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.

Honda Odyssey: Designed Around the Family – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 3:32pm

The minivan has always had the stigma that it’s only for people with families, but Honda is not shying away from that. The all-new Odyssey has been completely designed around the family with its Magic Slide seats and loads of rear-seat entertainment. But not only that, it’s wider, lower and the body is more sculpted than the outgoing model.

Designing the Mobile Living Room – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 2:51pm

For more than 100 years a vehicle’s interior has mainly been designed for the driver, but autonomy will completely turn that setup on its head. They’re more likely to look like a mobile living room. And we’re already starting to see automakers take their guess at what those future interiors of autonomous vehicles will look like. But does anyone really know what people will want? We talk with Steve Miller the president and CEO of giant interior supplier IAC to see where he thinks things are headed.

Nissan Rogue Gets a Little Brother – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 1:54pm

Nissan’s small crossover the Qashqai has been sold in certain markets around the world for 10 years and recently topped 2.5 million units. But it never made its way to the American market… until now that is. Starting in the summer of this year Nissan will offer the 2nd-generation of the Qashqai to U.S. buyers, but the company must have felt that customers would not connect with the name. So, it’s being changed to a name we’re a little more familiar with, the Rogue Sport. Despite sharing part of its name and a few styling cues with the Rogue, the two have little else in common. The Rogue Sport is much smaller, it only has two rows of seats and it’s aimed a completely different set of buyers. Where the Rogue has a lot of functionality and appeals to families, Nissan believes the Sport will attract younger, urban buyers.

Audi Q8 Concept: Very Near Production – NAIAS 2017

January 9th, 2017 at 11:09am

Most concept cars are just exercises in design, but Audi’s new Q8 Concept is very close to what we’ll see in production. While there are bits and pieces that won’t make it past the concept stage, like a lack of any door handles, the hard lines have already been set. And Audi believes the Q8 will be a hit with its customers. The Q7 beat the company’s expectations last year and it believes the Q8 is a more emotional, coupe-like version of the Q7. It also features a number of interesting technologies, so check out the entire video to see what Audi has coming down the line.