Detroit Auto Show

Huey Lewis to headline Detroit show's charity preview

The Detroit auto show has found its headliner. Huey Lewis and the News will perform following the auto show’s annual Charity Preview on Jan. 15 at Cobo Center in Detroit, show organizers said today. “An Evening with Huey Lewis and the ... 2:01 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16

Maserati readies Levante SUV for Detroit unveiling, reports say

Maserati will unveil a production-ready version of the Levante SUV at the Detroit auto show in January ahead of a production start in March, according to reports. The Levante will give Maserati a foothold in a rapidly growing segment for luxury ... May 8, 2015 10:07 European CT

Buick's showstopper spans 2 hemispheres

How does a concept car go from drawing board to show stand? Most start with a couple-hundred-word design brief, explaining what executives are looking for, how it fits the brand, the size, the concept, the platform … The brief for the ... 11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10

Why auto show display design is tricky

DETROIT -- Automakers and suppliers spent an estimated $300 million building out displays for this year's Detroit auto show.   During last week's media preview, Crain's Detroit Business chatted with Scott Kellner, vice president of marketing ... 3:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21

Via Motors targets annual sales of 50,000 plug-in hybrid trucks

DETROIT -- VIA Motors Inc. a closely held assembler of plug-in hybrid pickups, expects to sell 50,000 vehicles per year by 2018, Chairman Bob Lutz said in an interview. VIA's plug-in pickups and delivery vans, like the Chevrolet Volt, have a ... 9:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15

When the Motor City becomes Startup City

DETROIT -- Metro Detroit, the automotive capital of the world, ironically isn’t a hotbed for mobility upstarts, but several efforts are under way in the auto industry to help develop more transportation startups -- and improve the ... 3:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15

Nissan close to eliminating EV range anxiety with longer range, exec says

DETROIT -- Nissan Motor Corp. is very close to eliminating range anxiety with its next-generation electric vehicle battery, Chief Planning Officer Philippe Klein said. “We don’t need that much to get out from the basic range anxiety, ... 4:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14

Ford will limit aluminum mostly to trucks, Hinrichs says

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. isn’t planning to use much aluminum beyond trucks because the benefits for other vehicles aren’t as compelling, a top executive said today. Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said the company ... 9:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14

Seinfeld upends Acura's Super Bowl ad for NSX

DETROIT -- No supercar for you! At least, not until Jerry Seinfeld takes a test drive. The comedian famous for his eponymous 1990s television show about nothing surprised reporters this week with an endorsement for a new model on the floor of the ... 12:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14

Bentley Bentayga may receive a smaller SUV sibling

DETROIT -- The first Bentley Bentayga SUV isn't even out yet, but the company is already mulling more SUVs for its lineup, according to Auto Express. The British luxury automaker will debut Bentayga toward the end of the year, but Bentley ... 12:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 | UPDATED: 1/14/15 12:47 pm ET - adds link to ANE story

The 5 most important models at the 2015 Detroit auto show

With more than 40 production cars and concepts introduced, there is no shortage of interesting and noteworthy coupes, sedans and light trucks this week at the Detroit auto show. Everything -- from electric vehicles to fuel cells and pickups and ... 11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13

How NSX morphed into U.S.-built twin-turbo monster

DETROIT -- When engineers at Honda Motor Co. pitched the idea of a revived NSX sports car to President Takanobu Ito, it was just a few weeks after Japan’s March 11, 2011, earthquake. The appetite for pricey exotic cars was understandably ... 2:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Lincoln MKX grabs page from MKC

DETROIT -- The redesigned Lincoln MKX being unveiled today takes much of the same formula that led to a successful first year for the MKC crossover and applies it to a larger package, at a time when utility vehicles are booming. Lincoln says the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Ram Rebel takes dramatic styling turn with beefier off-road appearance

DETROIT -- The hot-selling Ram pickup lineup will expand to 10 trim versions this year with the addition of the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel, featuring dramatically different exterior styling, bigger tires and off-road ready equipment. The Rebel features a ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Ford, Acura revive supercar wars topping $150,000 and 500 hp

DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- A supercar showdown has broken out on the floor of the Detroit auto show. Ford Motor Co.’s glistening blue GT sports car and Honda Motor Co.’s racy red Acura NSX hot rod generated buzz at the opening media day of ... 7:58 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Porsche considering plug-in 911, Maier says

DETROIT -- Porsche is looking closely into adding a plug-in hybrid version of its iconic 911 sports car, the company’s top sales and marketing executive said Tuesday at the Automotive News World Congress here. The company already offers a ... 4:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Ram 1500's highway mpg rises to 29

DETROIT -- Next stop 30 mpg? Ram has added a bit more daylight between the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Ford’s redesigned lightweight F-150 in the highway fuel economy race. At the Detroit auto show today, Ram officials said they re- ... 1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13 | UPDATED: 1/13/15 3:59 pm ET - adds details

This is not your standard Shelby Cobra

DETROIT -- A new kind of Shelby Cobra graced the Detroit auto show floor this week. The twist? It was 3-D printed. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a partner of Local Motors -- the company that 3-D printed a ... 4:17 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Nissan, seeking wider audience, retools Titan top to bottom

DETROIT -- With three engines -- including a Cummins diesel V-8 -- two frame sizes and three bed lengths, the redesigned Titan coming this fall is Nissan Motor Corp.’s ambitious new push to become a true contender in the tough full-size pickup ... 8:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/15 9:00 am ET

VW Golf and Ford F-150 win North American Car and Truck of the Year awards

DETROIT -- The Volkswagen Golf and Ford F-150 were named 2015 North American Car and Truck of the Year today by a panel of automotive journalists. The Golf (TSI, TDI and GTI) faced the Ford Mustang and the Hyundai Genesis for the car award, while ... 7:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/15 7:41 pm ET - adds reactions, history

Toyota Tacoma takes on more off-road swagger, luxury

DETROIT -- Toyota is giving its Tacoma more off-road swagger and nodding to young buyers in a bid to keep the compact pickup atop a segment that just got a lot more competitive. The automaker calls the redesigned 2016 model unveiled today at the ... 1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Next Alfa, due in June, will be a sedan, might be a Giulia

DETROIT -- Alfa Romeo’s second completely redesigned vehicle in its $6 billion brand overhaul will be a sedan that might carry the historic Giulia nameplate, top executives with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hinted Monday. Speaking to reporters ... 5:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Ford resurrects GT midengine supercar

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is resurrecting the GT midengine supercar as a 600-plus hp demonstration of the performance side of its EcoBoost engine technology. The car, slated to go on sale in the second half of 2016, is designed to rev up excitement ... 10:47 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/15 11:30 am ET - adds link

Hyundai eyes 'adventurers' with Santa Cruz concept

DETROIT -- Hyundai Motor Group, seeking to broaden its appeal in truck-crazy markets such as the U.S., today unveiled the genre-bending Santa Cruz concept as a possible sketch of a future crossover. Hyundai’s crossover concept features a ... 3:28 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Hyundai gets into EV game with Sonata plug-in

DETROIT -- The next Chevrolet Volt will have Korean competition. Today at the Detroit auto show, Hyundai revealed its first battery-powered vehicle: a plug-in hybrid version of the Sonata midsize sedan that will go on sale this year. Hyundai said ... 2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Acura seeks track cred with new NSX

DETROIT -- Acura revealed the production version of its NSX sports car at the Detroit auto show today, touting it as an engineering showcase and a significant step in its strategy to reassert itself as a luxury performance brand. As part of that ... 12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/15 12:32 pm ET - adds pricing, link

Chevy Bolt EV production expected in 2017

DETROIT -- General Motors today revealed the concept Bolt electric vehicle, a hatchback with a 200-mile range that is headed for production as GM seeks to cement its leadership position in vehicles with plugs. A source with knowledge of the ... 9:09 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/15 10:22 am ET - new story

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider coming to North America -- but just 400 a year

DETROIT -- There about as many words in this short story as there will be 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spiders available to dealers to sell in the United States each year. Only 400 or so of the hand-built, lightweight, midengine coupes with removable tops ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Bentley to call new SUV the Bentayga, attracts 4,000 preorders

DETROIT -- Bentley has announced the name of its first-ever SUV, to be revealed later this year. It will be called the Bentley Bentayga. Wolfgang Duerheimer, CEO of Bentley Motors, told a press conference today that the name has three sources of ... 3:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Titan designer finally got her chance to improve pickup

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Redesigning the Nissan Titan has been on Diane Allen’s mind ever since she designed the first one. That was back in 2002, when Allen led the California design team to put Nissan into the full-size pickup market in ... 8:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Volvo sees two new sedans helping it rebuild U.S. sales

DETROIT -- Volvo debuted two new sedans today: its Chinese-made S60 Inscription and S60 Cross Country. Lex Kerssemakers, senior vice president for product strategy and vehicle line management at Volvo Cars, said the vehicles, along with the all-new ... 5:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Chevy extends all-new Volt's EV range a third to 50 miles

DETROIT -- The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will go about 50 miles on an electric charge, up from 38 on today's model, as General Motors looks to broaden the plug-in hybrid's appeal beyond environmentalists and tech geeks. The 2016 Volt, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/15 8:09 am ET

Detroit truck man Diaz sees opportunity in Titan now -- and then

NASHVILLE -- Nissan’s full-size Titan pickup is one of the lowest-selling nameplates in the brand’s lineup. Last year, Nissan’s U.S. retailers sold almost 27 Altimas for every Titan that left their lots. So why is Fred Diaz so ... 8:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Local Motors brings its 3-D car factory to Detroit

DETROIT -- In rectangular space on the Detroit auto show floor about the size of an extended van, Local Motors is using a 3-D printer to create the body of its Strati car in about 44 hours. In a few days, the Strati, which means "layers" in Italian, ... 4:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/15 5:54 pm ET - adds photo, quotes

Buick hints at flagship sedan with Avenir concept

DETROIT -- Buick unveiled the Avenir concept, a lithe large sedan that gives a glimpse of a possible future flagship for the brand. The Buick Avenir -- French for "future" -- features a long hood, Buick's signature "sweep spear" crease along the ... 7:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11 | UPDATED: 1/11/15 8:19 pm ET

VW readies crossover blitz to help revive U.S. fortunes

DETROIT -- Volkswagen is mobilizing an SUV and crossover offensive over the next few years to strengthen its presence in those fast-growing segments and revive the VW brand’s sagging U.S. sales. A long-wheelbase Tiguan crossover assembled in ... 8:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Mercedes-Benz to sell C350 plug-in hybrid in U.S. in fall

Mercedes-Benz will begin U.S. sales of the C350 plug-in hybrid this fall. The new car is one of 10 plug-in hybrids Mercedes will be launching through 2017, said Thomas Weber, Daimler AG board member for group research and Mercedes-Benz car ... 8:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11

2 diesel Range Rovers coming to U.S. this fall

Land Rover will offer a diesel engine in two Range Rover models this year and across its entire lineup in several years. The two vehicles are debuting at the Detroit auto show. They go on sale this fall. The 2016 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport ... 6:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Jaguar's first crossover, the F-Pace, to hit U.S. in 2016

DETROIT -- Jaguar will enter the cutthroat luxury crossover segment in 2016 with the new F-Pace. Jaguar was due to confirm today at a press briefing on the eve of the Detroit auto show that it will build the five-door crossover. It will compete ... 10:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Mercedes GLE coupe takes on BMW X6 for SUV buyers seeking curves

DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- Mercedes-Benz, which pioneered the luxury offroader with the boxy G-class 36 years ago, is now adding curves to its SUV lineup with the new GLE coupe. The mid-sized crossover, which featured today at the Detroit auto show, ... 8:46 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Buick goes topless with Cascada

DETROIT -- Buick is getting its first convertible since the Reatta 25 years ago, an effort to inject some fun into a lineup that’s been rebuilt with a stable of core models. On the eve of the auto show here, Buick unveiled the 2016 Cascada, a ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 | UPDATED: 1/11/15 8:49 pm ET

Ultra-luxury brands, 3-D car, get star treatment in Detroit

DETROIT -- With stock markets hitting new highs last year and household wealth on the rebound, it’s a good time to be a purveyor of high-end luxury cars and supercars. So it’s no surprise that more than 500 guests from all corners of ... 3:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Honda supercar father Ito misses rebirth as recalls sully NSX debut

TOKYO (Bloomberg) -- Honda Motor Co. President Takanobu Ito will be a notable no-show in Detroit next week when he sends company deputies to unveil a new version of the high-end supercar that helped catapult him into the top job. Ito, 61, whose ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10

GM plans all-electric Chevy Bolt with 200-mile range

DETROIT -- General Motors plans to introduce by 2017 an electric car that will travel about 200 miles on a single charge, a person with knowledge of GM's plans said. GM will show a concept of the EV, the Chevrolet Bolt, at the Detroit auto show on ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 | UPDATED: 1/10/15 3:58 pm ET - adds details

Audi aims for BMW's luxury crown with product blitz

Audi will kick off one of the most aggressive two-year model expansions in the luxury-car industry at the Detroit auto show as the German marque closes in on BMW, which sold a record of more than 2 million cars last year. After narrowing No. 1 BMW ... 1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10

GMC Canyon gets new Nightfall special edition

The newly redesigned GMC Canyon already has a new special edition. The Canyon Nightfall will be offered on both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive SLE crew cab models and will come in Onyx Black. It will be available in the second quarter of 2015, ... 11:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9

Chevy energizes show display with large videos, more glitz

Chevrolet will bring new energy and plenty of stories to next week’s Detroit auto show with video on massive screens, flashy lighting and upbeat music. Its new display features six 20-foot-tall, transparent screens with coordinated lights ... 1:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9

Chinese automaker Guangzhou will tout autonomous hybrid, SUV

China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. will show an autonomous hybrid concept and an SUV at the Detroit auto show Monday afternoon. The autonomous concept, called the Witstar, is powered by a battery and a gasoline engine. The car’s ... 12:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9

Volvo will show S60 Cross Country in Detroit

Volvo will debut the S60 Cross Country at the Detroit auto show. Volvo has increased the sedan’s ride height by 2.5 inches and added all-wheel drive. The S60 Cross Country will go on sale in the United States this summer. It is similar to ... 11:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8 | UPDATED: 1/8/15 5:49 pm US ET - adds gallery

Lexus to unleash GS F sedan in Detroit

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the number of Lexus models to carry the brand's high-performance F designation. An F performance version of the Lexus GS sedan will make its world debut at the Detroit auto show, ... 11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6 | UPDATED: 1/6/15 1:55 pm ET

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