AMERICAJR NETWORK :: COACH'S CORNER PRO SHOP :: SAND CREEK RECORDS :: LIFE MADE EASY

DETROIT, MICHIGAN USA << >> LIVE STOCK TICKER

OUR HOMEPAGE

NEWS
Current News Index
Local News
National News
Downtown Hoedown
Pictures (NEW)
Meet the Web Team
Metro Detroit Traffic Info
Detroit Auto Show
SPORTS
Current Sports Index
Schedules and Results
NHL Hockey
NBA/NCAA Basketball
NASCAR Auto Racing
Sports Pictures
WEATHER
Weather Index
LIVE Detroit Radar
LIVE Regional Radar
U.S. Forecasts
TRIVIA
Jeopardy! Trivia
Archived Trivia
ENTERTAINMENT
Entertainment Index
New Movie Releases
New Movie Reviews
New CD Releases
New Music Reviews
Video Game Reviews
Detroit Concert Listing
Restaurant Reviews
TV Award Shows
Downtown Hoedown
YOUR OPINION
Our Message Boards
Become a Member
Testimonials
GUESTBOOK
Sign Guestbook
View Guestbook
ABOUT US
Read About Our History
Corporate Thank You's
Advertise on Our Site
CONTESTS
Register to Win Prizes
Meet All Our Winners
SITEMAP
Listing of Every Page
AMERICAJR EMAIL
Email Login
Password
New users
sign up!
 
SPONSORED BY:
"Electra" by Sophocles
January 6-March 23, 2006
Call (313) 577-2972

2006 NAIAS :: Reviews and Interviews

AutoWeek Design Forum offers something for everyone

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Carroll Shelby accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award.

by Jason Rzucidlo
AmericaJR@AmericaJR.com

 

A sneak peek of the new Pixar film "Cars." The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Mr. Carroll Shelby. AutoWeek gave out awards to the Most Fun Vehicle, Best Concept, Most Significant Vehicle and Best in Show. All that and more at the 13th annual AutoWeek Design Forum.

Carroll Shelby was a race car driver. He won the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1959. He had to give up auto racing in 1960 due to health reasons. He decided to go into automotive design. He was responsible for creating the Shelby Cobra and the Shelby Mustangs for the Ford Motor Company.

He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1992. AutoWeek was honored to present him with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award during the Design Forum. It was held on January 11, 2006 in the Riverview Ballroom of Cobo Center. It was perfect timing because it happened right on his birthday.

Mr. Shelby came up to the stage. He didn't say much except a thank you. Then, he offered some advice to the crowd, "Try to be the person that your dog thinks you are." Everyone loved it and gave him a standing ovation.

AutoWeek gives out Editor's Choice Awards

Each year, at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, AutoWeek gives out awards to the Best Most Fun Vehicle, Best Concept, Most Significant Vehicle, Concept Car that should be built, and Best in Show.

The Most Fun Vehicle Award was given out to the Nissan URGE. It is a concept car that includes an XBox 360 in the trunk. It was designed for young gamers in the 16-20 year old market. It is really something to see. When parked, the steering wheel can be used for the video game.

The Best Concept Award went to the Dodge Challenger. Dodge has updated the Challenger by giving it a modern touch. It looks just like the original 1970 model. It comes with a 6.1 liter, 425-horsepower, Hemi V8 engine.

The Most Significant Vehicle Award was handed out to the Toyota Camry. It is the number one selling car in America for the past four years. Toyota has redesigned the Camry for this year. It is wider and there is more space in the interior. Toyota has recently released a hybrid version of the Camry at the auto show.

The College of Creative Studies gave out an award for the Concept Car that should be built. It was given out to the Mazda Kabura. The Kabura was designed in Irvine, California.

The Best in Show Award went to the all new Chevrolet Camaro. It has gotten such positive feedback that GM has already announced that it will go into production. The new Camaro comes with a 400-horsepower 6.0 liter V8 engine. It is definitely a show stopper. Twenty-one editors from AutoWeek chose the Camaro and it was hands-down decision.

A sneak peek of the pixar film "Cars"

John Lasseter is the Director of the new movie "Cars." He gave us a sneak peek of the movie inside the Riverview Ballroom. Nobody has seen the movie outside of the studio. The movie is still in the rendering process and should be completed in the next few days.

Mr. Lasseter said, "Car is from my heart. My father was a parts manager. I worked there on weekends. It was the heyday of the muscle car. I started thinking of doing "Cars" during production of "A Bug's Life."

He added, "I got very excited about two things -- racing and the other one was the interstate highway system. I took my family across the U.S. We traveled the nation's highways. We got so close as a family.

John Lasseter begins to set up the film for the media. "I want it to be about a character that learns the journey of life is reward. To find emotion, that's what hangs with an audience longer. J. Mays opened the doors of the Ford Design Forum."

He continues, "The story is about a car where a world is ruled by cars and not humans. Lightning McQueen falls asleep with Sally the Porsche. Bonnie Hunt does the voice of Sally."

What happens in the movie? The film begins at a race. It's the last one of the season. Lightning McQueen is tied and he could win the championship. The top three cars are in the running to win the Piston Cup.

The Director describes Pixar, "Yes we're geeks. Yes we love cars. I wanted to make sure this film works for you. It's so important to us. We hope you'll tell your friends and come out and see it."

Look for the new Pixar film "Cars" to hit the theatres on June 9, 2006. It's a spectacular film. I highly recommend that you go see it.

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Rich Ceppos is the publisher of AutoWeek magazine.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Rick Rogers is the President of the College for Creative Studies.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Jim Preiss, President and CEO of Toyota, accepts the award for Most Significant Vehicle for the Camry.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Peter Horbury is the Executive Director of Design for Ford in North America.

This page was last updated on Mon, January 16, 2006 1:46 AM

SPONSORED BY:
"Electra" by Sophocles
January 6-March 23, 2006
Call (313) 577-2972

We will bring you the most comprehensive coverage ever with interviews, reviews and the best pictures around. It's all from AmericaJR.com -- Detroit's #1 Website.

Official NAIAS logos used with permission under license.

BACK TO THE AMERICAJR ONLINE HOMEPAGE

Copyright © 2006 AmericaJR.com. All Rights Reserved.
Unauthorized duplication or use of Text, Site Template, Graphics and or Site Design is Prohibited by Federal and International laws. See our Notice/Disclaimer.
AMERICAJR NETWORK :: COACH'S CORNER PRO SHOP :: SAND CREEK RECORDS :: LIFE MADE EASY