Notes from the Detroit auto show

When the new Tacoma just won't do

Posted 1:25 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 14
When the new Tacoma just won't do
(REUTERS)
 
An unidentified man sporting a camera on his head visits the Mercedes Benz exhibit. Nifty and novel ways to carry, mount and operate cameras are the rage at this year's show.

How many cells does it pack?

Posted 9:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
How many cells does it pack?
(BLOOMBERG)
 
A fuel cell stack engineered and manufactured by Honda Motor Co. undergoes a close inspection on the show floor. The 2015 industry preview -- dominated by suppliers and the engineering community -- began Wednesday at the show.

Tale of the tape

Posted 3:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Tale of the tape
(DAVE VERSICAL)
 
A journalist measures the cargo area of the redesigned Audi Q7, with the third-row seats folded down.
-- Dave Versical

Can we swing by Subaru?

Posted 6:14 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Can we swing by Subaru?
(REUTERS)
 
Two police officers guide bomb-sniffing canines past exhibits during the second day of press previews at the show Tuesday.

Auto show swag: 2015 Edition

Posted 4:51 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Auto show swag: 2015 Edition
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
A look at all the swag, digital media kits, thumb drives and other material distributed and collected by journalists during the show this week at Cobo.
-- Jack Walsworth

Close inspection

Posted 2:49 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Close inspection
(REUTERS)
 
The undercarriage and drivetrain componentry featured on Ford's 2015 Mustang draws a small group of onlookers Tuesday.

Look mom!

Posted 2:35 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Look mom!
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Honda's UNI-CUB B personal mobility device draws a crowd during a demonstration Tuesday.

Marchionne in the House of Land Rover

Posted 1:11 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Marchionne in the House of Land Rover
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne scopes out the new diesel-powered Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 on the floor Tuesday. On the future of one of FCA's noted brands, Marchionne had this to say: "Ferrari has all the elements to be considered a luxury-good manufacturer. What we should do with the listing is to entirely develop that notion."

Lincoln's new chief hits the stage

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Lincoln's new chief hits the stage
(REUTERS)
 
Kumar Galhotra, the longtime Ford engineer and product development executive who took the reins of Lincoln last summer, reporting directly to Ford CEO Mark Fields, helped unveil the redesigned Lincoln MKX on Tuesday.

A new coupe for Infiniti

Posted 10:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
A new coupe for Infiniti
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Roland Krueger, president of Infiniti Motors, from left, Alfonso Albaisa, executive director of design for Infiniti, and Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president for design at Nissan Motor Corp., with Infiniti's latest concept -- the Q60 coupe -- after its introduction Tuesday.
 

Ram gets some swagger

Posted 10:15 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Ram gets some swagger
(REUTERS)
 
The latest Ram pickup -- the Rebel -- is unveiled Tuesday with assistance from Bob Hegbloom, president and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram Truck brand. Raising the ante in the big pickup fuel-economy wars, FCA officials said Tuesday they re-certified a version of the Ram EcoDiesel pickup, bumping the fuel economy from 20 mpg city to 21 mpg and from 28 mpg highway to 29 mpg. The truck's combined rating has also climbed 1 mpg to 24 mpg. Ford’s highest rated F-150 is the 2.7 EcoBoost model rated at 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 combined. General Motors' 2015 Chevrolet Silverado V-6 has EPA ratings of 18 mpg city, 24 highway and 20 mpg combined.
 

Infiniti's moment

Posted 8:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Infiniti's moment
 
Shutterbugs swarm Infiniti's Q60 Concept after its unveiling today. The premium sports coupe will go into production in 2016.

The general and 2 lieutenants gather at FCA

Posted 9:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
The general and 2 lieutenants gather at FCA
 
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, from left, Jeep CEO Mike Manley and Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo North America, before the Ram presentation Tuesday.

Nifty Acura NSX press kit hits eBay

Posted 8:21 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Nifty Acura NSX press kit hits eBay
(RICHARD TRUETT)
 
Acura introduced the production version of the NSX on Monday at the North American International Auto Show and the spiffy press kit already is for sale. It features a metal model of the car along with a jump drive with all the photos and press materials. Three of the four kits listed on eBay sold Monday for prices ranging from $85 to $199. Two more kits were available on eBay Tuesday morning.
-- Richard Truett

Morning leaflets with a message

Posted 7:51 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Morning leaflets with a message
(LINDSAY CHAPPELL)
 
A labor organizer from the UAW's international headquarters in Detroit greeted auto show visitors Tuesday morning with leaflets criticizing labor practices at Nissan Motor Corp.'s assembly plant in Canton, Miss. The UAW has been attempting to organize the Canton plant for the past year. The union is critical of Nissan's use of temporary workers at the plant, a common practice across the industry. On Monday, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn unveiled a new-generation 2016 Titan pickup that will be produced in Canton.

The Gov and the CEO

Posted 10:05 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
The Gov and the CEO
 
Ford CEO Mark Fields shows off the Ford GT supercar -- making note of its more than 600 hp from an EcoBoost engine -- to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. The politician has been hobbled by an injury sustained after a workout, and toured the show floor in a golf cart.
-- Ryan Beene

Nissan's shifter shifts

Posted 1:17 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Nissan's shifter shifts
 
One change on the new Nissan Titan that's near and dear to many American drivers: More room in the center console for "everyday storage" and other stuff. To do this, Nissan abandoned the gated shifter (pictured at left) on the outgoing pickup in favor of a column setup. Gary Schoenborn, a Nissan Technical Center manager, says the move came after considerable internal debate.  The result, he says, is "largest in segment" storage space.

Cadillac torques up

Posted 12:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Cadillac torques up
(GM)
 
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen introduces the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V -- the most powerful product in the brand's history -- Tuesday. It will launch in late summer with 640 horsepower, 630 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 200 mph. "Cadillac will only begin firing on all cylinders when we have fixed all the gaps in our product portfolio," de Nysschen told journalists.

Another fine interior

Posted 12:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Another fine interior
(BLOOMBERG)
 
The redesigned Audi Q7 was unveiled Monday and CEO Rupert Stadler got behind the wheel to showcase the SUV's finely tuned interior cabin -- a specialty of the German luxury brand year in and year out.

What's that racket?

Posted 4:47 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
The steady noise from the Local Motors booth, where a car is being 3-D printed, attracts passers-by -- and annoys folks stationed at neighboring booths. It's not as loud as a car alarm, but equally persistent.
-- James B. Treece

Driving the point home

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Driving the point home
(DAVE VERSICAL)
 
While BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch sees some value in autonomous vehicles, he noted Monday: "A BMW is chosen because people want to have fun getting from point A to point B. How can they have fun if they're being driven?”
-- Dave Versical

NHTSA's new chief on tour

Posted 1:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
NHTSA's new chief on tour
(GABE NELSON)
 
Mark Rosekind, the newly confirmed administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, visited the Volvo booth Monday as part of his first auto show tour as NHTSA chief.

Coming soon from China

Posted 3:16 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Coming soon from China
(RICHARD JOHNSON)
 
Here's a landmark car you may have missed on the show floor -- the first China-built model to be sold in the United States by a major brand. Volvo's S60 Inscription, a long-wheel base version of the brand's top-selling sedan, arrives in June. That's months earlier than expected. Project leader Alexander Petrofski says the S60 has been extended by 3.15 inches between the B and C pillars to provide Volvo sedan shoppers with the extra rear seat legroom they've been asking for. On the stand, Volvo doesn't proclaim that the Inscription is built at its plant in Chengdu, China. But Petrofski said: "We'r‎e not trying to hide it."

-- Richard Johnson

Sonata -- now with a battery-powered option

Posted 3:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Sonata -- now with a battery-powered option
(REUTERS)
 
Hyundai Motor Company Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun, left, and Hyundai Motor America CEO and President Dave Zuchowski introduce the Sonata plug-in hybrid Monday. It's the first battery powered model from Hyundai.

GAC: Back on the Detroit stage

Posted 4:32 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
GAC: Back on the Detroit stage
(REUTERS)
 
China's Guangzhou Automobile Group deployed two models to help unwrap the GAC GS4 SUV during its world debut Monday at the North American International Auto Show.

Big VW eyes on Volt

Posted 1:49 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Big VW eyes on Volt
(URSULA ZERILLI)
 
Martin Winterkorn, chairman of Volkswagen AG's board of management, pays a visit to the Chevrolet stand to inspect the redesigned Volt plug-in hybrid on Monday.

Hyundai rethinks the El Camino

Posted 3:04 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Hyundai rethinks the El Camino
 
Hyundai signaled it may offer a pickup, or something with a bed, down the road with the unveiling of the Santa Cruz concept today.

It's back - Scion's swag dispenser

Posted 2:47 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
It's back - Scion's swag dispenser
(JAMES B. TREECE)
 
Scion's swag machine is back again, offering gifts and encouraging media to post something on Instagram about the brand. Separately, Toyota staff were asking reporters to show them a photo of the redesigned Tacoma pickup taken on the reporter's phone before handing over digital press kits about the pickup.
-- James B. Treece

Ford GT lights up social media

Posted 2:53 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Ford GT lights up social media
(REUTERS)
 
The Ford GT appeared to generate the most buzz on social media after its debut today, with multiple images and video shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “Bill Ford.” “#FordNAIAS” and “Ford GT” were among the top 10 trending topics on Twitter at various points this morning.
-- Omari Gardner

It's all about the angle

Posted 2:16 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
It's all about the angle
(REUTERS)
 
The newest Toyota Tacoma attracts some photogs and videographers in search of the perfect money shot.

Hyundai brass inspects a rival

Posted 1:12 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Hyundai brass inspects a rival
(JAMES B. TREECE)
 
Hyundai Motor Co. Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun is spotted checking out the 2015 Toyota Camry on Monday.

Zetsche grabs the wheel

Posted 12:26 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Zetsche grabs the wheel
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche strikes a pose for the media from the front seat of a Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Sport Coupe after its debut Sunday. Mercedes said separately on Sunday it will place a plug-in hybrid drivetrain in the C-class sedan for the first time to outflank rival BMW’s 3 series on fuel efficiency.

Vantage point

Posted 11:37 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Vantage point
(DAVID VERSICAL)
 
The ultimate camera spot for the world premiere of the BMW 6 series

Keeping time with Lincoln

Posted 11:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Keeping time with Lincoln
(BRADFORD WERNLE)
 
Shinola, the Detroit bicycle and luxury watchmaker, is displaying its wares at the show this year. The company has a display on the upper level of Lincoln's booth on the show floor. And Shinola has a second display on the Cobo concourse. A Shinola official said the company is permitted to sell its products from the pop-up shop booth in the corridor outside Hall A. At the Lincoln booth, Shinola is showing several bicycles, including a bicycle built for two, otherwise known as a tandem. Shinola is offering tours of its Detroit manufacturing operations to auto show attendees including complimentary shuttles from Cobo Monday through Wednesday. And Shinola will host meet and greet sessions with Grand Prix drivers Arie Luyendyk Jr. at 1 p.m. Monday and with Will Power at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
-- Bradford Wernle

Let's go racing, Mustang style

Posted 10:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Let's go racing, Mustang style
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Raj Nair, product development chief for Ford Motor Co., introduces the Shelby GT 350R, a limited-production performance Mustang that will be available this year. It's being billed as "the most track-ready, road-going production Mustang ever built."

Really big show guys

Posted 1:18 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Really big show guys
(DAVE VERSICAL)
 
Forrest McConnell, left, 2014 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, walks the NAIAS floor with his successor, Bill Fox. The gavel will be passed at next week’s NADA convention in San Francisco.

Behind the wheel

Posted 10:45 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Behind the wheel
(REUTERS)
 
Martin Winterkorn, chairman of Volkswagen AG's board of management, behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept. On Sunday, Winterkorn pledged the Volkswagen brand will have the best and most attractive SUV portfolio ever in its U.S. showrooms.

VW upends Ford

Posted 7:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
VW upends Ford
(REUTERS)
 
Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, left, and Heinz-Jakob Neusser, head of powertrain development at Volkswagen Group, hold the North American Car of the Year award given to the Volkswagen Golf on Monday. Some observers predicted the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang would take home the honor, giving Ford a sweep of the annual car and truck awards.

Red-hot Porsche

Posted 12:29 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Red-hot Porsche
(REUTERS)
 
Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller poses next to the Porsche 911 Targa GTS during its world premiere Monday.

Seinfeld's in the house of Acura

Posted 1:04 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Seinfeld's in the house of Acura
(REUTERS)
 
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Acura General Manager Mike Accavitti share a laugh after the 2015 Acura NSX supercar was unveiled Monday. One of the first occasions the new Acura NSX was seen publicly was in a commercial that featured Seinfeld battling to get the first new NSX, eventually losing to fellow comedian Jay Leno.

Plugging a hole

Posted 10:45 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Plugging a hole
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Heinz-Jakob Neusser, head of powertrain development for Volkswagen Group, on the stand after the VW Cross Coupe GTE concept vehicle was unveiled Monday. The Cross Coupe GTE, a sporty crossover, would fill a notable hole in VW's lineup and, VW hopes, help lift its flagging U.S. sales.

Ford's blue wall

Posted 9:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Ford's blue wall
(VINCE BOND)
 
A giant blue video wall with important instructions greeted journalists waiting for the Ford press conference to begin Monday inside Joe Louis Arena -- home of the Detroit Red Wings. Ford and supplier DowAksa said Monday they will accelerate joint research to develop high-volume manufacturing techniques for automotive-grade carbon fiber -- striving to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.

Alfa hatches 4C Spider

Posted 9:05 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Alfa hatches 4C Spider
 
Alfa Romeo USA chief Reid Bigland helped unveil the 4C Spider and disclosed that some 1,000 engineers will be working on development for the Italian brand by the end of 2015.

We both win

Posted 9:06 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
We both win
 
Hours after the Ford F-150 was named North American truck of the year, workers at the Chevrolet Colorado display remind the world that General Motors' new midsize pickup didn't go unrecognized this year. The Colorado was named Motor Trend Truck of the Year.
-- Krishnan M. Anantharaman

Ghosn and Titan: Act II

Posted 8:15 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Ghosn and Titan: Act II
(REUTERS)
 
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn did the honors Monday when the Japanese automaker introduced the redesigned 2016 Titan full-size pickup.

At Chevy, Bolt joins the Volt

Posted 7:45 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
At Chevy, Bolt joins the Volt
 
The Chevrolet Bolt electric concept car, left, and redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, rear, receive a formal introduction Monday by General Motors CEO Mary Barra.  

A Volt reunion

Posted 7:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
A Volt reunion
(MIKE COLIAS)
 
GM CEO Mary Barra poses for a photo with current Volt owners ahead of the unveiling of the second-generation plug-in hybrid. GM invited 50 Volt owners from around the country to attend Monday's introduction.

Dressed in red

Posted 7:45 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Dressed in red
(BLOOMBERG)
 
The redesigned 2016 Nissan Titan sits covered before its official unveiling Monday at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Big win for revamped F-150

Posted 7:50 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Big win for revamped F-150
(REUTERS)
 
Joe Hinrichs, head of the Americas for Ford Motor Co., accepts the North American Truck of the Year award given to the redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup today.

Detroit's other exporter

Posted 6:29 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Detroit's other exporter
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
It's not just cars and light trucks in Detroit this week at Cobo Center. Shinola, the city's other, newly famous exporter, is back again peddling its signature, American-made wares -- luxury watches and bicycles.

For Buick, support from a key partner

Posted 12:13 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
For Buick, support from a key partner
(REUTERS)
 
SAIC Motor President Chen Zhixin, left, and SAIC Chairman Chen Hong, center, join General Motors President Dan Ammann for the unveiling of the Buick Avenir concept vehicle Sunday in Detroit. SAIC, China's largest automaker, is a longtime GM joint-venture partner throughout Asia. Buick delivered 919,582 vehicles in China last year, up 14 percent, easily topping the brand's U.S. volume.

A fan of the Volt from D.C.

Posted 9:55 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
A fan of the Volt from D.C.
(GABE NELSON)
 
The crowds checking out the redesigned Chevrolet Volt and all-electric Bolt concept included U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat. Carper, who’s worked on legislation to push EVs as a member of the Senate’s environment committee, was accompanied by his son.
-- Gabe Nelson

The latest from Mercedes

Posted 10:18 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
The latest from Mercedes
 
Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche, left, and Daimler board members Thomas Weber, middle, and Ola Kallenius, right, were on hand Sunday evening to reveal the new Mercedes GLE 63 Coupe.

Smiles from Team GM

Posted 10:03 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Smiles from Team GM
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Dan Ammann, president of General Motors, from left, GM CEO Mary Barra, GM product chief Mark Reuss, and global design boss Ed Welburn, are all smiles -- perhaps happy to see 2014 end and indeed ready for a new year -- ahead of the introduction of two new Buick models -- the Cascada and Avenir -- on Sunday in Detroit.

Future and past

Posted 8:53 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Future and past
(DAVE VERSICAL)
 
GM product development chief Mark Reuss, left, and his father, Lloyd, share the Buick stand after the unveiling of the Avenir sedan on Sunday. The car was described by one designer as a concept that sets a new direction for the brand while remaining true to its heritage. Lloyd Reuss led Buick before becoming GM president.
-- Dave Versical

China is back in the house

Posted 2:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
China is back in the house
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
China's Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. exhibit draws a crowd Sunday on the Cobo Center concourse. The Chinese automaker is scheduled to show an autonomous hybrid concept, an SUV and this mystery car at the auto show on Monday.

Colorado's big moment

Posted 12:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Colorado's big moment
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
Workers install a giant banner ad for the Chevrolet Colorado -- Motor Trend's truck of the year -- on the side of the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center and hotel, across from Cobo Center on Sunday.

Buick's Avenir concept

Posted 7:40 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Buick's Avenir concept
 
Buick tonight showed off this new flagship concept called the Avenir, and touted the new grille design during the glitzy event in downtown Detroit's Eastern Market. GM CEO Mary Barra and all her top brass attended. 
-- Philip Nussel

Infiniti's new chief

Posted 5:47 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Infiniti's new chief
(DAVE VERSICAL)
 
Former BMW exec Roland Krueger has made his way to Detroit during his first few days on the job as Infiniti's global chief. His colleagues introduced the G60 coupe concept, slated to go on sale in production form next year, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Meeting dealers, he said, is high on his priority list.
-- Dave Versical

California dreamin'

Posted 7:41 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
California dreamin'
 
A Ferrari California T draws a few admirers Saturday night at The Gallery -- a private showcase of ultra-luxury cars and supercars -- at the MGM Grand Detroit.

In the queu

Posted 2:16 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
In the queu
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
Two Mercedes-Benz models, under the watch of two security officials, wait their turn to be escorted on to the show floor Sunday.

Broadcast media hive

Posted 1:47 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Broadcast media hive
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
NBC Sports' auto show nerve center has set up shop in the concourse at Cobo Center.

Analysts take the stage

Posted 1:37 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Analysts take the stage
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
The stage is set for the Society of Automotive Analysts' annual Outlook conference in the atrium at Cobo center Sunday afternoon. The 27th annual event is marking a first in recent history -- a focus on the U.S. luxury vehicle market. The finalists for North American Car and Truck of the Year -- Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis, Volkswagen Golf, Lincoln MKC, Chevrolet Colorado and Ford F-150 -- are also on hand.

Throne for a sports car

Posted 1:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Throne for a sports car
(GM)
 
It's no surprise what will be spinning on this turnstyle in the Chevrolet stand.

Chat with Nissan's CEO on Monday

Posted 5:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Chat with Nissan's CEO on Monday
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Do you have a burning question about the redesigned Titan pickup scheduled to be unveiled on Monday? Or maybe the Leaf? Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is holding an online town hall Monday at 5:15 pm ET on @reddit_AMA
-- Richard Truett

Fine art on wheels

Posted 8:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Fine art on wheels
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Executives, engineers and designers from Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari and other exotic and ultra-luxury brands were on hand Saturday evening for the eighth annual installment of The Gallery. The invitation-only event has become the official kick-off to the North American International Auto Show.

Celebrity cook

Posted 8:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Celebrity cook
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Chef Wolfgang Puck serves a dish during The Gallery event Saturday evening at the MGM Grand Detroit.

Ultra-luxury, big smiles

Posted 9:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Ultra-luxury, big smiles
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Debbie and Walker Bagby are all smiles while sitting in a Bentley Continental GT V8 S convertible on display at The Gallery -- an invitation-only event featuring ulta-luxury brands and supercars -- at the MGM Grand Detroit Saturday evening.

Under the veil

Posted 5:22 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Under the veil
(REUTERS)
 
A 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup sits under plastic wrap on the show floor as preparations for the 2015 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit continue Saturday.

Buick's new digs

Posted 4:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Buick's new digs
(GM)
 
Carpenter Mike Rezich helps to construct the all-new Buick exhibit Saturday at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Buick stand has moved out from under the umbrella of General Motors' brands and staked a spot close to the middle of the show floor.
-- David Phillips

Ford revs up

Posted 12:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Ford revs up
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Ford is targeting the automotive enthusiast crowd at the show this year. The company recently created a global performance team that will develop 12 vehicles by 2020, including the Focus RS. The RS isn’t expected on the show floor in Detroit, but Ford may show off high-performance versions of other vehicles, such as an F-150 Raptor, Mustang GT350R and Ford GT.
-- David Phillips

Finetuning Volvo

Posted 9:03 am U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Finetuning Volvo
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
The Volvo stand remains a work in progress.
-- David Phillips

Butterflies fly at Lincoln

Posted 7:04 am U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Butterflies fly at Lincoln
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
In addition to promoting the new MKC and redesigned MKX, Lincoln plans to tout its new "Black Label" during the show.
-- David Phillips

In overdrive

Posted 4:06 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 9
In overdrive
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Crews are working nearly around the clock to prepare the 2015 Detroit auto show for formal press previews that open Monday and close Tuesday. More than 40 production and concept vehicles are scheduled to be introduced.
-- David Phillips

Green shoots under the blue oval

Posted 2:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 9
Green shoots under the blue oval
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
A small forest is growing in the middle of the Ford stand. Some 20 trees and more than 10,500 pots of European gray sedge, feather reed grass and sedum have been planted by Hoerr Schaudt, a Chicago landscape architecture firm. Ford plans to use the show to tout its green credentials, sustainability efforts and latest high-performance lineup, according to David Tillapaugh, global auto show operations manager for Ford.
-- David Phillips
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