north american international auto show 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 Meet the workers who power Detroit's Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-workers-who-power-detroits-auto-show <p></p><p>At Detroit’s <a href="http://www.naias.com/" target="_blank">North American International Auto Show</a>, the focus is naturally on the cars.</p><p>But behind the scenes, more than 2,000 people labor to make sure visitors are impressed by what they see.</p><p>Detroit has hosted an auto show for over a century now. And in a place known as the Motor City, it’s always been a pretty big deal.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:47:15 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16052 at http://michiganradio.org Meet the workers who power Detroit's Auto Show 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 Detroit's auto show celebrates 25 years in the big leagues http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-auto-show-celebrates-25-years-big-leagues <p>This week's opening of the auto show at&nbsp;Cobo Center in Detroit marks 25 years since the show took its jump into the big time.&nbsp;</p><p>What used to be the "Detroit Auto Show" became the North American International Auto Show, putting Detroit square in the center of the auto show universe.&nbsp;</p><p>Detroit Free Press Business columnist Tom Walsh explores the show's history. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:10:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16001 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's auto show celebrates 25 years in the big leagues 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 Stateside for Thursday, January 9, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-january-9-2014 <p>Last month, Governor Rick Snyder called for less coal power and more renewable energy in Michigan. Utilities are in a good position, but questions remain over whether lawmakers will be able to act before the state's current energy standards expire. We found out more on today's show.</p><p>Then, of all the physics professors in the United States, only 14% are women. Why do some female scientists give up? And what can be done to help female students and minorities succeed?</p><p>And, we heard from the BBC on how China had become the world leader for wind power.</p><p>Also, a group of “free skiers” have found a new ski location in the abandon buildings of Detroit.</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's Thursday, time for the first check-in of this New Year with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</span></p><p>Understandably, he has the auto industry on his mind as we prepare for next week's opening of the North American International Auto Show. He got an early look at the show, and he joined us today to discuss it.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:18:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 15959 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, January 9, 2014 Commentary: Why Detroit failed http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-why-detroit-failed <p>This week, people in the Detroit area have been giddy with excitement over what seems to be even a better North American International Auto Show than usual. But in a week the auto show will be over, and sooner or later, we’ll be painfully reminded that Detroit is still teetering on the edge of insolvency.</p><p>Lately, the city council has been making some rational or semi-rational moves aimed at staving off the loss of political control. And indeed, the Governor&nbsp;seems to have slowed what once looked like a quick march to the appointment of an emergency manager.</p><p>Still, it is hard to see how a state takeover of the city can eventually be avoided, given what my students would call Detroit’s “ginormous” problems balancing its budget and the ticking time bomb of 12 billion in unfunded liabilities.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:35:11 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 10839 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Why Detroit failed Green confidence at the North American International Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/green-confidence-north-american-international-auto-show <p></p><p>With the Detroit International Auto Show only just beginning, GM and Chrysler are already receiving good news.</p><p>This year's North American Car of the Year award went to the Cadillac ATS, while Truck of the Year was awarded to the Dodge Ram 1500.</p><p>According to Bernard Swiecki with the Center for Automotive Research, these awards are more significant in their effects on confidence, rather than their impact on sales.</p><p>"Interestingly, both of these vehicles are built in Michigan, so there's a very real local connection there as well. This is kind of an endorsement that both of these critical vehicles were done right by the engineering teams. "</p><p>Swiecki mentions that confidence is shown not only in the vehicles, but in the atmosphere of this year's Detroit Auto Show, and is a clear departure from the austerity of the post-bailout shows of the past.</p><p>"In the 2009 and 2010 shows, there was almost an atmosphere of allaying the fears that 'We're not going to be here next year', and that's really not the case anymore, and it hasn't been for the last two or three years. Now it's more about a confident approach, showing future products with every certainty that 1) the companies&nbsp;are&nbsp;viable and 2) the products themselves are world-class," he said.</p><p>These American vehicles are world-class, and green, according to Swiecki, who claims that green-technology continues to be a pronounced trend in new American vehicles, such as Cadillac's luxurious take on the Chevy Volt. Green technology is even moving across vehicle platforms this year to trucks with Ford's Atlas Pickup concept, which will eventually become&nbsp;the next generation Ford F-150.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10782 at http://michiganradio.org Green confidence at the North American International Auto Show The future of "green cars" http://michiganradio.org/post/future-green-cars <p>It used to be that fuel-efficient cars were not taken all that seriously. But that has changed.</p><p>Jim Motavalli is the author of High Voltage and a blogger for the New York Times and Car Talk. He spoke with me for today's Environment Report from the North American International Auto Show.&nbsp;</p><p>Motavalli points out that there's no special section for "green cars" at the auto show.</p><p>"I think what we’re seeing is green technology has been incorporated into pretty much all of the cars on display here, so the green cars aren’t in a little special penned-in area. That’s inherently a good thing. And maybe at this auto show 2013, we’re not seeing a lot of electric car introductions or plug-in hybrid introductions; what we’re seeing is 'eco' incorporated into every model that’s introduced here, including the Corvette Stingray and the Grand Cherokee Jeep SRT, both of which have eco modes or eco buttons, because every automaker is being driven towards the 2025 goal of 54.5 mpg fleet average, which the federal government is demanding."</p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:50:51 +0000 Rebecca Williams 10772 at http://michiganradio.org The future of "green cars" Stateside: Reducing human trafficking at this year's North American International Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-reducing-human-trafficking-years-north-american-international-auto-show <p><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Garamond&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.</span></i></p><p>Though largely unrecognized and difficult to pin a number to, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/trying-curb-human-trafficking">human trafficking</a> occurs in Michigan. Theresa Flores says the practice increases during events like the North American International Auto Show.</p><p>Flores heads <a href="http://www.traffickfree.com/">Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution</a> (S.O.A.P), a group actively working to rescue young girls and boys from trafficking.</p><p>S.O.A.P. is making a visit to the Auto Show in an attempt to reduce the prostitution that can plague large events like this. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:33:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10756 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Reducing human trafficking at this year's North American International Auto Show In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-139 <p><strong>Road funding to be discussed in State of the State Wednesday</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder says he’ll outline a new plan to fund road improvements during his State of the State address on Wednesday. The plan could include higher vehicle registration fees to pay for road projects and maintenance," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Michigan left out of Superstorm Sandy relief money</strong></p><p>Michigan is one of three states affected by Superstorm Sandy that will be left out from federal money for disaster relief. Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-among-handful-states-may-not-get-money-superstorm-sandy-relief-bill">reports, </a>"Superstorm Sandy largely missed Michigan last October.&nbsp; Now the state appears poised to miss out on the billions of dollars of federal disaster relief tied to the storm. The U.S. House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $50 billion relief bill."</p><p><strong>Chevrolet and Mercedes Benz show off cars at auto show early</strong></p><p>Chevrolet&nbsp; and Mercedes Benz got an early start to Detroit's North American International Auto Show. They showed off their most important cars the night before the official start of press days. Chevrolet unveiled the seventh generation Corvette called the "Stingray" at a gala event.&nbsp; "For its part, Mercedes Benz showed journalists a new $30,000 car that will be its lowest priced luxury sedan ever, aimed at younger buyers who never thought they could afford a Mercedes," Tracy Samilton <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/car-companies-starting-auto-show-earlier">reports.</a></p><p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:15:59 +0000 Emily Fox 10748 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . 2013 Ford Fusion makes its big debut at the Detroit Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/2013-ford-fusion-makes-its-big-debut-detroit-auto-show <p>Auto companies use words such as &quot;affordability&quot;, &quot;reliability&quot;, &quot;high performance&quot;, &quot;style&quot; and &quot;fuel economy&quot; to sell you a car. &nbsp;</p><p>Ford Motor Company thinks they&rsquo;ve got it all. Of course, they do have some competition.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Tracy Samilton reports:</p><blockquote><p>Ford Motor Company is unveiling its new Fusion, hoping to topple the traditional midsize sedan leaders, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The Fusion will also come in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, with the plug-in getting the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s the splashy unveiling of the 2013 Ford Fusion at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qhc443Nrgg Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:00:44 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 5707 at http://michiganradio.org 2013 Ford Fusion makes its big debut at the Detroit Auto Show Deal inked to keep auto show in Detroit through 2017 http://michiganradio.org/post/deal-inked-keep-auto-show-detroit-through-2017 <p>Detroit will hang on to the North American International Auto Show for at least another five years.</p><p>The deal&nbsp;signed today&nbsp;by auto show and Cobo Center&nbsp;officials should reverse years of suggestions that show sponsors might take their business elsewhere.</p><p>&quot;It is our way of saying: &#39;Detroit, we are with you,&#39;&quot; said&nbsp;Bill&nbsp;Perkins,&nbsp;chairman of the 2012 show.&nbsp;</p><p>A regional&nbsp;authority took control of Cobo away from the city two years ago. The move paved the way a $278 million renovation of the&nbsp;aging facility. Perkins says those renovations will put the facility on par with other top global venues,&nbsp;&quot;helping us to maintain our position on the world auto stage as the show at which to introduce new and exciting vehicles.&quot;</p><p>The&nbsp;renovation is under way that will add space to Cobo and open views to the Detroit River. The facility is also getting new loading docks and other amenities. The auto dealers who put on the show had warned the city could lose the auto show if renovations were not made.</p><p>The show opens to the public January 14. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 22:47:07 +0000 Sarah Hulett 5665 at http://michiganradio.org Media preview begins today for the North American International Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/media-preview-begins-today-north-american-international-auto-show <p>The <a href="http://www.naias.com/">North American International Auto Show</a> begins this week in Detroit. It opens to the public on Saturday and runs through January 23rd. The media, however, get a preview of the show beginning today. It's the biggest annual media event in the state as thousands of journalists from around the world travel here to cover the show.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton gave us a preview:</p><blockquote><p>The auto industry had two bad years in 2009 and 2010, and so did one of its biggest shows: the North American International Auto Show. Some car companies like Porsche didn't even have displays.&nbsp; But, Porsche is back, and so are some of the traditional glitz and optimism.&nbsp; Baron Meade, Chairman of the show, said, "I would set the stage of this show as the start of the next real Golden Age of the Automobile."</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton, Sarah Hulett, Sarah Cweik and Steve Carmody will all be reporting from the show throughout the next couple of weeks. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:29:38 +0000 Zoe Clark 807 at http://michiganradio.org Media preview begins today for the North American International Auto Show Pelosi to visit Detroit auto show http://michiganradio.org/post/pelosi-visit-detroit-auto-show <p><a href="http://pelosi.house.gov/">Representative Nancy Pelosi</a>, outgoing Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will visit the <a href="http://www.naias.com/">North American International Auto Show</a> next week in Detroit.</p><p>The Democratic Representative from California says she will visit the show on Monday, which is the first day of previews for the media.&nbsp; The show opens to the public on January 15th and runs through January 23rd at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.</p><p>As the Associated Press <a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_17010982?nclick_check=1">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Pelosi says a string manufacturing base is vital to the nation's security and competitiveness. She says Detroit's automakers are central to efforts to grow a "clean, green economy."</p></blockquote><p>The Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110104/BUSINESS03/110104064/House-Speaker-Nancy-Pelosi-to-make-Detroit-auto-show-visit">reports</a> that Michigan Democratic <a href="http://dingell.house.gov/">Representative John Dingell</a> invited Pelosi to the show. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:47:23 +0000 Zoe Clark 749 at http://michiganradio.org Pelosi to visit Detroit auto show