Henry Payne The Detroit News Published 6:09 PM EST Dec 7, 2018 Two numbers tell the tale of January's Detroit auto show: After 69 vehicle introductions in 2018, organizers expect just 30 debuts next year. That's largely because major European luxury-makers and other companies have decided not to attend. But the Detroit Auto Dealer Association, which runs the event, is looking ahead to 2020 when the show transitions from chilly January to sunny June. Representatives from the DADA teased details of the 2020 autopalooza on Friday. While Cobo Center will still be the epicenter with manufacturer auto displays, the show will expand outdoors to provide show-goers with opportunities to drive cars and interact with Detroit's resurgent downtown restaurant and social scene. The show will take over 14 acres of Hart Plaza along the Detroit waterfront, spilling into Spirit Plaza and Campus Martius. There will be food trucks, live entertainment and … [Read more...] about January’s Detroit auto show looms, but eyes are on June 2020
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Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 9:08 AM EST Nov 29, 2018 LOS ANGELES — The race for car, truck and utility vehicle of the year just began its final lap, and one of the presumed favorites blew a tire and spun out. Announced Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the finalists are: Car of the Year Genesis G70 Honda Insight Volvo S60 Truck of the Year Chevrolet Silverado 1500 GMC Sierra 1500 Ram 1500 Utility Vehicle of the Year Acura RDX Hyundai Kona Jaguar I-Pace I’m one of the 55 automotive journalists who votes for the awards — I cast my vote for finalists about two weeks ago — and I had to pick my jaw up off the ground when the finalists for utility vehicle were announced. I figured the Jeep Wrangler was a shoo-in, the only vehicle in a strong field that was a sure thing to make the finals. Shows what I know. Speaking to jurors the response to the Wrangler fell into two camps: Pro: It’s a true innovation and improvement on the … [Read more...] about Which car and trucks will win honors at Detroit auto show?
Eric D. Lawrence Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EST Nov 26, 2018 You won’t mistake the Rivian R1T for any other vehicle — and that’s the intention. The truck has a “very identifiable face,” according to the company’s CEO and founder, RJ Scaringe. The nontraditional front end, without the big grille seen on internal combustion engine trucks, features a daytime running light strip across the width of the truck in front of the hood, broken up by a pair of vertical “stadium" headlights. The look is meant to convey a “friendly but tough” vibe. It’s a design theme expected to carry across Rivian’s planned product line, which should begin coming into view this week as the startup unveils its first concept vehicles — the R1T and an electric SUV — in connection with the Los Angeles Auto Show. The truck is scheduled to be shown first, at LA's Griffith Observatory on Monday. The … [Read more...] about LA Auto Show: Rivian unveiling electric truck
Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 25, 2018 America’s passion for SUVs and pickups will be the driving force at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but there are some serious treats in store for car lovers at the show, which kicks off with press conferences and vehicle unveilings this week and is open to the public Nov. 30-Dec. 9. The long-awaited Jeep Galdiator midsize pickup and Honda’s Passport five-passenger midsize SUV will be the stars, but the show will also host debuts of all-new versions of the legendary Porsche 911 sports car and one of the bestselling cars in history, the Toyota Corolla. LA Auto show Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles Open to public Nov. 30-Dec. 9 Ticket prices vary, with discounts for buying online Details: https://laautoshow.com/tickets Here’s some of what’s on tap: BMW X7 Styled like an platinum ingot with a grille, this massive SUV will offer three rows of seats to compete with … [Read more...] about Jeep pickup; Honda, Lincoln SUVs; Kia Soul at LA Auto Show
Ian Thibodeau The Detroit News Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 5, 2018 Lincoln Motor Co. will debut the all-new Aviator at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month ahead of its 2019 launch, and the SUV comes with its own Detroit soundtrack. Lincoln partnered with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to develop and record chimes to replace the beeps or dings that would typically notify a driver of an open fuel cap, unlatched seat belt or open door. All told, the orchestra developed "non-critical, soft-warning chimes and hard-warning chimes" for 25 features on the Aviator. The DSO worked through multiple sessions to develop the alerts. Lincoln narrowed the chime sounds down from 125 recorded options. It's a first-ever feature for Lincoln. "Aviator represents the true vision of the Lincoln brand," Lincoln design director David Woodhouse said in a statement. "With a look this striking, we needed to have sounds that matched the beauty of this vehicle." The Aviator continues a string … [Read more...] about Chiming Lincoln Aviator to debut at LA auto show