The Business of Autonomy – NAIAS 2017

January 13th, 2017 at 11:41am

All kinds of companies are jumping on the autonomous bandwagon. But what are their business plans, and how are automakers going to work with their suppliers to develop the technology? Will the OEMs bring it all in-house or buy turn-key systems from suppliers? Jeff Klei shares his insight of how Continental sees this rolling out.

Beyond 2025/Globalization of Innovation – Autoline Supplier Symposium 2017 – Day Two

January 12th, 2017 at 2:39pm

Join John McElroy as he moderates panels organized by groups such as CAR and The Consulate General of Japan in Detroit.

Guests Include:
Greg Hamel, Director of Business Strategy & Indirect Purchasing, Ford
Jay Baron, President, Center for Automotive Research
Sandra McClelland, Sales Development Manager, Solvay Specialty Products
MaryAnn Wright, Group VP, Technology & Industry Relations, Johnson Controls Power
Mr. Mitsuhiro Wada, The Consul General of Japan in Detroit
Doug Patton, Executive VP, Engineering Division & CTO, DENSO International America, Inc.
John Clark, President of North American Sales Division, Aisin World Corp of America

Supplier Outlook/Building Talent Pool – Autoline Supplier Symposium 2017 – Day One

January 11th, 2017 at 6:37pm

Join John McElroy as he moderates panels organized by groups such as OESA and SME.

Guests Include:
Burt Jordan, VP Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing & Supplier Diversity, Ford
Charles Chesbrough, Executive Director – Strategy, Research and Senior Economist, OESA
Ken Hopkins, President and CEO, NEAPCO Holdings LLC
Lon Offenbacher, CEO and President, INTEVA Products
Elizabeth Griffith, Director of Engineering, GM Global at Faurecia Interiors
Grahame Burrow, President, Magna Exteriors
Jeannine Kunz, VP of Tooling U at SME

BMW 5 Series is About Choice – NAIAS 2017

January 10th, 2017 at 2:33pm

BMW just introduced the new 5 Series sedan. Of course it’s instantly recognizable as BMW with its twin-kidney grille, but the car gets a number of new technologies as well. It features gesture controls, an upgraded voice recognition system and semi-autonomous driving capability just to name a few. While BMW is known as The Ultimate Driving machine, the company says the autonomous features are for those times you’re stuck in traffic and don’t really enjoy driving anyway. But it’s all about choice for BMW customers. We also take time to discuss BMW’s EV future and a couple of new models coming to the X model range.

Lexus Ups the LS’ Game – NAIAS 2017

January 10th, 2017 at 1:35pm

The LS sedan started it all for Lexus back in 1989. Today at the Detroit auto show the brand is showing off the 5th-generation of the car. It truly is an all-new LS. Not even one bolt carries over from the previous model. It also features the latest interpretation of the automaker’s spindle grille, the most expressive yet. Just to give you an idea of how detailed it is, the grille has more than 5,000 individually designed elements.

Kia Stinger: Don’t Have to Explain Beauty – NAIAS 2017

January 10th, 2017 at 12:40pm

Kia is not known for performance, but that could change with the all-new Stinger. It’s a rear-wheel drive sports sedan with bold styling. When it hits the market later this year it will have two engine options, the top of the line being a twin turbo 3.3L V6 that pumps out 365-horsepower. Kia’s COO and Executive VP, Michael Sprague says, “you don’t have to explain beauty,” if someone questions why you bought a Stinger.

Mopar Celebrates Its 80th – NAIAS 2017

January 10th, 2017 at 11:56am

The Mopar brand was founded in 1937 and made antifreeze. It has come a long way since then. Mopar operates in 150 countries, employs 7,000 people and has served 70 million customers. Here at the Detroit auto show it’s showcasing a number of specialty parts and a few very unique machines.

Infiniti QX50 Has a Commanding Presence – NAIAS 2017

January 10th, 2017 at 11:06am

So often we question why a concept car looks the way it does, so it’s nice to get the story right from the people that really know. We talk with Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s Executive Design Director about the company’s newest “concept” vehicle, the QX50. We say “concept” because this is very close to what the production version will look like. On the outside, you could say it’s a cousin to the Q60, but with a more commanding presence. On the inside, it doesn’t scream at you, but it has an interesting story to tell. In the end Infiniti hopes to have a vehicle that people want to open the door and drive.

Ford F-150 Gets a Diesel – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 6:07pm

Everyone wants to be on top. But when you’re on top, it’s on you to stay there. One way to do that is to keep things fresh and just a few years after introducing the all-new F-150 it’s getting a noticeable update. There’s a new face up front as well as a reworked rear end. Less noticeable is the host of new safety tech and a few new powertrain options, the biggest news being that the F-150 will get a 3.0L diesel option. But that’s not all Ford is doing to keep things fresh. We also talk about the new Ranger and Bronco for the American market.

Toyota Adds Some Flavor to Camry – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 5:03pm

The Toyota Camry has been described as plain, vanilla even, but it has been able to stay atop the mid-size segment for the last 15 years. But as Jack Hollis, the VP of marketing for Toyota puts it, they’re now adding some chocolate chips to that vanilla. The new Camry is much more stylish than the outgoing model and Toyota hopes to steal away some SUV buyers with this new car.