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Categories: Auto Shows

Sneak Peek of January's Detroit Auto Show

On: Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 3:49PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Sneak Peek of January's Detroit Auto Show test 1-1

Whenever a new movie premieres, Hollywood pulls out all the stops to let the world know all about it. There is the traditional red carpet line where the stars and filmmakers greet the press and fans. It doesn’t matter if the movie turns out to be a hit or not, this first introduction tells everyone there is something special going on and attention must be paid.

North American Car and Truck of the Year Finalists Announced

On: Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 3:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

North American Car and Truck of the Year Finalists Announced test 1-1

As you probably already know, the 2011 North American International Auto Show is drawing very near. The show gets underway for its press preview on January 10 and 11, and opens to the public on January 15. Between that and the fact that the year is coming to a close, one has to wonder: what is the official car of the year? Well, that answer is a little closer because the finalists for the North American Car of the Year, to be awarded at the NAIAS, were selected last week. Also selected were their truck counterparts.

Chevy Planning A Volt Crossover For Detroit

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 4:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Planning A Volt Crossover For Detroit  test 1-1

Chevy has barely gotten its first batch of Volts out of its Hamtramck plant in Michigan, but word is that it will be giving the world a glimpse of its next range-extending model next month at the North American International Auto Show. Reportedly called the Chevy Amp, the new vehicle will be a 5-person MPV or crossover based upon the range-extending powertrain of the Volt.

Honda Previews Next-Gen Civic With Detroit Concept

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda Previews Next-Gen Civic With Detroit Concept  test 1-1

Honda is hard at work developing the next generation Civic, a model that will debut for the 2012 model year. It plans to preview the model in concept form at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (Detroit) next month, and released a single teaser rendering of the concept this week, providing a sneak preview of what the next Civic will look like.


2010 Tampa International Auto Show: Everything Else

On: Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 11:35AM | By: John Welch

Chevrolet Stingray Concept test 2

Rounding out our week of Auto Show coverage, we have provided you with cars we missed in previous posts, as well as cars that needed more room. The Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus simply can't be properly reported on without a test drive. With only visual inspection of these cars we can safely say that they are as good or better than their Japanese, German, and Korean rivals. I would honestly choose either car over a new Jetta. Especially the 1.4 liter Cruze or Focus ST. Neither was on hand at this particular show, but we have already lamented the auto industry's blase attitude toward the Central Florida market. Too many Rednecks and Mexicans who will only consider gently used pick-ups, I suppose.

Enjoy this gallery, and stay tuned next week for one more "Everything Else" post; we just cannot fit everything into 30 images.

McLaren Unveils Limited Edition SLR McLaren Edition

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 4:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

McLaren Unveils Limited Edition SLR McLaren Edition test 1-1

About this time last year, Mercedes/McLaren announced that it was working on the last of the the SLR Stirling Moss models. Introduced in January of last year, the Stirling Moss edition was a 75-example, sans-windshield roadster with a supercharged V8 engine worth 650 horses. As hot of a car as it was, the Stirling Moss was bittersweet: it marked the split of one of the most intriguing team-ups of the decade. Mercedes-Benz was working on its own SLS AMG gullwing and McLaren was reviving its badge with the MP4-12C (and some yet unseen family members). After five years and numerous terrible tunes, the ultra-premium supercar created by the two companies was to be no more.

Until this month. Last week, McLaren brought the SLR screaming back into the spotlight with a special edition that it calls the McLaren SLR Edition. The new tuned SLR will be produced in a limited batch of 25. McLaren showed it off at the Essen Motor Show.

2010 Tampa International Auto Show: The Best from Japan And Europe

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 10:20AM | By: John Welch

2011 Toyota Sienna test 2

Thursday morning brings us more images from the 2010 Tampa International Auto Show. Today we feature various Toyotas', Hondas', Acuras', Subarus', BMWs', Volvos' and Mercedes-Benzeses. The shape and lay out of the Tampa Convention Center compromises picture taking, but we have done our best for you. Check out the fantastic corral of Infiniti's, possibly our most pleasant surprise. Not much to report from Honda. The updated Accord Coupe is more interesting then its CR-Z stablemate, even though the CR-Z is brand new, and all gee-whiz hybridized. This is a car that needs an immediate reboot- it does not live up to the hype.

Mercedes, BMW and MINI were all crammed into floor space that was woefully inadequate, limiting our ability to get good shots. Not much was missed here, as none of these brands presented anything especially new or exciting. Same with Subaru. We raved about the then-new Legacy last year, but it has not aged well. The cartoony styling is bulbous in all the wrong places; the Leggy's attractive interior might not be enough to overcome its unfortunate outer skin. Good thing it packs a turbo flat-four, a manual option, and All Wheel Drive. Who honestly cares what it looks like from behind the wheel? I for one, it's embarrassingly unattractive.

Venture inside the post to see just what I'm on about (sic)  . . .

Six-Wheeled Supercar Gets Real

On: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

Six-Wheeled Supercar Gets Real test 1-1

Yes, six wheels. No typo. The Covini C6W isn't exactly a stranger to supercar circles. It's been in development for the past 32 years and is based upon a race car from the 1970s—the 1976 Tyrell P34 race car. However, between its odd, six-wheel stance and its three decades worth of slogging through development, we would have thought the Covini would never move past the prototype stages. Only it has. Finally. After a variety of delayed production launches, Covini is finally ready to give the world what it [doesn't] desires: a 430-hp, six-wheeled supercar.

2010 Tampa International Auto Show: Ford and Chrysler

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 4:33PM | By: John Welch

2011 Ford Focus test 2

The second installment of our MT Auto Show coverage shines the spot light on Ford and Chrysler. Both companies are enjoying a rebirth of sorts, Chrysler with its much improved interior design and Ford with its, well, everything. Alan Mullay has been crapping golden eggs for two years now, and by the looks of Ford's 2011 product line, his uncomfortable bathroom situation isn't going to get better anytime soon.

The new Ford Focus is as advertised: stylishly European with utility to match. The sedan is more attractive then its Cruze competitor, and the interior quality is neck and neck with the Chevy. If anything, the surprise here is that the Chevy is so good, Euro Focus customers have enjoyed upmarket interiors for six years now. This was our first opportunity to get intimate with a Fiesta, and the news is good here as well. Roomy and ergonomic, the Fiesta is a lovely car for the money. Volkswagen has some serious competition coming from this pair of reinvigorated Ford hatches.

To say that Chrysler's design department has woken from a looong slumber recently would be putting it lightly. The beleaguered automaker has found a new direction with its interiors, utilizing soft plastics and foam trim in ways you wouldn't expect. The New Charger's interior still looks, cheap, but it is a different sort of cheap from its predecessor. Instead of looking like a toy, the Charger dash now has more of a real-car feel too it. Chrysler has also turned up the wick on the Jeep Grand Cherokee passenger compartment. The big Jeep has tasteful wood and pleasing shapes for days. Still not wehat i would call world class, but significantly improved. It's ok if Chrysler is proud of these two models, because elsewhere in the Chrysler booth things were still pretty bleak. What, no Fiat?!

Check inside the post for an image gallery of the most important products from Ford and Chrysler for 2011.

2010 Tampa International Auto Show: GM And Korea

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 12:25PM | By: John Welch

2011 Buick LaCrosse test 2

The AutoShopperBlog spent Sunday perusing the Tampa International Auto Show, presented by Motor Trend. Not expecting grandeur on the scale of a Geneva or Detroit show, we were none the less disappointed at the glaring absences from the Tampa show. No Audi, no Porsche, no Ferrari. More surprisingly there was no Fiat. You would think that the Tampa/St. Pete area would be a hot-bed of Cinquecento activity, that Chrysler/Fiat might expect to sell more than a few of the little hatchbacks in our area. Apparently they don't see it that way.

The automakers who did show up brought their best and brightest. In this post we cover three important brands from everybody's favorite bankruptcy survivor, General Motors, as well as the best from Korea. There are some interesting vehicles showcased here, from the Chevy Cruze and Hyundai Elantra, to the Hyundai Equus and Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. I can tell you, with unabashed certainty, that the Buick Regal and Kia Optima are both excellent candidates for that second mortgage. Both cars are similar in tactile feel and interior quality. The Regal, under the sheetmetal, is a German car, so it should be this nice. The Kia is such a good car it is shocking that it isn't Germanic. The steering wheel could have come straight out of a Volkswagen GTi; the dash is raked toward the driver at an alarming angle. The sight lines are perfect, the buttons and knobs click and whir in satisfying fashion. Consult the image gallery to find out what we though of the rest of the best from General Motors and Korea . . .

New Porsche 918-Based Supercar Concept to Debut in Detroit

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:25AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Porsche 918-Based Supercar Concept to Debut in Detroit test 1-1

Well, here's some good news to start your week off right: Porsche is planning on bringing a new supercar concept to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Interestingly, the car will not be the next iteration of the 918 Spyder Hybrid, which Porsche confirmed for production in September, but instead, will be a brand new concept that's said to share some components with the 918 concept.