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2012 North American International Auto Show


Urban Wheel Awards announces 2012 Vehicles of the Year

"The Urban Vehicles of the Year" were announced today by Decisive magazine after their selection by an esteemed panel of independent automotive journalists. The Urban Wheel Awards judging panel spent several months selecting the most stylish, practical and attainable vehicles by driving dozens of cars and trucks in a variety of North American urban settings before settling on the three winners. Decisive magazine's Urban Vehicles of the Year are featured in the magazine's winter issue, which will be available online at and on mobile applications. [10.30.11]

'Chevy100, An American Story' Premieres in Detroit

"Chevy100, An American Story," a new documentary by Roger Sherman, will premiere November 3 at the historic Detroit Institute of Arts in downtown Detroit. The feature-length documentary by the award-winning producer, director and cinematographer explores the 100-year history of Chevrolet and Chevy's cultural and personal relevance for millions. "For over thirty years, I've been attracted to telling the stories of real people," said Sherman. [11.2.11]

'Revenge of the Electric Car' to open Friday in Royal Oak and Ann Arbor By Jason Rzucidlo

Many people agree that the 1916 Detroit Electric was one of the first electric vehicles. Over the past 90 plus years, automakers have been perfecting gasoline-powered vehicles. From 1996 to 1999, General Motors produced the EV1, the first mass-produced electric vehicle. In 2003, GM Vice President Bob Lutz encouraged CEO Rich Wagoner to cancel the EV1 project. “I am a filmmaker and right now, I live in Los Angeles,” Director Chris Paine said in an exclusive phone interview. “I grew up in California and went to school in New York and briefly in Michigan.” [11.8.11]

PHOTOS: Automotive Authors Day at the Detroit Public Library's Skillman Branch's Gloria Rzucidlo was LIVE at the 6th Annual Automotive Authors Day at the Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library. It takes place each year in November. This is a great way to kickoff our coverage of the 2012 North American International Auto Show. There were about 20 authors who showed up to sign their automotive books and discuss them. Some of them traveled as far away as Los Angeles so they would participate in this great event. [11.27.11]

John Quiñones and Phylicia Rashad to host 2012 Urban Wheel Awards

John Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC newsmagazine "Primetime" and has been with the network nearly 25 years. He is the sole anchor of the "Primetime" series "What Would You Do?," one of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises of recent years. During his tenure he has reported extensively for ABC News, predominantly serving as a correspondent for "Primetime" and "20/20." While Quiñones was covering the Chilean Miners' disaster last year... [12.14.11]

AMP to Show a New All-Electric SUV at Detroit International Auto Show

AMP Holding Inc. (OTCBB and OTCQB: AMPD), an electric vehicle company, specializing in SUV Electric Vehicles, today announced that the company will unveil an expansion of their product line with an iconic American SUV – now 100% electric. The new AMP model is based on a vehicle with an All-American image. The new model is designed to be attractive to fleet users in the United States who desire to take a public stance on zero-carbon and zero-emissions. [12.16.11]

Turbocharged 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Pushes Performance

A hotter Chevrolet Sonic is about to sound off – the 2013 Sonic RS. It goes on sale in late 2012, after making its public debut at the North American International Auto Show Jan. 14-22. The new RS amplifies the Sonic’s youthful style and driving experience with unique exterior and interior features matched with a 138-horsepower (103 kW) Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine. Sonic is the only vehicle in its segment to offer a turbocharged powertrain. [12.19.11]

24th Annual SAA Automotive Outlook Conference: Consolidation, Expansion and the Drive for Profitability

SAA's annual Automotive Outlook Conference is more than just a session with a few speakers. In fact, it is the largest gathering of the year of SAA members and helps kick off the North American International Auto Show. It also sheds a spotlight on what to expect in the coming year in the automotive industry, provides outstanding networking opportunities and features insightful and compelling speakers from the OEM, analyst and financial communities. And, don't forget, all attendees receive an analyst pass that grants them admission into the NAIAS on the second day of Industry Preview week (Jan. 10, 2012). [12.22.11]

2012 NAIAS: Supporting Events, Seminars and Conferences has compiled a list of all the supporting events that will be going on in conjunction with the 2012 North American International Auto Show. Read about the SAA Automotive Outlook Conference, Urban Wheel Awards, Designers Night in Detroit, EyesOn Design Awards, Automotive News World Congress, AutoWeek Design Forum, Real Times Media's DRIVEN event, Inforum's Annual Auto Show Breakfast, The Multicultural Media Luncheon, the NAIAS Charity Preview and the 2012 AutoGlow after-glow party. [12.25.11]

All-new 2013 Dodge Dart Interior Sets New Standard for Compact Cars

The Dodge brand is giving a sneak peek into the high-tech, precisely crafted and highly customizable interior of its all-new 2013 Dodge Dart. Scheduled to be introduced Jan. 9 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new Dodge Dart’s interior sets a new standard for compact cars. Dodge designers focused on creating a modern blend of precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology, exciting bursts of color and hand-sculpted shapes when designing the Dart’s interior, which is made with materials and technology typically found in more expensive vehicle segments. [12.26.11]

2012 North American Car / Truck of the Year Finalists Announced

Fifty automotive journalists have selected the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat as the three finalists for the 2012 North American Car of the Year. The finalists for the 2012 North American Truck of the Year are the BMW X3, the Honda CR-V and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. The finalists were revealed today at an Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit. The awards are unique in the United States because -- instead of being given by a single media outlet... [12.27.11]

Ford Lane Keeping System Helps Fusion Drivers Stay Alert and Between the Lines

With many of us driving long distances to visit friends and family during the holiday season, drowsiness can easily creep up when behind the wheel. That’s why the all-new Ford Fusion will offer a Lane Keeping System (LKS) to help drivers stay between the lines. The new Ford Fusion, which will debut at the North American International Auto Show in January, is the first mainstream midsize sedan in North America to offer this technology. Ford will roll out the Lane Keeping System to a wide range of its vehicles over the next several years. In addition to the new Fusion, the Ford Explorer also will offer the feature in 2012. [1.2.12]

The Gallery at MGM Grand Detroit Features Über-Luxury and Performance Vehicles

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2012 together with MGM Grand Detroit will once again feature über-luxury and performance vehicles at The Gallery. Now in its fifth year, this exclusive event will be held at MGM Grand Detroit on Sun., Jan. 8, 2012. The Gallery will feature magnificent vehicles from Aston Martin, Bentley, Corvette, Falcon, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lincoln, Lingenfelter, Maserati, Morgan, Porsche, Range Rover, Rolls-Royce, and the finest motorcycles. [1.4.12]

PHOTOS: 2012 Motorcity Automotive Industry Night (MAIN) Event at Coach Insignia's Michele K. was LIVE at the Coach Insignia restaurant inside the GM Renaissance Center for the 2012 Motorcity Automotive Industry Night (MAIN) Event. It was a welcome and homecoming to Detroit for all automotive professionals, especially those attending the North America International Auto Show. Not only did they recognizing the professional community, but students from Lawrence Technological University will feature their concepts. It also included a fashion show and a keynote speech from GM's Bob Lutz. [1.8.12]

Big Three automakers expected to remain profitable throughout 2012, analysts agree By Gloria Rzucidlo

The Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) presented its 24th annual Automotive Outlook Conference in the Michigan Room at Cobo Center in Detroit. SAA President Anthony Pratt delivered the welcome and opening remarks. "The SAA is celebrating 25 years this year," he said. "We saw the industry grow in 2011, so we have optimism. We are anticipating growth in 2012. The composition of this organization is not all analysts. We have members from manufacturers and suppliers. We refer to this event as the super bowl event. In 2011, its been a good year with 70 new members, with a total of 370 members." [1.8.12]

PHOTOS: 2012 North American International Auto Show Concept Cars and Production Models

Seven members of the Web Team are reporting inside Cobo Center in downtown Detroit for the 2012 North American International Auto Show. Look for hundreds of clear, digital photos of all the new concept cars and production models that were revealed over the two press days. You'll see the Acura NSX concept, Ford Evos, Honda Accord Coupe concept, Nissan electric van concept, smart Focus, Lexus LF-C, Toyota NS4, Lincoln MKZ Concept and the Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid! Check back for more new photos each day. [1.8.12]

WATCH: Highlights of the Fashion Show at the MAIN Event's Michele K. was LIVE at the Coach Insignia restaurant inside the GM Renaissance Center for the 2012 Motorcity Automotive Industry Night (MAIN) Event. It was a welcome and homecoming to Detroit for all automotive professionals, especially those attending the North America International Auto Show. Not only did they recognize the professional community, but students from Lawrence Technological University featured their concepts. In this great video, watch the fashion show that took place. [1.9.12]

>> WATCH: Inteva Products Salutes the Lawrence Technological University Designers

Chevrolet reveals the Code 130R and the TRU 140S at 2012 NAIAS By Jerome Rzucidlo

Clay A. Dean, GM's Director of Advanced Global Design North America, talked to me about the Chevy Code 130R and the Chevy TRU 140S. He said they are both cars for the millennials. These are coupe cars that resonate with young people. They both get 40 mpg with 1.4-liter turbo 4 cylinder engines. They are both mild hybrid new for today with E-assist, not electric powered. "We are currently showing both cars at non-auto events and auto events around the country to get reaction and feedback from consumers," Dean said. "They both have digital interior features. The price range is $19,000-$24,000." [1.9.12]

Volkswagen shows off the E-Bugster electric vehicle at 2012 NAIAS By Gloria Rzucidlo

Christian Buhlmann, a Volkswagen Spokesperson for North America from Wolfsburg, Germany, says the E-Bugster is a two seater, all electric vehicle and has the same powertrain as the VW Golf. It is powered by a 114-hp electric motor and a lithium-ion battery and gets 100 miles on a charge in zero emissions driving. You can charge this car in three ways: 120-volt, 240-volt, and quick charge, which is an 80-percent charge in 30 minutes. The battery weighs 176 pounds and is stored under the trunk floor and rear bench seat. The Bugster has a flat and wide windshield and you can take off the top roof, so it is capable of being a roadster. [1.10.12]

WATCH: Ford's Spiral Ride at 2012 North American International Auto Show's Shaun K. was LIVE at the 2012 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. In this video, watch for the spiral ride at the Ford Motor Company display. Ford’s Living Connected Experience will give visitors a peek of what might be in store for new vehicle technologies. Leading up to their visit to “the Cloud,” groups of 12 visitors are guided through five stations that explain how Ford technology is addressing future trends, including Changing Population Demographics, Emerging Technologies and Living Green. The group will then board a 20-foot-tall elevator that takes them into “the Cloud,” where visitors enjoy a 360-degree film showcasing the future of in-vehicle technology from Ford. [1.10.12]

2013 Cadillac XTS4 looks to make driving options a tad more digitized By Pete Bublitz

With the first day of the 2012 North American International Auto Show dedicated to private guests and media, Monday at Cobo Hall presented a marathon of specially unveiled automotive innovation amid the wine glasses, company signs and not fully noticeable steps. Throughout the main floor, examples of technological breakthroughs came either as alternative power sources, digital attachments, or otherwise. In the Cadillac section, perched atop a rotating platform, one vehicle model stood out for its breakthrough in computerized assistance: the 2013 Cadillac XTS4. It’s make and engine capabilities influenced great impression from Cliff Marriot, Products Presenter and Trainer. [1.11.12]

WATCH: Lincoln's display at 2012 North American International Auto Show's Michele K. and Shaun K. were LIVE at the 2012 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. In this video, watch for the art and design experience at the Lincoln display. The entire display, inspired by premium retail stores, takes its own distinct path from the traditional lights and conventional stages on the auto show circuit by creating a connection between the brand and its auto show guests. Art, a showroom, lounge, demos, product specialists and innovative décor by artist and engineer Chuck Hoberman. Two of his world-renowned spheres are on display, which are made with 840 parts, weigh approximately 300 pounds, condense at 3 feet and expand to 11 feet. [1.11.12]

Toyota introduces the FVC-R fuel cell vehicle at 2012 NAIAS By Gloria Rzucidlo

I spoke with Jana Hartline, Manager, Environmental Communications regarding the Toyota FVC-R Concept. This vehicle is based on the highlander platform. It is an all electric vehicle and utilizes the same core hybrid synergy drive technology as the Toyota Prius. It is powered by hydrogen gas that feeds into the fuel cell stack, which separates each electron and creates electricity. There is a back-up battery. The range is 350-400 miles per fill. Most hydrogen gas stations are in California and on the east coast in Connecticut. It takes five minutes to fill it up, just like regular gas, but with hydrogen gas. [1.12.12]

WATCH: Nissan's display at the 2012 North American International Auto Show's Shaun K. was LIVE at the 2012 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. In this video, watch for highlights of the Nissan display. The automaker unveiled the Pathfinder concept and an all-electric e-NV200 concept. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn spoke during the press conference. Mass production of the e-NV200 concept is expected to begin in 2014. It was the automaker's first time having a booth at the Detroit Auto Show in four years. [1.12.12]

Perfect blue just a factor in new 2013 BMW M5’s appeal By Pete Bublitz

While the Big Three and their affiliate company displays were influencing delight and caution, the European names were just as adept to keeping up the pressure. One of the sharks swimming through such tested waters was the 2013 BMW M5, a sports vehicle which quickly caught eyes thanks to its smooth blue coating and its fishy features right down to the exhaust “gills” and small fin towards the back of the car roof. In terms of power, the M5 was describe in provided “BMW Media Information” booklets as possessing a “maximum output of... [1.13.12]

WATCH: Chevrolet Miray concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show's Michele K. was LIVE at the 2012 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. In this video, watch as the Chevrolet Miray concept spins on the turntable. The Miray is powered by two front-mounted electric motors with 20PS (15 kW) of power each coupled with a 1.5 liter, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mounted mid-rear which drives the rear wheels. The battery pack is lithium-ion and has a capacity of 1.6 kWh. It can be recharged through regenerative braking. The engine is mated to a dual-clutch gearbox. [1.13.12]

Honda unveils the 2013 Accord Coupe concept at 2012 NAIAS By Jerome Rzucidlo

I spoke with Sara Pines regarding the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe 2-door concept. This car has an all new direct injection engine with a choice of three engines: 4-cylinder, V-6 and plug-in hybrid. The application of Honda ECO Assist system is on all Accord models. This vehicle is front-wheel drive."There are some new safety technology that was announced today," Pines said. "First, there is the lane departure warning and forward crash warning." [1.14.12]

2012 NAIAS shows off the rebound of the automotive industry By Robert Powell

The North American International Auto Show was teeming with food, drink and hospitality for the media that covered the event, giving a taste (yes, pun intended) of the optimism that the auto industry now has for the future. And the optimism was not just a front, or wishful thinking, you could really sense it; a far cry from just two years ago. From the sake bar and expresso at Infiniti and appetizers at the Cheli’s van, to the huge shrimp-filled ice sculpture at Honda, Cobo Hall was a feast equal to any medieval mead hall during a generous king’s jousting festival. [1.15.12]

PHOTOS: 2012 Automotive News World Congress at the GM Renaissance Center's Michele K., Shaun K. and Robert Powell were LIVE inside the Marriott Hotel at the GM Renaissance Center for the 2012 Automotive News World Congress. Look for photos of the PwC Shareholder Value Awards, BorgWarner Trophy Presentation to the Indy 500 Winning Team and Owner along with the keynote speech from Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. The annual conference takes place in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). [1.16.12]

The Dodge Dart returns after a 36-year absence as a 2013 model By Michele K.

Thirty-six years after it ceased production, the Dodge Dart is back. Chrysler has resurrected the Dodge Dart, which is now a compact four-door sedan. At the Automotive News World Conference, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the Dart is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulitetta, but is 183 inches long and 72 inches wide. It is equipped with a 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter in-line four cylinder engine. It makes about 145 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.3-liter model has been fitted with Fiat MultiAir technology for better breathing and improved fuel efficency. [1.16.12]

Buick debuts the 2013 Encore compact crossover SUV at 2012 NAIAS By Shaun K.

The 2013 Buick Encore will be available at dealers in roughly a year from now, but it will take GM's entry-level luxury brand into a new territory. "Buick" and "five-door crossover" are being used in the same sentence at this year's auto show. It is a five-door hatchback that's built on a platform adapted from the 2012 Chevy Sonic subcompact according to the Buick rep at the Detroit Auto show. The engine may be one of the smallest ever offered in a Buick. [1.17.12]

PHOTOS: Hyundai's Monday Party at Slow's Bar-B-Q in Detroit's Michele K. and Robert Powell were LIVE inside the Slow's Bar-B-Q restaurant in Detroit's Corktown district. Hyundai Motor America hosted its annual party on the Monday of press week for the North American International Auto Show. It was a great way for the news media to mingle with representatives from the automaker. We're taking you inside the Hyundai Monday Party right here on! [1.18.12]

My Reflections on the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) By Mike Wrathell

I decided to go to back to the auto show on a whim. I had just gotten out of court and parked at the Greektown Casino. Then I had lunch at Loco's Tex-Mex Grille, and had a nice chat with Lori, the bartender. She even said she would vote for me for Macomb County Prosecutor. The lunch special was pretty good and so was the draft Dos Equis Dark with limes on the side of the tall glass. I took the People Mover over to Cobo Center and got my press credentials, finally walking into the show and going to the Jeep exhibit first. [1.18.12]

PHOTOS: EyesOn Design Awards Presentation at the 2012 NAIAS in Detroit's Gloria Rzucidlo was LIVE at the 2012 EyesOn Design Awards presentation during the North American International Auto Show. The awards are handed out at the conclusion of the second media day. One award is given out for Best Concept Vehicle and the other is for Best Production Vehicle. Autoline Detroit's John McElroy served as the emcee. We're not going to tell you the winners until you click on the link above. You'll be pleasantly surprised! [1.19.12]

2012 AutoWeek Design Forum goes eclectic in its global and domestic input By Pete Bublitz

Despite the early morning hours of January 12 being dampened by rain, they were more highlighted by a compiled group of several key design influences in the global automotive industry. Their purpose was to discuss their personal and company contributions during the 2012 AutoWeek Design Forum, held on the 11th floor of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. Despite moderator representation from the likes of AutoWeek Media Group... [1.19.12]

Cadillac introduces the all-new ATS sedan at the 2012 NAIAS By Michele K.

The Cadillac ATS was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show, which is down the middle of the brand's Art & Science theme. This car is going to be a competitor to the BMW. The introductory price will be in the low $30,000. The Cadillac ATS is lighter than the BMW 3-Series. It will be built right here in Detroit. It is a very sophisticated car. A diesel version is on it's way I found out. Cadillac has high hopes for this car. [1.20.12]

PHOTOS: Hyundai's Detroit Rocks Party at The Majestic Complex in Detroit's Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo were LIVE at The Majestic/Magic Stick/Garden Bowl complex in midtown Detroit for the annual Hyundai Detroit Rocks Party. It takes place each year on the Saturday after the press days of the North American International Auto Show. The Exhaust Tones played on stage as they normally do. Hyundai Motor America President Jon Krafcik joined the band for a few songs as well. It was a great evening of live entertainment, amazing food and free bowling! [1.21.12]


Concept Cars Production Models  
2013 Acura ILX concept 2013 Acura RDX 2013 Audi A4
Acura NSX concept 2012 Bentley Continental GT V8 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 3
Ford Evos 2012 BMW 3 Series 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5
2013 Honda Accord Coupe concept 2013 Buick Encore 2012 Chrysler 200 Super S
Nissan electric van concept 2013 Cadillac ATS 2012 Dodge Charger Redline
2013 Nissan Pathfinder concept 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS 2013 Lexus LX
smart Focus 2013 Dodge Dart 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera
Lexus LF-LC 2013 Ford Fusion 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S convertible
Toyota NS4 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2013 Scion FR-S
2013 Lincoln MKZ concept 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class  
Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid 2012 MINI Roadster  
  2013 Toyota Prius c  
  2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid  



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