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North American International Auto Show, Part II: Double punch

North American International Auto Show, Part II: Double punch

Although the new Ford GT and Acura NSX were arguably the belles of this debutante ball, they weren’t the only headliners at the 2015 North American International Auto Show–or NAIAS, or even more colloquially, The Detroit Show–a 200 mph Cadillac sedan was hardly to be missed, nor the Audi Q7, more concepts–from Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Hyundai […]

January 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 North American International Auto Show, Part I: packing a punch

2015 North American International Auto Show, Part I: packing a punch

Once again, auto manufacturers brought a lot of eye candy to Cobo Center for the 2015 North American International Auto Show, fondly called NAIAS. By the time the snow had cleared, we saw 55 vehicle introductions, walked over 15 miles of convention center aisles and, according to the NAIAS website, drank thousands of bottles of […]

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Progressive International Motorcycle Shows: Goin’ With the Flo…

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows: Goin’ With the Flo…

While the rest of the small world known as ‘automotive media’ was packing its collective bag for the Detroit show, I was comfortably ensconced within the warm confines of Washington, DC’s Convention Center. There, most of what we regard as the North American motorcycle market was on display at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, irrespective […]

January 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ethanol is the new bad boy, but who’s to blame?

Ethanol is the new bad boy, but who’s to blame?

Ethanol, once the golden fuel of the sustainability/global warmists, ethanol has fallen out of favor of late. It’s expensive, has assorted negative ecological and human welfare impact, and even its “greenhouse gas” cred is dubious. So environmentalists, who were original proponents of ethanol-as-fuel, now must find a boogeyman for a little prophylactic blameshifting. Up against […]

January 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
Metrosexual? Nope. Next-gen 2016 Cadillac CTS-V hits 200 mph with 640 hp supercharged V-8

Metrosexual? Nope. Next-gen 2016 Cadillac CTS-V hits 200 mph with 640 hp supercharged V-8

Cadillac has taken a lot of heat about moving its headquarters to Manhattan and otherwise metrosexualizing the brand, but perhaps announcing that the next-generation Cadillac CTS-V will have a top speed of 200 mph is new Cadillac chief Johann de Nysschen having a Giuliani moment . Powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, the super sedans […]

December 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Long and Winding Kia Road: celebrating 20 years of success

The Long and Winding Kia Road: celebrating 20 years of success

There are a couple of automotive manufacturers celebrating milestone anniversaries this year: Lexus is one, and Kia is another. But while Lexus already had a strong presence in the U.S. with Toyota, Kia started from scratch. And what it has accomplished in 20 years is a testament to good management, hard work, and a firm […]

December 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
North American Car Of The Year: What If It’s Not A Car Of The Year?

North American Car Of The Year: What If It’s Not A Car Of The Year?

With Detroit’s auto show just around the corner, the buzz regarding the North American Car (and Truck) of the Year announcement is building, as that announcement is made – typically – in the opening minutes of the show itself. And lending support to that buzz is the posting of the North American Car of the […]

December 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ferrari leaving Italy? Say it ain’t so

Ferrari leaving Italy? Say it ain’t so

Would a Ferrari made anywhere but Italy still be a Ferrari? It’s a question that won’t have to be answered. While Jeep, Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s booming all-American icon, sees manufacturing spread overseas, Ferrari production as well as its tax residence will remain in Italy. Chrysler remains headequartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Fiat in Turin, […]

December 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Los Angeles Auto Show always has a surprise or two

Los Angeles Auto Show always has a surprise or two

Each year the Los Angeles Auto Show signals the beginning of the Auto Show season in the automotive industry. The L A show is the first major show that attracts key world and North American introductions for the international auto manufacturers. More recently it has also become the show that features alternative energy powered vehicles […]

December 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Buzz On/Buzz Off: Let buyers ‘delete option’ airbags?

Buzz On/Buzz Off: Let buyers ‘delete option’ airbags?

Airbags and the mandate: Can we please have some restraint? Airbags have been part of the automotive and legislative lexicon for more than a quarter century. And while not a big fan of an explosive device sitting but a few inches from my face, I have (begrudgingly) recognized their importance to both the public at […]

December 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
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