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2008 NAIAS: Reviews, Interviews + News

AmericaJR.com is going to speak directly with the industry experts. Hear from the people who designed and built the cars you will see at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. Look for our exclusive reports you won't find anywhere else...

 

Jesse James addresses the 2008 AutoWeek Design Forum by Jason Rzucidlo

West Coast Choppers Owner Jesse James spoke at the 2008 AutoWeek Design Forum with no prepared speech in hand. He arrived with his wife, Sandra Bullock, to the gala held during the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center's Riverview Ballroom. James spoke about the changes in the automotive industry, his new Spike TV show and how the Chinese are coming. [1.28.08]

Chrysler's 2008 Resolution: Grab their customers by their "horns" by Garrett Godwin

"Do you hear that noise?" asks Deborah Wahl Meyer, who wasn't talking about the air here. She was talking about the noise that marketing will make in 2008: $1.3 billion will be spent in ads for the Olympics; $4.5 billion will be spent for this year's presidential campaign, more than it was four years ago; when as well as if it does happen, $80 million will be spent on the Academy Awards. [1.26.08]

New Dodge Ram Looks to Take on the Competition by Jason Rzucidlo

The 2009 Dodge Ram was unveiled at the NAIAS during the first day of press days alongside a herd of 120 cattle from Oklahoma on Detroit's Washington Boulevard just outside the front door of Cobo Center. The truck comes with a long list of new features with more horsepower and higher fuel efficiency. [1.25.08]

NAIAS 2008: What’s Under Your Hood? by Sheila Franklin

This is the second year for some of us at the NAIAS. Not quite the zoo it was last year, we cannot help but think the hoopla appears to have decreased in favor of the Presidential race, the loss of automotive jobs in Michigan, and the audacity of some of our local leaders to push for more opulence downtown rather than the continuing homelessness and declining housing situation in our fair state. [1.24.08]

GM debuts "Vehicle to Vehicle" technology at 2008 NAIAS by Mike Ismair

I spoke with Don Grimm who holds the position of Senior Researcher for General Motors. The name of the new technology is called V2V, which stands for "Vehicle to Vehicle." This is pretty interesting. It has wireless communication, meaning that it can communicate with other vehicles within a certain location. [1.23.08]

Detroit Laps Up The Luxury Cars by Mike Wrathell

The North American International Auto Show 2008, like past shows, features some killer luxury cars, accompanied by some killer models, of the human kind. The Lamborghini exhibit comes to mind....and libido.... Mercedes and Maserati also strut their stuff with smashing sophistication. [1.22.08]

WATCH: 2009 Nissan GT-R: An Interview with Rebekah Decker (Quicktime)

AmericaJR.com had the chance to interview Rebekah Decker, a product specialist from Nissan, at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. We talked about the 2009 Nissan GT-R, a high performance sports car that was featured in the motion picture The Fast and The Furious. [1.21.08]

The Production Models are Hot at the 2008 NAIAS by Dana Bonner

It's that time again. A special event that the people of greater Detroit area and the rest of the global community can enjoy. It's the 2008 North American International Auto Show held at Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan -- home of the Big Three: Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. Here are some production models that you're going to like... [1.21.08]

WATCH: Chevy Tahoe "Boss" Interview with Hong S. Bae (Quicktime)

AmericaJR.com had the chance to interview Hong S. Bae, a Senior Research Engineer for GM, at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. We talked about the Chevy Tahoe "Boss," an SUV that drives itself without any human interaction. [1.21.08]

Scion xB now comes with a larger engine by Jerome Rzucidlo

I spoke with Jonathan Holloway, Product Specialist. The Scion xB, which is made in Japan, features a bigger engine. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is same as the one on the Camry. It is 1 foot longer and 3 inches wider. The xB has more standard features such as side and curtain (window) airbags totalling six in all. [1.20.08]

WATCH: Jesse James speaks at 2008 AutoWeek Design Conference (Quicktime)

AmericaJR.com was there when West Coast Choppers owner Jesse James spoke at the 2008 AutoWeek Design Conference. See his entire speech and part of the Question and Answer session from the Riverview Ballroom inside Detroit's Cobo Center. [1.20.08]

Bolder F-150 Debuts at 2008 NAIAS by Jason Rzucidlo

Ford is putting its best foot forward with the unveiling of the 2009 F-150 pickup truck by adding lots of new features and technologies. The twelfth generation of the popular truck was shown off for the first time at the North American International Auto Show.

>> Listen to our LIVE Interview with Mark Gruber from Ford [1.19.08]

WATCH: AutoWeek Editor's Choice Awards Presentations (Quicktime)

AmericaJR.com was there when AutoWeek Publisher K.C. Crain announced the winners of the Editor's Choice Awards. Categories include Most Fun Vehicle, Best Concept Car, Most Significant Vehicle and Best In Show. Hear acceptance speeches from designers of the winning automobiles. [1.19.08]

2008 NAIAS: Concept Cars Reviewed by Sheila Franklin

Wandering into the NAIAS, we couldn’t help notice that every year the cars resemble each other more. So we turned our attention towards the concept cars, the models that may never hit the streets, but certainly make you want to
covet them nonetheless. [1.18.08]

WATCH: Mitsubishi unveils its 2009 Lancer Ralliart and Concept-RA (Quicktime)

AmericaJR.com was there when Mitsubishi rolled out its all-new 2009 Lancer Ralliart and Concept-RA during the press conference on Day One of Press Week at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. Also look for comments from top executives at Mitsubishi. [1.18.08]

China Comes To The Auto Show To Be A Princess, Too by Mike Wrathell

It is hard to blame China for wanting to crack the North American auto market. Western nations have been marketing in China for centuries, first with mind-warping drugs and now with automobiles. China has returned the favor with Wal-Mart do-dads and, later this year, ZX Auto will be the first of four to six Chinese auto makers to launch cars, trucks, and SUVs into North America, first Mexico, then the U.S. and Canada. [1.17.08]

Dozens of celebs and auto execs came to town for the 12th Annual Urban Wheel Awards by Cymone Allwood

The Urban Wheel Awards, also known as the Academy Awards of the Automotive Industry, took place at the Fox Theatre in Downtown Detroit. This is the 12th consecutive year the event has taken place in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show. [1.16.08]

WATCH: Hyundai unveils its 2009 Genesis luxury sedan to the press (Quicktime)

AmericaJR.com was there when Hyundai rolled out its all-new 2009 Genesis luxury sedan during the press conference on Day One of Press Week at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. Also look for comments from John Krafchik (V.P. Product Development & Planning) and Dr. Lee Hyun-Soon (President of research & Development). [1.15.08]

Toyota Camry: An American hybrid car with a driving range of 650 miles by Gloria Rzucidlo

I spoke to Jill Decker, Product Specialist at Toyota. She notes that this is the 2008 model of the Toyota Camry which was launched in May 2007. The estimated price starts at $25,900 to $31,000. It is manufactured in Georgetown, Kentucky and in Japan. [1.15.08]

New version of the Toyota Matrix unveiled at NAIAS by Jason Rzucidlo

The Toyota Matrix is based off the best-selling Corolla platform. It is a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors. The GM version of this car is the Pontiac Vibe. Both vehicles are known as sport wagons. The Matrix that is on display at the auto show was redesigned for the 2009 model year. [1.15.08]

A brief look at some of the concept cars at the 2008 NAIAS by Dana Bonner

The exhibits have most glamourous concept and futuristic cars. Some of them will be available at the dealership near you. Some of the cars are shifting into hybrid engine models for better fuel effiency and environmental reasons. [1.14.08]

WATCH: Honda shows off its Pilot Prototype to the media (Quicktime)

AmericaJR.com was there when Honda rolled out its all-new 2009 Pilot Prototype during the press conference on Day One of Press Week at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. Also look for comments from Takeo Fuki (Global CEO, Honda) and John Mendel (Executive Vice President, Honda). [1.14.08]

LISTEN: Exclusive LIVE Interview with 2008 NAIAS Co-Chair Carl Galeana by Jason Rzucidlo

AmericaJR.com sat down for an interview with 2008 NAIAS Co-Chair Carl Galeana. We asked him how five Chinese automakers would change the auto show, why Porsche left, what are some of the highlights of this year's show, why automakers are holding reveals prior to the auto show, what the auto show offers for those who are environmentally conscious. [1.14.08]

A smaller Hummer: The HX debuts at the 2008 NAIAS by Gloria Rzucidlo

The unique thing about this vehicle is that its smaller than the other Hummers. The top, sides and doors can be removed for off-roading. It is also more compact. It is E85 compatible with a V6 engine. It is Hummer's commitment to offer every model with a responsible biofuel powertrain by 2010. [1.13.08]

The Smart ForTwo Pure is coming to the U.S. in 2008 by Jerome Rzucidlo

I talked with Russ Smolik from Smart Marketing. The Smart car is part of the Mercedes Benz market in the Daimler Benz family. This vehicle has a 3-cylinder, 1 liter, 70 hp engine. It runs on purely gas with 33 mpg for city driving and 41 mpg on the highway. [1.13.08]

Johnson Controls Showcases a Wide Range of Vehicle Innovations in Detroit - Intelligently Developed Products and Technologies Source: Johnson Controls Inc.

Johnson Controls is "Creating Smart Environments" -- intelligently developed vehicle interiors that make the world more comfortable, safe and sustainable. Smart products, systems, technologies and future concepts from Johnson Controls will be the focal point of the company's participation at the 2008 North American International Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center in Detroit. [1.9.08]

PREVIEW: 2008 NAIAS to Welcome Five Chinese Automakers to its Lineup and Many More Surprises by Jason Rzucidlo

The 2008 North American International Auto Show will be bigger and better than ever before. Five...Five Chinese automakers will be showing off their vehicles at the show for the first time in a little over 10 days from right now. [1.2.08]

2008 NAIAS Racing Day Featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, IndyCar Series and American Le Mans Series Drivers Source: NAIAS

The NAIAS 2008 Racing Day, presented by Sprint, will arrive at the auto show on Friday, Jan. 25 with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Greg Biffle, IndyCar Series Drivers Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan and American Le Mans Series Driver Bryan Herta. [1.1.08]

2008 North American International Auto Show Economic Impact Projected at Approximately $500 Million Source: NAIAS

The economic impact of the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is projected to reach approximately $500 million, said David Sowerby, C.F.A., portfolio manager and chief market analyst at Loomis Sayles & Co. [12.28.07]

Prototype Honda Pilot Headed To NAIAS Source: American Honda Motor Co.

The prototype will convey design features of the more boldly-styled, next-generation Pilot and will emphasize authentic SUV styling, clever interior packaging and advanced technologies for safety, fuel efficiency and convenience. [12.26.07]

GM Again Delivers Style To NAIAS Source: General Motors

Six-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige, known as the "Queen of R&B," will perform in GM Style, a car-and-star-studded affair on the Detroit riverfront, on Saturday, Jan. 12, leading up to the 2008 North American International Auto Show. [12.21.07]

Mazda Furai Concept and 2009 RX-8 to Make World Debut at 2008 North American International Auto Show Source: Mazda North American Operations

Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premieres of the Mazda Furai concept vehicle and the heavily revised 2009 Mazda RX-8 sports car at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), to be held in Detroit from Sunday, January 13 through Sunday, January 27, 2008. [12.19.07]

West Coast Choppers' Jesse James Joins a Powerful Lineup of Dynamic Designers at AutoWeek's 2008 Design Forum Source: Auto Week

Jesse James, owner of West Coast Choppers, will be the keynote dinner speaker at the 15th annual AutoWeek Design Forum, 8 a.m. -- 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, in the Riverview Ballroom of Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center in Detroit, Michigan. [12.18.07]

Detroit Automakers snag 5 of the 6 Finalists for 2008 Car and Truck of the Year Awards by Jason Rzucidlo

Four General Motors vehicles and one Mazda crossover were announced as finalists for the 2008 North American Car and Truck of the Year at a special meeting of the Detroit Economic Club on Wednesday at Cobo Center. The only foreign automaker named a finalist was Honda in the truck category. [12.13.07]

Domestics Still Hold Brand Perception Crown in New Truck Market Source: Kelley Blue Book

According to the study, in-market truck shoppers still believe that domestic brands embody many of the qualities and perceptions they are looking for in their next new vehicle. The latest edition of Brand Watch also reveals that during 2007, Toyota has made some significant strides in the truck segment, but... [12.12.07]

32nd Automotive News World Congress Provides Discourse on Recent Industry Events and Future Source: Automotive News

Ford Motor Company President and CEO, Alan Mulally, and Volkswagen of America Inc. President and CEO, Stefan Jacoby, are among 30 influential automotive industry leaders who will share their perspectives and predictions during the 2008 Automotive News World Congress. [12.10.07]

Barenaked Ladies to Perform at 2008 NAIAS Charity Preview - Fri. Jan. 18, 2008 Source: NAIAS

The 2008 North American International Auto Show's (NAIAS) annual black-tie Charity Preview welcomes the legendary pop-rock band Barenaked Ladies to the red carpet. The Canadian born band will entertain Charity Preview goers on Friday Jan. 18, 2008 at Cobo Center. [12.5.07]

2008 North American International Auto Show to Feature Dynamic Lineup of Design Events Source: NAIAS

NAIAS serves as a platform for major international design events, including the EyesOn Design awards, AutoWeek Design Forum, the Michelin Challenge Design, the "My Other Car Is ... " student project and the PPG Design Challenge awards. [12.4.07]

Sprint Presents Auto Racing Day at the 2008 NAIAS Source: NAIAS

Auto Racing Day will roar into the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on Friday, Jan. 25 during NAIAS Public Days. Presented by Sprint, and in its third year, the event offers race fans of all ages the chance to come to the show on Auto Racing Day and participate in a variety of onsite activities. [12.3.07]

North American International Auto Show Announces Plans and Attractions for 2008 Source: NAIAS

In less than 70 days, the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will open its doors to more than 6,000 media from across the globe on Sun., Jan. 13, 2008 at Cobo Center. Recognized as a premier automotive showcase, the NAIAS will celebrate its 20th year... [12.2.07]

2008 North American International Auto Show Charity Preview Tickets On Sale Now Source: NAIAS

The NAIAS 2008 Charity Preview will take place Friday, Jan. 18, at Cobo Center in Detroit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets for the event are $400 each, of which $390 is directly tax-deductible. For more information on the NAIAS 2008 Charity Preview or to purchase tickets, visit www.naias.com or call (888) 838-7500. [11.4.07]

Automotive News PACE Awards Judges Recognize Visteon for Lighting Technology Source: Visteon

Visteon Corporation (NYSE:VC) is honored to be the recipient of a 2008 Automotive News PACE Honorable Mention. This prestigious recognition was awarded for Visteon's innovative light pipe technology, which debuted this summer on the 2008 Cadillac CTS. [10.30.07]

 

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