Confessions of a NACTOY judge: 2016 edition
Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
The 2016 Volvo XC90, winner of the North American Truck of the Year, is inspected by a few journalists Monday at the Detroit auto show. (REUTERS)
DETROIT -- By now you know the winners of the North American Car and Truck of the Year are the redesigned Honda Civic and Volvo XC90.
I am a member of the jury that selects the NACTOY award winners each year. The end of the process is usually one we jurors dread. Though it is fun to test drive all of the candidates, when it gets down to the finalists, any vehicle could win because they are all wo ...
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Why it was no surprise that Ford had no surprises
Posted 11:17 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Lincoln chief Kumar Galhotra today revealed the new Continental sedan, but the most notable aspect of the car is that it looks just like the concept shown last year. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)
A year ago, the Ford GT was the surprise star of the Detroit auto show. Ford Motor Co. has a much lower-key presence in this year’s show.
Even the GT itself is oddly hard to find. Instead of putting it front and center, where it would be certain to attract a nonstop gaggle of onlookers, Ford hid the GT on the second level of its new stand, along with the rest of its performance lineup.
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Why the Buick Avista is a long shot for production
Posted 3:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
China isn't much of a coupe market, casting doubts on the Avista's long-term prospects. (REUTERS)
DETROIT -- For the second straight Detroit auto show, Buick pulled a surprise -- this year, it's the Avista 2+2 coupe concept -- that has put it on many people’s most buzzworthy lists.
But with this latest tease -- last year’s was the svelte Avenir sedan concept -- the questions are growing louder about whether Buick is serious about adding any of this sexy sheet metal ...
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RIP David Bowie: Thin White Duke once sang of Detroit's iconic car brands
Posted 3:43 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
| Bill Shea covers marketing and media issues for Crain's Detroit Business, an affiliate of Automotive News.|
My heart broke when I read the news on Twitter at 5 a.m. today: David Bowie is dead at age 69 after 18 months of fighting cancer.
The Thin White Duke is gone. Ziggy Stardust has returned to his home planet.
Obituary writers and fans will strain their thesauruses to find enough superlatives for Bowie and his work and style. Genius. Trendsetting. Elegant. Ethereal. Cool. Suave. Funky. Cosmic. Orig ...
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For 2016, some growth, but watch out
Posted 7:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Jesse Snyder is opinion page editor at Automotive News.
It’s wonderful to be starting an expected seventh straight year of U.S. auto sales growth. The record 17.5 million light vehicles sold in 2015 were a remarkable 7.1 million more than in 2009 and the six consecutive years of gain is a string unmatched since the 1920s.
But here’s the rub. The longer the string, the bigger the gains, the more likely the unknowns are to turn around and bi ...
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Ghosn on why Renault-Nissan really needs 2 CEOs
Posted 10:23 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 4. (REUTERS)
DETROIT -- Globetrotting Carlos Ghosn, the time-zone traveling dual CEO of France’s Renault SA and Japan’s Nissan Motor Co., is no stranger to the misery of jet lag -- splitting his time between Europe and Asia -- and everywhere in between.
But what time trip really sets his head spinning?
“The worst jet lag is Tokyo-New York or Tokyo-Detroit,” Ghosn said of the two Easte ...
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A 56K-era taste of Lincoln's new luxury sedan
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 8
This picture, which recently appeared on Ford Inside News, is in the trademark low-angle, front-three-quarter style that Lincoln (and Ford) use on their shopping websites.
Do not adjust your monitor; do not check your Internet connection. This is our first look at the Detroit auto show-bound, production-spec 2017 Lincoln Continental, rendered in dialup-era pixilated glory.
Sorry about that.
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DETROIT -- When I opened the charging door on the passenger side of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid crossover, I found a charging port and a large empty space covered with a flat slab of plastic.
The charging port is the same SAE-standard version I have on my Chevrolet Volt. The empty space? That’s where a large CHAdeMO port should have been.
CHAdeMO is a high-speed direct-cur ...