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Detroit Auto Show: Mary Barra, New GM Chief, Steals the Spotlight – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DETROIT—Cars are usually the stars of auto shows. But this year, Mary Barra is giving the new models a run for their money. Ms. Barra, who takes the helm of General Motors Co. on Wednesday, made her public debut here at the North American International Auto Show over the weekend. On Monday, hordes of reporters, photographers and TV crews fell over themselves, tripped over furniture and bounced off the walls…

Hot Cars at the Detroit Auto Show – ABC News

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Jan. 18. Here are some of the new cars and experimental concept vehicles unveiled at the show: — PORSCHE 911 TARGA: Porsche is dialing up the 911 with two new models, the Targa 4 and 4S. As with the original 1965 Targa, the new models feature a roof bar,…

Buffing a Battered City’s Image – New York Times

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Ford’s New F-150 May Pave The Way For More Aluminum Cars – NPR

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

i i hide captionAt Detroit’s North American International Auto on Monday, Ford unveiled the new F-150 with a body built almost entirely out of aluminum. Carlos Osorio/AP At Detroit’s North American International Auto on Monday, Ford unveiled the new F-150 with a body built almost entirely out of aluminum. Carlos Osorio/AP The North American International Auto show begins this week in Detroit, a preview of the most important car technology…

Sexy performance meets ‘green’ ethic at Detroit auto show – Reuters

Monday, January 13, 2014

DETROIT (Reuters) – To look over the roster of racy new and future vehicles at the 2014 North American International Auto Show here, the initial impression is that U.S., European and Asian automakers want to turn back the clock to a time when performance and speed trumped concerns about energy and the environment. So-called green cars — electric vehicles, hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells — are being heavily overshadowed at…

Detroit Auto Show: Ford bets big on aluminum with F-150 truck – Los Angeles Times

Monday, January 13, 2014

[Updated 9:49 a.m. Jan. 13: The 2015 model truck debuted Monday at the Detroit Auto Show, weighing 700 pounds less than the old one. After its introduction on the floor of the Joe Louis Arena, Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields acknowledged that working with aluminum was more expensive than steel. REAL-TIME updates from Detroit Auto Show “But given the volume we are working with,” Fields said, “we will find…

Chrysler Targets Top Midsize Cars With New 200 – ABC News

Monday, January 13, 2014

Three years ago, Chrysler gussied up the antiquated Sebring midsize car, gave it a new name and prayed that it would make enough money to help the company survive. It worked. Prodded by a Super Bowl ad featuring rapper Eminem, Americans noticed the restyled 200, even though it leaned through turns and cruised noisily down the highway. Buyers mostly liked one thing: It was cheap. Huge discounts shrank its price…

What to Expect From This Year’s Detroit Auto Show – ABC News

Sunday, January 12, 2014

From brawny pickup trucks and growling high-performance cars to economical subcompacts, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit likely will have something that appeals to every driver. Show organizers expect more than 50 new model introductions when the show kicks off Monday and Tuesday with 5,000 journalists attending the press days. What the automakers introduce is crucial because sales growth is starting to slow and new models tend to…

Detroit Auto Show ‘Super’ Boost for Ailing City – ABC News

Saturday, January 11, 2014

It’s a 21st century paradox: Detroit enters 2014 in bankruptcy, the largest public case in U.S. history and facing $18 billion or more in debt. Yet the Motor City’s resurgent auto industry is strong enough to host a show that by one estimate will generate nearly $400 million for the area’s economy. The industrial city is looking to climb out from under decades of financial decline as its longtime industry…

FTC cracks down on deceptive auto dealer ads – USA TODAY

Saturday, January 11, 2014

This ad for a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe was one of the allegedly deceptive ads singled out by the FTC.(Photo: FTC) Story Highlights The Federal Trade Commission has agreed to settlement over allegedly deceptive ads The settlements are with nine auto dealerships The practices varied — from false low interest rates to a phony sweepstakes LOS ANGELES — Nine auto dealers around the country have agreed to settlements with the Federal…

CES 2014: Audi’s laser headlamps will definitely make slow traffic move over … – ExtremeTech

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The quest for smaller, brighter, more aerodynamic headlamps took a giant leap forward when Audi announced laser headlamps on in the offing. The German automaker showed them at CES 2014 on the Audi Sport Quattro Laser Light concept car. It’s actually a combination of laser high beams and a matrix of LED low beams. Audi showed the LED system (image below) at CES 2013. The Sport Quattro Laser Light uses…

CES 2014: Audi Shows Off a Compact Brain for Self-Driving Cars – MIT Technology Review

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Hands free: The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept car features compact sensor and computing technology that lets the car pilot itself. Carmaker Audi showed off a book-sized circuit board capable of driving a car on Monday at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Audi claims the computer, called zFAS, represents a significant advance in automation technology because it is compact enough to fit into existing vehicles without compromising design….

Let’s Go For A Ride In Traffic With Audi’s Self-Driving Car [Video] – Forbes

Thursday, January 09, 2014

We were escorted out of the Cosmopolitan Hotel garage in Las Vegas by two Nevada state troopers, who followed our Audi Audi A6 Avant all the way to Interstate 15. Traffic was moving pretty well, which is why we needed the troopers, because we were about to make our own traffic jam at CES to show what Audi’s new Piloted Driving technology can do. It’s only a prototype now, but…

CES 2014: 4G cars usher in the era of the seriously connected automobile – ExtremeTech

Thursday, January 09, 2014

At CES 2014, the announcements of 4G connectivity in cars heralds a new generation of automobiles. They’re connected at high speed, providing video in the back seat, streaming audio in front, and up-to-the-second information on surrounding traffic conditions for the driver. An always-connected car is a requirement for a self-driving car. Audi and Chevrolet announced concrete plans for embedding 4G telematics in vehicles this year. Others have 4G coming. Even…

Silicon Valley auto show offers virtual and real-world driving experiences – San Jose Mercury News

Thursday, January 09, 2014

SAN JOSE — The Silicon Valley International Auto Show opening Thursday at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center will show off current and 2015 models of vehicles from muscle cars to plug-ins. Unlike the auto show held last month in traffic-congested San Francisco, lookie-loos and potential customers will be able to test drive more than 50 models from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC and Toyota around downtown San Jose. “The…