJ sedans, Jaguar XK grand tourer, and the all-new convertible Jaguar F-TYPE sports car. Land Rover will showcase the all-new 2013 Range Rover featuring an all-aluminum unibody, Land Rover’s bestselling vehicle, the Range Rover Sport, the award winning Range Rover Evoque, the versatile and capable Land Rover LR4, and the newly revised Land Rover LR2.

MAMA’s family car of the year

The 2013 Ford Fusion was named 2013 MAMA family vehicle of the year. Congratulations, Ford team! Now off to the show floor.2013 Ford Fusion

Last day @ NAIAS: Attendance and unveilings all big in 2013


It’s the last day of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The sun is shining and in typical NAIAS form, there’s nice and fluffy snow on the ground – it wouldn’t be the Detroit Auto Show without it.

(Jan 2013) Detroit, MI North American International Auto ShowIt may be one of the biggest Detroit Auto Shows in recent years. More than 100,000 show goers entering the doors at Cobo Hall, three times this week, giving a respectful nod to the Joe Louis statue. And it clearly remains one of the biggest shows for automakers – domestic and foreign – with more than 50 vehicle debuts.

Renovations at Cobo Hall are clearly underway, now in the second part of a three-phase plan to expand and revitalize the aging venue. Although we found the new three-story glass atrium facing the Detroit River impressive, there’s still a lot more work to do.

So, with exciting new cars, new technology, building upgrades and colorful displays, here’s what we liked:

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Hottest car and truck at the show

Cars – Hands down, if you followed the show at all, the new 2014 Corvette Stingray was a must see. In red or gray, the Corvette Stingray exceeded our expectations with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm), acceleration from 0-60 in less than four seconds and more than 1g in cornering grip. And even though we wouldn’t be thinking about fuel economy when driving this icon, the Corvette team checked the box by exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model. Most importantly, the design is captivating. See for yourself in the photo gallery.

2013 Ram 1500

Trucks – It’s Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, the North American Truck/Utility of the Year and it’s won a host of other awards in 2013. And we must admit, we were drawn to it as well. The 2013 Ram 1500 is our favorite from its stance and design to its capability and all-new technology. With the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine or the award-winning Pentastar V-6 matched to the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission, the Ram 1500 touts a combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency – 25 miles per gallon – as well as high-tech touchscreens to keep you connected and your eyes on the road and an air suspension for a smooth ride.

Top favorites on Twitter

We must mention that out there in the world of Instagram and Twitter, we found these vehicles were among the favorites: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Audi RX7, Acura NSX, SRT Viper (in the Chrysler stand) and the Bentley Continental GT. Of course, they were “my future car” or “dream car,” given the age of this group of show fans.

Now we’ll wait for the numbers and see just how big NAIAS turned out to be in 2013.