2015 Ford F-150
Ford is placing a quite extraordinary bet, and it revealed its hand at the 2014 Detroit auto show this week. It's replacing much of the steel in the best-selling vehicle in America, the Ford F-150, with aluminum.
While the public days at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)—or the Detroit Auto Show as most of us know it—don't start until this weekend, the press conferences are over, and as usual there was plenty of news about products, concept cars, and technology from the show floor.
Unless you've been living under a rock—a rock without wi-fi—you know that wearable technology is the Next Big Thing. From rings to running shoes to the fabrics in our clothes, we'll soon carry around a host of gadgets that record our lives, monitor our health, and, of course, pester us with coupons from every coffee shop we pass.
2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe ‘Edition 507’
The 2014 Detroit Auto Show was chock full of cool cars, even if it was a bit underwhelming in some ways. But coming to an auto show probably nowhere near you within the next year is a car we'll all want to take a whirl in: the next generation of the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
Tire tests, designed to explore the grip limits, traction, economy and noise of tires, are a vital consumer service. However capable your car is, it needs good tires to ensure it's as capable and safe in all conditions as possible.
Acura is reportedly considering the launch of a compact crossover based on the Honda Vezel, which debuted at the 2013 Motor Show and is due in local showrooms later this year, most likely under a new name.
2013 Tesla Model S
Car production data may cause some eyes to glaze over, but the numbers are closely followed in the auto industry. Electric-car maker Tesla Motors doesn't report its exact sales, nor its precise production, so a cottage industry has sprung up to track its alleged production.
Few transport methods are truly green, requiring the input of fuel at some point in the process to generate the energy required to move. Flying is often derided as one of the worst, given the spectacular amounts of fuel aircraft can burn through.
It's a time-honored auto-show tradition, picking the best new cars and concepts in the show. While this year's Detroit Auto Show had very few cars that could genuinely be viewed as "green," we've nonetheless picked both our favorite production car and our favorite concept.