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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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.


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

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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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.