Posts Tagged ‘North American International Auto Show’

2012 NAIAS: Video Wrap-up

January 11th, 2012 No comments

     There’s a lot to see at the 2012 North American International Auto Show and many of our readers won’t be able to experience it firsthand, but if you’re looking for just the highlights you’ve come to the right spot. Executive Editor Brandon Dye, Senior Editor Jason Muxlow and Design Editor Erich Gernand spent two days covering the show from top to bottom and they’ve got the sore feet to prove it. So anyone who can’t make it to the Motor City this year should sit back and listen in as they discuss the big news coming out of Detroit. You don’t even have to risk sore feet.

2012 NAIAS: Dodge Dart Video Highlight

January 10th, 2012 No comments

      The 2013 Dodge Dart is one of the most important production debuts at the North American International Auto Show and Executive Editor Brandon Dye explains why in this Video Highlight from the show floor. Read more…

2012 NAIAS: Acura NSX Video Highlight

January 10th, 2012 No comments

      This year no debut earned more applause than the announcement that the Acura NSX Concept would be entering production within three years. Check out this video of Executive Editor Brandon Dye sharing the highlights of the returning Japanese supercar. Read more…

2012 NAIAS: Buick Encore

January 10th, 2012 No comments

2013 Buick Encore

      Buick has been teasing us for the last several weeks by slowly revealing bits of their newest crossover. Buick has also chosen to tease those of us with a long memory by choosing the moniker ‘Encore’ for this crossover. That name was last used on a much unloved Renault hatchback marketed in the 1980’s alongside its Alliance sedan counterpart at AMC dealerships. No matter, the Encore name likely was chosen due to its audible similarity to Buick’s large Enclave crossover. Unexpectedly, the Encore is based on the Chevrolet Sonic rather than the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. Read more…

2012 NAIAS: Honda Accord Coupe Concept

January 10th, 2012 No comments

2013 Honda Accord Coupe Concept

      Our main criticism of Honda these days is that they don’t seem to be willing to push any design or powertrain boundaries. It’s the same old transmissions and engines going into more-or-less the same old designs. That criticism was only partially addressed when Honda rolled out the Accord Coupe Concept which features some new powertrains in a coupe that looks very much like what you’ve been able to buy at any Honda dealer the past few years. We know that when the production Accord launches later this summer it will look like what you see here minus the fancy wheels and shiny bits. Read more…

2012 NAIAS: Lincoln MKZ Concept

January 10th, 2012 No comments

2013 Lincoln MKZ Concept

      We’d need all our fingers and toes to count the times we’ve heard this before, but Lincoln executives took to the stage to present the MKZ Concept as the first glimpse at a revitalized Lincoln that will finally compete for luxury customers with the best in the industry. The MKZ Concept is clearly a thinly disguised look at the production model that’ll debut later this year and love it or hate it we’re glad to see this isn’t just a leather-lined version of the new Fusion on which it’s based. Read more…

2012 NAIAS: Edsel Ford’s 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster

January 10th, 2012 No comments

2013 Edsel Ford's 1934 Model 40 Speedster

      Before hot-rodding was cool, Henry Ford’s design savy son, Edsel, had a custom bodied speedster built on the chassis of a 1934 Ford and powered by a flathead Ford V8. Officially christened the Model 40 Special Speedster, this car was recently restored and shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and will be on permanent display at Edsel’s estate in Grosse Point Shores, Michigan. Since Edsel was a champion for the Lincoln Division and the inspiration for the original Lincoln Continental, it is fitting that this speedster was displayed within the Lincoln display at this year’s North American International Auto Show. Read more…

2012 NAIAS: Hyundai Veloster Turbo / Genesis Coupe

January 10th, 2012 No comments

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

     Hyundai executives appeared to have much to celebrate about this year. Having ended 2011 with double digit sales increases as well as numerous industry recognitions and awards, Hyundai started 2012 by receiving the North American Car of the Year Award for its Elantra. Their Detroit introductions included two updates to their existing sporty cars, the Veloster and Genesis coupes. The big news for Veloster is a new 201 hp turbocharged 1.6L four cylinder. This new powertrain achieves 38 mpg on the highway partly due to the Veloster’s low power to weight ratio of 14 lbs/hp. The specific output of that 1.6L is an impressively high 125.6 hp/liter. On the outside the performance oriented coupe benefits from a unique grille treatment and can now be ordered with matte finish paint. Read more…

2012 NAIAS: RDX Prototye / ILX Concept / NSX Concept

January 10th, 2012 No comments

2013 Acura

      Acura made a splash in Detroit by unveiling two new production models and a concept signaling the return of the dearly departed NSX. Since we’re enthusiasts around here you can bet our curiosity was piqued at every NSX detail they were willing to divulge. Unfortunately for us, and subsequently you, that wasn’t much. What we did learn was that the NSX will return to production within three years at the hands of a US development team and be built in Ohio of all places. Read more…

2012 NAIAS: MINI Roadster

January 10th, 2012 No comments

2013 MINI Roadster

      If there was a common theme at the North American International Auto Show, it was that automakers are no longer shy about introducing a convertible in brisk January. MINI joined both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche in unveiling an open air vehicle with a vehicle they have simply named the MINI Roadster. Read more…