Don’t miss the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator at NAIAS


By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Senior Editor, Auto Show Global

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Overland

We waited and waited until it was almost to the point of writing it off for good: the possibility of Jeep making a truck after all these years. There were rumors and murmurs in the shadows. But where there’s smoke there’s fire and now you can see the flames as Jeep unveiled the 2020 Jeep Gladiator at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep® Brand North America, introduces the 2020 Jeep Gladiator at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new 2020 Gladiator builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility, best-in-class towing and 4×4 payload, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features. The all-new 2020 Gladiator is available in a crew cab model in multiple trim configurations.

An all-new Jeep truck that’s all Jeep. In fact, if you look at it straight on or from a 3/4 angle, you can’t tell its a truck at all. It looks like the Wrangler — keystone shaped grille, round headlamps, and square tail lamps. But move on toward the rear and you’ll find the truth: a 4×4 pickup truck. Same 4X4 capability you would find with any Jeep product, with some serious towing power for its size: up to 7,650 pounds of towing capacity and 1,600 pounds of payload capacity.

Under the hood, there are two fuel-efficient powertrains, one is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with Engine Stop-Start (ESS), a tried and true engine with a little extra tech to stretch out the fuel stops, and a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 with ESS and an eight-speed automatic transmission coming in 2020.

If you missed it in LA, I’m sure it will be front and center in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January. Go over to the show and take a look!

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

2019 North American International Auto Show Schedule


Auto show time again in D-town, and here is the schedule for the last press week we will experience in the deep cold of January.  If you are nostalgic like us, take a good look, walk around and soak it in because this is it! And that’s ok. It’s time for a change. Let’s embrace it and enjoy this year’s show. –Karla Thornhill Coleman, Editor brings on interns from Detroit Tech School to help cover international auto show


By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

Kudos to this year’s photo/video crew covering the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The team included, from left, Stephan Franklin, Zanuel Moore, Prentiss Malone and DeVohn Piercefield. Zanuel and DeVohn are this year’s interns, on loan from the Detroit School of Digital Technology (DSDT). Stephan and Prentiss are part of the senior team and mentors, of course, who’ve been to more auto shows than they would like to admit. The internship program is a great way to expose college-age students to the work of automotive journalists and to experience the automotive industry’s most exciting time of the year — the auto show season.

DSDT is a state-of-the-art educational institution, creative arts center, 21st century business hub and technical training center located in southwest Detroit.  The facility’s original name is Astute Artistry, LLC, which opened its doors in 2011 in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  The school is a licensed proprietary trade school through the State of Michigan.  Astute Artistry, LLC Specialized in Film Production and Creative Visual Effects.  Additional curriculum was added throughout the years to enhance the traditional Film Production curriculum by adding more Digital Media, Digital Graphics and Technology.  As a result, a name change to DSDT was imperative for re-marketing and re-branding purposes.  DSDT opened a new facility at 1759 West 20th Street in Detroit near the Ambassador Bridge in the former Detroit Police Departments 3rd precinct.  DSDT executives felt a calling to be in the city of Detroit to assist residents of Detroit and the surrounding suburbs more efficiently. For more information about the school, go to 

Ram does it again with the 2019 Ram 1500 and Ram 1500 Rebel at NAIAS


2019 Ram 1500 World Debut Detroit Ð January 15, 2018 Ð Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand Ð FCA Global, introduces the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 at the truck’s 2018 North American International Auto Show global debut. Ram’s new half-ton player is a no compromise pickup leading in durability, technology and efficiency with innovative design and the highest quality materials. (Photo courtesy of FCA US)

By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

I love a big, bold truck that’s ready to take on the world, and Ram always delivers. Ram Truck debuted its all-new Ram 1500 and Ram 1500 Rebel at the North American International Auto Show during the Press Preview on Monday to a huge crowd of journalists at Cobo Hall. What’s full a brawn has a real luxury look and feel, inside and out, so it’s easy to say: “you can take this truck anywhere.” The FCA designers and engineers added a lot of new details that truly reflects the voice of the customer — from the extra large Uconnect screen, more towing capability, reclining rear seats to the new center console. In the ongoing race between truck competitors, Ram is holding its own quite well. Make sure you stop by the FCA Ram Truck stand and get a good look at Ram’s next-generation pickup. Here are some of the highlights:

2019 Ram 1500 World Debut Detroit Ð January 15, 2018 Ð Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand talks to the media after FCA Global, introduces the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 at the truck’s 2018 North American International Auto Show global debut. Ram’s new half-ton player is a no compromise pickup leading in durability, technology and efficiency with innovative design and the highest quality materials

Engineering — Strength and the underbelly 

  • Overall weight reductions totaling nearly 225 pounds net when compared to previous model
  • New frame features 98 percent high-strength steel to improve durability, weight and rigidity for improved handling
  • Strongest Ram 1500 ever with most efficient frame in the segment – 100 pounds lighter with 98 percent high-strength steel
  • Maximum payload increased to 2,300 pounds, and maximum trailer tow to 12,750 pounds
  • New Ram 1500 is the segment’s most aerodynamic pickup with .357 coefficient of drag and features exclusive active aerodynamics: grille shutters, air dam and air suspension
  • All-new Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks deliver the best combination of ride, handling and comfort in a pickup
  • Next generation, class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel efficiency, improves ride, and gives greater off-road capability, load-leveling and entry/exit convenience
  • Largest front brakes in segment at 14.9 inches and new electric parking brake
  • New 4×4 Off-road Package includes suspension with one-inch lift, electronic locking rear axle, tuned shocks and Hill-descent Control

2019 Ram 1500 (Photo courtesy of FCA US)

Powertrain — Just how fast can this truck go?

  • 2019 Ram 1500 delivers significant gains in fuel efficiency with eTorque mild hybrid system on second generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engines – widest use of mild hybrid technology in the segment
  • eTorque combines belt-drive motor generator unit with 48-volt battery pack to enable start/stop function, short-term torque assist and brake energy regeneration
  • eTorque adds up to 90 lb.-ft. of torque to the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and up to 130 lb.-ft. to the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8
  • Frame-mounted active tuned mass modules (ATMM) and Active Noise Cancellation in cabin expand use of Fuel Saving Technology cylinder cutoff on 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and enable quiet cabin at 67.1 db
  • New generation of TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions provide improved efficiency with more powerful control computers
  • New electronic locking rear differential is standard on 4×4 Off-road Package and Rebel, available on all models
  • Heat exchanger system now includes industry-first thermal axle to quickly warm rear axle gear oil, maximizing axle during warm-up

(Photo courtesy of FCA US)

Uconnect — FCA working with SiriusXM, Apple and Android to keep you in the know

  • All-new 2019 Ram 1500 delivers innovative, state-of-the-art technology with award-winning fourth-generation Uconnect system and class-exclusive, 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen display featuring split-screen capability for dual-application operation
  • All-new SiriusXM with 360L personalized listening experience with more variety, smart content, recommendations and thousands of hours of on-demand audio
  • Fourth-generation Uconnect system SiriusXM Guardian Connected Services delivers advanced in-vehicle connected services, including 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capability
  • The most powerful audio system ever available in a pickup, Harman Kardon audio system with 19 premium speakers, 900-watt surround sound amplifier, 10-inch subwoofer and active noise cancelation
  • 360-degree Surround View Camera with bird’s-eye perspective of vehicle
  • New multifunction USB ports and optional integrated wireless charging pad
  • Available navigation system accommodates one-step, voice-controlled destination entry and enhanced 3-D navigation map graphics
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay enable link with Uconnect 8.4-inch and 12-inch touchscreens

Design — Can it turn heads on the highway? Definitely!

  • All-new 2019 Ram 1500 gears up for high-end with innovative design, highest quality materials and class-exclusive technology with “unbreakable interlocking” theme for enhanced appearance and aerodynamics
  • The new face of Ram includes a chiseled Ram’s head logo and “RAM” grilles
  • Most dramatic differentiation between models across six distinct price classes
  • All-new full LED Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), including twin bi-functional projector headlamps, fog lamps and tail lamps
  • Lighter, longer and wider, including an overall cab length increase of four inches, creating the most spacious interior for additional features and passenger comfort
  • Nearly 100 percent more storage capacity versus closest competitor at 151.1 liters
  • First FCA application of 12-inch fully configurable touch screen includes tailor-made graphics for various Ram models
  • Reimagined center console with 12 different storage configurations offers never-before-seen customization for the most active interior real estate
  • Second row includes slide reclining seats to eight degrees, a true flat-load floor with integrated RamBins with tie-down rings and expandable under seat storage
  • All-new switch bank with dedicated toggle switches, wireless charging dock and up to five USBs, including four type C/A ports

100 ways to stay safe and secure

  • All-new 2019 Ram 1500 offers more than 100 safety and security features
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Go and Hold
  • Forward Collision Warning-Plus warns the driver if impact appears imminent, and assists driver response by deploying brakes
  • Ready Alert Braking and Trailer-sway Damping control
  • LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus alerts and assist the driver with corrective action
  • ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park and Hill-start Assist uses ultrasonic sensors to help the driver perform technical maneuvers

Lexus reveals all-new, all-luxury crossover concept at NAIAS


By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global (Photos by Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global)

Lexus reveals its all-new concept luxury crossover with the Lexus LF-1 at the North American International Auto Show Press Preview. According to Lexus, it has the potential to reshape the Lexus flagship luxury crossover just like the RX 300 did when it debut at the show 20 years ago. A lot of great new techy features, but I don’t see a huge departure as far as design. Reminds me of the old RX 300, which is a great iconic vehicle with a design that’s withstood the test of time, but customers are looking for a design leap, right?! What are your thoughts? Here’s the manufacturer’s press release below. Post your thoughts on our Facebook page:

Lexus Carves Out a New Flagship Luxury Crossover with Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept

All-New Concept Debuts at North American International Auto Show
January 15, 2018

DETROIT – Jan. 15, 2018  – Like molten metal being forged into a fine Japanese sword, the lines of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept have the potential to shape the future of a flagship luxury crossover for Lexus.

Lexus established the luxury crossover segment two decades ago with the global debut of the RX 300 at Detroit.  It remains the top-selling luxury crossover despite nearly 50 competitors that have since entered the segment.

Now, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept introduces a new genre of luxury vehicle: the flagship crossover. Combining high performance with unrestrained luxury, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless is a showcase of technology, innovation and the latest evolution of design at Lexus. 

Like its name, the possibilities for powertrains are limitless. The LF-1 concept could be powered by fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, gasoline, or even all-electric. By around 2025, every Lexus model around the world will be available either as a dedicated electrified model, or have an electrified option.

The innovative spirit of the LF-1 was created at CALTY Design Research in California. The design language is rooted in the simple yet elegant design concept dubbed “molten katana”. This design visualization fuses the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword. Imagining that shift from a smooth, flowing mass into a solid, chiseled shape formed the basis for the fluid, yet aggressive design of the LF-1 Limitless. 

“This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top sedans,” said Kevin Hunter, president, CALTY Design Research. “The LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for the driver and passengers.”  

It starts with the right proportions. The Lexus LF-1’s exaggerated dash-to-axle ratio gives it an athletic profile that’s more sports car than station wagon. Combined with a cabin that sits deep within the rear-wheel drive chassis and aggressive 22-inch wheels barely contained under bulging fenders, the LF-1 has a powerful stance that conveys its performance intentions at a glance. The low roofline and elevated ride height further emphasize that this is a crossover designed for performance with practicality.

Like all current Lexus models, the spindle grille on the LF-1 is a core element to the overall design. On the LF-1 it’s been taken even further, with details that suggest the start of the spindle form at the rear of the vehicle that then continues forward toward the nose. The grille itself features a three-dimensional design with colors developed in-house by CALTY. Ridges radiating away from the central emblem suggest magnetism guiding metal filings into shape. There is no chrome, as the LF-1 instead uses LED lighting around the grille that greets you on arrival.

“There’s no doubt that luxury crossovers are an increasingly popular choice for luxury customers,” said Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken. “This LF-1 Limitless concept illustrates what could happen if Lexus were to add a flagship crossover to our line-up. It’s a gorgeous execution and we’re anxious to see our customers’ and dealers’ response.”  

In profile, the LF-1 has a clearly defined flow from front to rear starting with the front fender line that extends from the hood all the way to the bottom of the C pillar. That line contrasts with the more complex surfaces below it like the wide, crisply creased front fender that transitions to the smooth, deeply scalloped front door. From there, the bodywork slowly builds back out again to envelop the rear wheel giving the LF-1 a broad, powerful stance.

A split spoiler grabs your eye at the rear of the Lexus LF-1, but there are interesting curves and details along every inch of the rear fascia. The beautifully sculpted openings at each corner might look like exhaust pipes but they’re actually vents for the air coming past the rear wheels. The shoulders above those wheels provide sturdy mounts for the sculptural taillights that extend well past the metalwork. Above the lights is the huge expanse of glass that extends over the rear seats to offer an uninterrupted view thanks to the split spoiler on each side.   

Maximum comfort for every passenger was CALTY’s goal for the cabin. The Lexus LF-1 adheres to the Japanese tradition of omotenashi, or hospitality, welcoming all who enter with equal enthusiasm. The cockpit is designed to allow the driver to concentrate on the task at hand by removing distracting analog knobs and buttons in favor of motion-activated controls and a minimalist display directly ahead. The front passenger space is far more open, with even fewer controls and a wide unobstructed dashboard. Those in back get the same seats as those in front with expansive legroom and individual display screens for adjusting the climate control or entertainment options.

The metallic interior trim is finished in the same champagne-tinted color as the exterior, but with a satin finish for a warmer feel.  Accents around the instrument panel and on the steering wheel further enhance the cockpit feel for the driver. Additional metallic accents throughout the interior contrast with the dark Cocoa Bean leather trim and seats covered in Chiffon White perforated leather.

Lighting also plays a key role in the look and feel of the interior. Engaging the start button initiates a dramatic lighting sequence based on which of the several available driving modes is engaged. For a more subtle effect, the wooden door trim has tiny perforations that allow indirect light from miniature LEDs to shine in a variety of colors that complement the overhead lights.

Technology enhances the luxurious feel of the Lexus LF-1 by expanding the options offered to the driver. It starts with the LF-1’s Chauffeur mode, which allows for hands-free operation thanks to the vehicle’s by-wire steering, braking, acceleration, lights and signals. The result is smooth, carefree driving with maximum efficiency and reduced risk of accidents. 

For sporty, hands-on driving, all powertrain controls are on the steering wheel to keep the driver engaged and focused on the road.  Paddles mounted to the steering wheel control the acceleration for sporty driving while buttons on the lower section of the steering wheel engage options like park and reverse.
There is also a four-dimensional navigation system which builds on traditional systems by adding the element of time to the equation. It acts as a concierge for the occupants by anticipating the needs of the driver and passengers based on the progress, traffic and road conditions along the programmed trip, suggesting fuel stops, rest breaks and restaurants, even offering to make hotel reservations. Navigation and route information are displayed on the in-dash monitor, the rear seat entertainment screens, or wirelessly connected to passengers’ tablets and smart phones.

Touch-responsive haptic controls easily reached from the steering wheel interface with the 4D navigation system and integrated comfort and entertainment systems.  A touch-tracer pad embedded in the leather-covered center console supports character recognition for data entry.  An additional haptic controller in the rear seat center console allows passengers to make their own comfort and entertainment choices.
With its innovative technology and captivating styling, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept represents the potential for an amazing experience for future luxury customers. 


Length 197.4 inches 5014 mm
Width 78.2 inches 1986 mm
Height 63.2 inches 1605 mm
Wheelbase 117.1 inches 2974 mm


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Media Schedule for NAIAS 2018


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

Well its that time again where we get all dressed up to go to North American International Auto Show. Its going to be cold, and not because of the weather either. This years schedule looked thin, I mean short. That doesn’t mean that I won’t have a lot to write about. Since the internet has turned into the place to showcase new products, the show might as well be virtual. Take a look below and you will see what I’m talking about


A New Way to Lease


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

Subscription Service as the new leasing option for Volvo

Volvo recently announced that it is offering a subscription based service for owners. Basically for the low price of around $600 dollars you have access to a 2019 Volvo XC40. With a 2 year commitment, your vehicle comes with insurance and maintenance, the driver responsibility will just be to pay the taxea, registration, and gas. Now I wonder how this would work in Michigan, where the insurance rates are among the highest in the country. I’m curious to know if this would be reflected in the price. Just because it starts at $600 doesn’t mean it will end there. Hopefully will learn more about the concept in the weeks to come.

View From the 2017 Los Angeles Show


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

Nissan Titan (Star Wars Edition)

Nissan introduced the customized Nissan Titan following the Star Wars theme from the Rogues last year. From marketing this is becoming a recurrent theme especially when it appears that there isn’t a shortage of Star Wars movies. Living in Michigan, this is the most appropriate look for this time of year. I wish that would have been shown in Detroit.

The new Nissan Kick is another story. The 2018 compact SUV is short on the concept of utility. More suited as a crossover the lack of all wheel drive as an option will make the potential customer look elsewhere if all purpose utility is a must.

Mercedes Benz CLS

Mercedes Benz introduced the new CLS. The popular 4-door coupe has always been a sleek offering from Mercedes. The new CLS boasts the new 3.0L inline 6-cylinder engine with about 360hp

View From the 2017 Los Angeles Show – Part 2


Stephan Franklin, Auto show Global

Subaru Ascent

The new 2019 Subaru Ascent is a 3-row offering, which is a switch from the traditional small offering from Subaru. Incredibly large from what Subaru customers come to expect, Subaru is riding the wave of increased growth in sales from it product line. The look of this is extremely refined compared to some of the other 3-row SUV/Crossover products from other manufacturers.

Volvo XC

Volvo introduced the new XC40, this should pair well the new subscription service that is being offered next year. The compact SUV will be loaded with safety features that Volvo customers have grown to appreciate. The all-wheel drive vehicle offers 2-tone paint along with white painted wheels, and other neat features such as convenience hooks in the interior for things like carry-out food or groceries.



Highlights from L. A. Auto Show


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

New 2018 Jeep Wrangler

The new Jeep was unveiled at the L.A. Auto show. Even through pre-show internet buzz (the owners’ manual, with pictures, made it online) caused a brief stir among enthusiasts, the 2018 Jeep wrangler was a hit. It shows to be a creative blend of Jeep tradition and technology. New powertrains including those shared with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio reduce weight without sacrificing performance. With a smaller turning radius and the use of lighter weight materials is an additional plus to the Jeep fan base. The Wrangler has also improved the driver experience with the process of removing door and roofs from the Wrangler for the open air effect, Interior enhancements show the Jeep Wrangler to be more user friendly and less utilitarian.

Welcome to L.A.–2017


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

The Los Angeles Auto Show is upon us again. The show brings us offerings from Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and others. The new challenge for the LA show will be the paradigm shift that the automotive world is seeing with the growth of autonomous vehicles, alternative energy propulsion, and new technology, AutoMobility is coming to L.A. Expect to see 3D printed technology on display as well as new manufacturing technology. Let the Show Begin.

Auto show season in U.S. begins with long-standing State Fair of Texas — trucks, trucks and more trucks


2018 Centennial Edition Silverado alongside a 1972 Chevy C10. To commemorate 100 years of Chevy trucks, the Centennial Edition Silverado offers a Centennial Blue exterior paint color, exclusive front and rear heritage bowties and 100 year door badges, available on the LTZ Z71 crew cab trim.

By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

The State Fair of Texas kicked off today another year with 24 days of Big Tex, corn dogs, rides, games, farm animals, arts and crafts and, of course, the annual auto show. The fair has been ongoing since 1886 (except during WW1 and WW2), so it was the perfect venue for Chevy to launch its Chevy Truck Legends program in advance of the big centennial celebration of 100 years of Chevy truck in 2018. 

Chevrolet began the Chevy Truck Centennial celebration at the opening of the State Fair of Texas, and the festivities will culminate with a Centennial Celebration at the Texas Motor Speedway on Dec. 16, 2017.

1955 3100 Series – Dale alongside his 1955 3100 Series. Dale has owned five Chevy trucks.

The brand would be remiss not to reach out to its biggest fan base — every Chevy truck owner — big and small, young and old. Especially those with trucks that have more than 100,000 miles and those who have owned multiple Chevy trucks over the years — making them a part of the big celebration. Some of the photos of antique models are just amazing. It shows how deep the heritage runs and how so many people cherish the old trucks, new trucks and the memories that will always remain. 

“We had an incredible response to the Truck Legends pilot program, and greatly appreciate the owners who have shared their stories,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks Marketing director.

After building specialized trucks to serve its factory, Chevrolet introduced its first trucks to customers in 1918. They included the half-ton Light Delivery and the 1918 One-Ton truck. Both were offered with an open chassis behind the windshield that allowed customers to choose between purchasing or building a specialized body for their vocation.

A century later, customer choice continues to drive Chevy Trucks. Chevrolet is still the only manufacturer to offer customers a three-truck portfolio — featuring the Colorado, Silverado and Silverado HD — and a full line of special editions, giving customers more options for the perfect truck to fit their needs and personal style.

“The Chevy Trucks Centennial is a huge milestone for us, and is equally important to our customers,” said Piszar. “That’s why we will be celebrating 100 years of Chevy Trucks over the course of the next 100 days. It’s important that we share this celebration with our loyal customers who have helped us achieve this accomplishment. We look forward to hearing from customers across the country, and for the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to our most loyal customers.”

The State Fair of Texas has always been a “truck show” so, of course, there were loads of trucks to see at the show this year:

  • Ford unwrapped its new F-Series Super Duty Limited, a new luxury offering capable of towing more than 30,000 lbs. and priced at $87,100

    Ford – America’s truck leader – today pulls off the wraps of a new F-Series Super Duty Limited that sets new luxury standards for high-end heavy-duty truckers.

  • FCA and Ram’s new luxury Laramie Longhorn Southfork Edition and the Heavy Duty Lone Star Silver Edition pickup made it debut, kicking luxury up a notch with new richer leather interior along with a galvanized appearance on the trim. Pricing for the new package starts at $51,220 on 1500 models

    2018 Ram Laramie Longhorn Southfork edition launches at State Fair of Texas, available in Ram 1500, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500

  • Nissan unveiled the new 2018 Armada Platinum Reserve, the most luxurious version of Nissan’s flagship full-size Armada SUV ever. The Platinum Reserve is scheduled to arrive at Nissan dealerships nationwide in late October with an MSRP3 of $61,690 for the 2WD model and $64,590 for the 4WD model. Armada Platinum and Platinum Reserve models will also include standard Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM)1, exclusive in the full-size non-luxury SUV segment2 and a first for any Nissan vehicle. It’s basically a rear back up camera, but I like the application


Video: Nissan Intelligent Rear View Mirror


Thanks Big Tex for another year of trucks, SUVs and even more trucks, with your 55-foot-tall stature and watchful eye. Hope to see you next year. 


Wicked fast Alfa Romeo SUV proven at Nürburgring


By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

Remember this one from last year’s LA Auto Show? The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, named after the infamous Stelvio Pass and touted as the world’s fastest production SUV, proved its speed at Nürburgring in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, fastest time ever posted by a production SUV. With 505 horsepower, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph, there’s an all-aluminum 1750 turbocharged and intercooled engine under the hood with direct-injection and dual variable-valve timing, bolstering supercar-level performance.

Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio goes on sale in early 2018. The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti are on sale now with an Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of 41,995 and $43,995, respectively. Check out below this YouTube video of the Nürburgring lap.


A view from Frankfurt


By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

Two words “Borgward Isabella” the concept 4 door coupe was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show. The 4-door coupe electric car concept is stirring some automotive emotions as the idea of such a car could possibly hit the German market in the future.

Design Director Anders Warming, is inviting us to enjoy the surface entertainment that this car delivers. Ironically enough this looks like something that Warming would design, I have spent some time working with him in past and understanding his design philosophy, the Isabella Concept interior and exterior captures that.

Are The Auto Shows The Next Thing to Hit The Internet?


By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

Last week, Auto Week magazine reported that at least 8 auto manufacturers have pulled out of the Frankfurt Auto show next month. For some this is a beginning to an end of the auto show circuit as we know it, but it may be a sign of the changing times of media reporting of new automotive products. It’s nothing new, this trend has been evolving for the last couple of years, but now it seems everyone including the media is starting to take notice.

Automakers are trying to leverage the bang for the buck. We started noticing the trend years ago when luxury brands such as Bentley, Rolls Royce and Aston martin, and even Porsche, stop showing up and the (NAIAS) North American International Auto Show. Typically, back then, if there wasn’t a new product to unveil for that year or the market wasn’t as beneficial to the automaker, they would just skip the show.

Now that the automotive market has become more saturated and competitive, and automakers are leveraging virtual press releases through the internet, we are seeing more and more no-shows at the auto shows. The true winners in this new scenario have become the automakers. The reveals are more stand-alone than in the typical auto show schedule where there is a press conference every 15 minutes and the new product is a good as the next venue that is serving alcohol, expresso, and pastries after their press conference.

Because of the integration of technology, the (CES) Consumer Electronics Show has taken away some of the shine from NAIAS at the beginning of each year. Alternative venues and events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. is attracting auto makers, as the Texas State Fair is becoming popular for its market. The virtual press conference with multimedia press releases have leveraged the reach of the internet and social media to create the 15 minutes of fame on any given day, without having to share the day with any other auto maker.

Media event budgets are looking at a substantial cost savings. The displays are getting smaller, brands are targeting competition instead of being housed under one umbrella. The web-based press conferences have reduced the amount of money spent on actual travel and set-up. Limiting product exposure to relevant markets allows automakers to get more mileage from the core product to the core customers. Not only that, the extra space allows little known brands or technologies become part of the show as well. This past show at NAIAS was a notable example of leveraging, with a more technology focused show.

Peugeot, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Mitsubishi, Volvo, Jeep, Infinity, Nissan, and DS will not be at the Frankfurt show, I’m not losing any sleep over that. What makes me restless is that the complexion of the auto show circuit is changing, largely in part as to how we receive information and respond to it. Our habits are starting to change when it comes to access to information. I’m still restless at autonomous vehicles, A.I, data collection, and just the loss of interaction among human beings. Virtual press conferences take the place of one on one interviews, product interaction and touch. Technology tells us what to do and speaks our mind. The price of convenience, the cost of market share, what happens if the auto show goes away? The answer may well be, see you at the next electronics or special interest venue or maybe YouTube.

Happy Anniversary to the Lincoln Navigator


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

     This year we celebrate the release of the Lincoln Navigator. Heralded as the largest luxury SUV at its debut, it sent Cadillac into a design tail spin just to rebadge a GMC Yukon Denali. Of course, Cadillac claims the Escalade was designed in a under 10 months, but anybody with good design sense could see that GM and Cadillac clearly were caught with their pants down and was forced to rebadge a GMC.

     At the time, the Lincoln Navigator was released, I was working for Ford. In 2000, GM design had an opportunity to redesign the Escalade, and then I was working for GM in Cadillac. All I can say is that product cycle for the Cadillac was the beginning of the of the end of the large luxury segment dominance of Lincoln and the Navigator.
     Ford spent so much money structural architecture and sheet metal sharing between the Lincoln Navigator, Ford Expedition, and F-series pick-ups, the Navigator began to grow long in the tooth. Ford began to place resources in other truck programs such as the Ford Excursion, F-350 series, Explorers, Sport-Tracs because they were proving to be profit builders. In the meantime, General Motors was creating a very strong iconic product portfolio that would be one of the face of Cadillac. General Motors was focusing on brand identity and product placement among its crowded and sometimes redundant portfolio, but Cadillac was coming in on its own terms. In the meantime, Ford was looking at putting products in every incremental segment while trying to create new ones, all at the whim of marketing, while slowly and unintentionally, letting Lincoln slip away.
     In 2002, the all-new Cadillac Escalade debuted, and literally snatched the luxury full size SUV crown from Lincoln. It was weird watching it all unfold. I had worked on the new Escalade and the old Navigator, and I knew Ford’s product cycle for the Navigator was weak, even with the minor enhancements, it wasn’t going to be enough to keep Cadillac from coming at Lincoln. Furthermore, Cadillac had a whole new portfolio of products to back up the brand, and Lincoln was losing its footing fast.
     Fast forward. hip-hop music, celebrity influencers, and athlete endorsements favored Cadillac. Virtually reference came to benefit Cadillac and passively promoted Cadillac as the premiere brand in the eyes of the customers. Lincoln’s mid-cycle enhancements could not keep up with the new updates from Cadillac. The Lincoln Navigator had always looked heavy and over-bodied, while the Cadillac Escalade was getting more and more athletic looking. The Navigator’s front ends kept getting uglier with more chrome and bars as Lincoln was searching for its new identity. Interior enhancements didn’t pacify the dated exterior. Design management shake-ups, and even recruiting and hiring former Cadillac design management could not resuscitate Lincoln. For almost 20 years Cadillac has dominated the large luxury SUV market.
     Next year may be different. Lincoln has changed its branding strategy which has become popular among car enthusiasts. With the return of the Continental, Lincoln is finally beginning to make sure the product line looks consistent. The Lincoln Motor Company looks as though it is poised for a hostile takeover with the new Navigator. Let’s hope the 20th anniversary leads to 20 more years of fierce competition between Cadillac and Lincoln once again.

My New Car Experience-Part II, The New Chevy Cruze


By Jenny Haddo, Auto Sow Global

We’re back again with another installment of the Adventures of Jenny’s Cruze. It has now been a couple of months since I’ve had my Chevy Cruze and I love it more every day. It makes me feel safer with every drive. Even though it has only been a couple months, it feels like I parted with my Saturn a year ago.

Some great features the Chevy Cruze has that my Saturn did not are mostly technological. I love Apple CarPlay. My Saturn had a CD player which was great since I was a CD buyer, but after a while I would get sick of the same CDs, even the ones I made. With Apple CarPlay I can stream my music from Pandora, or any other application for music. I can even put on podcasts if I choose to. With hands free calling, when someone calls me I just have to hit answer on the dashboard, and when I’m talking I don’t have to raise my voice for the other person to hear me. OnStar gives me messages once in a while regarding my service with them and provides directions when I need them. My screen tells me when there is ice on the road and when to take caution.

I was super pumped to have Wi-Fi in my car for the first month, but it was only free for the first month. The ride and handling on the Chevy Cruze is very smooth compared to my Saturn. The Chevy Cruze doesn’t sound clunky when I drive like I did with my Saturn. By clunky I mean when you’re driving on a bumpy road and you feel like your car will fall apart at any second, and you can hear everything that is wrong with your worn-down vehicle. I feel a lot more confident driving on bumpy Michigan roads in my Chevy Cruze.

Why Buick, Why?-The 2018 Buick Regal Wagon


Last week Buick unveiled the 2018 Regal TourX and the Sportback Wagon editions. While I’m sure Buick marketing and product planning had a great idea, the history is bound to repeat itself. Buick sold less than 20,000 Regals last year, with the crossover sales eclipsing the total sales of passenger cars. Now the may be an indication of paradigm shift from consumers, or the cars aren’t really moving the crowd.

The history of wagons, when are cross-overs in the product portfolio, have proven to be a thorn in the side of General Motors. Cadillac tried the crossover and wagon combination with the CTS, twice. It got axed once before it even made it to the public. The second time, the CTS wagon faded off into the sunset even with an V-series option, after one and a half product cycles. The foundation for creating the wagon alternative is that the European and Japanese brands have both wagons and crossovers in the brand portfolios. Buick as a brand, wants to hold a premium designation as it competes with the Volvo XC60, Audi A4, and BMW 3 series, for compact wagons.

As experimental as this design exercise may be for GM, time will tell if this move will sink the Regal or maybe the Regal maybe in star somewhere else.

My New Car Experience: A love, hate relationship with a 1999 Saturn (Part 1)


By Jenny Haddo, Auto Show Global

Welcome to “My New Car Experience.” My name is Jenny and I am an intern for Thornhill Communications. I will be graduating at the end of April, so leasing a new vehicle could not have come at a better time.

For the last 5 ½ years, I was driving a 1999 Saturn that I acquired from my uncle’s towing yard. When I got the car, it did not shift into reverse, which for two years made parking more than a challenge until my uncle found a transmission from a different Saturn. From that point on, I would say that from the electrical problems to mechanical issues there was always something going wrong. Some days I was afraid of the car overheating as I sat in rush hour traffic. I was putting so much money into that car — in the end it wasn’t worth it.

I had never thought about leasing a vehicle until a few months ago when I weighed my options and laid out the pros and cons.  In the end, I figured that it was probably costing me more to keep fixing my Saturn than to lease a vehicle.

Jenny’s 1999 Saturn

Don’t get me wrong, I loved my first car; most of the time. It got me where I needed to go and I didn’t care about all the new technological features I was missing because I never had them to miss. There were plenty of upsides to having my first car like not having a car payment and excellent gas mileage. I can recall when gas was at its lowest point and I filled my tank up for $13!

On the other hand, my 1999 Saturn did not have any special features, except for a CD player. It had a sunroof, but of course that did not work. My driver side window had been broken since I acquired the car. The passenger side window was from a replacement door replaced from an accident, and could only roll down.

If ate a lot of fast food, I would have probably gotten it fixed. The back two windows worked perfectly, but did not harness the air of spring and summer for me. In my Saturn, it would take a good twenty minutes, on a chilly day, to get decent heat going. I kept a blanket in my backseat for frigid days. Last year, I had my water pump replaced, so it was a lot warmer than it had been, especially during the polar vortex. The air conditioning did not work on very hot and humid, summer days either.

Having air conditioning is something I’m looking forward to in the hot summer months, but right now I truly appreciate rolling my window down and feeling the breeze in my new car.

Stay tuned. next week I’ll reveal what I leased.

Saving the best for last? The 2017 New York International Auto Show


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

It’s almost over, the last of the North American auto shows are coming to a close. New York is the last major destination in North America for the auto show circuit. We believe that with this show, the automotive companies will be saving the best for last. I predict that Cadillac will reveal a new product update as will as possibly Buick, maybe the Enclave, the Jaguar lineup for 2018, an updated Acura TLX (a long wheelbase stretched version will be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show) and a new, faster Honda Civic. Unless you live under a rock, you had to have seen all the teasers for the Dodge Demon, which will be a blur right out the gate with some obscene horsepower, I’m sure — the latest revealed from FCA. Some of the other companies have been rather quiet lately, but that’s the calm before the storm. Stay tuned for more.

Press Days for the 2017 New York International Auto Show are April 12-13.

Color Me Bad, Crayola Eliminates a Color — Automakers Take Notice


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

Word on the street is that Crayola the crayon manufacturer is eliminating a color from its 24 color pack line. While I’m sure that this is causing some anxiety somewhere, I wish the automotive companies would take a cue. I have some recommendations of my own of colors that need to get the axe:

  • Only five shades of Silver please
  • No Green of any shade, particularly Lime Green
  • Mauve, enough said
  • Anything that is a shade of sorbet
  • Flesh tones
  • Robin Egg Blue
  • 1960’s household appliance colors
  • Split Pea Soup

If you have any other suggestions, email them to

The Longest Mile


Stephan Franklin Auto Show Global

Automakers are in the process of trying to coax the new head of the EPA to reduce the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for vehicles for 2025, that were put into place by former president Barack Obama. I’m not going to go into a long drawn out explanation of the rules and the history of CAFÉ standards and the struggle of the automakers. What may or may not happen possibly could create all stakeholders involved, particularly the consumer and the automakers.

New technology costs money which is gladly passed to the consumer. Convenience costs money, and consumers have proven that they are willing to pay for it. With the plethora of new SUVs and crossovers revealed over the last year by the automakers, it doesn’t appear that there is any Intention of meeting the 2025 CAFÉ deliverable. The major component in the face regulation average involves production. To meet the CAFE average, (X) number of total vehicles produced must meet the average the set by the government. For example, a company produces 100 hybrids that gets 100 mpg and 100 SUV’s that get 20mpg, the average is 60mpg.

Hello world, hybrids are not the cash cows. Cars aren’t selling at the rate everyone would like them to compare to SUV’s, and provide a lower profit margin than SUV’s and pick-up trucks. CAFÉ standards are still based on what’s produced, not sold. That like cooking dinner for 100 people when only 4 people live in the house, you are eating the cost as well as the food. Currently, most automakers are making good money, and are making what sells. This new target may ultimately threaten the bottom line for automakers, which will drive up vehicle cost to the consumer. No one is letting go of a tree, to stand on Capitol Hill and protest the regulations. I’m not sure how much lobbying is going to have to be done to move the needle, but the money talks and the automakers are going to pay one way or another, but who really pays for the longest mile.

2017 Geneva International Motor Show


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

The Geneva Auto Show is the premiere auto show in Europe. This year there were more than 40 global debuts in the Palexpo convention center. The rest of the displays were products that were revealed at the other major shows from Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Geneva, Switzerland has no automotive companies in its backyard yet is one of the most influential shows on the global circuit. Of course, the media buzz was diminished from some of the reveals since a lot of press announcements came weeks before the show. Manufacturers such as Mercedes, released a slew of new products to the media two weeks prior to the show, particularly the AMG product line.Historically speaking, most of the luxury brands and high end companies such as Rolls Royce, or McLaren, participate in this show, and forgo some of the North American ones. In most cases, the products that are being revealed don’t necessarily have a strong market in the U.S. or the product isn’t available for mass export. Supercars like the new McLaren 720S debuted, but won’t see the North American circuit. Even this year, the global media took notice that the displays of some high-end automobiles were down from years past. It is believed between longer vehicle development cycles, and show production cost, it has been more cost effective to use the internet to unveil new products. Nonetheless, the media seems to be impressed with the showings and are looking forward to more North American reveals at New York, in April.


Who Is “Matte Finish”


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

At the North American International Auto Show this past January, I noticed that some of the luxury brands displayed not only unique color combinations, but a variety of finishes. We commonly associate high-gloss finishes with quality and high luxury, but Mercedes, Audi, and Lexus gave us a taste of “Matte Finish”. I remember meeting Matte Finish at the Lamborghini display, on a purple “Huracan”, in 2010. It was odd looking, but not too offensive. I have seen Matte Finish around town lately as well, recently on a 2016 Corvette, in “Hi-Lighter Yellow”.

I’m not sure of the history behind Matte Finish, but I understand the distinction that comes with such an option. It’s just different. On certain cars, it may appear cheap, as if someone forgot to apply clearcoat to the finish. I don’t think you can get away with Matte Finish on a Ford Fusion, but you can on an Audi S7. Luckily for Matte Finish, he isn’t in high demand, nor is made to seen by everyone. In some cases, I do believe he chooses to be exclusive.

Wow, Really? the wind in the “Windy City”


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

I can see right now, this auto show season is not going to be with out a little drama. We are already a little tense about the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)  coming on board and taking up media space for automotive debuts. February 10, Forbes reported that Chicago auto show organizers blamed the media for the lack of attention and promotion of the show. When really there wasn’t as much product to promote in the first place. Laughable.

My views are a little different. In as much as the Chicago show was once competing with Detroit to host the North American International Auto Show, especially when McCormick Place, in downtown Chicago  is larger than Cobo Hall in Detroit. Let’s not excuse the fact that the automotive companies have ties in Michigan and California. Lets all together agree and admit that it’s cheaper to announce a new product online than to stage an elaborate show. What company wants to spend millions of dollars on a product reveal only to be a fleeting afterthought when your competitor reveals their new product 15 minutes later. In this life, its about owning the spotlight, not sharing it. This year, the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, had one media day for the automotive companies and a media day for “Automobility”, We, in Detroit… survived.

Basically, there are 4 major shows in North America from November to April; Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, and New York. Every show has it own niche of reveals and product launches. The auto shows were designed for the dealers to showcase the products under one roof for the customers, not the media. Often times when manufacturers decide not to display vehicles is when when there is a small market for the product or there is not a significant addition or change to the product line. Now maybe because the hottest thing that showed up to Chicago was the 2018 Ford Expedition or the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, which really got its media buzz before the show. If there is a complaint to be directed, direct it at the companies, or even the folks at CES, but not the media, for lack of coverage and product


The 2017 Chicago Auto Show


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

We are into the next big show of the auto show season, the Chicago Auto show. I’m anticipating very few reveals, since most have debuted in Los Angeles, Consumer Electronics Show-Las Vegas, and Detroit. There should be a couple of new 2018 production models, opportunities to experience the autonomous vehicle displays, and new previously revealed concepts.

Of course we will bringing you the highlights and latest news

For dates and times visit the website

Now That The Show Is Over…


This Is How I Feel About NAIAS

Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

So, now that the North American International Auto Show is over with, we have some fun notes that hopefully will carry us through 2017.

“Autonomous cars are here to stay, and there is nothing we can do about it”, according to one of my car design buddies. I do believe that everyone i now trying to figure how to package more sensors and still meet “Ped-Pro” requirements.

The total attendance numbers were down this year, with the good weather, i guess consumers had a better alternative. Besides, with Consumers Electronic Show (CES), the week before, there wasn’t anything mind blowing to debut.

Speaking of which, the 2018 Toyota Camry, GMC Terrain, and the Chevy Traverse…

The show reminded me more of a sales floor than an auto show. Everyone was conservatively dressed to do business, but had little knowledge about the product. I got so many business cards to visit a website, I felt like it was more of a networking event. I needed a resume, really I did.

I waiting for the car companies to bridge the generation gap with the product offerings. Instead, I have seen lifestyle focused vehicles, that change in dimension as much as dress sizes. We were inundated with cross-overs and SUV’s. and for those designing stuff and throwing out what sticks, or replicating the same user-friendly, adaptive, vehicular control systems, give me good practical design.

The European luxury brands showcased exterior matte finishes as an option, which i thought looked pretty hot, but for $90,000, I think I want clear coat somewhere.

With the comeback of Detroit in the media, when will the other missing brands grace Detroit with their presence, Bentley, Aston Martin, Porsche, Tesla, I see enough around town, display at the show.

Cadillac reveals yet another luxury concept and still can’t figure out how to make the SIXTEEN. Today Cadillac announced that there may be additional products coming out in the next 2-3 years. A smaller than XT-5, and a larger than XT-5, and a smaller ATS size vehicle could possibly hit the streets before 2020. At some point GM will realize that less is more.

I really liked how the auto manufacturers played up the city of Detroit. Where there may not have been much handed out to the media, Mercedes in particular invested the time to promote the city as well as their product.

I hope everyone had fun this year at the show. Don’t forget next year there will be a change in the date, Thanks CES


January of 2018: Guess Who’s Moving In?


By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

Monday, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) announced its January dates for 2018: 1/9/2018 – 1/12/2018. This may push the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) back a week later to Martin Luther King Jr. holiday week for media previews. It was bad enough that because of the CES show, some vehicles didn’t make it to the NAIAS show for the media days. Now, who know how 2018’s auto show season schedule will play out.

This year while the 2017 CES show was ending in Las Vegas, the FCA Chrysler “Portal” Concept was on its way to Detroit — double-timing it back, I’m sure, because it had already missed the media days and wasn’t on display on the show floor until mid-week. Obviously, with new technology coming to the forefront and demanding industry attention, the story is more about the tech than the vehicle, forcing automakers  to decide when and where an appropriate reveal should take place — the top tech show or the top car show.

Rumor has it that the decision makers are considering possibly moving the NAIAS show to the month of May after Chicago and New York shows.

I love CES, especially when it lived in November. Now, with CES in January, and moving closer to NAIAS, it reminds me of the neighbor that builds a large modern home, in an established quiet neighborhood of English Tudors.

@ the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Pt. 2


Mecedes Benz EQ Concept

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Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

Day two at the show we spent more time collecting more information and images to share. Since all of the reveals were on Monday, day two focused on the future of mobility and technology. I was able to sit and talk with a few designers and get an overall feel of their view of the future. I walked around and made quite a few observations as the staff grabbed a few more pictures. We cant wait to share. Check back with us often. In the mean time, here are a few notable displays to check out.

Here We Go, the 2017 North American International Auto Show


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

It feels like Christmas in January. We will be among the 5000 media representatives to be at the North American International Auto Show. This year is our year to move the needle in thought provoking ideas and insights to automotive design and technology. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, where we will be having live updates,coverage, and content. #Autoshowglobal

time to get dressed,

Gallant Gray is the new…Silver?


Stephen Franklin, Auto Show Global

So, it has been proclaimed that “Gallant Gray” is the new color for 2017 by Axalta, a market leader in automotive paint finishes. Well it’s about time. I have owned most colors of the automotive color spectrum expect reds, yellows and greens. For the sake of dialogue, Dark Gray has been one of my favorite automotive colors. I owned a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix and a 2007 GMC Acadia, in the same color family. I was an early adopter. I liked the color because It’s less than black and darker than the more popular silver. I have found that it accented chrome, if you like chrome, and brushed metals. It gives balance to black and cuddles with compliment other colors. It reminds me of charcoal gray suits with brown shoes, it allows the owner license to be bold, and less traditional.

Now, as human beings, and our quest to be unique individuals, everyone will be buying into Gallant Gray. All I can say is, “been there, done that”. My new color is navy blue, catch me if you can. For more information,

FCA Portal Concept at CES 2017 Had Me at Group Selfies



Chrysler Portal Concept Exterior

Chrysler Portal Concept user experience. Once at the destination, interior and exterior cameras can capture the moment with a selfie, which is then automatically downloaded to everyone’s personal device and can be shared via social media

By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

FCA US announced today at the CES 2017  in Las Vegas a new concept vehicle designed by their own in-house millennials for millennials and their future families. You know, that group of young adults between age 18-33 — tech savvy and environmentally conscious — who are highly self aware and known for their uniqueness and willingness to embrace everything “next.”

So do you have to be a millennial to understand what millennials desire in a future vehicle? Probably not, but FCA US wasn’t taking any chances.  

These designers and engineers dreamed up the ultimate future family mode of transportation, They decided to kick on the time machine and turn up the social media game and give the Chrysler Portal concept the features millennials and their future selves will love. My favorite features are the internal and external cameras (which can be used to take personal or group selfies), the facial and voice biometrics and the personal zoned audio, so I can listen to Janet Jackson without headphones and not disturb the rest of my family, who’ve grown tired of my playlist.

Chrysler Portal Concept Interior

And because this is a battery-operated (pure EV), autonomous vehicle with a suite of sensing technologies, the thought is that less time will be spent driving and watching the road during a commute, and more conversing, learning, and catching up with seamless wireless networks between vehicles, even the external environment. So the interior becomes even more important — with more flexibility between seating and cargo, techy features, social networking features and an open atmosphere — creating what FCA’s young millennial team is calling the “third space.” Continue reading

What Car Would You Like To See Under The Tree For Christmas?


Stephen Franklin, Jenny Haddo, Auto Show Global

The child in us believes that if we are good, Santa will give us what we want for Christmas. I know I have been good. We asked our intern, and her friends what car would they like to see under their Christmas tree? Now what I immediately realized is the Millennials and Gen X’ers, men and women have totally different expectations and needs. Here are our desires for under the tree, this year.

“On Christmas morning, I would like to find an energy efficient vehicle under my tree. It also should be something that can help me truck through the snow in Michigan. I would like a remote starter, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel. It would feature a sunroof for warm summer evenings and have all of my favorite music installed every time I drive it. An ideal vehicle would fit my whole family inside for road trips as well.”

Jenny, 24

The car I would have liked to see under the tree this year would have been the Chevy Suburban. The Chevy Suburban’s luxury features and elegant body style, appeal to me. Also, its support for Android Auto, a seamless integration of software that bonds your phone and your car is an excellent feature. Furthermore, the 2017 Chevy Suburban has the power of a V8 with the cargo space and towing capacity to haul pretty much anything you want. That’s my kinda vehicle. Continue reading

Press Conference Schedule Announced for 2017 North American International Auto Show


Courtesy of The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced today the official press conference schedule for the 2017 NAIAS Press Preview, Jan. 8 – 10.

“NAIAS is among the leaders in global media coverage, executive attendance and industry-shaping content, making it the most influential annual automotive event in the world,” said Sam Slaughter, 2017 NAIAS Chairman.

With over 300 exhibitors all under one roof, ranging from global automakers to suppliers to tech startups, NAIAS will truly be the mobility epicenter and will showcase the full automotive ecosystem. NAIAS expects to have over 5,000 credentialed journalists from 60+ different countries attend Press Preview, keeping NAIAS strongly in the lead among domestic shows in terms of global media coverage.

About the North American International Auto Show
Now in its 29th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, technologies, people and ideas that matter most – up close and in one place. Administered by executive director Rod Alberts, the NAIAS is one of the largest media events in North America, and the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. For more information, visit

2017 NAIAS Dates:
The Gallery – Saturday, January 7, 2017
AutoMobili-D – Sunday-Thursday, January 8-12, 2017
Press Preview – Monday-Tuesday, January 9-10, 2017
Industry Preview – Wednesday-Thursday, January 11-12, 2017
Charity Preview – Friday, January 13, 2017
Public Show – Saturday-Sunday, January 14-22, 2017

2017 Mini Cooper Countryman and the Clubman


by Jenny Haddo, Auto Show Global

Last month Mini Cooper displayed two new vehicles at the LA Auto Show; the Countryman and the John Cooper Works Clubman. As the successor to the original compact car, the Countryman has everything a compact car demands. With its superb turbo technology, the engine is highly efficient. More features in the Countryman include LED headlamps, Mini navigation which provides touchscreen functions, and luggage compartments perfect for taking trips. Speaking of travel, the Countryman also features a MINI picnic bench which turns the luggage compartment into a seat for outdoor breaks!

The all new John Cooper Works Clubman takes extreme driving to a compact level. MINI says that it is the most powerful engine to be found in their vehicles. With its high-performance technology, the JCW Clubman brings sporty and posh to a new level. The interior takes on the same look as the outside with its red and black color combination. The all-wheel drive is constantly monitoring road conditions as well as speed. The JCW Clubman will be released this month!

2017 Mazda CX-5


by Jenny Haddo, Auto Show Global

The all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 has been revamped since its initial debut in 2012. The newly redesigned model has been upgraded with new engines and a slightly more bulkier design. Making its debut at the LA Auto Show this November, the CX-5 Mazda has created a vehicle that provides customers with an emotional connection as well as a satisfying driving experience. The CX-5 shows inspirations from Mazda’s previous models, but assures consumers that the vehicle is a state-of-the-art package.

The vehicle is a driver’s dream. With the sleek cabin to the Active Driving Display, the Mazda makes driving easier. As on all Mazda’s the engines will remain at three engines, but the horsepower will be improved upon. The interior will be almost identical to the CX-4 with its pop out infotainment screen and center console. The CUV doesn’t stray far from the original. With features similar to the CX-9 and Mazda3, the CX-5 is fully redesigned according to Mazda. It details an all-around quietness for passengers to enjoy. The 2017 CX-5 will go on sale in Japan in February and then globally later in 2017.

“You Look Just Like Your Father”, the 2017 Jeep Compass


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

As I look back over the holidays and the Los Angeles Auto Show, I am reminded of the gathering of friends and family. It’s great to see familiar faces. Those family members, who were once young and awkward, now have grown up to be wonderful adults. It is only fitting that I discuss the all new Jeep Compass that was revealed at the LA show last week.

The first Jeep Compass reminded me of an awkward teenager who hadn’t quite grown into their features, large metal grilles and big eyes. Most of the Jeep family matured into fine products, except for the awkward adolescent, the baby who looks like a product of an affair between two cousins, that’s a whole other story. A couple of product cycles years later, with some aggressive styling, the Jeep Compass has emerged as a debutante of the ball.

The new Jeep Compass sports visual cues from the Jeep family down to the trim levels, Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk The FCA’s “small wide 4×4 architecture” combines world class capability with more than exceptional on-road driving. The fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with optional Multi-Air 2 technology, will be available in US markets. The 2017 Jeep Compass will have 3 transmissions available to deliver an on-road of off-road experience. The Jeep Compass will be available in over 100 countries and produced in four, solidifying Jeep global reach for the brand. Continue reading

2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the SUV Edition


By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show Media week unveilings provided a slew of small and compact SUVs and has brought about a big discussion around mobility and the integration of new technologies.  The swarm of media opinions range from the best and the worst, but I will say there’s a consensus, for the most part, among auto writers. I don’t believe everyone should get a trophy because they participated, so I will exercise free will in my praise and criticism.

Alfa Romeo surprised me by being the one company least likely to reveal an SUV, and it looks good. The Alfa Romero Stelvio is a well-appointed compact SUV that’s a balance of style, technology and performance.

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

The Jeep Compass gets a nod for no longer being the “not as attractive” sister in the Jeep family.  The new Jeep Compass finally looks like the rest of the family, instead of that the child no one wants to claim. The new Jeep Compass sports similar trim levels like the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee and is designed appeal to a global market.

Jeep® Compass Limited and Jeep® Compass Trailhawk

Jeep® Compass Limited and Jeep® Compass Trailhawk

Mercedes-Benz gets a spot in my Top 3, not because it won Motor Trend’s SUV of the year, but because it defined its segment. The Mercedes-Benz GLC has the perfect proportion for those who don’t like the boxy SUV look and benefit from the crossover look and feel. And, let’s face it, it a Mercedes. The GLC is equipped with the style, efficiency and technology that’s synonymous the Mercedes-Benz product lineup.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

Now, the other SUV’s that were introduced. They serve as placeholders for their segments or for those product lines that needed a compact SUV stand in.

The new “fun size” Ford Eco-Sport was revealed at the show as well. I understand the high efficiency Eco-Boost engine and the size and proportion of the vehicle, but I didn’t think something smaller than an Escape was on everyone’s radar. I’m curious to see how this will do in the sub-compact SUV market


The new Nissan Rogue was a nice introduction this year, until marketing convinced someone to theme it with the Star Wars movie, offering a “special edition” package. I still like it. May the Force be with you.

Based on the extensively redesigned 2017 Nissan Rogue compact SUV, just 5,400 copies of the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition will be produced – 5,000 for customers in the United States and 400 for Canada. In addition to the wide range of custom features and equipment, each vehicle also comes with an exclusive numbered, full-size replica collectible Death Trooper helmet.

Based on the extensively redesigned 2017 Nissan Rogue compact SUV, just 5,400 copies of the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition will be produced – 5,000 for customers in the United States and 400 for Canada. In addition to the wide range of custom features and equipment, each vehicle also comes with an exclusive numbered, full-size replica collectible Death Trooper helmet.

The new Mazda CX-5, appeared to be late to the styling show even with its all-new sheet metal. Even though Mazda boasts new technology, drivetrain, and safety features, it didn’t move the needle for design.


The new Toyota C-HR is the first small utility vehicle introduction since the folding of the youth-focused Scion brand. Though it’s designed to appeal to a younger audience, will it connect with the typical Toyota buyer? The form vocabulary looks totally new and leaves me to wonder if the rest of the product lineup will follow suit.


The all new Volkswagen Atlas is birthed from a 2013 concept vehicle the “CrossBlue.” Its evolution was inspired by the North American market of SUV’s. While distinctively German is design, a seven passenger SUV is not exactly going to create a ground-breaking entry especially as a 2018 model.


Look for more commentary on reveals and technologies from the LA show, in the following days. There’s a lot more to talk about.

Alfa Romeo unleashes the fastest SUV on the planet at the 2016 LA Auto Show


2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Posted 11/16/16,

The official press release from Alfa Romeo:

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Born from the World’s Greatest Driving Road – Stelvio Pass –
the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sets a New Benchmark
in Performance, Style and Technology in an SUV
that could only be Italian

The SUV for the S-Curves

Built in Italy, the top-of-the-line Stelvio Quadrifoglio delivers
a class-leading 505 horsepower and 0-60 in just 3.9-seconds

  • Building on the excitement of the award-winning 4C and the all-new Giulia premium mid-size sedan, Alfa Romeo – the heart and soul of the automotive industry – introduces the all-new Stelvio premium mid-size SUV
  • The all-new Stelvio is the second of a new lineup of vehicles built off a
    world-class architecture that embodies the brand’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit
  • Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature an all-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-liter,
    direct-injection turbo engine delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to achieve a top speed of 144 mph
  • Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with best-in-class
    505 horsepower, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph
  • State-of-the-art technologies, including Alfa DNA Pro selector, torque vectoring differential, Chassis Domain Control (CDC), and aluminum
    column-mounted paddle shifters with 100 millisecond shifts maximize the
    all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s driving pedigree
  • The innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides additional driving confidence and superior control
  • Iconic Alfa Romeo design and genuine Italian craftsmanship combine to create a premium mid-size SUV that truly stands apart
  • Stelvio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus
  • Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Frosinone, Italy

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio


Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

As the As the second of a new-generation of vehicles built on an all-new platform, the 2018 Stelvio epitomizes Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, delivering race-inspired performance, real-world driving confidence, state-of-the-art technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size SUV segment.

“The all-new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Stelvio is uniquely engineered to challenge two-door sports cars on the track, without sacrificing any of the characteristics you would expect from a premium SUV, resulting in the perfect mix of high performance, capability and Italian design.”

Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio will conquer the winding road for which it is named.

Three exhilarating, capable Stelvio models showcase Alfa Romeo’s captivating mix of Italian performance, style and technology

Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio lineup is a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium mid-size SUV for driving enthusiasts that stands out in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the U.S.

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Ford Bronco and the Ford Ranger


by Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

The word on the street, or a slip of the executive tongue, is that Ford is bringing back the Ford Ranger and the Ford Bronco nameplates. This is going to be fun. Since GM, Toyota, Nissan, and Honda have been enjoying the mid-size pick-up segment, Ford may turn the tables. I’m guessing that we will be seeing the debut in Detroit next January. Because the Ford Ranger is being sold globally, we have an idea of the size, and the engine configuration, think “Eco-Boost”. The Ford Bronco will be a bigger surprise and fill in a gap left by front wheel drive crossovers and eco-SUV’s. Ford had been talking about the reviving the Bronco nameplate for years showing different concept for years. Many internal design proposals were done, and it was a matter of time before the powers that be, probably marketing, gave the green light. I can’t wait to see what the Ford is going to show us next year. I wonder if they will debut the Bronco in white?

In my honest opinion, the Mercedes Concept “X” Pick-Up


By Stephen Franklin, Auto Show Global

So, Mercedes decides to debut a concept pick-up truck in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday. The “Concept X” is a six-cylinder offering, all-wheel drive built from the Nissan truck platform. Two vehicles were displayed highlighting two different lifestyles of the market, a luxury standard, and an off-road version. Nissan and Renault will manufacture variables the X-class for Mercedes, and it will be sold in Europe, South Africa, Latin America, and Australia with no plans to be offered in the United States. What history has taught us about luxury pick-up trucks is that they do not sell in this market of utility especially in the United States. I still don’t understand how the failure of past luxury brand trucks, Lincoln Blackwood, and the Cadillac Escalade EXT, didn’t serve as a benchmark for Mercedes. Globally speaking, luxury pickup trucks must be the trend somewhere overseas. Even though, they may potentially could have different badging or component sharing, Mercedes on anything still says “luxury”. I like the overall appearance of the “X-Class”, and maybe 6 years ago, the idea of it may have given the Cadillac Escalade a run for its money. For now, unless this offering globally competes toe-to-toe in value and performance to its competition, this design may be better if left as a marketing study. I’m just saying.

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?

More to come later

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


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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.

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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.”

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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.
Check back here for our coverage of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show this week and next, and follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.

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

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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.

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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.