2013 Detroit Auto Show – Toyota Corolla Furia Concept Reveal

Corolla Furia Concept Reveal 2013 Detroit Auto Show Monday, Jan. 14, 2012 @ 2:25 p.m. EST Bill Fay – Toyota Division Group VP & GM, TMS, U.S.A
That was a quick look at our new brand campaign, which kicked-off December 31.  I hope you like it.
As the number one retail brand, Toyota is already going places, and it’s just going to get better as we invite our customers along for the ride with more exciting and innovative products and services.
Good afternoon everyone, and thanks for joining us today.  Attending the North American International Auto Show is always something to look forward to especially when there’s a great concept car like we have today.
The Detroit show comes right in the middle of an automotive dream come true.  Toyota and the rest of the industry enter 2013 with a great deal of excitement.  Business was great in 2012 as the industry came in at 14.5 million units, the best since the landmark year of 2007.
With anticipated improvements in consumer confidence, unemployment, the housing market, interest rates and an avalanche of pent-up demand, we see the market expanding again this year.
Looking back on 2012, Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers sold more than 2 million units for the first time since 2008, with an increase of 430,000 over the previous year, which is the largest of any manufacturer in the last 20 years.
The Toyota Division sold over 1.8 million, up 27 percent, for the best year since ’08, and our position as the number-one retail brand reflects consumer confidence in Toyota.
Camry topped 400,000 sales for the first time in four years, and it remained the best-selling car in America for the 11th straight year and 15 out of the last 16 years.  Corolla was our second best-seller, and the Prius Family was third, with a growth of more than 100,000 units.
Best of all, we’re off to good start in 2013 with dramatic new products and more on the way.
While we expect to see the new Avalon and RAV4 grow significantly in their segments, we also see an opportunity for growth in the compact segment one that has always been a major part of Toyota’s product strategy.
Over the years, Toyota has sold 40 million Corollas worldwide, making it the best-selling nameplate on the planet.
Closer to home, 2013 marks the 45th anniversary of Corolla in the U.S., where we’ve sold more than nine million since 1968. That’s more than the total individual population in 40 of the 50 states, with over four-and-a-half million still on the road today.  Or you can look at it this way Toyota Division has sold 24 million passenger cars since 1968 and about 38 percent of those have been Corollas.
Through 10 generations, Corolla has always been a popular choice for car buyers.  Not only was the  current model – introduced in 2008 – the second best-selling car for Toyota last year, it was also number two in the compact segment, which has grown significantly with many all-new entries.  Last year, there were 2.1 million compacts sold in the U.S., and Corolla accounted for nearly 300,000, a 13.5 percent segment share.
I was talking the other day with Greg Penske and Tom Rudnai, the guys who make Longo Toyota our biggest and most successful dealership every day.   They mentioned how extremely important Corolla is for their dealership.  It represents over 22-percent of their passenger car sales, second only to Camry.  And it brings in a lot of first-time and pre-owned buyers.
Corolla’s importance to Toyota isn’t just about sales…it’s also about jobs and investment.   Corolla has been built in the U.S. since 1984, when it was the first vehicle off the line at the NUMMI plant in California.  Today, more than 97 percent of the Corollas sold in America are built at our plant in Cambridge, Canada and our new dedicated plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, which opened in the fall of 2011.  By the end of the year, 100 percent of the Corollas sold here will be built in North America.
Compact buyers expect good fuel economy, quality and value for the money, which Corolla has provided U.S. consumers for 44 years.  Today’s younger buyers value those things… but they also want more dramatic styling and new technologies, like we’re providing with Camry, FR-S, Avalon and RAV4.
For example, the Camry SE – with expressive styling, a sporty interior and a sport-tuned suspension – now accounts for 40 percent of sales with a media age of 44, dropping overall Camry age by nearly 10 years.
Because young buyers are returning to the market at a faster rate than any generation, the next Corolla must have expressive appeal with improved styling that elicits surprise and excitement.  What might that car look like?  For an idea, let’s take a look into the future.  Ladies and gentlemen… the Corolla Furia Concept…
  As the name “Furia” suggests, this concept vehicle has a “ferocious” look and a “fury” of energetic design elements.
There are a lot of words designers use to describe it, but just let me say it’s a great looking car.  And I’m sure it will cause some surprise from those who may have preconceived notions about the future of Corolla.
The Furia is a dynamic compact-sedan interpretation, with short overhangs to emphasize a long wheelbase.  Furia is designed around a theme that uses pure and simple surface elements to create a confident, more decisive appearance.
It features a dramatically swept windshield, sloped roofline, pronounced fender flares, and a blazing custom color I call “Fuego Furioso.”
After the sizzling color catches your eye, the aggressive front fascia dominates with a blacked-out grille and carbon fiber lower spoiler.  The carbon fiber treatment extends down the rocker panels and rear valance, finishing with an attention-grabbing rear spoiler.  The ultramodern, yet aggressive, 19-inch alloy wheels are pushed out to the corners to enhance the Furia’s stable stance.
Sculpted front LED headlamps and rear composite LED taillights give the vehicle a technologically advanced image.
While Furia is clearly focused on the exterior, our designers are also pushing the envelope on interior styling that will surprise a lot of people, with roominess, comfort and premium materials.
It’s only a concept, but the Corolla Furia sends a clear message where we’re going in the future. Not only will the styling be more expressive, but it will also reflect our overall approach to the compact segment in every way.
As the Furia name might imply, we’re “furiously” working on future products, so our customers can “go places” in style, comfort, safety and connected to their world.   Thanks again for joining us today.    I invite the photographers up first to take some additional images of the Corolla Furia Concept.  Enjoy the rest of the Detroit show.

2013 Detroit Auto Show – 2014 Lexus IS World Premiere

2014 Lexus IS World Premiere North American International Auto Show Detroit Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 @ 9:30 a.m. EST Mark Templin, Group VP and General Manager, Lexus Division
Good morning and thanks for joining us.
Over the last few years our talented designers in Japan, France and the U.S. have worked together to bring passion and excitement to our stunning concept vehicles … the LF-LC and LF-CC and to our recently introduced production models like the GS, ES and LS.
So, as you can see, we’ve made a dramatic change in our approach to design. Frankly, we’ve become obsessed with design and it shows in all of our new products.   In less than 2 years, we’ll have changed the face of every vehicle in our lineup. No one else can say that! And this change is symbolized by our iconic spindle grille, which brings a bold new face to our brand. Now, when you see one of our new cars in your rearview mirror, you know it’s a Lexus.
And we’ve also taken our interiors to a whole new level with intelligent designs complemented by the finest materials. And it’s not just about looks. Our engineers have made significant changes to enhance our driving dynamics too.
The performance and handling of our new GS surprised many of you but it wasn’t a fluke by any means. We followed up on the success of the GS with improved handling across our entire lineup and our F SPORT variants take Lexus driving dynamics to a whole new level.
Our commitment to design goes beyond our products. Our Lexus team members from all over the world worked together to develop a new Motor Show Stand making its global debut here in Detroit. Be sure to check it out.
Throughout the year, you’ll see more examples of our commitment to design and the environment with unique Lexus branded experiences all over the world. In the midst of all of this change, thanks to our great retail partners, we’ve raised the bar on our already industry leading customer service.
In fact, last year, our dealers added two new positions to further enhance the customer experience.
Lexus Delivery Specialists
  • customize vehicle deliveries according to the interest of the individual customer and

Lexus Technology Specialists

  • are dedicated to helping customers get the most out of the advanced features of their Lexus throughout their ownership experience.

Thanks to their help.   In 2012, we achieved the ‘Grand Slam’ of automotive excellence by finishing number one in

  • Initial Quality
  • Vehicle Dependability
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • and Sales Satisfaction.

Looking ahead to 2013, we’ll preserve that industry-leading customer experience and plan for steady, measured sales growth as we launch more great new products.

Now let’s shift our focus to a vehicle that will help us to achieve that growth both here and abroad … the all-new IS. The IS represents a great global opportunity for us. Since its debut in 1999, it has provided an entry point into the Lexus brand for youthful, performance-oriented customers.

In fact, the current generation IS has the youngest buyer of any car in the entire luxury industry. And this new IS will give these customers even more of what they want. Let’s take a look.


Ladies and gentlemen, the 2014 IS 350 F SPORT.


To be competitive in this segment, you have to have a great looking car that’s fun to drive and offers true luxury and a value proposition. The IS delivers!

It announces its presence with the boldest expression yet of our signature spindle grille with L-shaped LED daytime running lights placed independently below the headlamps.

The overall dynamic shape of the body emphasizes the wide flare of the wheel arches to give it a broad, powerful stance.   One of the guys from our production crew said it looks fast even when it’s standing still.    And take a look inside. The LFA inspired cockpit features the refinement you’d expect of a Lexus, and it puts the driver in the perfect ergonomic position to attack the road. With a longer wheelbase, rear seat legroom has been increased nearly three inches.

And, for the first time, IS will feature 60:40 split folding rear seats further enhancing the flexibility and cargo capacity of the new, larger trunk.   As you might expect, this car is loaded with new technology.

The meter cluster is all LFA. Check it out – a thin film transistor display moves in concert with a sliding bezel adding a sporty and high-tech touch to the instrumentation.

And, thanks to new electrostatic switch technology the climate control system can be adjusted with a simple slide of the finger.

The IS also has a new state-of-the-art multimedia system. In an industry-first, our new system provides subscription-free traffic and weather information delivered through the HD radio service on all of our audio systems.   Vehicles with Navigation feature Lexus Enform providing on-board access to a variety of popular apps, and it’s all controlled with our second-generation Remote Touch Interface.

Now, not only does the IS look great, I can’t wait for you to drive it. It delivers an entertaining and engaging driving experience. And we’re confident that it will rival the most ‘fun to drive’ vehicles in the segment.

The IS 350 F SPORT is powered by a direct and port injected 3.5 Liter V6 engine delivering more than 300 horsepower.   And this power plant is mated to the same 8-speed automatic transmission in the IS-F high performance sedan – delivering quicker shifts, full torque converter lockup and manual mode throttle blips. The Drive Mode Select offers four different modes to suit the driver’s preferred combination of fuel economy, comfort, performance and handling.

New, laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding techniques have increased overall body rigidity improving both stability and ride quality. The double wishbone front suspension system has been re-engineered – offering a twenty percent increase in sway rigidity.

The rear adopts a new multi-link suspension system taken from the GS resulting in outstanding grip performance and excellent response to steering inputs. Also from the GS, the power steering system has been tuned to enhance steering feel and response.   In developing the IS, our Chief Engineer Junichi Furuyama wouldn’t settle for theoretical improvements in handling devised on a computer. Instead, he took the IS to some of the greatest tracks and proving grounds in the world – from Fuji Speedway to the Nurburgring.

I know he said these trips were all business, but you should’ve seen the smile on his face each time he left for a different track. Heck … I’d smile too if I got to drive the IS on some of the greatest circuits around the world. However, he did use his time wisely at these venues experimenting with different suspension configurations to further enhance the handling characteristics of the IS.   He’s been all over the world and he is here with us today. Furuyama-san … please stand and be recognized for your achievements in developing this fantastic vehicle for our customers.

The all-new IS will go on sale in the U.S. in June.   Earlier, I talked about the importance of IS for us on a global basis. One of the key benefits of having a global product portfolio strategy is that it gives us the flexibility to offer the right vehicles, at the right time, in the right markets, in direct response to customer needs.   A prime example of this approach is our first-ever IS Hybrid.

The IS 300h will be available in Japan where a majority of the vehicles we sell are hybrids and in Europe and other international markets where CO2 emissions drive buying behavior.   The full hybrid system combines a powerful electric motor with a newly developed 2.5 liter, four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine featuring a new D-4S fuel injection system, Dual VVT-I and a high-efficiency Exhaust Gas Recirculation system.

While we can’t disclose actual numbers until later this spring, I can tell you that we’re targeting CO2 emissions lower than 100g/km and fuel consumption of less than 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers – while delivering total system power of 162 kw.   And those of you from Europe know exactly how impressive that is.

The IS 300h receives all of the same handling enhancements of the IS 250 and IS 350 and will also be available in an F SPORT model.   We expect the hybrid to make up more than 80 percent of the mix in Europe and contribute greatly to our global growth.   We expect great things from the all-new IS lineup and look forward to getting you all behind the wheel.  Before I invite you all to the stage for a closer look, please allow the photographers to take a few shots first.   Thank you and enjoy the rest of the show.

General Motors News Conference, 2013 North American International Auto Show Remarks by Mary Barra and Mark Reuss

MARY BARRA (Senior Vice President, Global Product Development)

Good morning. We’re glad to have you with us here today.

What a great start to the Auto Show for GM.

Congratulations to the Cadillac ATS team on being named, “North American Car of the Year.”

And thanks to the voting journalists for recognizing the excellent work done on this car.

And now we’re here to talk about Chevrolet, which, in case you haven’t noticed, is on a roll — both here in North America and around the world.

I know you’re anxious to see the new Corvette… and we’ll show it to you shortly… but it’s important, first, to understand where Chevrolet is headed.

While Chevrolet continues to be a truly American brand, its global scope and scale grows every day.

Chevrolets are now sold in 140 countries, with more than

60 percent of current sales coming from outside the United States.

We have several of our newest global Chevrolets on display here today.

You’ll find the Chevrolet Onix, Orlando, Spin, Sail and Trax all on the upper level.

They represent the types of Chevrolets attracting new customers to our showrooms everywhere.

This global presence helped Chevrolet post record sales in 2011… and again in 2012.

I’m happy to announce that Chevrolet had its best sales ever

last year — with nearly 5 million cars and trucks (4.95) sold worldwide.

That means that a Chevrolet was sold somewhere in the world every 6.4 seconds. In fact, Chevrolet is now the fastest-growing major automotive brand in the world.

And as we continue to feed that growth by expanding Chevrolet’s global operations, we are also aligning those operations behind a single vision…

Find New Roads.

This new vision statement embraces the spirit of ingenuity embedded in Chevrolet’s essence since the beginning… and it will continue to guide every aspect of our business moving forward.

For the first time ever, our Chevrolet designers, engineers, and retail personnel will be aligned under a single vision no matter where they work and live.

It’s a vision that empowers them to find smarter solutions

to address customer needs. And “Find New Roads” will also be used in Chevrolet advertising around the world, starting in the United States this quarter.

With over 20 new Chevrolets launching globally this year, the timing couldn’t be better.

Several of those vehicles will go on sale here in the U.S.

Including the Spark EV, which will hit showrooms this summer.

Last month we unveiled the all-new Chevrolet Silverado.

From hood to hitch, the Silverado will be the best-engineered pickup in the market.

Every detail was designed and engineered to meet the needs of some of the most demanding customers in the business… full-size truck customers.

Among the many features is a new trio of powerful, efficient EcoTec3 engines… a stronger, quieter, more comfortable cab, improved steering, suspension and brakes, and the towing and hauling capability you’d expect.

But the most anticipated new car introduction this year has to be the Chevrolet Corvette.

First introduced 60 years ago — almost to the day — the Corvette was a uniquely American take on European sports cars.

It soon became an icon for auto enthusiasts everywhere.

And that enthusiasm continues to today.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great privilege to introduce — for the first time ever — seven generations of Corvette, including the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

Very few Corvettes have earned the right to carry the Stingray name.

They need a perfect balance of design, technology, and performance to be worthy of the honor.

The 2014 Corvette achieves that balance , and goes even further to re-define modern performance.

To tell you what we mean by that, please welcome my friend and colleague, Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America, and one of the biggest Corvette fans I know.

MARK (Reuss, President, GM North America)

Thanks Mary.

Believe it or not, the new Stingray is more “all-new” than the very first Corvette.

Even the ’53 Corvette borrowed parts from other car programs.

The only place we borrowed from for thiscar was the ALMS Corvette racing team.

From brakes, to carbon fiber, to cooling techniques, the technology transfer from racing has never been stronger.

The exterior design features race-proven aerodynamics that improves

high-speed stability.

And its dramatic appearance is just an indication of how different

the driving experience is in the new Corvette.

An all-new aluminum frame and other lightweight materials help achieve a perfect 50/50 weight balance and a world-class power-to-weight ratio.

With an estimated 450 HP and 450 lb-ft of torque, the all-new LT1 engine launches the car from 0-to-60 in under 4 seconds.

That’s the most power and the fastest acceleration ever for

a standard Corvette… and we expect it to be the most fuel efficient Corvette we’ve ever built.

New driver-oriented technologies will help seasoned drivers improve their

track times and make good drivers feel like a pro.

I’m talking about features like Active Rev Matching — a patented system

that anticipates what gear you’re headed to and adjusts the engine RPMs up or down for a clean, precise shift, every time.

There’s also the 5-mode Drive Selector that tailors 12 different vehicle attributes to suit your immediate driving situation — perfect for driving

in bad weather, on a track… or anything in between. The car adjusts to your needs.

This Corvette is truly a technological tour de force. Plus, the interior is completely transformed with state-of-the-art technologies and world-class craftsmanship.

Of course it will be built at our dedicated plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky — which has been completely re-tooled to build this car.

And we’re pleased to have the governor of Kentucky here with us today…the Honorable Steve Beshear.

I’d also like to recognize Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

Thank you both for being here.

I could talk about this new Corvette for hours, but I really want you to spend some time with it.

So let’s bring Mary back up here… and I’d like to ask two others to join us as well: Ed Welburn, our vice president of Global design, and Tadge Juechter, the executive chief engineer for Corvette… two people that were intimately involved in the development of our new Stingray.

Thank you for being here.

Now come take a closer look at the new Corvette Stingray.

NAIAS 2013: Cadillac ELR Reveal Remarks from Mark Adams and Bob Ferguson

DETROIT – Mark Adams, executive director, Cadillac Global Design, and Bob Ferguson, vice president, Global Cadillac, addressed news media at the reveal of the 2014 Cadillac ELR extended-range electric vehicle on Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show.

MARK ADAMS (Executive Director, Cadillac Global Design)

Hello. And thank you for joining us this morning.

As designers, we look to history and our rich Cadillac heritage for inspiration…

But we turn to technology to propel us into the future…

And most important: we are always guided by our core values — the authentic essence of what the Cadillac brand stands for.

This combination of heritage, technology and brand values is what makes Cadillac special.

We call it Art and Science — the artistic expression of innovative technology.

Cadillac is bold, even occasionally provocative.

We have world-class quality, craftsmanship and precision. And we are innovative — in both technical and design terms.

And yes, Cadillac is American… and proud of it!

These are truths about our brand from history and in evidence today.

We’re not reinventing this formula…

We’re using our Art and Science philosophy to move Cadillac into the realm of high emotions, with leading technology. And it’s global.

Today marks yet another step on Cadillac’s journey.

With cars like the ATS sport sedan, we have demonstrated that Cadillac can compete at the highest levels, head-to-head with the world’s best.

The next step is logical — we will expand into new segments, with progressive technology.

We previously showed the Converj concept car that clearly indicated our intentions.

Now, we bring that concept to fruition.

It is a sleek luxury coupe.

It is the first car with Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology ever offered by a full-line luxury brand.

It is… the 2014 Cadillac ELR.

The 2014 ELR is a further expansion of Cadillac’s Art & Science DNA… delivering luxury, dramatic design and energy efficiency — creating this engaging, fun-to-drive coupe.

ELR further advances the expression of Cadillac design.

  • A Sleek profile
  • Prominent, sculpted, muscular body side
  • And a wide, planted stance with 20″ wheels pushed to the corners.
  • All lighting is LED, including the headlamps, and features the iconic Cadillac vertical signature front & rear.
  • A progressive take on the classic Cadillac grille features a flush execution with tinted dark chrome inserts.
  • This combined with Active shutters in the lower grille that close at high speeds help improve aerodynamics.

The interior of ELR is very important — it is the first application of a new interior design theme that will define the next wave of production cars from Cadillac.

The emphasis is on modern luxury, connectivity and precisely crafted details.

  • It has a driver-focused, classic 2+2 layout.
    • With a beautiful Hand-wrapped cut-and-sewn interior with authentic materials including beautiful semi-aniline leather seating

This craftsmanship compliments the latest in connectivity… Cadillac CUE.

The overall atmosphere of the interior is that it feels handcrafted… it’s true luxury.

The dramatic design of the ELR is paired with a uniquely engaging driving experience.

  • ELR offers a full driving range of more than 300 miles.
  • This is what separates E-REV technology from the pack.
  • Typical daily commuting occurs emissions-free… but for long drives the range-extending engine-generator powers the car seamlessly.
  • Drivers will also enjoy the instantaneous torque of an electric motor – as much as a BMW M3: 295 lb-ft of torque.

ELR is engineered specifically for luxury coupe drivers.

  • Four selectable drive modes including:
  • A Sport Mode with more aggressive throttle response, suspension settings and steering feel.
  • Together with a new front suspension that offers spirited handling and agility.
  • It also has a new “Re-gen on Demand” feature which enables more driver engagement.
  • Paddle shifters behind the steering wheel enable the driver to activate regenerative braking.
  • For example, the driver can pulse the brakes by hand, balancing the weight of the car properly to enter into a corner with your foot ready to accelerate.

So in its simplest terms, the Cadillac ELR is Art & Science personified.

Now for some closing thoughts on where Cadillac’s journey might take us next, here’s… Bob Ferguson.

BOB FERGUSON(Vice President, Global Cadillac)

Thank you, Mark.

I’d like to first acknowledge Cadillac’s design and engineering teams.

They are our best assets and I’d put them up against anyone.

Now, back to the beautiful car before you.

ELR is an elegant synthesis of elements in one car.

It combines undeniable luxury, provocative design and progressive technology.

It’s an offering that simply cannot be found anywhere else in the luxury marketplace.

And we have it here at Cadillac.

ELR is a treasure – not only for its design and technology – but because it will be exclusive.

ELR will be manufactured in limited numbers at our plant in Detroit.

In addition to the U.S., we will export ELR only to the largest global luxury markets, including China and Europe.

ELR is a very important – and even surprising – car for Cadillac.

I believe it will be a landmark in Cadillac’s history.

It sits at the intersection of beauty in design and the best of engineering.

And it is engineered right for the times.

It is a special car that exemplifies Cadillac’s greatest achievements throughout history.

ELR signals Cadillac’s ongoing expansion as a brand that defines the best of technology and reaches a new generation of luxury buyers.

Simply put, ELR is a revolutionary vehicle… a pivot point for Cadillac that will allow us to reestablish ourselves as a technological leader in the luxury space.

Today, Cadillac is competing head to head with the world’s best.

The CTS-V has done that in the realm of high performance for several years now.

And then you have the new Cadillac ATS…

We’re so proud that ATS was selected as the North American Car of the Year.

It’s a tremendous achievement.

And it underscores the opportunity we have before us to define the next chapter of the Cadillac brand.

That’s why I’m here: to expand the product-led growth of Cadillac globally, and build new connections to luxury consumers.

We have a lot of work to do but we have the vision, the product and the people to rise to the challenge.

The next chapter begins with the Cadillac ELR.

Come on up and take a look.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.

Audi of America President Scott Keogh to Deliver Keynote at 2013 Washington Auto Show

The Washington Auto Show®, the automotive industry’s annual public policy show and the largest public show held in Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce that Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, will be delivering the keynote address at the Newsmaker Breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Keogh, president of Audi of America, is a leader in the charge for cleaner, more efficient engines, increased fuel economy and national energy independence. The Newsmaker Breakfast, part of the show’s Public Policy Days, will follow the “Affordable Mobility: The Future of Transportation and Energy Efficiency” Summit, to be held at Capitol Hill and sponsored by The National Journal.

In keeping with the theme of the Summit and Public Policy days – the focus on long term energy efficiency and environmental sustainability for the automotive industry – Keogh’s address will highlight the strides and advances made by Audi in clean engine technologies and will speak to clean diesel and other technology topics to raise awareness and accelerate policy discussions on these new automotive frontiers.

“We are proud to be showcasing our latest products and technology at The Washington Auto Show,” said Keogh, and added, “We are especially proud of our recently announced additions to our TDI clean diesel line up: an A8, A7, A6, and a Q5 will be offered as TDI versions for drivers seeking to save at the pump, for a nation seeking to free itself from the grip of foreign oil, for a society seeking smart ways to cut greenhouse gases, and for a world seeking truly sustainable mobility.”

Audi, which is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally, will also participate in this year’s show as part of the inaugural Luxury Showcase, which will house the latest models from 11 luxury carmakers. The Luxury Showcase will be located on the first level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

“This show is dedicated to highlighting the technologies that are shaping our industry’s future and the companies that are leading the way in sustainability, fuel efficiency and smarter engines,” says Washington Auto Show Chairman Robert Fogarty. “Audi, with its innovative advances in alternative fuel technologies and new vision for energy independence, is a great example for policy makers and media professionals of the automotive industry’s commitment to environmentally sustainable and affordable mobility solutions.”

The Newsmaker Breakfast is sponsored by Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA), the professional association dedicated to improving communication between automotive journalists in the Baltimore-Washington area and the automotive industry, regulators, and other related groups and the International Motor Press Association Based in the New York area, IMPA is the country’s oldest organization of automotive journalists and public relations professionals of the world’s major automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

For more information about The Washington Auto Show, please visit www.washingtonautoshow.com.

Industry/Media Day — Jan. 31, 2013

7:00 Credentialing Open

8:00 Newsmaker Breakfast sponsored by Washington Automotive Press Assn.(WAPA) and International Motor Press Association (IMPA)

8:45 Keynote Scott Keogh, president, AUDI of America

9:30 A Roadmap for 2013: Principles to Guide Policymakers Leaders of associations representing automakers, suppliers and dealers will summarize top policy priorities in the new Congress.

10:05 Green Car Technology Award Winner Announcement-Green Car Journal

10:30 U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force Seeks Innovations from Automotive Industry

11:00 Ford (Go to Level 2)

11:25 Jeep

11:45 GM (Lunch)

12:45 A published guide to Advance Technology (Go to Level 1)

1:00 Nissan

1:30 Government keynote by U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu

1:55 Metro Council of Governments: Electric Vehicles: Making Good Business Sense

2:15 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) – An Energy Star partnership

3:00 SAE Plenary Session, Room 145AB

5:00 Sneak Peak Reception and Preview of the entire 2013 Auto Show

7:00 Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award honoring Edsel Ford. Introduction by Roger Penske, 2012 Recipient

About Audi of America

Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. Audi’s best year was 2012, and December 2012 was the best month, in its history in the U.S. market. The maker, a unit of Volkswagen Group that operates independently in the U.S., said sales hit 14,841 in December, up 17.3 percent from a year earlier. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally.

About The Washington Auto Show®

The “Public Policy Days” of The Washington Auto Show kick off January 30, 2013, with two days of powerful and purposeful dialogue between industry leaders and public policy makers on issues impacting the automotive industry. The National Journal Policy Summit on Capitol Hill is held in the Cannon House Caucus Room, followed by Jan. 31 at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center with press conferences and special events. The event opens to the public February 1-10, and will provide more than 750,000 square feet of autos, advanced technology and experiential events throughout all levels, exhibition halls and meeting rooms of the Convention Center, in which more than 43 domestic and import manufacturers present more than 700 vehicles. This year’s event also includes the inaugural Luxury Showcase and enhanced floor plan.


Strong Sunday Brings 2013 North American International Auto Show to a Close

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Nearly 800,000 enjoy two week celebration of cars, technology and industry confidence

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2013 saw a strong finish today after a spectacular two-week run filled with worldwide product reveals, industry news, and a welcome sense of optimism for those touched by the auto business.

Today’s attendance of 103,897 topped last year’s final day number of 101,141, bringing total ticketed attendance of the 2013 show to 795,416 compared to 770,932 in 2012. NAIAS Chairman Jim Seavitt said the 2013 total is the highest since 2004 when 808,833 attended.

“This was a true celebration of the automobile, and a demonstration of the strength and resiliency of the auto business,” said Seavitt. “The Detroit show is a true reflection of a strong, vibrant and more confident industry. The manufacturers made it abundantly clear that this show, and the global stage it provides, is of critical importance to their vehicle launch strategies.”

Seavitt said the NAIAS continues to be positioned along with shows in Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo because of the number of journalists that attend, and the number of worldwide product introductions that are made in Detroit.

“Twenty-five years ago the Detroit Auto Dealers Association made a promise to the global manufacturers,” said Seavitt. “We said, ‘you bring the unveilings, and we’ll bring the media.’

“I think it’s safe to say,” he said, “we kept our promise.”

NAIAS 2013 Highlights:

  • Total Vehicle Introductions: 59 (50 Worldwide; 9 North American)
  • Total Press Preview Attendance: 5,212 journalists from 60 countries
  • Total Industry Preview Attendance: 28,326 people from 30 countries
  • Total Charity Preview Attendance: 13,069 people ($3.9 million raised)
  • Total Ticketed Attendance: 795,416 (incl. Industry Preview, Charity Preview & Public Show)
  • Total Economic Impact:  $365 Million

About the North American International Auto Show
Now in its 25th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, 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.


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.

Chicago Auto Show launches mobile app


CAS 2013 LOGO 330New Mobile App Designed to Heighten Digital Experience

CHICAGO (January 23, 2013) – The Chicago Auto Show today announced the launch of its first-ever mobile app, designed with the digital consumer in mind. With an easy-to-navigate interface and innovative functions, fans can now stay connected to the show while on the go.

“The launch of the Chicago Auto Show mobile app marks a new milestone in the way the Chicago Auto Show connects with consumers,” said Michael Ettleson, 2013 Chicago Auto Show chairman. “Even beyond our fans’ experience, we’re constantly looking to provide value to our automakers and sponsors, and there’s plenty of room for consumer/brand engagement within the app.”

In anticipation of the 105th edition of the nation’s largest auto show, the Chicago Auto Show launched a completely redesigned and refreshed website, with mobile capabilities in mind. The mobile app compliments the refreshed website by offering an on-demand schedule of events, detailed map of manufacturer exhibits on the show floor, interactive videos, image galleries, aggregated social media feeds with real-time updates, a camera icon and filter to upload and share photos, and much more.

Fans can download the Chicago Auto Show mobile app through the App Store or Google Play. For more information, please visit ChicagoAutoShow.com.

About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest on the continent, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept, and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity raises more than $2 million annually for 18 worthy Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2013 public show will be February 9-18. For more information please visit ChicagoAutoShow.com or Facebook.com/ChicagoAutoShow.

About The Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the nation’s oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. It is comprised of about 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit CATA.info.

The 2013 Chicago Auto Show is officially sanctioned by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers. Founded in Paris in 1919, it is known as the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles.