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Volvo and the 'sweet hereafter'

Posted 12:59 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 30
blogs Dave Guilford is a news editor at Automotive News.
 
Excruciatingly long product lead times have always challenged automakers, who have to figure out what will sell four or five years hence. But they’re tough on dealers, too, who face lengthy product droughts while hearing -- literally for years -- about the really sweet stuff that’s on the way. Take Volvo, for instance. At the National Automobile Dealers Assoc ...
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Can Dodge rebuild Pontiac excitement?

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 27
DETROIT -- General Motors CEO Mary Barra, at the recent Automotive News World Congress, said the company doesn’t miss any of the brands that were discontinued during the company’s 2008-09 bankruptcy and restructuring -- Saturn, Saab, Hummer and Pontiac. You can take that to mean that none will ever be revived by GM, at least while Barra is in power. But that ...
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Why tomorrow's sports cars will have mixed pedigree

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 20
DETROIT -- I’m at the North American International Auto Show sitting in the snug, black leather driver’s seat of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata -- the top-selling, two-seat convertible sports car of all time. First, I can tell you the MX-5 Miata looks better in the flesh than it does in pictures. The photos I’ve seen make the car look like one of t ...
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Auto show vet longs for toy cars and comes up with thumb drives

Posted 2:08 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 15
DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- My fondest moments covering auto shows, after jostling with my peers at press briefings, have been collecting the swag -- toy cars, clocks, hats, even chairs emblazoned with logos of new models. I’m sorry to report, that era is over. At the preview to this year’s Detroit auto show, which runs until Jan. 25, I got my hands on exactly one ...
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How will the newest metal in Detroit hold up in the used market?

Posted 2:12 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 15
DETROIT -- When analysts who examine used vehicles and establish prices for them look at an all-new or redesigned car or pickup, they study exterior styling, engine specs and technical innovations. The also weigh factors such as price, incentives, competitors and deliveries to rental fleets. The idea is to get an idea of how a vehicle’s value and consumer demand wil ...
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Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

Posted 8:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road. Musk said that in five years or less the technology will be advanced enough for fully autonomous driving to be a reality. Then it will take another two to three years to: 1) Prove that self-driving cars are safe. 2) Draw up the rules t ...
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So what is a Bentayga?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
DETROIT -- When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. This is the German company that dreamed up the Touareg, named for the nomadic Tuareg people of North Africa, and Tiguan, a combination of the words tiger and iguana. Both wear the Volkswagen brand. They’re the sort of names that send journalists scrambling to Go ...
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Save up -- the future is a hungry beast

Posted 11:57 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
Anywhere on the Detroit auto show floor you can see healthy automakers branching out. The exhibits bulge with new technologies and more introductions as companies’ product-development cadences speed up. Automakers expanding into new segments. A spate of fresh and attractive products. Tons of specialty models, from green plug-ins to thirsty exotics with 500, 600, eve ...
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Downtown development mogul Gilbert sees missed opportunities with Detroit auto show

Posted 9:58 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
DETROIT -- Real estate mogul Dan Gilbert, the key player in the revival of downtown Detroit, thinks more can be done with the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center. Just what more, he’s not saying or doesn’t yet know. There are missed opportunities to create an even bigger, Detroit-centric event around the auto show, he said, moments after hel ...
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GM takes long view with Chevrolet Bolt EV

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
DETROIT -- That General Motors rolled out a battery-powered electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt, at the Detroit auto show on Monday should be no surprise.   Some think the Bolt is GM’s way of raising a middle finger to Tesla, or at least slowing Elon Musk’s juggernaut. That likely isn’t why the Bolt exists, though it may accomplish both.   Yes, ...
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Drones fly at Ford and stir up drama

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
DETROIT -- There’s drone drama at the Detroit auto show. Ford Motor Co. is delivering toy models of its F-150 Raptor by drone, but the city’s fire marshal briefly grounded the stunt. And after some people didn’t like the drone flying throughout the stand, its flight path was restricted to an area in which no one would be underneath. Meanwhile, ...
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Honda's latest take on personal mobility

Posted 3:40 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
The mobility movement that’s spreading across the industry isn’t limited to city streets. Honda unveiled the UNI-CUB today, a lithium ion powered personal mobility device built for hallways rather than expressways. The project stems from Honda’s r&d program for mobility products. Honda spokeswoman Robyn Eagles, who was zipping around the stage with ...
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Can a 'driver's car' brand mission and driverless tech coexist?

Posted 11:17 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
DETROIT -- If your calling card is “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” what do you do when the machines drive themselves? How can you reconcile autonomous vehicles with your brand’s deep-rooted mission? BMW design director Karim Habib conceded the problem a few minutes after taking a look at the pilot-less “F 015 Luxury in Motion” on rival Merced ...
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So what is a Bentayga?

Posted 11:17 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
DETROIT -- When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. This is the German company that dreamed up the Touareg, named for the nomadic Tuareg people of North Africa, and Tiguan, a combination of the words tiger and iguana. Both wear the Volkswagen brand. They’re the sort of names that send journalists scrambling to Go ...
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Top dealers dish on their show favorites

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
DETROIT -- The outgoing National Automobile Dealers Association chairman, Forrest McConnell, and the incoming one, Bill Fox, share a passion: the Acura NSX supercar. “It’s just spectacular,” McConnell said Monday at the Detroit auto show after Acura unveiled a production version of the NSX. The brand’s long-awaited halo car, based on the original ...
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The cars at the auto show are not for sale, but other stuff is

Posted 9:48 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
DETROIT -- I like to shop. So when I saw some bling on the concourse in Detroit’s Cobo Center, I took a detour from my auto show duties. Meet Shinola. For those unfamiliar with the company, it was founded in 2011 in Detroit. It has quickly become known for modern-looking, high-quality, America-made products. It makes handcrafted watches, bicycles, leather goods and ...
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Why Jaguar's founder would love the F-Pace

Posted 12:25 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum believes that company founder Sir William Lyons would approve of the first crossover in the automaker’s 80-year history. Callum said that Lyons, above all, was an innovator, so he thinks European Automotive Hall of Fame member would love the F-Pace’s “sportiness and pragmatism.” “He would think it’s ab ...
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Love the displays, but where's the color?

Posted 4:38 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
DETROIT -- Every year, auto show displays get better -- yet somehow less distinctive. This Detroit auto show is chock full of lavish, well-conceived and well executed backdrops specifically designed to show off each manufacturer’s latest products. Everybody on the main floor here obviously thought “Go big or go home.” Each individual display shines on it ...
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Ford GT to get featured in Forza Motorsport 6 game

Posted 7:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
The exotic Ford GT looks like it was built for a video game. Its wide base, bold lines and low stance are unapologetic features that seemingly came from the imagination of a gamer gone mad. So it’s no surprise that the GT will grace the cover of the newly announced Forza Motorsport 6, the flagship racing title of the Xbox One game console. If the hype from the GT& ...
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Ford's GT: 'Nobody knew this was coming'

Posted 11:46 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
While most big auto show unveilings are leaked or telegraphed ahead of time, Ford Motor Co. kept its GT supercar mostly a surprise until this morning’s introduction in Detroit. That’s because even within Ford, only a small number of people had seen or even heard about the GT before it was revealed. “Nobody knew this was coming,” Ford sales analyst ...
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Volvo CEO Samuelsson details U.S. agenda, 'e-ordering'

Posted 11:46 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson didn’t exactly deny a report from China on Sunday that the Swedish brand is considering a U.S. assembly plant, but he wasn’t quite embracing it either. The Reuters report cited unnamed executives at Geely, which owns Volvo. When asked about it Sunday night, Samuelsson suggested that the idea was premature for a company that sold just ...
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Why the Buick Avenir is a pleasant surprise

Posted 10:37 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
DETROIT -- I don't like surprises. And it's a good thing for me that automakers don't much, either. Most of the vehicles revealed at auto shows today break cover before the wraps formally come off onstage. For the ones that don't, the companies are kind enough to give us automotive journalists the photos and details so we can write our stories ahead of time. So I was mil ...
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Why Nissan's overhauled Titan falls short of the mountaintop

Posted 9:15 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
DETROIT -- By now you’ve seen the new Nissan Titan pickup that debuted today at the North American International Auto Show here. But even if you haven’t, you have. That’s because it has Ford F-150 DNA stamped all over it, from the three horizontal indentations in the grille that recall Ford’s three-bar grille, to the shape of the chamfered headlig ...
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Honors for the 'people behind the cars'

Posted 9:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
DETROIT -- A young, stylish and energetic crowd poured into Detroit's Orchestra Hall on Sunday night for the MAIN Event 20, the de facto kick-off for the North American International Auto Show. The event, sponsored by Ford Motor Co. and now in its fifth year, celebrates the "people behind the cars" by honoring students, automotive executives and Detroit's design community ...
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Why the growth in U.S. luxury sales gets tricky

Posted 7:59 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Luxury automakers can expect their niche to expand. But reaching customers will get harder as Millenials increasingly enter the market. A Society of Automotive Analysts conference Sunday before the Detroit auto show press days was all about the changing U.S. luxury auto market. Lots of data and insight from several speakers, but the takeaway was dead simple. Luxury custo ...
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Meet Infiniti's new 'halo' car: the Q60 Concept coupe

Posted 6:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
DETROIT -- Infiniti finally has its much anticipated halo car. But it’s not the massive, performance-engined Porsche Panamera fighter once bandied about by brand executives. Instead, it's the production coupe going on sale next year that will be based on the new Q60 Concept unveiled Sunday on the eve of the Detroit motor show press days. Michael Bartsch, vice presi ...
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Buick stand goes from crickets to glitz under Aldred's direction

Posted 6:30 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
DETROIT -- A year ago, just before Duncan Aldred took over as the head of Buick-GMC from his previous post at GM's Vauxhall brand, he visited the auto show here. He didn't like what he saw. The Buick stand, as Aldred remembers it, was like a sleepy backwater. Tucked in a corner between a line of supplier displays and Chevrolet's glitzy exhibit, there might as well have b ...
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For once, Detroit's dealers welcome Tesla

Posted 2:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
DETROIT -- Irony, sweet irony. For 10 days in January, throngs of car buffs will walk the floors of Cobo Center at the Detroit auto show, eager to see whatever catches their eye. Some of the heaviest crowds will likely be drawn by a company -- Tesla Motors Inc. -- that can’t even sell cars in Michigan because of lobbying from some of the very dealers who organize t ...
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Buick displaces broccoli

Posted 3:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
I live in the Lafayette Park section of downtown Detroit. It’s the largest collection of Mies van der Rohe architecture in the world, halfway between Greektown and Eastern Market. So on principle, I favor events at the auto show that call attention to the good things found in Detroit. Even if it means product replaces produce. On Saturday, I headed over to Eastern ...
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Volt led the way for today's plug-in hybrids

Posted 7:57 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 7
General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt team will no doubt be slammed during the Detroit auto show press days next week. The Volt-sters will have a lot to talk about as the second-generation Volt rolls out. GM has been teasing the advances in battery power, range and quietness. I’m guessing that GM made price reduction a priority, too -- but we’ll see. Neverthel ...
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