The Longest Mile

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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

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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.

 

Now That The Show Is Over…

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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

 

Here We Go, the 2017 North American International Auto Show

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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

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

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

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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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Acura Precision Concept is precisely Acura

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

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

By Auto Show Global Team

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

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

Acura Precision Concept dimensions:

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

– 22-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport Summer Tire

Acura Precision Concept 2016 - Front 3-4

Acura Precision Concept 2016 – Front 3-4

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

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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.

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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