An unidentified man sporting a camera on his head visits the Mercedes Benz exhibit. Nifty and novel ways to carry, mount and operate cameras are the rage at this year's show.
How many cells does it pack?
Posted 9:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
A fuel cell stack engineered and manufactured by Honda Motor Co. undergoes a close inspection on the show floor. The 2015 industry preview -- dominated by suppliers and the engineering community -- began Wednesday at the show.
Tale of the tape
Posted 3:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
A journalist measures the cargo area of the redesigned Audi Q7, with the third-row seats folded down.
Can we swing by Subaru?
Posted 6:14 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Two police officers guide bomb-sniffing canines past exhibits during the second day of press previews at the show Tuesday.
Auto show swag: 2015 Edition
Posted 4:51 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
A look at all the swag, digital media kits, thumb drives and other material distributed and collected by journalists during the show this week at Cobo.
Posted 2:49 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
The undercarriage and drivetrain componentry featured on Ford's 2015 Mustang draws a small group of onlookers Tuesday.
Posted 2:35 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Honda's UNI-CUB B personal mobility device draws a crowd during a demonstration Tuesday.
Marchionne in the House of Land Rover
Posted 1:11 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne scopes out the new diesel-powered Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 on the floor Tuesday. On the future of one of FCA's noted brands, Marchionne had this to say: "Ferrari has all the elements to be considered a luxury-good manufacturer. What we should do with the listing is to entirely develop that notion."
Lincoln's new chief hits the stage
Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Kumar Galhotra, the longtime Ford engineer and product development executive who took the reins of Lincoln last summer, reporting directly to Ford CEO Mark Fields, helped unveil the redesigned Lincoln MKX on Tuesday.
A new coupe for Infiniti
Posted 10:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Roland Krueger, president of Infiniti Motors, from left, Alfonso Albaisa, executive director of design for Infiniti, and Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president for design at Nissan Motor Corp., with Infiniti's latest concept -- the Q60 coupe -- after its introduction Tuesday.
Ram gets some swagger
Posted 10:15 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
The latest Ram pickup -- the Rebel -- is unveiled Tuesday with assistance from Bob Hegbloom, president and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram Truck brand. Raising the ante in the big pickup fuel-economy wars, FCA officials said Tuesday they re-certified a version of the Ram EcoDiesel pickup, bumping the fuel economy from 20 mpg city to 21 mpg and from 28 mpg highway to 29 mpg. The truck's combined rating has also climbed 1 mpg to 24 mpg. Ford’s highest rated F-150 is the 2.7 EcoBoost model rated at 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 combined. General Motors' 2015 Chevrolet Silverado V-6 has EPA ratings of 18 mpg city, 24 highway and 20 mpg combined.
Posted 8:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Shutterbugs swarm Infiniti's Q60 Concept after its unveiling today. The premium sports coupe will go into production in 2016.
The general and 2 lieutenants gather at FCA
Posted 9:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, from left, Jeep CEO Mike Manley and Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo North America, before the Ram presentation Tuesday.
Nifty Acura NSX press kit hits eBay
Posted 8:21 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Acura introduced the production version of the NSX on Monday at the North American International Auto Show and the spiffy press kit already is for sale. It features a metal model of the car along with a jump drive with all the photos and press materials. Three of the four kits listed on eBay sold Monday for prices ranging from $85 to $199. Two more kits were available on eBay Tuesday morning.
Morning leaflets with a message
Posted 7:51 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
A labor organizer from the UAW's international headquarters in Detroit greeted auto show visitors Tuesday morning with leaflets criticizing labor practices at Nissan Motor Corp.'s assembly plant in Canton, Miss. The UAW has been attempting to organize the Canton plant for the past year. The union is critical of Nissan's use of temporary workers at the plant, a common practice across the industry. On Monday, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn unveiled a new-generation 2016 Titan pickup that will be produced in Canton.
The Gov and the CEO
Posted 10:05 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Ford CEO Mark Fields shows off the Ford GT supercar -- making note of its more than 600 hp from an EcoBoost engine -- to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. The politician has been hobbled by an injury sustained after a workout, and toured the show floor in a golf cart.
Nissan's shifter shifts
Posted 1:17 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
One change on the new Nissan Titan that's near and dear to many American drivers: More room in the center console for "everyday storage" and other stuff. To do this, Nissan abandoned the gated shifter (pictured at left) on the outgoing pickup in favor of a column setup. Gary Schoenborn, a Nissan Technical Center manager, says the move came after considerable internal debate. The result, he says, is "largest in segment" storage space.
Cadillac torques up
Posted 12:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen introduces the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V -- the most powerful product in the brand's history -- Tuesday. It will launch in late summer with 640 horsepower, 630 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 200 mph. "Cadillac will only begin firing on all cylinders when we have fixed all the gaps in our product portfolio," de Nysschen told journalists.
Another fine interior
Posted 12:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
The redesigned Audi Q7 was unveiled Monday and CEO Rupert Stadler got behind the wheel to showcase the SUV's finely tuned interior cabin -- a specialty of the German luxury brand year in and year out.
What's that racket?
Posted 4:47 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
The steady noise from the Local Motors booth, where a car is being 3-D printed, attracts passers-by -- and annoys folks stationed at neighboring booths. It's not as loud as a car alarm, but equally persistent.
James B. Treece
Driving the point home
Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
While BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch sees some value in autonomous vehicles, he noted Monday: "A BMW is chosen because people want to have fun getting from point A to point B. How can they have fun if they're being driven?”
NHTSA's new chief on tour
Posted 1:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Mark Rosekind, the newly confirmed administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, visited the Volvo booth Monday as part of his first auto show tour as NHTSA chief.
Coming soon from China
Posted 3:16 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Here's a landmark car you may have missed on the show floor -- the first China-built model to be sold in the United States by a major brand. Volvo's S60 Inscription, a long-wheel base version of the brand's top-selling sedan, arrives in June. That's months earlier than expected. Project leader Alexander Petrofski says the S60 has been extended by 3.15 inches between the B and C pillars to provide Volvo sedan shoppers with the extra rear seat legroom they've been asking for. On the stand, Volvo doesn't proclaim that the Inscription is built at its plant in Chengdu, China. But Petrofski said: "We're not trying to hide it."
Sonata -- now with a battery-powered option
Posted 3:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Hyundai Motor Company Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun, left, and Hyundai Motor America CEO and President Dave Zuchowski introduce the Sonata plug-in hybrid Monday. It's the first battery powered model from Hyundai.
GAC: Back on the Detroit stage
Posted 4:32 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
China's Guangzhou Automobile Group deployed two models to help unwrap the GAC GS4 SUV during its world debut Monday at the North American International Auto Show.
Big VW eyes on Volt
Posted 1:49 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Martin Winterkorn, chairman of Volkswagen AG's board of management, pays a visit to the Chevrolet stand to inspect the redesigned Volt plug-in hybrid on Monday.
Hyundai rethinks the El Camino
Posted 3:04 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Hyundai signaled it may offer a pickup, or something with a bed, down the road with the unveiling of the Santa Cruz concept today.
It's back - Scion's swag dispenser
Posted 2:47 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
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Scion's swag machine is back again, offering gifts and encouraging media to post something on Instagram about the brand. Separately, Toyota staff were asking reporters to show them a photo of the redesigned Tacoma pickup taken on the reporter's phone before handing over digital press kits about the pickup.
James B. Treece
Ford GT lights up social media
Posted 2:53 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
The Ford GT appeared to generate the most buzz on social media after its debut today, with multiple images and video shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “Bill Ford.” “#FordNAIAS” and “Ford GT” were among the top 10 trending topics on Twitter at various points this morning.
It's all about the angle
Posted 2:16 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
The newest Toyota Tacoma attracts some photogs and videographers in search of the perfect money shot.
Hyundai brass inspects a rival
Posted 1:12 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
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Hyundai Motor Co. Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun is spotted checking out the 2015 Toyota Camry on Monday.
Zetsche grabs the wheel
Posted 12:26 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche strikes a pose for the media from the front seat of a Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Sport Coupe after its debut Sunday. Mercedes said separately on Sunday it will place a plug-in hybrid drivetrain in the C-class sedan for the first time to outflank rival BMW’s 3 series on fuel efficiency.
Posted 11:37 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
The ultimate camera spot for the world premiere of the BMW 6 series
Keeping time with Lincoln
Posted 11:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Shinola, the Detroit bicycle and luxury watchmaker, is displaying its wares at the show this year. The company has a display on the upper level of Lincoln's booth on the show floor. And Shinola has a second display on the Cobo concourse. A Shinola official said the company is permitted to sell its products from the pop-up shop booth in the corridor outside Hall A. At the Lincoln booth, Shinola is showing several bicycles, including a bicycle built for two, otherwise known as a tandem. Shinola is offering tours of its Detroit manufacturing operations to auto show attendees including complimentary shuttles from Cobo Monday through Wednesday. And Shinola will host meet and greet sessions with Grand Prix drivers Arie Luyendyk Jr. at 1 p.m. Monday and with Will Power at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Let's go racing, Mustang style
Posted 10:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Raj Nair, product development chief for Ford Motor Co., introduces the Shelby GT 350R, a limited-production performance Mustang that will be available this year. It's being billed as "the most track-ready, road-going production Mustang ever built."
Really big show guys
Posted 1:18 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Forrest McConnell, left, 2014 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, walks the NAIAS floor with his successor, Bill Fox. The gavel will be passed at next week’s NADA convention in San Francisco.
Behind the wheel
Posted 10:45 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Martin Winterkorn, chairman of Volkswagen AG's board of management, behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept. On Sunday, Winterkorn pledged the Volkswagen brand will have the best and most attractive SUV portfolio ever in its U.S. showrooms.
VW upends Ford
Posted 7:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, left, and Heinz-Jakob Neusser, head of powertrain development at Volkswagen Group, hold the North American Car of the Year award given to the Volkswagen Golf on Monday. Some observers predicted the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang would take home the honor, giving Ford a sweep of the annual car and truck awards.
Posted 12:29 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller poses next to the Porsche 911 Targa GTS during its world premiere Monday.
Seinfeld's in the house of Acura
Posted 1:04 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Acura General Manager Mike Accavitti share a laugh after the 2015 Acura NSX supercar was unveiled Monday. One of the first occasions the new Acura NSX was seen publicly was in a commercial that featured Seinfeld battling to get the first new NSX, eventually losing to fellow comedian Jay Leno.
Plugging a hole
Posted 10:45 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Heinz-Jakob Neusser, head of powertrain development for Volkswagen Group, on the stand after the VW Cross Coupe GTE concept vehicle was unveiled Monday. The Cross Coupe GTE, a sporty crossover, would fill a notable hole in VW's lineup and, VW hopes, help lift its flagging U.S. sales.
Ford's blue wall
Posted 9:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
A giant blue video wall with important instructions greeted journalists waiting for the Ford press conference to begin Monday inside Joe Louis Arena -- home of the Detroit Red Wings. Ford and supplier DowAksa said Monday they will accelerate joint research to develop high-volume manufacturing techniques for automotive-grade carbon fiber -- striving to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.
Alfa hatches 4C Spider
Posted 9:05 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Alfa Romeo USA chief Reid Bigland helped unveil the 4C Spider and disclosed that some 1,000 engineers will be working on development for the Italian brand by the end of 2015.
We both win
Posted 9:06 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Hours after the Ford F-150 was named North American truck of the year, workers at the Chevrolet Colorado display remind the world that General Motors' new midsize pickup didn't go unrecognized this year. The Colorado was named Motor Trend Truck of the Year.
Krishnan M. Anantharaman
Ghosn and Titan: Act II
Posted 8:15 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn did the honors Monday when the Japanese automaker introduced the redesigned 2016 Titan full-size pickup.
At Chevy, Bolt joins the Volt
Posted 7:45 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
The Chevrolet Bolt electric concept car, left, and redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, rear, receive a formal introduction Monday by General Motors CEO Mary Barra.
A Volt reunion
Posted 7:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
GM CEO Mary Barra poses for a photo with current Volt owners ahead of the unveiling of the second-generation plug-in hybrid. GM invited 50 Volt owners from around the country to attend Monday's introduction.
Dressed in red
Posted 7:45 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
The redesigned 2016 Nissan Titan sits covered before its official unveiling Monday at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Big win for revamped F-150
Posted 7:50 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Joe Hinrichs, head of the Americas for Ford Motor Co., accepts the North American Truck of the Year award given to the redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup today.
Detroit's other exporter
Posted 6:29 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
It's not just cars and light trucks in Detroit this week at Cobo Center. Shinola, the city's other, newly famous exporter, is back again peddling its signature, American-made wares -- luxury watches and bicycles.
For Buick, support from a key partner
Posted 12:13 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
SAIC Motor President Chen Zhixin, left, and SAIC Chairman Chen Hong, center, join General Motors President Dan Ammann for the unveiling of the Buick Avenir concept vehicle Sunday in Detroit. SAIC, China's largest automaker, is a longtime GM joint-venture partner throughout Asia. Buick delivered 919,582 vehicles in China last year, up 14 percent, easily topping the brand's U.S. volume.
A fan of the Volt from D.C.
Posted 9:55 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
The crowds checking out the redesigned Chevrolet Volt and all-electric Bolt concept included U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat. Carper, who’s worked on legislation to push EVs as a member of the Senate’s environment committee, was accompanied by his son.
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