detroit auto show

Auto
3:06 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Renovations to Cobo Center may steal the spotlight at the auto show

North American International Auto Show (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicks off on Monday with preview days for the international press.

The show opens to the public next Saturday.   One of the highlights this year may not even be a car.

Auto show vice chairman Bob Schuman is pretty confident that everyone who goes to the show will be talking about the new Corvette, Chevy's top of the line sports car.   But they may also be talking about the ongoing Cobo renovation. Cobo has a new atrium that opens up the convention center to a view of the river and the Windsor skyline.

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Auto
10:37 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Commentary: Forgetting our heritage

Lessenberry essay for 1/3/13

The North American International Auto Show will be starting at Detroit’s Cobo Center in a couple weeks, and anyone who cares about cars can go see virtually every new model in existence.

This has been an annual tradition for more than a century. But I’ve thought for a long time that we don’t do nearly enough to celebrate the amazing heritage of our signature industry.

Think about it. Motor vehicles, primarily cars, are what transformed Michigan from a farm state not all that different from Iowa into the industrial powerhouse that put the world on wheels.

That’s fascinating, and there are few of us whose lives are not connected to the auto industry in some way.  But where do you go to learn about and celebrate that heritage? Sadly, fewer and fewer places.

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Business
12:22 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Almost ready? Officials promise most of Cobo Center will be open for Detroit's auto show

The view's spectacular (except for the construction equipment) in Cobo's soon to be nearly completed atrium. The unfinished ballroom (formerly Cobo Arena) will be curtained off during the upcoming North American International Auto Show
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The North American International Auto Show is less than a month away.  But part of Detroit’s Cobo Center is still a very active construction site.

Rain is pouring through gaps in the roof.  Construction crews are using heavy equipment.  The space hardly looks like a scenic atrium.

But officials say wait three weeks.

The final phase of a $279 million renovation of Cobo Center is close to completion.

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Auto/Economy
11:37 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Detroit auto show closes, attendance highest since 2005

The unveiling of the new Dodge Dart at the Detroit auto show.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

The Detroit auto show wrapped up yesterday, and officials say attendance was strong.

From the Associated Press:

Organizers of the North American International Auto Show say this year's attendance was the highest since 2005.

The annual event at Detroit's Cobo Center closed on Sunday.

Organizers say attendance during the public portion of the show was 770,932. That's also up from last year, when 735,370 went to the
show.

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Detroit Auto Show
4:16 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Feeling of "euphoria" at Detroit Auto Show with attendance up

2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Mercedes Mejia/Michigan Radio

Attendance is up about ten percent at the North American International Auto Show.   

195,000 people attended the show on Saturday and Sunday, the first two days the show was open to the public. That compares to about 180,000 people the first two days of the show last year.

Of course, the weather has been quite good for Michigan this time of year. But organizers think there's more than that to account for the increase.

Detroit Auto Show Chairman Bill Perkins says there’s a feeling of “euphoria."

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History
4:14 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Detroit automakers, then and now

North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Mercedes Mejia/Michigan Radio

The North American International Auto Show opens to the public tomorrow.

The show has been a time for automakers to roll out new models and concept cars, letting consumers know what to expect in the future. The Detroit Three are heading into the year’s auto show with positive sales figures.

Joining us to take a historical look at the auto show and the Detroit Three is Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry.

You can read Michigan Radio reports and see photos and video here.

 

 

Detroit Auto Show
10:46 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Detroit Auto Show opens to the public this weekend (photos)

This week the The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opened to the press and industry professionals at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Kicking off the event was the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards.

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra took 2012 North American Car of the Year.

And, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was named the 2012 North American Truck of the Year award.

Tracy Samilton reports:

The mood at the North American International Auto Show is upbeat. Sure, Europe’s debt crisis and the battered Euro have auto executives concerned, but so far that crisis isn’t stopping the U.S. economy’s improvement, albeit at a very measured (slow) pace.

You can read all Michigan Radio reports and see more photos and videos here.

On Saturday morning the show opens to the public.

Tickets are $12 each. Seniors and children are $6 each.

The show runs January 14-22.

Detroit Auto Show
5:06 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

A review of the Detroit Auto Show

2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Mercedes Mejia/Michigan Radio

The Detroit Auto Show is in press preview this week.

Michigan Radio’s auto beat reporter Tracy Samilton spoke with Jennifer White about her experience there.

 

Detroit Auto Show
3:15 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Making fuel economy sexy at the Detroit Auto Show

Chrysler unveiled the Dodge Dart at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio
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The last time I attended the Detroit Auto Show was around ten years ago.

Back then, the so-called “green” fuel efficient cars were relegated to a small corner of the Cobo Center. There weren’t that many, and most seemed to be concept cars.

The show seemed to be all about big powerful SUVs, and new cup holder designs, but little, if anything, was changing under the hood.

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Auto/Economy
2:46 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

2013 Dodge Dart reveal at the Detroit Auto Show (video)

A crowd listens to Reid Bigland, President of Dodge brand at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

On Monday, Chrysler unveiled its 2013 Dodge Dart at the Detroit Auto Show.

Sarah Cwiek reports:

Reid Bigland, President of the Dodge brand says the Dart represents a true blend of Fiat and Chrysler’s traditional strengths. “Quite simply, it is groundbreaking. It has a world-class architecture, the DNA of an Alpha-Romeo, with the unmistakable presence of a Dodge,” said Bigland. He says the Dart will make its debut in showrooms this spring with a price tag of just under $16,000.

Detroit Auto Show
1:09 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Detroit Auto Show: Behind the Scenes with Tracy Samilton

Michigan Radio Auto Reporter Tracy Samilton shows off her coveted credentials.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

 It’s a good show this year….unless you like “far-out” concept cars

The mood at the North American International Auto Show is upbeat. Sure, Europe’s debt crisis and the battered Euro have auto executives concerned, but so far that crisis isn’t stopping the U.S. economy’s improvement, albeit at a very measured (slow) pace. 

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Detroit auto show
2:53 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Ford, GM, Chrysler all hope to make gains against foreign competition

The 2013 Ford Fusion at the Detroit Auto Show.
Mercedes Mejia/Michigan Radio

Detroit automakers are introducing cars at this year’s Detroit Auto Show that could help them make gains against foreign-based competitors. 

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.  

Ford CEO Alan Mulally says the company sold a record number of Fusions in 2011 -

"It had its best sales year ever," Mulally told reporters after revealing the Fusion at Joe Louis Arena.  "So the new Fusion is going to build on that success and be very, very popular with consumers."

But Ford Executive Chairman, Bill Ford, Jr., says the company is not going to pursue an increase in market share for the coveted midsize sedan segment just for the sake of market share.

"We are not going to play that volume game," he says.  "If it happens organically, great, but we don’t have some magic number on the wall that we’re all pushing toward."

Meanwhile, Cadillac on Sunday introduced a new small luxury vehicle, the ATS, to compete against BMW and Mercedes Benz.   GM North American President Mark Reuss says the car is a "true driver's car," and can compete head to head with the Mercedes Benz C class and the BMW 3 series.

BMW North America head Ludwig Willisch says a new competitor is always a concern, but he's confident that upgrades to the new 3-series will enable the company to keep its leadership position.

For its part, Chrysler introduced a new small car called the Dodge Dart.  The car will compete against small cars made both by its Detroit rivals and foreign-based companies including Toyota, Honda and Hyundai.

Detroit Auto Show
12:22 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Chevrolet reveals new concept cars, targets younger consumers

Chevrolet's 2013 Sonic RS at the Detroit Auto Show.
Mercedes Mejia/Michigan Radio

According to U.S. Census data, there are 80 million American consumers approaching 30.

And it's no surprise car companies want their business.

“Today's younger generation will be a driving force in the automotive market in the years ahead,” said Mark Reuss, President of GM North America.

Chevrolet launched its new 2013 Sonic RS at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It comes with a 138-horsepower engine, and sportier look than the non-RS models.

Reuss said rather than advertising on television, the car company has chosen to go online to promote the new 2013 Sonic, which will be available at the end of this year.

Chevrolet also revealed two brand new concept cars with traits they say young buyers want - style and performance.

The Code 130-R is a four-seat coupe. The Tru 140s is based off the same platform as the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended mileage.

Check out the new cars in this video:

Detroit Auto Show
11:13 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Michelin Man takes a break for a rubdown

Michelin Man takes a break at the Detroit Auto Show for a chair massage.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

The 2012 North American International Auto Show opened to the media today. Journalists are scurrying about the Cobo Center in Detroit working to cover the flashy unveilings of new model cars.

It can be tough. Especially if you’re the Michelin Man. I caught the big fella getting a rubdown. The massage therapist said his upper traps were really tight.

It looks like whoever is in that suit might be really hot, but there's a bit of technology to the rescue here. The suit had a little battery powered fan on the side to keep the occupant cool.

Detroit Auto Show
11:05 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Chrysler unveils 2013 Dodge Dart, company says it gets 40+ mpg

The unveiling of the new 2013 Dodge Dart at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

Chrysler is using this year’s Detroit auto show to debut something pretty novel for that company: a compact car.

The Dodge Dart represents Chrysler’s first real foray into the compact market since its effective merger with the Italian automaker Fiat.

Reid Bigland is President of the Dodge brand. He says the Dart represents a true blend of Fiat and Chrysler’s traditional strengths.

“Quite simply, it is groundbreaking. It has a world-class architecture, the DNA of an Alpha-Romeo, with the unmistakable presence of a Dodge,” said Bigland.

Bigland says the Dart will make its debut in showrooms this spring with a price tag of just under $16,000.

Detroit Auto Show
8:12 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque wins 2012 North American Truck of the Year award

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque won the 2012 North American Truck of the Year award.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

It doesn't really look like a "truck" in the traditional sense, but neither did the other two finalists for the "Truck of the Year" award (the BMW X3 and the Honda CR-V - see photos above). These are more SUV or Crossover vehicles.

But, the government classifies them as trucks, so trucks they are.

The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque took the 2012 North American Truck of the Year award. The award was announced this morning at the Detroit Auto Show.

This is the third time a European automaker has won the "Truck of the Year" award in the 19-year history of the award (domestic automakers have won it 12 times and Japanese automakers have won it four times).

Andy Goss, the president of Jaguar Land Rover of North America, said the company is excited about the award and plans to "market the hell out of it."

The award is judged by 50 automotive journalists. One juror, Frank Aukofer of Driveways, was quoted as saying "there's only one totally new vehicle in this class, which should not even be classified as a truck. It's the Range Rover Evoque. It would be my top choice except for its high price and laggard multipurpose touch-screen, which reacts in slow motion. Nevertheless, it's an entirely new direction for Land Rover, more a sports-car hatchback than off-road basher."

In it's review, Car and Driver asks "Can style rule in a utilitarian realm?"

That’s the $43,995 question riding the broad shoulders of the smallest-ever Range Rover, the Evoque. To be accurate, it’s the $43,995 to $53,895 question, if we include all the trim levels. That lofty base-price range makes the thesis issue—the preeminence of style as a purchase motivator for SUVs—critical to this Range Rover newbie. A matter of life and death, even.

Detroit Auto Show
7:52 am
Mon January 9, 2012

What to watch for at the North American International Auto Show

On the floor of the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit, 2008.
Corvair Owner Flickr

Media preview days have begun at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Michigan Radio'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.

Detroit Auto Show
7:48 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Hyundai Elantra named 2012 North American Car of the Year

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra won the North American Car of the Year award. It's the second time the Korean automaker has won the award.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has been named the 2012 "North American Car of the Year" by a jury of 50 automotive journalists.

The announcement was made at the Detroit Auto Show this morning.

To be eligible for the award, a car model must have gone through a significant redesign from previous model years and be expected to have reasonable sales numbers in North America.

The U.S. News "Best Cars" report says this of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra:

Most members of the automotive press agree that the 2012 Hyundai Elantra outshines many of its competitors because it’s well-rounded. For example, the Elantra has high fuel economy ratings of 29/40 mpg city/highway, and unlike the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze, shoppers don’t need to upgrade to higher trims to get those figures.

According to the North American Car and Truck of the Year website, the 50 jurors judged the car on things such as "value for the dollar, innovation, handling, performance, safety and driver satisfaction." 

The other two finalists in the North American Car of the Year Award were the 2012 Volkswagen Passat and the 2012 Ford Focus (see photos in slideshow above).

The award has been given out for the last 19 years. This is the second time the  Korean automaker, Hyundai, has won the award.

The Hyundai Genesis won in 2009.

More from the NACTOY website:

Domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year ten times. European automakers have won four times, Japanese automakers have won three times. A Korean automaker – Hyundai - has won once.

Prior to announcing the award at the Detroit Auto Show, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took the stage to highlight the success of the restructuring of Chrysler and General Motors. The "Big Three" U.S. automakers (GM, Ford, and Chrysler) have returned to profitability for the first time since 2004.

LaHood said the cars here at the Detroit auto show represent the return of the American automakers.

Auto
5:47 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Deal inked to keep auto show in Detroit through 2017

Detroit will hang on to the North American International Auto Show for at least another five years.

The deal signed today by auto show and Cobo Center officials should reverse years of suggestions that show sponsors might take their business elsewhere.

"It is our way of saying: 'Detroit, we are with you,'" said Bill Perkins, chairman of the 2012 show. 

A regional authority took control of Cobo away from the city two years ago. The move paved the way a $278 million renovation of the aging facility. Perkins says those renovations will put the facility on par with other top global venues, "helping us to maintain our position on the world auto stage as the show at which to introduce new and exciting vehicles."

The 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.

The show opens to the public January 14.

Detroit Auto Show
6:59 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Attendance up at the Detroit Auto Show

Attendence is up at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year
Jdpowers65 Flickr

Attendance is up at the North American International Auto Show so far this year, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Freep says:

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.

The show, at Detroit's Cobo Center, is open until Sunday.

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