News broke late yesterday that the organizers behind the North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit Auto Show, are making an announcement late this month regarding moving the 2020 show to either June or October from January. Either way, the show is definitely moving dates – it’s just not sure whether it will be to the summer or the fall. The reasoning for the move that I keep seeing in news reports is that an exodus of foreign manufacturers is making the Detroit Area Dealers Association – the group that organizes the show – re-think the show’s timing. In addition, the thinking is that perhaps a larger festival can be arranged around the show, and a summer show makes outdoor test drives and events (which have been offered in Detroit and are also offered at the Chicago Auto Show in February) more appealing. A move also gets NAIAS away from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CES takes place around the same time as NAIAS most … [Read more...] about QOTD: Is Moving the Detroit Auto Show a Good Thing?
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There’s only one more North American International Auto Show to go before America’s premier automotive event trades its bitter winter winds for temperate climes. After months of rumor and speculation, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association — the organization behind the show — declared Thursday that it will no longer hold the event in January. After the 2019 show, journalists will no longer be able to watch icebergs form on the Detroit River. Historically, the Detroit show kicked off in winter to boost a slow sales period, with would-be buyers encouraged to think warm thoughts about new cars. The show’s date remained frozen in January for at least half a century. As competing shows, off-site reveals, and the proliferation of digital media tossed wet blankets on NAIAS from every direction, diminishing the show’s prestige. After the 2018 event, numerous major automakers pulled out, though perhaps on a temporary basis. Organizers reached the … [Read more...] about Detroit Auto Show Organizers Make It Official: January’s History
The North American International Auto Show been a January tradition for decades but, in the face of declining participation, the event is changing dates. An official announcement is scheduled for July 24th but the Detroit News is reporting the Detroit Auto Dealers Association has decided to move the event to either June or October. The change will take place in 2020 and the DADA released a promotional video showing what fans can expect. The clip doesn’t reveal much but it suggests the show will offer a handful of new outdoor activities. As you can see, there’s an off-road driving course near the entrance of Cobo Center and a larger track located on top of the center’s parking garage. A new date hasn’t been officially announced but it appears Cobo Center may have let the cat out of the bag early. According to WXYZ, they released a statement saying “With our recent $279 million renovation, we are confident that we can accommodate the requirements needed for … [Read more...] about Detroit Auto Show Reportedly Moving To June Or October
Hoping to restore some of the event’s lost relevance, the organizers behind the North American International Auto Show will soon decide whether to move the Detroit carfest to a more palatable month. The Detroit Auto Dealers Association began looking at ways to boost interest earlier this year, following Mercedes-Benz’s announcement that it would not attend the 2019 show. Not long after that, BMW said it also planned to take a pass. Bleeding automakers and facing a growing threat from digital media, the event’s increasingly grim situation called for desperate measures. It’s now looking like next year’s show will indeed be the last one staged in January. However, General Motors has its own idea for how to spruce up the show — one that involves the entire city. In an email to The Detroit News, DADA implied a move to October would lead to reduced labor and set-up costs. Also, the Cobo Center’s HVAC system wouldn’t get the same strenuous … [Read more...] about Detroit Auto Show Organizers Leaning Towards an October Date, but GM Wants June
The RAV4 is a big money maker for Toyota, especially in the U.S. With sales exceeding that of popular models like the Corolla, Highlander and Tacoma, it’s easy to see why the Japanese automaker can’t afford to get it wrong with its top-seller in the States. To further stress the importance of the American market, Toyota decided to reveal the RAV4’s fifth generation not in Geneva, but in the New York Auto Show that’s coming up in a few days. As is often the case with such vehicles, lots of info has already been leaked, and the company itself released a single teaser image which, however, shows just a dark shape and nothing more. So we gathered all we know about it to let you know what to expect from the new RAV4. The Looks Go From Inoffensive To Aggressive All previous generations were designed to please most of the customers without offending anyone, so they were hard to fault, but they were far from exciting. That is about to change with the 2019 model, which … [Read more...] about 2019 Toyota RAV4: Everything We Know From Specs, News To Renders And Teasers (Updated)
BMW is joining German rival Mercedes-Benz and pulling out of the Detroit auto show. The North American International Auto Show in Detroit was hit hard last month with the exit of Mercedes-Benz as an exhibitor. “BMW Group has decided to withdraw from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit,” the company said Friday. “This decision was made as BMW Group is constantly examining our presence at trade-shows and other engagements, while, at the same time, also exploring alternative platforms and formats. The overall goal is to communicate our ideas and plans regarding future mobility in the best way and achieve the greatest possible visibility for our products, technologies and innovations.” The decision by BMW to pull out of the annual January show comes as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association contemplates moving the show to October starting in 2020, and recasting it as a less-expensive show that is more focused on products and technology. The … [Read more...] about BMW pulls out of Detroit Auto Show
Ram took the wraps off the all-new 1500 at the Detroit auto show a few weeks back, unveiling plenty of substantial under-the-skin updates along with the fresh looks. The completely redesigned truck now boasts a mild-hybrid system to provide extra torque when needed, along with plenty of extra towing and payload capacity.There is a lot to see before it goes on sale at the end of March -- that's just weeks away -- so we've rounded up the most important bits you need to know. 1. The powerThe 1500's base engine is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 paired with the eTorque mild-hybrid system producing 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, but those in need of greater performance can pick the trusty Hemi 5.7-liter V8, good for 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Both are paired with TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions. Both engines feature variable valve timing, but the Hemi comes with the added fuel economy benefit of cylinder deactivation. With this Fuel Saver Technology system, as Ram calls … [Read more...] about 2019 Ram 1500: 7 (more) things to know
Richard Truett, Automotive News' powertrain savant, design connoisseur and all-around engineering go-to guy, jumped up on just about every stand, thought and pondered and scratched his head, changed his mind a couple of times and came up with a list of 2018 Detroit auto show hits and misses. We're republishing his take on things to add to our own analysis. HIT: Ram 1500It's easy to imagine Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boss Sergio Marchionne giving his truck team a blank check and this order: "Spend whatever it takes to make the best pickup you can, using all available technology at our disposal."Nearly everything is new from the wheels up. Weight is down by about 200 pounds, though the truck is 9 inches longer. The frame is stiffer, the brakes stronger and the body smoother. The powertrains are updated and upgraded.Inside is where the Ram design team really stands out. An available 12-inch screen with eye-poppingly clear graphics. Most of the materials on the seats, dash and doors are … [Read more...] about 2018 Detroit auto show: Hits and misses
Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) is the latest and best-positioned Chinese automaker with plans for sales in the U.S. Days after GAC showed off a sample of its lineup at the Detroit auto show, including a sub-brand that is (fortunately or unfortunately) named Trumpchi, the automaker and its home country's trade policies faced criticism from U.S. politicians.Reuters reports that Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y, argued on the Senate floor on Wednesday of this week that Chinese trade rules as they apply to cars are "manifestly unfair, and a typically unfortunate example of China’s rapacious trading policies."Schumer's arguments stem from the fact that Chinese-built automobiles would face a 2.5 percent tariff, while cars exported from the U.S. to China face a 25 percent tariff. This is why many U.S. automakers that sell cars in the Middle Kingdom build them there, including Buick, which has a much larger lineup in China than in the U.S. and now exports one model to the U.S.The White House … [Read more...] about Will Chinese automaker GAC’s U.S. ambitions run into political headwinds?
This is the Detroit auto show, right? So where are the concept cars -- the crazy, cool, or maybe clunky and clumsy experimental vehicles we used to have so much fun either faulting or falling in love with?Isn't Detroit supposed to positively detonate with ideas? If Tokyo's concepts were wacky and Geneva's gaudy, Detroit's were always brawny and brazen; head-turners like the Cadillac Sixteen.Where are the Cadillac and Chevy concepts of days gone by? Or maybe something fun and fashionable from Ford. Yes, Jeep does its Moab concepts each year, but why not some kind of conversation starter in Detroit, like the Gladiator of 2005?Nissan and Infiniti gave us two real concepts -- the Nissan Xmotion and the Infiniti Q Inspiration -- so a tip of the hat to the group's new design chief, Alfonso Albaisa.Lexus gave us the LS-1 Limitless, and Chinese maker GAC trotted out the Enverge crossover concept as it prepares to cross over the Pacific to our shores.Of course, all-out concept vehicles have … [Read more...] about Where are the cool concept cars in Detroit?