Detroit Auto Show

Subaru Forester Has Labor Pains
Subaru Forester Has Labor Pains

Everybody knows the quandary posed by the questions, "If a tree falls in the forest, but nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?" Well, Subaru just introduced its 2009 Forester in Detroit, and it was like nobody was there. The reveal couldn't have been more awkward, as the problem-plagued...Read More»

Toyota Introduces Venza—A Cheaper R-Class

Being a stickler for truth, all the marketing hype from manufacturers about "creating new segments" isn't just getting old, it's tired and completely meaningless. Notice to marketing and PR wonks, "Cut it out, already." Simply present your new vehicles for what they are. The market, if it cares...Read More»

GM Keeps A Secret — CT Coupe Concept

GM is on a roll. The Provoq fuel-cell looks good. We hope it's the next SRX, and it can't come soon enough. The CTS-V we were all expecting debuted on schedule, and Bob Lutz deferentially claimed that by GM's numbers, the CTS-V may be the world's fastest sedan. Let the testing begin. But GM did...Read More»

Sustainability a 'Talking Point' for Lincoln

The Lincoln MKT wagon (or crossover, depending on how you see it) unveiled this morning by Ford's president of the Americas, Mark Fields, and design director Peter Horbury wasn't a complete surprise. But the over-the-top use of sustainable, environmentally friendly materials was. The MKT's body...Read More»

A 50-mpg Land Rover!

We brought you most of the details of Land Rover's spunky, MINI-like LRX concept a few weeks ago, but at that time Land Rover was saving one of the best pieces of information for last, in its presentation of the concept at British brand's Detroit stage: It's anticipated that a production version...Read More»

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept - more photos At the 2008 Detroit auto show, Chrysler rolled out three concepts, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced...Read More»

2008 Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept
2008 Cadillac CT Coupe Concept

Cadillac's award-winning CTS sedan will likely get a coupe companion in mid-2008, and the two-door version of the luxury four-door has been previewed at the 2008 Detroit auto show in the form of the CT Coupe Concept. The CT is the latest iteration of the Cadillac "Art & Science" design theme...Read More»

2008 Lincoln MKT
2008 Detroit Show: TCC’s Top Picks

2008 Detroit Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (1/9/2008)Ford F-150, Hyundai Genesis and Corvette ZR1. TCC Team Best Concept: Lincoln MKT This is a close one, but I am leaning heavily towards the Lincoln MKT, which shows that there’s still life left in the old brand. Finally, something that really...Read More»

2008 Toyota A-BAT Concept, Detroit Auto Show
2008 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

2008 Detroit Show: TCC’s Top Picks (1/14/2008) Our favorite cars, concepts and moments from Cobo. 2008 Detroit Auto Show: Getting There by Rex Roy (1/9/2008) Make it easy, make it fun. PREVIEWS 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Preview by TCC Team (12/19/2007) A supercar by any name. 2009 Audi TTS by...Read More»

Truckin' Like it's 1999

There's one trend that just about everyone who follows and is within the auto industry agree on: Old-style body-on-frame sport-utility vehicles are on the decline. Especially mid-size ones, the kind that people with the really heavy-duty towing needs skip over for the largest SUVs. In 2007, Prius...Read More»

Coming Soon: 'More American' VWs

The Passat CC that new Volkswagen of America president and CEO Stefan Jacoby introduced this afternoon will be a good fit for American drivers' tastes and American roads, he affirmed. But there's more on the way. In his introduction of the Passat CC concept, Jacoby mentioned that Volkswagen is...Read More»

Benz GLK Gets Townside, Too

While Mercedes finally seems to have a handle on the C-Class wagon most Americans would like to drive -- in the form of the new GLK crossover -- they're certainly hedging their bets when it comes to the look of the new vehicle. In press materials distributed prior to their conference today at the...Read More»

Ford Verve Coming in 2010

For Jim Farley, a new arrival at Ford and late of Toyota’s Scion brand, the new Verve subcompacts offer a second chance to launch a new small car into an American market that’s clearly migrating to more fuel-efficient, more compact vehicles. “The small-car market could be bigger...Read More»

2008 Audi R8 V12 TDI concept
2008 Audi R8 TDI Concept

Last year at Detroit Audi rolled out a Q7 SUV ‘concept’ powered by a V-12 Bluetec turbodiesel making 500 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Now it’s bringing forth another ‘concept’ that’s even more fit for this rip-roaring oil-burner: the mid-engine R8 sports car. It’s more fit...Read More»

2008 Mitsubishi Concept-RA
2008 Mitsubishi Concept-RA

Mitsubishi has unveiled a new coupe concept at the Detroit auto show, one with a drivetrain lifted largely from the rally-driven Lancer Evolution. The Concept in fact uses the Evo’s twin-clutch transmission, but teams it not to a turbo four but to a 2.2-liter turbodiesel four with variable valve...Read More»

Take That, GM Style: Mercedes Does Weimar Decadence

While across town, General Motors rang in the auto show with hip-hop goddess Mary J. Blige, Mercedes-Benz took their opening press event of the 2008 Detroit auto show in an entirely different direction. It was a synthesis of 1920s Berlin and ultra-hip modern Detroit courtesy the city’s new...Read More»

Chinese Brands Not Ready for America Yet

No less than five different Chinese automakers are making an appearance at the 2008 Detroit auto show this week, but according to analysts from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, don’t expect any of those brands to appear alongside the likes of Chevrolet, Ford or Toyota anytime soon. Kenneth DeWoskin, a...Read More»

Chevy’s Corvette ZR1 Inspiration Was...BMW?

General Motors’ Powertrain Group set out some tough goals when it laid out the fundamentals of the new Corvette ZR1’s engine. But rather than look at Vipers and GTs, engineers turned their attention toward Germany when designing the new LS9 engine. The German competition is driving the...Read More»

Because Corvette News Never Goes Stale..The Indy Pace Car

With all the Detroit auto show embargoes and leaks wafting in and out of our earbud reality (mac/itunes/winehouse/love_is_a_losing_game.aac), we filed away these pics of the new Corvette Indy pace car and special edition until we could visualize a day when bleak Detroit winter would be replaced by...Read More»

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