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2010 North American International Auto Show

Your guide to the NAIAS's hottest cars, trucks and concepts.

by on Jan.13, 2010

Now the public will get a chance to view the latest cars, trucks, concepts and crossovers.

The press days are over, and there’s plenty to read about from the 2010 North American International Auto Show.  Find out who had the hot cars, trucks, concepts and crossovers.  See who’s planning to start hiring, now that sales are picking up again.  And see why GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz says the customer isn’t always right. was there for all the news conferences and debuts.  We met with leading newsmakers like Chrysler’s Sergio Marchionne, and Daimler AG’s Dieter Zetsche.  And we have the scoop on who’s making news.

Here’s your complete source for the round-up on the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

You’ll find links to all our coverage after the break: (more…)

First Look: Volkswagen New Compact Coupe

VW prepares product blitz.

by on Jan.11, 2010

The VW New Compact Coupe features a lithium-ion-powered full hybrid drivetrain.

You may have trouble keeping up with Volkswagen in the months to come.  The German maker, now one of the world’s largest, has been steadily ramping up its product offerings, in recent years, and promises the biggest blitz yet for 2010.

What company officials are describing as “power year” begins at the 2010 North American International Auto Show with the launch of the New Compact Coupe.


Like the well-reviewed Volkswagen CC, the New Compact Coupe aims to create a stylish coupe-like exterior with “the interior roominess of a sedan,” says Walter da Silva, Volkswagen’s global design director.


First Look: 2011 SMS 620 Camaro

Steve Saleen takes aim at the Camaro.

by on Jan.10, 2010

2011 Saleen 620 Camaro

Steve Saleen give the 620 Camaro a thorough makeover -- and up to 715 horsepower.

One thing you can say about Steve Saleen: he has eclectic taste.  The one-time race driver has made a career of tweaking and tuning a variety of high-performance muscle cars, and even built his own supercar, the Saleen S7.

Now, with an all-new company, he’s back and taking aim at the current king of the pony car segment, the Chevrolet Camaro.


Saleen’s new company, SMS Supercars, will use the 2010 North American International Auto Show as backdrop for the unveiling of its latest ultra-performance model, the SMS 620 Camaro.  The third offering from the Corona, California tuner, it rounds out a line-up that has already taken on the Dodge Challenger, with the SMS 570, and Ford’s ever-popular Mustang, in the form of the SMS 460.


2010 Detroit Auto Show Preview

Big changes coming as auto show redefines itself.

by on Jan.08, 2010

Though media days have been cut back this year, expect some big news from the 2010 NAIAS, including the debut of Cadillac's new XTS flagship sedan.

Auto shows were already well established by the time Henry Ford rolled out his first Model T, more than a century ago, and the formula hadn’t changed much by the time the small, regional Detroit Auto Show morphed into the influential North American International Auto Show, two decades ago.

Arguably the world’s most important automotive event, the NAIAS typically draws more than 600,000 paying customers – along with as many as 5,000 members of the media, there to watch the unveiling of dozens of cars, trucks, crossovers and concept vehicles.

Auto Show Central!

But in an era of tight budgets – never mind the ubiquitous influence of the Internet – the auto show concept is facing some serious challenges.  One of the first things General Motors Chairman Ed Whitacre says he asked his staff, after assuming the additional post of Acting CEO, is, “Does the auto show sell cars?”


First Official Pics: 2011 Cadillac CTSv Coupe

Set for NAIAS debut next week.

by on Jan.05, 2010

The v-version of Cadillac's new 2011 CTS Coupe has the marque's most powerful engine ever.

The pics make it official.  As first reported, more than a month ago, Cadillac will introduce a new member of its performance v-Series line-up at next week’s North American International Auto Show, the CTSv Coupe.

The base Coupe hasn’t even hit the road yet, but the photos reveal some notable differences between the so called “base” car and performance version, starting with the chromed mesh grille that reportedly doubles the 2-door’s intake air volume.  You’ll also notice the raised center of the hood, which provides clearance for the supercharger, as well as dedicated new front and rear fascias.  The 2011 Cadillac CTSv Coupe’s rear track is an inch wider than the CTS sedan’s, giving it a more aggressive stance.

Like the standard-edition Cadillac CTS Coupe, the v-model’s exhaust is centered inside the rear fascia, but with unique twin outlets. The CTSv Coupe rolls out on 19-inch cast aluminum wheels, either painted or polished, with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 performance tires.  There are Brembo brakes at all four corners – six-piston calipers up front, four-piston calipers in the rear.


But what really matters is the fast-beating heart of the car, and the Cadillac CTSv Coupe shares its engine with the CTSv sedan, a 556-horsepower, supercharged V8.  The 6.2-liter powerplant makes a blinding 551 pound-feet of torque and is the most powerful engine ever offered by Cadillac.  The maker claims a 0 to 60 time of just 3.9 seconds, which puts it into supercar range.


First Look: 2011 Ford Mustang GT

The 5.0-liter returns.

by on Dec.28, 2009

The 5.0-liter V8 returns with the upcoming launch of the 2011 Ford Mustang GT

The pony wars are heating up.

For the first time in decades, the reborn Chevrolet Camaro is outselling the Ford Mustang.  But neither maker seems ready to settle in and accept the status quo.  While Chevy hopes to increase its appeal with the long-anticipated Camaro Convertible, Ford is putting a premium on performance hoping to out-muscle its cross-town competition and regain its position as pony car king-of-the-hill.

Ford pulled a rabbit out of its corporate hat at the Los Angeles Auto Show, revealing an all-new V6 pumping out an impressive 305 horsepower – and, equally impressive, 30 mpg on the highway.  Not all that long ago, that would have been a solid figure for the bigger, V8-powered Mustang GT.  So, with that in mind, the automaker is pushing into what, not that long ago would have been supercar territory, the 2011 Ford Mustang GT –which debuts at next month’s Detroit Auto Show — will pump out a solid 412 horsepower and a tire-spinning 390 pound-feet of torque.

Consider that the 1995 Mustang GT, which heralded the return of V8 power, made what was, at the time, the seemingly impossible 215 horsepower.  When the pony car was switched to the 4.6-liter eight-banger, in 1995, the numbers jumped to 300 hp and 320 lb-ft.


To get there, Ford engineers came up with an entirely new big-block engine, abandoning the unremarkable 4.6-liter powertrain for an all-new 5.0-liter V-8.  Yep, the big 5-point-0.  It’s the displacement Mustang has long been known for, says Bob Fascetti, who oversees large engine development at Ford, “but with the technology right for today.”

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Chrysler dives below the radar at Detroit show.

No fancy news events at the NAIAS; in fact no events at all.

by on Dec.23, 2009

Chrysler has a history of staging wild news events at the NAIAS. This year the automaker will be a no-show during press days.

Chrysler Group LLC has confirmed that it won’t host a press conference at the 2010 North American International Auto Show

Chrysler Group traditionally has used the annual Detroit Auto Show for some eye-catching – and expensive stunts – such as dropping a new Ram pickup from the Cobo Hall ceiling, smashing Jeeps through the conference center’s plate glass windows, staging a skit with leaping minivans and even, two years ago, staging a fake cattle drive, complete with cowboys, up busy Washington Boulevard, outside the exhibit hall.

Even in early 2009 when the company was living on federal aid, the company managed to display an array of high-tech concept cars driven by batteries instead of internal combustion engine.

For the first time ever, Chrysler does not plan to hold any kind of press event at the upcoming Detroit Show, spokesman Rick Deneau said.

No Bull!

“We are not going to have a press conference,” Deneau confirmed. “We wanted to be respectful of everyone’s time. Mr. Marchionne is a very practical guy.  We didn’t have anything to show,” he said, referring to Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler’s new chief executive officer.


Detroit Auto Show Adding “Electric Avenue”

Will feature nearly two dozen battery cars.

by on Nov.12, 2009

A variety of battery vehicles, possibly including the Audi e-Tron, will make an appearance on Electric Avenue, a new feature at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

A variety of battery vehicles, such as Audi's e-Tron, will appear on Electric Avenue, a new feature at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

The North American International Auto Show is getting charged up about electric vehicles.  The 2010 event, which opens to the public on January 16th, will feature a special, dedicated display of battery-powered vehicles, dubbed “Electric Avenue.”

“Electrification” has become one of the industry’s latest buzzwords, and battery cars have filled the floors at several recent auto shows, notably including September’s big event in Frankfurt, Germany, where the technology was shown on everything from minicars, like the Volkswagen e-Up, to high-powered sports cars, such as the Audi eTron.

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One recent industry study reported that as many as 40 or more battery-based vehicles – including hybrids, plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs – will debut in North America over the next three years.