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Coming Soon: Autoline Supplier Symposium 2015

January 14th, 2015 at 9:31am


Join John McElroy as he moderates panels organized by groups such as OESA, SAE Detroit, the Mexican Consulate, SAA and AWAF.

Guests Include:
Talal Kakish, Director N.A. Automotive, Methode Electonics, Inc.
Ramzi Hermiz, President and CEO, Shiloh Industries
Marty Mills, Key Acct. Mgr., Automotive & Central Region, Maxwell Technologies
Dr. Andrew Brown, Chief Technologist, Delphi
Jennifer Dukarski, Associate, Butzel Long
Giuseppe Rosso, Chief Technology Officer, Magneti Marelli
Jose De Nigris, Executive VP for Sales, Engineering and Purchasing, Katcon
Armando Tamez, President and CEO, Nemak
Juan Manuel Solana, Consul of Mexico Detroit, Mexican Consulate
Julie Martin, VP Sales, Hella Corporate Center USA
Margaret Baxter, SVP Operations and International Affairs, OESA
John Erwin, VP Purchasing, SRG Global
Michelle Krebs, President SAA and Senior Analyst/Writer, AutoTrader
Jeff Schuster, SVP America’s Region and Global Vehicle, LMC Automotive
Tom Libby, Manager, Loyalty Solutions and Industry Analysis, IHS
Sherry Muir Irwin, President, AWAF and Partner, The Hunter Group
Ted Duclos, President, Freudenberg-NOK
Catherine Koch, President, K-Tec Systems

January 14th and 15th, 2015

2015 Ram Rebel Ditches the Cross and Runs Over the Seats – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 13th, 2015 at 5:43pm

One of the boldest looking trucks at the 2015 North American International Auto Show isn’t so striking for what it has as what it DOESN’T have. The 2015 Ram Rebel eschews its classic crosshair grille for a totally new (maybe even rebellious?) graphic look. Of course there’s more to it than that; as Ram Truck CEO Bob Hegbloom puts it, the Rebel is for truck drivers who dare to go where others fear. It has enhanced off road capability and some very creative styling inside that might make you think you’re going to get road rash.

RC F GT3 Takes Lexus Back into Racing, Road to Credibility – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 13th, 2015 at 3:28pm

Jeff Bracken, Group Vice President and General Manager of the Lexus Division, admits that he’s been looking forward to this day since he started his job two years ago. With the introduction of the RC F GT3 at the North American International Auto Show, Lexus announced it was re-entering the racing fray. Bracken says winning in motorsports would lead to credibility for its F sub-brand, and increasing attractiveness to the next generation of car buyers.

American Market Viability Within Reach as Chinese GS4 Debuts – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 13th, 2015 at 2:19pm

The day is coming when Chinese auto manufacturers will reach U.S. shores and one company, GAC, wants to signal that they will be ready soon as they debut their new GS4 crossover at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. John McElroy asks the company’s CTO about the car and whether it’s North America-bound.

2016 Audi Q7 is Smaller and Larger – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 13th, 2015 at 12:48pm

Audi used the North American International Auto Show as the setting for the world premiere of the all-new, second-generation Q7 crossover. Filip Brabec, Audi of America’s Director of Product Management, says it’s up to 700 lbs lighter than the outgoing generation thanks to copious amounts of aluminum and high-strength steel. In fact, thanks to a more efficient design, it has a smaller footprint while managing a larger interior. Meanwhile it boasts autonomous functionality and is compatible with (here comes the buzzword) wearables!

2017 Ford GT is a Technology Showcase – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 13th, 2015 at 11:43am

The just-revealed Ford GT is of course a tribute to the company’s racing heritage in the GT40, but more importantly it is a technology showcase that will feature the very best of what they have to offer. Raj Nair, Group VP of Global Product Development, explains the three key areas they focused on in the new GT. John McElroy asks what Ford will learn from this vehicle’s development and of course, the elephant in the room, will it return to Le Mans?

Diesel Love from Jaguar Land Rover – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 13th, 2015 at 11:16am

Land Rover can proudly look back at 2014 as a record-setting year for the brand, and Andy Goss, Group Sales Operations Director for Jaguar Land Rover, says new products in the pipeline will keep the momentum humming. He tells John McElroy every vehicle except two will be offered with a diesel in the American market, and he explains why Jaguar will be building the F-PACE crossover.

Despite Dominance 2016 Toyota Tacoma Doesn’t Rest on its Laurels – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 12th, 2015 at 5:48pm

Toyota has been the mid-size pickup truck sales leader for more than 10 years, but the years of easy living seem to be tapering down. As Chevrolet and GMC re-enter the segment after years of absence stiff competition is on the way. That’s why Toyota rolled out a brand new Tacoma at the 2015 North American International Auto Show clad in all-new sheet metal. John McElroy gets all the details from the Group VP and General Manager of the Toyota Division, Bill Fay.

Buick Avenir Concept: Build This Car! – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 12th, 2015 at 3:56pm

This year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Buick rolled out a rare surprise. There were no leaks or teasers of the Avenir concept car prior to its debut, and oh, what a debut! The Vice President of Buick and GMC, Duncan Aldred, gives us a look at this jaw-droppingly beautiful concept. Will it be built? Will it be a next-gen LaCrosse? Our take: do it! Aldred also shows off the brand’s new convertible, the 2016 Buick Cascada, the first drop top for the nameplate in over 25 years.

The 2016 Acura NSX is Ready to Drive – Detroit Auto Show 2015

January 12th, 2015 at 3:18pm

Acura’s NSX supercar looks like it’s shredding asphalt standing still and we can’t wait to drive it. Luckily, it won’t be long because for the first time at any auto show, this car is the real deal, not just a concept. John McElroy squeezes all the details he can out of the car’s chief engineer including what sort of price tag we’ll see when it gets into customer hands later this year.