NAIAS http://michiganradio.org en Detroit auto show opens to the public http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-auto-show-opens-public <p>DETROIT (AP) - The North American International Auto Show in Detroit has opened its doors to the public.<br /><br />The annual event began Saturday at Cobo Center following a week of previews for journalists and others in the industry. A race-worthy Corvette, a sumptuous Mercedes C-Class and other glitzy models catch the eye at the show, which runs through Jan. 26.<br /> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 21:47:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16081 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit auto show opens to the public News from the Detroit Auto Show: The future of GM, a new Chrysler headquarters, and driverless cars http://michiganradio.org/post/news-detroit-auto-show-future-gm-new-chrysler-headquarters-and-driverless-cars <p>Media preview days are in full swing at the North American International Auto Show.</p><p>Over 5,000 reporters from around the world have converged on Cobo Center, including Daniel Howes, a business columnist with The Detroit News.</p><p>Howes talks with us about the big car news to come out of the auto show.</p><p><em>Listen to full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:46:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 16038 at http://michiganradio.org News from the Detroit Auto Show: The future of GM, a new Chrysler headquarters, and driverless cars Ford takes calculated risk with aluminum F-150 http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-takes-calculated-risk-aluminum-f-150 <p>Ford Motor Company revealed a groundbreaking change for its top-selling F-150 truck at the North American International Auto Show on Monday. The new truck will have a body made mostly of aluminum instead of steel.</p><p></p><p>Ford is taking the calculated risk to retain its crown as the number one seller of pickups in the world.</p><p>Ford is&nbsp;banking on the loyalty of F-150 owners like David Mindell, CEO of Plantwise, a company that specializes in native plant landscaping and wetlands restoration.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16007 at http://michiganradio.org Ford takes calculated risk with aluminum F-150 Detroit auto show 'super' boost for ailing city http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-auto-show-super-boost-ailing-city <p>DETROIT (AP) - Call it a 21st century paradox.<br /><br />The city of Detroit is in bankruptcy, mired in debt of at least $18 billion. But the industry it's synonymous with has left its own financial problems in the rearview mirror.<br /><br />This month, the industry comes to the Detroit area's aid, with an economic boost estimated near $400 million from its annual North American International Auto Show.<br /><br />The impact isn't solely financial. A successful show can help give local residents and businesses confidence that the city can get back on its feet again.<br /> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 23:52:54 +0000 The Associated Press 15981 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit auto show 'super' boost for ailing city Nissan in the spotlight (for good and other reasons) at the Detroit Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/nissan-spotlight-good-and-other-reasons-detroit-auto-show <p>Nissan found itself in the spotlight at the North American International Auto Show today.&nbsp; But not entirely for reasons that would please company executives.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:35:36 +0000 The Associated Press 10770 at http://michiganradio.org Nissan in the spotlight (for good and other reasons) at the Detroit Auto Show Renovations to Cobo Center may steal the spotlight at the auto show http://michiganradio.org/post/renovations-cobo-center-may-steal-spotlight-auto-show <p>The North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicks off on Monday with preview days for the international press.</p><p></p><p>The show opens to the public next Saturday.&nbsp;&nbsp; One of the highlights this year may not even be a car.</p><p></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 20:06:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 10740 at http://michiganradio.org Renovations to Cobo Center may steal the spotlight at the auto show Almost ready? Officials promise most of Cobo Center will be open for Detroit's auto show http://michiganradio.org/post/almost-ready-officials-promise-most-cobo-center-will-be-open-detroits-auto-show <p>The North American International Auto Show is less than a month away. &nbsp;But part of Detroit’s Cobo Center is still a very active construction site.</p><p></p><p>Rain is pouring through gaps in the roof. &nbsp;Construction crews are using heavy equipment. &nbsp;The space hardly looks like a scenic atrium.</p><p></p><p>But officials say wait three weeks.</p><p></p><p>The final phase of a $279 million renovation of Cobo Center is close to completion.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 05:22:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10486 at http://michiganradio.org Almost ready? Officials promise most of Cobo Center will be open for Detroit's auto show Feeling of "euphoria" at Detroit Auto Show with attendance up http://michiganradio.org/post/feeling-euphoria-detroit-auto-show-attendance <p>Attendance is&nbsp;up about ten percent at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.naias.com/">North American International Auto Show</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:16:13 +0000 Tracy Samilton 5806 at http://michiganradio.org Feeling of "euphoria" at Detroit Auto Show with attendance up What to watch for at the North American International Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/what-watch-north-american-international-auto-show <p>Media preview days have begun at the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/detroit-auto-show">North American International Auto Show</a> at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Michigan Radio&#39;s auto-beat reporter Tracy Samilton is at the show and spoke with us this morning about what we should look for over the next week.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 12:52:45 +0000 Zoe Clark & Christina Shockley 5697 at http://michiganradio.org What to watch for at the North American International Auto Show NAIAS endures as one of premier auto shows despite new competition http://michiganradio.org/post/naias-endures-one-premier-auto-shows-despite-new-competition <p>The North American International Auto Show gets underway in just a couple of weeks in Detroit.&nbsp; While the show is still really big, it&rsquo;s facing new competitors.&nbsp;</p><p>India-based Jaguar and Land Rover are skipping the Detroit auto show this year to focus on a show in New Delhi.&nbsp; In recent years, some big launches happened at China auto shows instead of Detroit.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Michelle Krebs is with Edmunds.com.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;She says Detroit&rsquo;s auto show also has domestic competitors.</p> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 22:18:36 +0000 Tracy Samilton 5564 at http://michiganradio.org NAIAS endures as one of premier auto shows despite new competition Chicago Auto Show organizers like Detroit's trend http://michiganradio.org/post/chicago-auto-show-organizers-detroits-trend <p>For the second year in a row, attendance at the <a href="http://www.naias.com/">North American International Auto Show</a> increased.</p><p>It&#39;s not just good news for Detroit. It could also be good news for Chicago.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/default.aspx">2011 Chicago Auto Show</a> kicks off in two weeks.</p><p>Its organizers say they&rsquo;re encouraged by the figures out of Detroit where 735,000 people attended this year&rsquo;s show.</p><p>That&rsquo;s about 20,000 more than last year.</p><p>It&#39;s not a huge increase, but it is a change from years of steady decline.<br /> Paul Brian works with the Chicago Auto Show, which attracts a lot more people than the Detroit Auto Show. Brian says regional rivalries aside</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It&#39;s kind of like whether you&rsquo;re Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines - everybody&rsquo;s playing on the same team. If it&rsquo;s good for the Detroit show, it&rsquo;s good for Chicago, and New York, and LA, and it&rsquo;s good for the industry.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>After all, buzz is buzz. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:37:24 +0000 Kate Davidson 996 at http://michiganradio.org Chicago Auto Show organizers like Detroit's trend Attendance up at the Detroit Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/attendance-detroit-auto-show <p>Attendance is up at the <a href="http://www.naias.com/">North American International Auto Show</a> so far this year, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Freep <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110118/NEWS05/101180387/Auto-show-has-solid-gains-in-attendance#ixzz1BO4VSLkT">says</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Attendance Monday was 64,520, up from 61,112 from the same day last year, said NAIAS spokesman Sam Locricchio. On opening day Saturday, 86,622 attended the show, compared with 83,715 on the opening Saturday last year, he said. Sunday's attendance was 99,111 -- up from 96,623 for the opening Sunday in 2010, he said.</p></blockquote><p>The show, at Detroit's Cobo Center, is open until Sunday. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:59:59 +0000 Zoe Clark 914 at http://michiganradio.org Attendance up at the Detroit Auto Show Auto Week's "Best in Show" at the Detroit Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-weeks-best-show-detroit-auto-show <p>Editors at Auto Week perused the offerings at the 2011 North American International Auto Show and named their top picks.</p><p>Executive Editor of Auto Week, Roger Hart, said the show had more than two dozen new models on display, and most had one thing in common:</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;"There were no fancy, pie-in-the-sky, dreamlike concept cars. Nearly everything billed as a concept looked as if you could buy one tomorrow at your local dealership and drive it home."</span></p></blockquote><p>Here are their picks:</p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:09:28 +0000 Mark Brush 890 at http://michiganradio.org Auto Week's "Best in Show" at the Detroit Auto Show Report: Profit-sharing checks coming to Ford and GM workers http://michiganradio.org/post/report-profit-sharing-checks-coming-ford-and-gm-workers <p>At the <a href="http://www.naias.com/">Detroit International Auto Show</a>, domestic automakers are celebrating a comeback of their industry. GM and Ford both saw profits last year, and the car makers are expecting a good year this year.</p><p>As more proof of the comeback, Bill Vlasic and Nick Bunkley report in the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/13/business/13auto.html?pagewanted=1&amp;_r=1&amp;sq=Vlasic&amp;st=cse&amp;scp=5">New York Times</a> about profit-sharing checks that are expected to go to GM and Ford workers:</p><blockquote><p>The two big Detroit carmakers will announce profit-sharing checks this month for their hourly workers, perhaps the largest in a decade, company officials and industry analysts say.</p></blockquote><p>The checks are expected to top out at $5,000 at Ford, less at GM.</p><p>They report these checks "would be the biggest payout since the $8,000 checks that Ford handed out in 2000." Chrysler, the report says, is not expected to issue bonus checks this year. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:43:30 +0000 Mark Brush 878 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Profit-sharing checks coming to Ford and GM workers Mayor Dave Bing visits NAIAS http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-dave-bing-visits-naias <p><a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/MayorsOffice/tabid/123/Default.aspx">Detroit Mayor Dave Bing</a> visited the <a href="http://www.naias.com/">North American International Auto Show</a> today in Detroit. As the Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>The former NBA great toured Cobo Center... checking out the latest offerings from companies including General Motors and Ford. He says a comeback for automakers such as GM, Ford and Chrysler is positive for the city and the state.</p></blockquote><p>Bing is just one of many politicians who have visited the show over the past few days.&nbsp; Governor <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/snyder-auto-industry-critical-states-future">Rick Snyder visited the show yesterday</a> and members of Michigan's Congressional delegation, including Democratic Representatives John Dingell, Sander Levin and Gary Peters, have also visited Cobo Center this week. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:46:04 +0000 Zoe Clark 851 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor Dave Bing visits NAIAS The Governor and The Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-and-auto-show <p>Governor Rick Snyder visited the Detroit auto show yesterday, something governors traditionally do. They greet the CEOs, make nice comments about the new models, and disappear.</p><p>I can’t recall a single thing any politician has said at the auto show that was worth remembering.&nbsp; But this year is a little different. Two years ago, it was highly uncertain whether there would be either an domestic auto industry or an auto show in 2011.</p><p>What’s more, almost nobody in the industry or the state had ever heard of Rick Snyder, and nobody imagined he’d be governor.</p><p>Well, the auto industry is a good bit healthier today, and the state is getting used to a governor who doesn’t like to wear a tie, and doesn’t mind being called a nerd. Like other governors before him, Snyder didn’t say anything especially stirring at the auto show. But he did a few things worth noting. He didn’t just visit what we might now call the not-so-big three, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. He stopped by Kia and Hyundai and Toyota too. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:10:19 +0000 Zoe Clark 848 at http://michiganradio.org The Governor and The Auto Show Snyder: Auto industry is critical to state's future http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-auto-industry-critical-states-future <p>Governor <a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Rick Snyder</a> visited the <a href="http://www.naias.com/">North American International Auto Show</a> in Detroit yesterday.&nbsp; He sat in a Chevy Volt, stopped by the Ford and Prius pavilions, and visited with Fiat-Chryser CEO Sergio Marccione. Rick Pluta was at the show and filed this report:</p><p>Governor Snyder cheered the rebound in the auto industry from where it was at this time last year. Snyder says he does not want to play favorites when it comes to economic development -- that Michigan should make all entrepreneurs feel equally welcome. But the governor also says he recognizes how big the car business still looms in the state’s economy. Snyder said:</p><blockquote><p>The role of manufacturing and the auto industry in Michigan’s future is critical. I don’t walk away from it all. Actually, I embrace it. That is part of our heritage. That is something we have world-class people in.</p></blockquote><p>The governor says he will call for lower taxes and less regulation and will reveal more details of his economic plan next week when he delivers his first State of the State address</p><p>The show opened for media previews on Monday and opens to the public on Saturday. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:27:53 +0000 Zoe Clark 840 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder: Auto industry is critical to state's future President's top manufacturing advisor "cautiously optimistic" about US auto recovery http://michiganradio.org/post/presidents-top-manufacturing-advisor-cautiously-optimistic-about-us-auto-recovery <pre>The head of President Obama’s Auto Task Force paid a visit to the North American International Auto show.</pre> <pre>&nbsp;</pre> <pre>Ron Bloom is also the President’s top advisor on manufacturing policy. Bloom and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow toured Detroit automakers’ exhibits at the auto show.</pre> <pre>&nbsp;</pre> <pre>Bloom says the Obama administration is “cautiously optimistic” about the U.S. auto industry’s recovery.</pre> <pre>&nbsp;</pre> <pre>He says automakers’ profits are “better than expected," but admits that job growth is slower than he’d like. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:46:15 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 839 at http://michiganradio.org President's top manufacturing advisor "cautiously optimistic" about US auto recovery "Back to business" theme at Detroit auto show http://michiganradio.org/post/back-business-theme-detroit-auto-show <p>The 2011 North American International Auto Show is in a decidedly upbeat mood.</p><p>After two years of somber shows, automakers are rolling out new products and showcasing an unusual level of variety and innovation. And they're bullish about how consumers will respond to all those new choices.</p><p>Chrysler might be the poster child for the resurgent feeling at this year’s show.</p><p>Last year, the automaker barely had a presence, and Chrysler Brand President Olivier Francois remembered how that felt.</p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:54:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 832 at http://michiganradio.org "Back to business" theme at Detroit auto show Green cars: the new black http://michiganradio.org/post/green-cars-new-black <p>In past years, most of the so-called “green cars” at the North American International Auto Show were concept cars – not ready for prime time. This year is different.</p><p>The Toyota Prius has been America’s premier environmentally friendly car for ten years. Now, the car has some serious competition. Both the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf have an EPA fuel economy rating the equivalent of more than 90 miles to the gallon.</p><p>Tracy Samilton talked with Brad Berman, founder of <a href="http://www.plugincars.com/">plugincars.com</a></p><blockquote><p>“Suddenly it makes the Prius' 50 mpg seem mild. Now it’s Toyota’s turn to say, hey, we’re still relevant.”</p></blockquote><p>Toyota is turning the Prius into an entire brand. People going to the show will be able to see three new Prius vehicles, including a plug-in being unveiled in Detroit.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:31:33 +0000 Rebecca Williams 828 at http://michiganradio.org Green cars: the new black