Detroit Auto Show

High costs likely to keep Smart's 4-seater from U.S.

Jan. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
U.S. dealers aren't likely to get the new Smart ForFour four-seat car that goes on sale in Europe this year.... Read More »


AutoNews Now: Auto show hits, misses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
From a Honda that fits to a too-cozy Chrysler - Mark Rechtin's take on NAIAS; more-emotional Camry?; groovy tire idea.... Read More »



Why Detroit’s auto show should be longer -- not shorter

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
Over the past several years, the Detroit auto show has evolved into a neatly compact event that celebrates new cars for about 36 hours, give or take. That’s very efficient. But it's a missed opportunity. The Detroit show ought to be longer -- not shorter.... Read More »


Toyota readies remix of Camry with 'waku-doki'

10:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
Toyota has a challenge: How to heed President Akio Toyoda's insistence on heart-racing design for the next Camry and Prius models without jeopardizing their mass-market appeal. Getting it wrong risks knocking Camry from its perch as the best-selling car in the United States -- a title held for 12 consecutive years.... Read More »



On giant turntable, go-go boots still key to pitch as glass ceiling shatters

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
The juxtaposition in Detroit's Cobo Center this week -- the appearance of Mary Barra, the first women CEO of a major automaker, along with scores of female product models in form-fitting outfits -- highlights the strange business of selling cars and light trucks in the United States. Market research shows women influence most buying decisions, while men make up the bulk of spectators at the pivotal exhibitions where new vehicles are unveiled and scrutinzed.... Read More »



Chevy Corvette Z06, Ford F-150 top Autoweek's picks of the show

11:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
The 2014 Detroit auto show had dozens of never-before-seen cars and trucks gleaming under the Cobo Center lights. Here are the four we, the Autoweek staff, think stood out the most.... Read More »



Winterkorn humbled by U.S. struggles?

4:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
VW CEO Martin Winterkorn sounded uncharacteristically humble when he said that “America is the world's toughest auto market.” Tougher than Europe? For VW brand, the answer is yes.... Read More »



Biden says U.S. bet on auto industry paid off

12:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden said the federal government's wager on the nation's automotive industry has paid off. "We bet on American ingenuity, we bet on you and we won," he said today during a speech at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »



Why economic developers love auto events

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
Wherever auto executives gather, so do people trying to land the next new plant location or retain the car jobs they’ve already won. The economic development folks hit Detroit in droves this week.... Read More »



Smack down, gutsy and moonshots: What people are saying about Ford's new F-150

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
Everyone seems to agree that Ford has done nothing less than reinvent the modern pickup with the 2015 Ford F-150. But it remains to be seen what the redesigned truck, built primarily out of aluminum sheet metal, means for the company and auto industry, on a number of fronts, over the long run.... Read More »



Cadillac's big moment in song

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
It's been a long time since Cadillac has been the subject of a love song. Not since Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" or Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" has a ballad for a luxury car brand generated as much traction as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's ode to Cadillac, "White Walls."... Read More »



Count on them: Death, taxes and used vehicles

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
Death and taxes are two things we know we can count on. Here's one more: The new cars and trucks on display this week at the Detroit auto show will become used vehicles someday. That's why analysts from Kelley Blue Book and NADA Used Car Guide spent time at the show studying what's coming down the road.... Read More »



Hyundai sits out small crossover utility boom as rivals gear up

10:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
Hyundai Motor, already struggling with a host of business challenges, is developing another headache: a dearth of product to compete in a fledgling mini-crossover utility vehicle market in the United States even as rivals gear up for a big push.... Read More »


Acura mulls Honda Fit-based compact crossover

9:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
Acura is considering a compact crossover to complement the Honda brand's upcoming Fit-based utility vehicle.... Read More »



Software -- the new battleground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
Automakers, taking cues from gadget makers such as Apple, are developing cars to receive software updates that include new tools or even improve fuel efficiency, much in the way an iPad gets new capabilities with each successive operating system. It is a big change -- and a potential saving -- for an industry used to spending heavily to revamp aging models.... Read More »



At BMW, a careful eye on the EV market

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
BMW of North America has 100,000 hand-raisers for the new i3 compact electric car, CEO Ludwig Willisch says. Of course, not all of the prospects will turn into orders or sales, but BMW figures it will take “a few years” to satisfy demand for the i3, Willisch said.... Read More »



Eau Rouge points to sportier Infiniti portfolio

7:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
With key new products some two years away, Infiniti is showing audiences a concept car that heralds the brand's new racing direction.... Read More »



At Subaru, a high-performance STI in 2 flavors

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Subaru's latest sporty sedan, the 305-hp WRX STI, made its debut twice at the North American International Auto Show today. The Japanese automaker showed two versions of the high-performance car, a special limited production blue model with gold wheels and blue accents on the seats and the regular production model.... Read More »



Acura's TLX to do double duty

11:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Acura today unveiled a prototype version of its 2015 TLX mid-sized sedan, a car that will replace the TL and TSX sedans in its lineup.... Read More »



Lexus puts performance in RC F coupe

10:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
This fall, Lexus will launch the first high-performance coupe in Toyota's luxury lineup, a competitor to the BMW M4. The RC F coupe, unveiled today at the Detroit auto show, will boast a 5.0-liter V-8 with "more than 450 horsepower" and 383 pounds-feet of torque, said Jeff Bracken, Lexus Division general manager.... Read More »


AutoNews Now: Cadillac's youth magnet?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
ATS coupe may expand brand's appeal; a race-inspired Infiniti Q50; Acura's TL replacement; Lexus, Subaru go for power.... Read More »


First Shift: The new look of Maxima?

7:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Nissan dealers thrilled, executive says; Honda's revamped Fit; 2nd-generation Hyundai Genesis; a trio of BMW performers.... Read More »



All the wrong things pay off for Tesla

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Tesla Motors broke a number of unspoken rules on Tuesday with perhaps the least rehearsed, most amateurish-looking press conference of any automaker at this year's Detroit auto show. Yet its stock surged 16 percent.... Read More »



Ford to drop F-150 Tremor from truck lineup

5:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Ford will discontinue its F-150 Tremor sport truck after just one model year. Doug Scott, Ford truck marketing manager, said Ford would not renew the Tremor when the all-new aluminum F-150 goes into production in the fourth quarter this year at the company's Kansas City truck plant.... Read More »



Mulally: Auto industry needs privacy boundaries set by law

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
The automotive industry needs legislation to protect drivers' privacy as more cars utilize data for location tracking and other services, Ford CEO Alan Mulally said Tuesday. Ford is "supportive and participating" in talks with regulators who are considering such laws, Mulally said today at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »


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