Wicked fast Alfa Romeo SUV proven at Nürburgring

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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

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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

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

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

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By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

February 26, 2016

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

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

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

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Floor plan of the 2016 Cleveland Auto Show

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Show floor shakeup

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

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

2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition

New 2016 Chrysler 200S and 300S Alloy Editions

Promises and rumors — Chicago global debuts

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

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

If you missed me in Detroit…

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

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

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

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

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

Bentley will have the 2017 Bentley Bentayga, as well as the Bentley Continental GTC and the Bentley Mulsanne on display and Rolls-Royce will show its Ghost Series II, Phantom Drophead Coupe and the Wraith. All this added luxury will certainly spice things up on the west end of South Hall.
Check back here for our coverage of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show this week and next, and follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.

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

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CIS_2016-16By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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