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REVIEW: 735,370 people attended the 2011 North American International Auto Show for a 3-percent increase By Jason Rzucidlo

Auto show spokesman Sam Locricchio was right. He told me that the 2011 show would be like the "feel good film of the year in that a lot of the promises that had been eluded to in the first two years are coming to fruition." Indeed it was! A total of 735,370 people visited Cobo Center for the NAIAS during public days. If you add in the news media, the industry preview attendees, all of the construction workers and product specialists, it's safe to say that 1 million people saw the auto show from the time it was being set up until the last day it was taken down. [2.6.11]

Automotive CEO's say the industry has turned a corner By Jason Rzucidlo

The 2011 Automotive News World Congress was held during the media week at the North American International Auto Show. Attendees heard from top-level executives such as GM Chairman & CEO Dan Akerson, Nissan Chairman of the Americas Carlos Tavares, Toyota Managing Officer James Lentz, Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning, Dodge Brand President Ralph Gilles and Ford President of the Americas Mark Fields, among many others. All of their speeches had one thing in common. [1.29.11]

Pixar's "Cars 2" previewed at 2011 AutoWeek Design Forum By Jason Rzucidlo

In 2006, "Cars" Director John Lasseter spoke at the AutoWeek Design Forum. This year, it was all about the sequel, "Cars 2" Co-Director Brad Lewis and Art Director Jay Schuster offered a preview of the new animated film, which is scheduled to be released on June 24, 2011. There will be many differences in the second film. It was a great time to talk about movies, since Michigan is called "Hollywood East" due to our state's 42 percent tax incentive for the film industry. [1.24.11]

>> WATCH: "Cars 2" Co-Director Brad Lewis and Art Director Jay Schuster

Hyundai unveils the Curb concept vehicle at the 2011 NAIAS By Jason Rzucidlo

Hyundai Motor America revealed the Curb crossover concept vehicle during a press conference at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. It is being described as an Urban Activity Vehicle or a UAV, with the intent of attracting a younger crowd. The Curb features touch sensors and screens, a 12-inch display and a reflective heads up display. It also includes a pop-up roof rack and a pull-out bike rack. The Curb was the 12th concept vehicle to be designed at Hyundai's California Design Center. [1.22.11]

>> WATCH: Interview with Miles Johnson, Manager of Hyundai Product Public Relations

Jeep shows off the all-new Compass at the 2011 NAIAS By Jason Rzucidlo

Chrysler Group LLC debuted the redesigned 2011 Jeep Compass at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The 4-door SUV is assembled in Belvidere, Illinois. It is equipped with either a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine producing 154 hp or a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine creating 172 hp. While the Compass has not carried "Trail Rated" badge in the past, the new model does. The Compass is designed for driving on flat or unpaved roads. Sales of the Compass were up by almost 4,000 units in 2010. [1.21.11]

>> WATCH: Interview with Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand Product Marketing

Tesla introduces the Model S electric vehicle at the 2011 NAIAS By Jason Rzucidlo

Tesla Motors unveiled the Model S chassis and body at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. It will eventually become a full-sized electric sedan. Production is expected to begin in early 2012 with a base price of $57,400. It should have a driving range of 160 miles when fully charged. The Model S will go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Larger battery packs will be available with driving ranges of 230 and 300 miles. However, those prices have not been announced yet. [1.20.11]

>> WATCH: Interview with Tesla Communications Manager Camille Ricketts

Buick reveals the all-new Verano compact sedan at 2011 NAIAS By Jason Rzucidlo

General Motors introduced the 2012 Buick Verano during a press conference at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The 4-door compact sedan is equipped with a 2.4-liter Ecotec inline-4 engine. It will be produced at the Orion Township, Mich. assembly plant. The Verano shares design cues from the LaCrosse, Regal and Enclave. It is expected to produce 177 hp and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. The Verano should get 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. [1.19.11]

>> WATCH: Interview with Buick Product Manager Jace Stokes

Porsche debuts the 918 RSR concept vehicle at 2011 NAIAS By Jason Rzucidlo

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. revealed the all-new 918 RSR concept car at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Don't look for it on public days, because it was only shown during the first two media days of the auto show. However, it is a high-performance hybrid race car. The 918 RSR made its world premiere as Porsche returned to Detroit after skipping the NAIAS for three years in a row. Porsche's sales have increased so the automaker decided to come back to the Motor City. [1.18.11]

>> WATCH: Interview with Steve Janisse from Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards announced at the MotorCity Casino By Jasmine Boney

On Sunday, Jan. 9, the Motor City hosted the 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards and Green Car and Technology Exhibit at the Sound Board Theater. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing began the ceremony by thanking the automotive industry for its role in national economic growth. He also gave thanks to Executive of the Year: Ford Motor Company Group Vice President of Global Purchasing Tony K. Brown, Lifetime Achievement: Rodney O’Neal-CEO and President of Delphi, Frank Venegas, Jr.-Chairman and CEO of The Ideal Group, Inc, and Andra Rush-President and CEO, Rush Group, LLC. [1.18.11]

China's Road to Electrification Unveiled at the 2011 NAIAS By Mike Wrathell

In 15 years, China will run out of oil. Gasoline. Petroleum. Whatever you want to call it. Pick your poison. Unless they find a big oil reserve like we did in North Dakota (and haven’t “harvested” yet), or start offshore drilling in the international waters of the Gulf of Mexico or Tonkin or elsewhere, China will have to rely 100 percent on foreign oil. Right now they get a lot from Iran, which explains a lot of their conduct on the UN Security Council. We may be in the same slow boat as China someday. [1.17.11]

Honda introduces the Civic concept coupe and sedan at 2011 NAIAS By Jason Rzucidlo

American Honda Motor Co. showed off two versions of its all-new Civic concept, a coupe model and a sedan model. The production version, which is expected to look very similar to these concepts, will go on sale in the spring of 2011. Three variations of the Civic will be available in dealers: Gasoline, hybrid and natural gas. Honda's Eco Assist information system will be added to most models. It will help the driver learn how to drive green and save 10 percent in fuel economy. [1.17.11]

>> WATCH: Interview with Sara Pines at American Honda Motor Co.

Detroit Auto Show 2011: The Renaissance of a Classic? By Robert Powell

OK, maybe it wasn't a medieval festival with wooden tables displaying unwieldily armor just before artillery was invented, but the last North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) I attended three years ago was not far from it. Cobo Hall was dingy and patchwork leaky, a signi€cant number of the displays had the equivalent of armored horsepower that resembled testosterone extracts on wheels, with the humongous and egregious Hummers sucking up oor space in the same way they suck up gasoline. [1.16.11]

The Green Hornet's Black Beauty is on display the 2011 NAIAS By Garrett Godwin

During the first two weekends of this month, superheroes are looking make 2011 another year for them, with the recent premieres of Cartoon Network's Young Justice and NBC's The Cape, and now The Green Hornet buzzing into theaters with star Seth Rogen, who also co-wrote the action comedy, and Jay Chou as Kato. The film's premiere couldn't come at a better time -- especially with The Black Beauty making its debut in the Motor City at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. [1.16.11]

BYD unveils the e6 all-electric crossover at 2011 NAIAS By Michele K.

Global leading IT and Electronic parts manufacturer BYD Auto was at the Detroit Auto Show. The company was founded in February 1995. A new crop of electric vehicles will launch into the market in 2011. One of them will be the e6 all-electric crossover built by BYD. The e6 is for sale right now in China. Warren Buffet was so intrigued by the battery maker, turned auto maker that he bought 10 percent of the company two years ago. The company has made and broken a string of deadlines for the launch. [1.15.11]

Magic Johnson speaks about the power of brands at Multicultural Media Luncheon during NAIAS By Garrett Godwin

Thursday was the last day for the press to have a preview of the latest vehicles at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, which was around the same time that the Westin Book Cadillac hosted the first annual Multicultural Media Luncheon. Speaker Earvin "Magic" Johnson said don't think about business, but think about brand, freelance writer Marcus Amick quoted him during an interview one time. [1.14.11]

The Volt Steals The Thunder at the 2011 NAIAS By Mike Wrathell

Arriving a few decades later than it should have, GM, or ObamaMotors if you prefer, now has a new sensation on its hands, to allude to INXS’s best song. Hot models that would make Paris Hilton feel envy were peppered with questions about the stylish North American Car of the Year that comes in black, crystal red, cyber gray, silver ice, viridian joule and white diamond. One shade of the silver Volt has some green in it, one of the Michigander models told me. [1.13.11]

New concepts are a major highlight at 2011 Detroit Auto Show By Pete Bublitz

Entering the North American International Auto Show’s main floor at Cobo Hall can’t be done without seeing the latest models based on alternative power. Chief among these was the battery-powered Electric Drive from Smart car, whose engine resources were located in the trunk area. Coming equipped with charging options of 240 or 110 voltage (which take a respective 4-5 or 7-8 hours to fully charge), its role seems destined for domestic road travel with a varied mph of +30 on town roads and 40 on highways. [1.13.11]

2012 Fiat 500 introduced at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit By Jerome Rzucidlo

I spoke with Jiyan Cadiz, Manager of Media Relations regarding the 2012 Fiat 500. The Fiat 500 is built in Toluca, Mexico with a 1.4-liter gas engine with a MultiAir technology which reduces emissions while improving fuel economy. It has 16 valves with one camshaft. The eco drive technology demonstrates the automaker's commitment to environmental responsibility. "The fuel economy is well above 30 mpg," Cadiz said. The eco drive technology demonstrates the automaker's environmental responsibility. [1.12.11]

Mercedes-Benz reveals the SLS AMG E-Cell at 2011 NAIAS By Gloria Rzucidlo

I spoke with Greg Clark, originally from England, who is the manager of Exclusive Vehicles at Mercedes-Benz. The SLS AMG E-cell automobile is a 100 percent electric vehicle. It runs on a lithium battery with 525 hp and 649 lb.-ft. of torque. The car goes from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, has zero emissions and is all-wheel drive. It sends power to all wheels independently. It has 108 separate cells, which equals to 400 volts of energy. [1.11.11]

Venturi shows off the America electric at 2011 NAIAS By Jerome Rzucidlo

I spoke with Clement Dorence, Marketing Manager, regarding the Venturi America. This vehicle is based in Monte Carlo, France, and is not in the United States yet. The automaker has been specializing in electric vehicles for ten years and are partnered with Peugeot. This vehicle is a mix between a sports car and a dune buggy. It has a lithium battery with a six to eight year battery life. It can go from 0-60 mpg in less than five seconds. [1.11.11]

Ford unveils the Vertrek concept SUV at 2011 NAIAS By Gloria Rzucidlo

I spoke with Mark Schirmer, Product Communications Manager, regarding the Ford Vertrek concept SUV. This vehicle has a four-cylinder eco-boost engine, with 1.6 liter direct injection gas engine. The start-stop technology shuts the engine off at a stoplight which saves fuel economy. The Ford eco-boost engine delivers fuel economy gains of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions up to 15 percent. The Ford Vertrek is a stylish and aerodynamic compact sport utility vehicle. [1.10.11]

Nissan announces it will return to the NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) in Jan. 2012 By Jason Rzucidlo

Nissan has been absent from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) for the past three years. Carlos Tavares came to the 23rd Annual Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) Automotive Outlook Conference to make a big announcement. The Executive Vice President of Nissan said the automaker will return to the NAIAS in January 2012 as an exhibitor. Nissan is now selling the Leaf, a 100-percent electric vehicle, in several markets across the country. [1.10.11]

Chrysler Group LLC to Showcase Mopar® at 2011 North American International Auto Show

Chrysler Group LLC will show Mopar® versatility at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In each brand display for Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep® and Ram, a Moparized vehicle will be prominently displayed. In addition, vehicles throughout the exhibit will feature a variety of Mopar performance parts and accessories. “More than 30 percent of the people who are in the market for a new vehicle are influenced by the breadth and availability of aftermarket accessories,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. [1.9.11]

Highlighting Diversity in The D During the 2011 North American International Auto Show

Three events will celebrate cultural diversity within the global automotive industry during the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards, "Driven" by Real Times Media and "The Multicultural Media Luncheon" presented by the Ajamu Group will further underscore the multi-faceted audiences drawn to Detroit during the world-premier event that is NAIAS. "NAIAS has always been more than a car show," said Barron Meade, 2011 NAIAS chairman. [1.8.11]

Johnson Controls Showcases Automotive Interiors and Batteries That Translate Globally at the 2011 North American International Auto Show

Building on its experience, global footprint and product portfolio, Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) will showcase how its automotive seating, interiors, electronics, and batteries "translate globally" at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center in Detroit. The global fluency theme will be highlighted in the exhibit, as the company displays its newest components and systems, as well as future technologies and concepts. For the 16th year, Johnson Controls will have a major NAIAS presence, as an event sponsor and exhibitor. [1.7.11]

Environmental Innovation and Safety Leadership at Core of Toyota's Auto Show Exhibit in Detroit

Toyota is putting the finishing touches on its exhibit for the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that showcases the automaker’s standing as both an environmental innovator and safety leader. Toyota’s 32,700-square-foot exhibit will blend environmental and technological imagery in support of its new and existing vehicles. At the heart of the exhibit will be the “Prius Zone,” an area that demonstrates the iconic hybrid’s growth from fuel-sipping marvel to developing sub-brand. [1.6.11]

EyesOn Design Awards at the North American International Auto Show 2011

The EyesOn Design Awards will return for their sixth year at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The awards bring together the design leaders of automotive manufacturers, along with other industrial designers and transportation design chairs at art schools, to judge the North American and worldwide debuts at NAIAS. The show will take place during the NAIAS press preview on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. ET. It will be on the Michigan Hall Stage (lower level) of Cobo Hall. [1.5.11]

2011 Michelin Challenge Design Finalists Announced

Have you ever dreamed about having your vehicle designs featured at an international auto show? Beginning January 10, 2011, the 34 designers below will be living that dream when their original work is unveiled in the Michelin Challenge Design exhibit at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Top automotive designers serving on the Michelin Challenge Design Jury selected the work based on the theme ‘PLUS 10’ The Best is Yet to Come! The designs were evaluated for uniqueness, emotional appeal, design courage and technical execution. [1.3.10]

Ford Offers Unprecedented Look at Teardown of F-150 EcoBoost Engine to Public at 2011 NAIAS

Ford powertrain engineers will tear down an engine that has gone a distance equal to six times around the earth and three quarters of the way to the moon. Or put another way: the engine has the equivalent of 160,000 miles and 10-years of rugged use. Now, Ford engineers want to see how the engine's parts and components held up. They will examine it for long-term durability in front of the public at North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. [1.1.11]

BYD to Announce Green Vision at NAIAS on January 10th

BYD Co., Ltd (BYD) is to reveal plans for the launch of US-ready green-technology vehicles and products. BYD plans to present their "Three Green Dreams" Strategy at the upcoming 2011 North America International Auto Show (NAIAS) from January 10th to 23rd. BYD will showcase their "Green City Solutions", their green electric vehicle series, and a portfolio of eco-friendly products including: solar panels, home energy storage units and energy-saving LED Lighting. This is BYD's fourth consecutive appearance at the Detroit COBO Center for the Auto Show. [12.31.10]

AUTO SHOW PREVIEW: 30-40 new vehicles expected to debut at the 2011 North American International Auto Show By Jason Rzucidlo

There are just a few days left until the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opens to the media on Jan. 11. Workers are putting the final touches on the displays inside Cobo Center. They are working around the clock to meet the deadline. The glitz and glamour is coming and will be in the middle of it bringing it home to you. Some of the hot new concept cars that will be revealed at the NAIAS include the Toyota Vitz, Mazda Ryuga, Hyundai Veloster, Ford Escape, GMC Sierra All Terrain HD, Honda Civic, Kia KV7 and the MINI Paceman. [12.30.10]

GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept Takes Heavy-Duty Capability To New Ground

The GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept is an exploration of heavy-duty truck capability combined with greater off-road versatility. It is highlighted by a bold exterior design, enhanced all-terrain suspension and premium details expected of a GMC – all designed to enable greater access to off-road destinations. The new 2011 Sierra HD underpins the All Terrain HD concept, with a modified, production-based 4WD chassis and the Duramax diesel/Allison 1000 six-speed powertrain. [12.27.10]

2011 NAIAS Education Day: A World of Opportunities

For the past six years, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has produced an education day for thousands of students as part of a greater auto show experience. 2011 NAIAS promises to offer even more for those schools in attendance by providing students a full menu of potential career options, ranging from inside to beyond the automotive industry. NAIAS welcomes students in school groups in grades 9 – 12 and college level to attend NAIAS Education Day: A World of Opportunities. [12.26.10]

The New Ford C-Max: Compact Vehicle to move Young Families with Flexibility, Fuel Efficiency

The Ford C-MAX is an all-new, affordable transportation alternative for growing, busy North American families who crave industry-first technology, flexible seating and interior space, sporty performance and best-in-class fuel economy. “The Ford C-MAX provides still more proof of how our One Ford plan continues to deliver the high-quality, fuel-efficient products people really want,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas. [12.25.10]

GM announces All-New Name for All-New U.S. Built Small Car: Chevrolet Sonic

Chevrolet announced today that its all-new, U.S. built small car will be called the Chevrolet Sonic in North America. “The Sonic represents a new beginning for Chevrolet in the small car segment and so we felt it was time to give it a new name,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet U.S. Marketing. “The new car is roomy, stylish and fun to drive, and Sonic is a youthful, energetic name that helps convey what this vehicle is about.” [12.24.10]

Volt, LEAF among the finalists for 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards By Jason Rzucidlo

The Chevrolet Volt, Hyundai Sonata and Nissan LEAF make up the three finalists for the 2011 North American Car of the Year. The Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee are the three finalists for the 2011 North American Truck of the Year. Fifty automotive journalists from the United States and Canada vote on the awards. The judging committee represents newspapers, magazines, websites along with television and radio stations. [12.22.10]

North American International Auto Show Announces 2011 Poster Contest Winners

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today announced the winners of its annual high school poster contest in conjunction with the upcoming 2011 show taking place at Cobo Center in Detroit, Jan. 10-23. The grand prize, the Chairmen's Award of $1,000, will be presented to Reid Dickson, a 12th grade student at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills, Mich. The 2011 NAIAS chairman, Barron Meade, and Bill Perkins, vice chairman, selected the winning entry, which will be printed in the official NAIAS program. [12.21.10]

Earvin "Magic" Johnson to address the Multicultural Media Luncheon during NAIAS Press Week

NBA Legend, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be the keynote speaker for the Multicultural Media Luncheon, January 13, 2011, at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. This event is the first diversity themed luncheon held during The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Press Week activities and is listed on the Calendar of Events. The luncheon theme is “Building Brands through Urban Markets” and will also honor minorities in the Auto Industry. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Haitian charity Project Medishare and Orchards Children’s Services, a foster care and adoption agency in Michigan. [12.20.10]

Living "Smarter" Just Got Easier at the 2011 North American International Auto Show

The incredible popularity of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC) EcoXperience ride and drive showcased at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2010 has led to an announcement of another innovative exhibit to be featured at the 2011 show. "Smarter Living In Michigan" will be presented by long-time partner, the MEDC, and will be a key feature at the 2011 NAIAS. The exhibit will be comprised of two different areas, the MEDC Town Square and the adjacent Smarter Living Showcase, sponsored by DTE Energy. [12.19.10]

China's Road to Electrification: Government and Industry Responses

China Business Update (CBU) and China Automotive Review (CAR) will present our 4th annual seminar in Detroit on China, to discuss China’s Road to Electrification: Government and Industry Responses. The seminar is sponsored by Ernst & Young. New automobile sales in China are to hit 18 million units in 2010, surpassing the U.S. for the 2nd year and probably once for all in history. China has drafted a long-term development plan for new energy vehicles and has designated to offer strong policy support for plug-in and pure electric vehicles in the next 10 years. [12.16.10]

Detroit Legends "The Rockets" to Play North American International Auto Show Charity Preview, Jan. 14, 2011

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Charity Preview takes place at Detroit's Cobo Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, and will once again serve as the black-tie gala that is one of the top single-night fundraising events in the nation. For 2011, it will feature yet another hometown favorite with national ties: Detroit's own, The Rockets. Legendary hometown rock band, The Rockets perform at NAIAS Charity Preview fresh from a year that featured a Distinguished Achievement Award at the Detroit Music Awards... [12.13.10]

Inforum's Annual Auto Show Breakfast: She's Just Not That Into You

The argument to increase the automotive industry’s share of female talent is persuasive. One thing is certain: a different approach to recruitment, retention and advancement is needed. The next generation of female talent has a lot to say about the jobs to which they aspire and the changes they would like to see in auto industry culture. What they have to say might surprise you. Join Inforum’s AutomotiveNEXT initiative leaders and executives from Automotive News’ 2010 list of the top women in the industry for a lively, candid discussion about what it will take to really change representation of women in the industry. [12.10.10]

Park downtown and take the People Mover to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) By Jason Rzucidlo

Exhibitors, members of the media and the public are encouraged to park their cars downtown then hop on the People Mover for a quick ride to Cobo Center. It's the fastest way to get around downtown Detroit. There are 13 People Mover stations around a 2.9-mile loop around the downtown district. The North American International Auto Show kicks off on Jan. 10 and runs through Jan. 23. [12.7.10]

>> WATCH: Interview with Detroit People Mover Marketing Specialist Ericka Alexander (Video)

23rd Annual SAA Automotive Outlook Conference: New Opportunities, New Challenges, New Insights

SAA members asked for high-level speakers. They also asked for the latest data from leading industry analysts and economists. We have delivered! The annual Automotive Outlook Conference -- the new NAIAS Kick-off Event -- will once again occur on the eve to the opening of NAIAS industry preview days in Cobo Hall. The conference will feature a panel discussion with various respected industry analysts, which will include the opportunity to ask the panelists your questions. [12.5.10]

2011 NAIAS Charity Preview tickets are on sale now By Jason Rzucidlo

Everyone knows that the 2011 North American International Auto Show Charity Preview is the hottest ticket in town. It is held on the day before the auto show opens to the public. Auto show organizers cut the ticket price last year from $400 each in 2009 to $250 each in 2010. The discounted price remains in effect for 2011. Attendance was up by 25 percent at the 2010 auto show charity preview when compared to the year before. Approximately $2 million was raised in that one day alone. [11.13.10]

Disney Pixar's CARS 2 creatives anchor the 2011 AutoWeek Design Forum

Two members of the creative team behind some of the most successful animated films by Disney Pixar will speak to Inspiration Behind the Design at the 17th AutoWeek Design Forum. Brad Lewis and Jay Shuster anchor a day of design insight and inspiration and will talk about their work on CARS 2, due in theaters in summer 2011. S proved not only to be a design tour de force, but it became a cultural icon, an instant classic,” said Dutch Mandel, AutoWeek associate publisher and editorial director. [11.6.10]

Exhibitors, the media to have two less hotels to choose from for the 2011 NAIAS By Jason Rzucidlo

Members of the media and exhibitors will have two fewer hotels to select from when the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) comes to Detroit in January. Last year, the Detroit Riverside Hotel closed its doors just before the start of the 2010 auto show. On Oct. 12, the Omni Detroit Hotel at River Place went out of business. Although the hotel is only about a mile away from Cobo Center, it was always busy during the time of the auto show. [10.31.10]

>> WATCH: Exhibitors, the media to have two less hotels to choose from for the 2011 NAIAS (Video)

15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards Promotes Green Technology Event Includes Green Car Show and Technology Exhibit

The 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards, held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show, will host its first annual Green Car Show and Technology Exhibit on Sunday, January 9th, 2011, at the Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit. This year's event will celebrate 15 years of emerging diversity in the automotive industry and promote green technology to people of color. The Green Car Show exhibit will showcase a collection of efficient- and alternatively-fueled vehicles, as well as the newest hybrids and clean diesel automobiles. [10.23.10]

Electric vehicles are coming to dealers; more charging stations to become available By Jason Rzucidlo

Most people agree that the 1914 Detroit Electric was the first electric vehicle. Since them, automakers have spent almost 100 years perfecting the internal combustion engine. With the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it became clear that now is the time to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. The solution is the battery-electric vehicle, which runs completely on electricity. In December, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan LEAF will hit showrooms. Thousands of charging stations are being installed right now across the country to make driving these new vehicles possible. [10.17.10]

North American International Auto Show announces 2011 High School Poster Competition

The 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), sponsored by NAIAS LLC, an association of Detroit area auto dealers, announced today the launch of its annual poster contest in connection with the NAIAS next January. The 23rd Annual High School Poster Contest is open to all Michigan residents enrolled in grades 10 through 12. An independent panel of recognized representatives from the local art community will judge the contest. This year, the NAIAS will choose winners in 16 categories. [10.15.10]

More automakers coming to 2011 NAIAS as Cobo Center receives upgrades By Jason Rzucidlo

The 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) show floor is expected to be completely full. Many automakers that did not display any vehicles in recent years are coming back to the Motor City in January. Porsche, Saab, Nissan, Suzuki and Mitsubishi are some of the automakers that are expected to have displays at Cobo Center. Meanwhile, upgrades are being made to Cobo Center to get the building ready for the 2011 NAIAS. [10.8.10]

>> WATCH: More automakers coming to 2011 NAIAS as Cobo Center receives upgrades (Video)

The Detroit Electric brand to bring back its electric vehicles By Jason Rzucidlo

This year, we are kicking off our coverage of the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) inside The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. The 1922 Detroit Electric was one of the first electric vehicles ever produced. It is on display inside the museum. The vehicle was built by the Detroit Electric Car Company from 1907 to 1942. It is a four-passenger model 90 coupe. There will be many modern electric vehicles on display at the 2011 NAIAS. [10.2.10]

>> WATCH: The Detroit Electric was one of the first electric vehicles ever built (Video)

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