Blogs from the Detroit auto show

Why tomorrow's sports cars will have mixed pedigree

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 20
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The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
RICHARD TRUETT:  DETROIT -- I’m at the North American International Auto Show sitting in the snug, black leather driver’s seat of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata -- the top-selling, two-seat convertible sports car of all time. First, I can tell you the MX-5 Miata looks better in the flesh than it does in pictures. The photos I’ve seen make the car look like one of those angry kitchen applia ...
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Auto show vet longs for toy cars and comes up with thumb drives

Posted 2:08 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 15
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Toy cars like this Mini Cooper are rare now at auto show, but popular -- and pricey -- on EBay.
JEFF GREEN :  DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- My fondest moments covering auto shows, after jostling with my peers at press briefings, have been collecting the swag -- toy cars, clocks, hats, even chairs emblazoned with logos of new models. I’m sorry to report, that era is over. At the preview to this year’s Detroit auto show, which runs until Jan. 25, I got my hands on exactly one toy car -- a 4- inch-lon ...
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How will the newest metal in Detroit hold up in the used market?

Posted 2:12 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 15
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The Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe: A good omen for the brand's use-vehicle prices down the road. (BLOOMBERG)
ARLENA SAWYERS:  DETROIT -- When analysts who examine used vehicles and establish prices for them look at an all-new or redesigned car or pickup, they study exterior styling, engine specs and technical innovations. The also weigh factors such as price, incentives, competitors and deliveries to rental fleets. The idea is to get an idea of how a vehicle’s value and consumer demand will hold up when it is sold ...
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Save up -- the future is a hungry beast

Posted 11:57 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
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Honda's FCV Concept vehicle -- powered by the company's newest full cell -- on display this week in Detroit.
JESSE SNYDER:  Anywhere on the Detroit auto show floor you can see healthy automakers branching out. The exhibits bulge with new technologies and more introductions as companies’ product-development cadences speed up. Automakers expanding into new segments. A spate of fresh and attractive products. Tons of specialty models, from green plug-ins to thirsty exotics with 500, 600, even 700 horsepower. Call i ...
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Downtown development mogul Gilbert sees missed opportunities with Detroit auto show

Posted 9:58 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
blogs Bill Shea covers marketing and media issues for Crain's Detroit Business, an affiliate of Automotive News.
 
DETROIT -- Real estate mogul Dan Gilbert, the key player in the revival of downtown Detroit, thinks more can be done with the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center. Just what more, he’s not saying or doesn’t yet know. There are missed opportunities to create an even bigger, Detroit-centric event around the auto show, he said, moments after helping present the Robb Rep ...
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Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

Posted 8:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
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Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche believes that during this decade there will be Mercedes-Benz cars with assistance programs that can take over driving on the highway -- first without the ability to pass, then with it -- as well as the ability to park the vehicle after the driver has exited. (BLOOMBERG)
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:  Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road. Musk said that in five years or less the technology will be advanced enough for fully autonomous driving to be a reality. Then it will take another two to three years to: 1) Prove that self-driving cars are safe. 2) Draw up the rules to regulate autonomous dri ...
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So what is a Bentayga?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
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The Bentley SUV -- then named EXP 9 F -- when it was introduced at the Geneva auto show in March 2012. (BLOOMBERG)
BRADFORD WERNLE:  DETROIT -- When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. This is the German company that dreamed up the Touareg, named for the nomadic Tuareg people of North Africa, and Tiguan, a combination of the words tiger and iguana. Both wear the Volkswagen brand. They’re the sort of names that send journalists scrambling to Google for a quick spell ch ...
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GM takes long view with Chevrolet Bolt EV

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
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With the Bolt, GM can remove the battery pack and replace it with the fuel cell without having to design a fuel cell vehicle from the wheels up.
RICHARD TRUETT:  DETROIT -- That General Motors rolled out a battery-powered electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt, at the Detroit auto show on Monday should be no surprise.   Some think the Bolt is GM’s way of raising a middle finger to Tesla, or at least slowing Elon Musk’s juggernaut. That likely isn’t why the Bolt exists, though it may accomplish both.   Yes, the Bolt provides GM wit ...
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So what is a Bentayga?

Posted 11:17 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
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The Bentley SUV -- then named EXP 9 F -- when it was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012. (BLOOMBERG)
BRADFORD WERNLE:  DETROIT -- When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. This is the German company that dreamed up the Touareg, named for the nomadic Tuareg people of North Africa, and Tiguan, a combination of the words tiger and iguana. Both wear the Volkswagen brand. They’re the sort of names that send journalists scrambling to Google for a quick spell ch ...
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Drones fly at Ford and stir up drama

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
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(VICTOR GALVAN)
NICK BUNKLEY:  DETROIT -- There’s drone drama at the Detroit auto show. Ford Motor Co. is delivering toy models of its F-150 Raptor by drone, but the city’s fire marshal briefly grounded the stunt. And after some people didn’t like the drone flying throughout the stand, its flight path was restricted to an area in which no one would be underneath. Meanwhile, General Motors put in a ...
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Honda's latest take on personal mobility

Posted 3:40 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
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VINCE BOND JR.:  The mobility movement that’s spreading across the industry isn’t limited to city streets. Honda unveiled the UNI-CUB today, a lithium ion powered personal mobility device built for hallways rather than expressways. The project stems from Honda’s r&d program for mobility products. Honda spokeswoman Robyn Eagles, who was zipping around the stage with ease on a UNI-CUB, called ...
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Can a 'driver's car' brand mission and driverless tech coexist?

Posted 11:17 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
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RICHARD JOHNSON:  DETROIT -- If your calling card is “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” what do you do when the machines drive themselves? How can you reconcile autonomous vehicles with your brand’s deep-rooted mission? BMW design director Karim Habib conceded the problem a few minutes after taking a look at the pilot-less “F 015 Luxury in Motion” on rival Mercedes-Benz’s stand her ...
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Top dealers dish on their show favorites

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
blogs Jamie LaReau covers the automotive retail beat for Automotive News.
 
DETROIT -- The outgoing National Automobile Dealers Association chairman, Forrest McConnell, and the incoming one, Bill Fox, share a passion: the Acura NSX supercar. “It’s just spectacular,” McConnell said Monday at the Detroit auto show after Acura unveiled a production version of the NSX. The brand’s long-awaited halo car, based on the original NSX that was discontinued ...
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The cars at the auto show are not for sale, but other stuff is

Posted 9:48 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
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The Shinola watches on display at the show start at $475 and top out at $1,500.
JAMIE LAREAU:  DETROIT -- I like to shop. So when I saw some bling on the concourse in Detroit’s Cobo Center, I took a detour from my auto show duties. Meet Shinola. For those unfamiliar with the company, it was founded in 2011 in Detroit. It has quickly become known for modern-looking, high-quality, America-made products. It makes handcrafted watches, bicycles, leather goods and journals. The watches on ...
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Why Jaguar's founder would love the F-Pace

Posted 12:25 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
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So far only a partial shot of the F-Pace has been released. The crossover will be available in major global markets starting next year.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:  Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum believes that company founder Sir William Lyons would approve of the first crossover in the automaker’s 80-year history. Callum said that Lyons, above all, was an innovator, so he thinks European Automotive Hall of Fame member would love the F-Pace’s “sportiness and pragmatism.” “He would think it’s absolutely right,” Ca ...
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Ford GT to get featured in Forza Motorsport 6 game

Posted 7:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
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Ford crafted the aerodynamic GT with carbon fiber and packed it with a next-generation Ecoboost engine. (BLOOMBERG)
VINCE BOND JR.:  The exotic Ford GT looks like it was built for a video game. Its wide base, bold lines and low stance are unapologetic features that seemingly came from the imagination of a gamer gone mad. So it’s no surprise that the GT will grace the cover of the newly announced Forza Motorsport 6, the flagship racing title of the Xbox One game console. If the hype from the GT’s Detroit auto show ...
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Volvo CEO Samuelsson details U.S. agenda, 'e-ordering'

Posted 11:46 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson, with the XC90 in Detroit on Monday, is anxious to improve things in the U.S., where the company's sales slipped 8 percent. He says Volvo will be consigned to “regional brand” status unless it can get going in America. (REUTERS)
RICHARD JOHNSON:  Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson didn’t exactly deny a report from China on Sunday that the Swedish brand is considering a U.S. assembly plant, but he wasn’t quite embracing it either. The Reuters report cited unnamed executives at Geely, which owns Volvo. When asked about it Sunday night, Samuelsson suggested that the idea was premature for a company that sold just 56,000 units last year i ...
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Love the displays, but where's the color?

Posted 4:38 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
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Gaze down the long aisle of luxury brands, for example. What pops? The yellow triangle on the tip of the Smart logo, like an illuminated canary against the night sky. (BLOOMBERG)
JESSE SNYDER:  DETROIT -- Every year, auto show displays get better -- yet somehow less distinctive. This Detroit auto show is chock full of lavish, well-conceived and well executed backdrops specifically designed to show off each manufacturer’s latest products. Everybody on the main floor here obviously thought “Go big or go home.” Each individual display shines on its own. And yet, I’ ...
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Ford's GT: 'Nobody knew this was coming'

Posted 11:46 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
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Only a small number of people had seen or even heard about the Ford GT before it was revealed.
NICK BUNKLEY:  While most big auto show unveilings are leaked or telegraphed ahead of time, Ford Motor Co. kept its GT supercar mostly a surprise until this morning’s introduction in Detroit. That’s because even within Ford, only a small number of people had seen or even heard about the GT before it was revealed. “Nobody knew this was coming,” Ford sales analyst Erich Merkle said as he ...
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Why the Buick Avenir is a pleasant surprise

Posted 10:37 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
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Reuss: Buick "is absolutely ready for it." (GM)
MIKE COLIAS:  DETROIT -- I don't like surprises. And it's a good thing for me that automakers don't much, either. Most of the vehicles revealed at auto shows today break cover before the wraps formally come off onstage. For the ones that don't, the companies are kind enough to give us automotive journalists the photos and details so we can write our stories ahead of time. So I was mildly annoyed when Buick's ...
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Why Nissan's overhauled Titan falls short of the mountaintop

Posted 9:15 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
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RICHARD TRUETT:  DETROIT -- By now you’ve seen the new Nissan Titan pickup that debuted today at the North American International Auto Show here. But even if you haven’t, you have. That’s because it has Ford F-150 DNA stamped all over it, from the three horizontal indentations in the grille that recall Ford’s three-bar grille, to the shape of the chamfered headlights to the doglegs in the ...
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Why the growth in U.S. luxury sales gets tricky

Posted 7:59 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
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Millenials are less impressed by luxury logos and traditional measures like exclusivity and status, says Steve Krause of Ipsos MediaCT. Millenials define luxury more by uniqueness, innovation and excellence in design, he said. (DAVID PHILLIPS)
JESSE SNYDER:  Luxury automakers can expect their niche to expand. But reaching customers will get harder as Millenials increasingly enter the market. A Society of Automotive Analysts conference Sunday before the Detroit auto show press days was all about the changing U.S. luxury auto market. Lots of data and insight from several speakers, but the takeaway was dead simple. Luxury customers ain’t what the ...
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Honors for the 'people behind the cars'

Posted 9:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
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Bob Lutz on stage and behind a rostrum -- yet again -- in Detroit on Sunday.
JACLYN TROP:  DETROIT -- A young, stylish and energetic crowd poured into Detroit's Orchestra Hall on Sunday night for the MAIN Event 20, the de facto kick-off for the North American International Auto Show. The event, sponsored by Ford Motor Co. and now in its fifth year, celebrates the "people behind the cars" by honoring students, automotive executives and Detroit's design community. Other sponsors include ...
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Meet Infiniti's new 'halo' car: the Q60 Concept coupe

Posted 6:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
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Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas, calls the coupe the halo for Nissan’s luxury marque.
HANS GREIMEL:  DETROIT -- Infiniti finally has its much anticipated halo car. But it’s not the massive, performance-engined Porsche Panamera fighter once bandied about by brand executives. Instead, it's the production coupe going on sale next year that will be based on the new Q60 Concept unveiled Sunday on the eve of the Detroit motor show press days. Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas ...
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Buick stand goes from crickets to glitz under Aldred's direction

Posted 6:30 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
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Buick: Thinking big and differently with all-new 2015 Detroit auto show stand. (VICTOR GALVAN)
MIKE COLIAS:  DETROIT -- A year ago, just before Duncan Aldred took over as the head of Buick-GMC from his previous post at GM's Vauxhall brand, he visited the auto show here. He didn't like what he saw. The Buick stand, as Aldred remembers it, was like a sleepy backwater. Tucked in a corner between a line of supplier displays and Chevrolet's glitzy exhibit, there might as well have been crickets chirping fro ...
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