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Chicago Auto Show -- Women's Day, Tuesday, February 13th

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The Chicago Auto Show, the largest in North America, has expanded its horizons since its humble beginnings in 1901. I am not referring to mechanical, electrical, or spatial adaptations, but philosophical changes. Manufacturers, dealers, and exhibitors have acknowledged and responded to the growing purchasing power and expanding role of women in the Automotive industry, and decided to organize a full day of events and programming for the Chicago Auto Show’s annual Women’s Day on Tuesday, Feb. 13th. For starters, women are also offered a reduced entry ticket price of $7.00 per person.

To kick things off, Emily Miller of “Rebelle Rally,” an off-road competition for women, will be the keynote speaker. She will encourage women to become ‘masters of the road – both in their personal and professional lives’. This will be followed by exclusive test track experiences at Camp Jeep, Kia SUV Gym, and at the Toyota Camry course, and prize drawings when Scotty Reiss, founder of “A Girls Guide to Cars,” gives a show tour beginning at 10 a.m.

Chicago Woman Magazine will host #DrivingWomen in the afternoon, followed by fun-filled evening of women connecting, networking, and inspiring each other. The evening events include:

  • 5:30 p.m. – “Networking with a Purpose” session with complimentary wine from Trinchero Family Estates and appetizers
  • 6:30 p.m. – Fireside chat with Anna Valencia, City Clerk, City of Chicago and Kendra Chaplin, publisher of Chicago Woman Magazine
  • 7:15 p.m. – Panel discussion called “Courage, Grit and Leadership” featuring Ana Dutra, president and CEO of the Executives’ Club of Chicago; Cheryle R. Jackson, vice president of global business development, AAR; and Mindy MacKenzie, speaker, CEO advisor and author of The Courage Solution

The 2018 Chicago Auto Show is open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Feb. 10th-18th, and 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19th. For more information about the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, please visit www.chicagoautoshow.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2017 LA Auto Show

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2017 LA Auto Show

Automobility LA

Often large auto shows have a theme: performance, environmentalism, the future. In the case of the LA Auto Show, they have been rebranding themselves as "Automobility" with autonomous cars their theme, fitting to a city where driving consists mainly moving at snails pace or reading a book while waiting for the 405 to clear.

A theme is a hard thing to enforce on thirty-seven different Marques of car makers. So:

Nissan Does Star Wars

Nissan Star Wars 1

Nissan Star Wars 2

Nissan Star Wars 3

Nissan Star Wars 4

GMC Does Tracked Sierra

 GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept

Kia Does Hamsters (Not that there's anything wrong with that...)

Kia Hamsters

 Alfa Romeo Does... well, what they do best.

Alfa Lady

Restomods, Customs and Rods, Oh My!

1966 Shelby GT350 S

This Shelby GT350 S is very subtle, but you'll notice large drilled disc brakes, a side exhaust outlet and in front a front-mounted electric radiator fan (not shown).

http://www.dealerinsite.com/CarChat/app/web/img/uploaded/1972 AMC Javelin AMX Prestone R

This 1972 Javelin has a 1000+ horsepower Chrysler Hellcat V8, brakes and suspension to match. Restomod means putting modern powertrain, brakes and suspension in a classic body. Here, the Ringbrothers modified the original body as well, all for a special vehicle to celebrate Prestone's 90th anniversary.

1972 Pantera Prestone Prepared

This second Ringbrothers car at the show is a 1971 Pantera.

Prestone Ford Customs

Two Fords (1930 and 1936) and two different interpretations.

Bentley Custom by Prestone

And this custom Bentley.

1963 Studebaker Lark Station Wagon

This 1963 Studebaker makes for a great custom.

1935 Ford Pickup

The Galpin Ford display never disappoints; case in point: this 1935 Custom Ford Pickup.

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Custom

Or this custom 1970 Camaro.

Savini Wheels Mercedes-AMG GT

Wheel companies like to use fancy cars to showcase their wares, like this Mercedes-AMG GT with Santini Wheels. 

TIS Wheels Cadillac Escalade ESV

Or this Cadillac Escalade custom for TIS Wheels.

Blaque Diamonds Mustang

Or this Mustang custom featuring Blaque Diamonds Wheels.

Mitsubishi Re-Model A

West Coast Customs built this one-off custom to commemorate Mitsubishi's 100th anniversary. With an original 1917 Mitsubishi Model A frame and powertrain and other running gear from the new Outlander PHEV, this melding of old and new can run on electricity alone, or fire its gasoline engine. It also has Forward Collision Mitigation and other modern active safety features. The "Mitsubishi" script is reminiscent of the "Oldsmobile" logo at the time.

 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint

And finally, there's this 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint.

Racecars

Car manufacturers love to show off the cars that win on Sunday, hopefully helping to sell on Monday.

Team Joust Mazda Motorsports Race Car

Team Joust's Mazda Motorsports Prototype Race Car, powered by a 600-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder.

Jaguar I-Type 2

Jaguar I-Type 2

Developed for the all-electric Formula E, it makes 270 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 62 MPH (100 KPH) in under 3 seconds.

Production Car Introductions

2018 Acura RLX

 

2018 Acura RLXThe 2018 RLX gets a facelift, with the new, beak-free grille as the most prominent change. A new hood, new vents in front of the front wheels and new taillights complete the look. The LA Auto Show is the first show where the 2018 RLX appears.

2019 Audi A8

2019 Audi A8

The 2019 A8 sees its US premiere in Los Angeles, it will offer a turbocharged 3.0-liter mild hybrid V6.

2018 BMW i3s

2018 BMW i3s unveiling

The all-electric BMW gets a sport version with 11 more horsepower (181), wider track and other enhancements. Like the standard model, it is offered with a 2-cylinder gasoline range-extender.

2019 BMW i8 Roadster

Unveiling the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster

Seen for the first time, the BMW i8 Roadster retains the scissor doors of the coupe model. The i8 will take a break for the 2018 model yer, and the coupe and roadster will be appearing in dealerships for the 2019 model year with more horsepower (369, total).

2019 BMW i8 Roadster Door Open

2019 BMW i8 Roadster

 2018 BMW M5

2018 BMW M5

The next-generation BMW 5 Series now has a full M5 version with 600 horsepower from a 4.4-liter twin turbocharged V8. This will be the first M5 with xDrive all-wheel-drive. It's priced at $103,595.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible

The 2019 Corvette ZR12 was one of the most anticipated unveilings for LA. With 755 horsepower, this car puts everyone on notice and helps make people forget the worst kept GM secret: the upcoming mid-engine Corvette.

2018 Fiat 500L

2018 Fiat 500L

A mild refresh for this "large" Fiat is here at the show.

2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition

2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition

The Ford GT is always a hit. Here's a new 2018 model, a special edition commemorating Ford's 1967 Le Mans victory.

2018 Hyundai Kona

2018 Hyundai Kona

Everyone is jumping on the miniature sport utility bandwagon. Here is Hyundai's, available with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or a 1.6-liter turbo and available all-wheel-drive.

2018 Infiniti QX80

2018 Infiniti QX80

A full exterior refresh of the Infiniti QX80 had its first auto show appearance in the U.S. in Los Angeles.

2019 Infiniti QX50

2019 Infiniti QX50 LA Auto Show reveal

The big news for Infiniti is this completely new 2019 QX50. It goes from a rear-wheel-drive to a front-wheel-drive chassis and gets a first-ever production engine that can vary its compression ratio (how much the combustion mixture is compressed before ignition). Also new: several self-driving technologies rolled together and dubbed "ProPILOT."

Infiniti VC Turbo for QX50

Rocker-shaft changes angle of connecting rod, changing the compression ratio of the engine; high-compression for efficiency, low compression along with higher turbo boost for power.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL LA Covered

The single biggest reveal at the 2017 LA Auto Show was the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL LA Reveal

When FCA did reveal them, we weren't disappointed. Three engines, including an upcoming diesel, 8-speed automatics (or six-speed manuals), available power-retractable roofs, Rubicons get 33-inch tires and the windshield still folds.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL LA Opened

 2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Kia Sorento LA Auto Show

An exterior refresh is backed up by an available 8-speed automatic (with the available V6), wireless phone charging, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keep Assist and a Surround Sound stereo. 7-Passenger seating is now standard.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is discontinued, leaving a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and the 3.3 V6. A diesel engine is being developed.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover/Range Rover Sport

2018 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography LA Auto Show

The refreshed Range Rover and Range Rover Sport were present, both in their most powerful renditions: SVAutobiography and SVR, respectively. Range Rover Sport SVR is rated at 575 horsepower and the SVAutobiography Range Rover is rated at 557.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover SVR

2018 Lexus NX

2018 Lexus NX

Another face-lift for the NX. Turbo models are now labeled NX 300.

2018 Lexus RX 350L

2018 Lexus RX 350L

A little less than 4-and-a-half inches longer and with the same wheelbase, the RX finally offers seven passenger seating in its most popular vehicle. Due to the small change in dimensions on the outside, the third-row seat is minimal (23.5-inches legroom), but the turning diameter grows less than a foot.

 2018 Lexus RX 350L Cutaway

2019 Lincoln MKC

2019 Lincoln MKC

This facelift for the small Lincoln Ute gives it the new corporate grille from the Continental, but not a new non-MK-name.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus

2019 Lincoln Nautilus

Biggest news is that the Nautilus is solid evidence Lincoln is leaving its "MK" naming scheme. The new corporate grille from the Continental is fitted, and a evasive steer assist feature if offered, which can help steer around obstacles if the emergency braking sensors determine they can't stop the vehicle in time to avoid a collision.

2018 Maserati Ghibli

2018 Maserati Ghibli

The refreshed Ghibli made an appearance at the show.

2018 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

2018 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

As well as the redesigned GranTurismo.

2018 Mazda6

2018 Mazda6 Unveiled

The unveiling of the 2018 Mazda6 showed mild exterior changes, a new top-level Signature trim and a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with approximately 250 horsepower (on premium fuel, 227 without). The standard 4-cylinder unit can deactivate its two outside cylinders to save fuel, a first in the United States.

The chassis is reworked and now includes standard G-Vectoring Control, which minutely reduces engine torque when turning to put more weight on the steering wheels and give more lively turn-in. Greater noise reduction and a smoother ride are also promised.

An all-new interior includes rich materials, especially on Mazda6 Signature.

New features include available ventilated front seats, 360° View Monitor, windshield wiper de-icer, windshield-projection heads-up and stop-and-go capability for the optional Radar Cruise Control.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and Coupe

2018 Mercedes S 560 Cabriolet

2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560 Coupe

This was the U.S. premiere for the 2018 S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, which add new grilles, new engines and other features. AMG models now get the 9-speed automatic. S550 becomes S 560 with a smaller 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, but more horsepower (463). In the coupe, this engine uses cylinder deactivation to improve fuel mileage. AMG S 63 models also get a smaller but more powerful V8, also a 4.0-liter, but with 603 horsepower. The S 65 retains a 6.0-liter twin turbocharged V12.

2019 Mercedes CLS

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Unveiling LA Auto Show

The newly redesigned CLS was unveiled for the first time in Los Angeles.

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS

The new CLS will offer seating for five, a first.Its look is both cleaner and more aggressive. A new turbocharged inline six-cylinder (the first inline-6 in a Mercedes in the United States for decades) is a mild hybrid with 362 horsepower. It utilizes a 48-volt electrical system versus the conventional 12-volts to increase efficiency. It will be the engine in the CLS 450 and CLS 450 4MATIC. Later, V8 engines and AMG versions will be offered.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi's newest crossover is attempting to cash in on Gen-X's fond memories of a sports car of their youth: the Eclipse. It will offer a turbocharged engine, but the 1.5 Turbo with 152 horsepower doesn't quite evoke the performance of the Eclipse GSX with its 2.0 turbocharged engine, especially carrying around another 800 pounds.

What it lacks in sportiness, it makes up for in safety and technology. Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Mitigation (automatic braking), Lane Departure Warning, Multi-View Camera System and Automatic High Beams are just some of what will be offered. A first for Mitsubishi, MITSUBISHI CONNECT will offer automatic calling of emergency services and other telematics services, similar to GM's OnSTAR.

2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Nissan Kicks Intro

Everyone is rushing into the Mini Sport Utility arena, but this is Nissan's third entry. Bigger and less powerful than the sporty Juke, more playful than the Rogue Sport, the Kicks offers a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine (minus the turbocharger that the Juke gets) and a CVT transaxle. All-wheel-drive is not in the picture at this time. This seems to aim the Kicks squarely at crosstown rival Toyota's C-HR.

2018 Nissan Kicks

Nissan's strongest effort with the Kicks is its styling. Mimicking its big brother, the Murano, the Kicks offers a floating roof available in a contrasting color: black, orange or white, depending on the base color. Exaggerated wheel arches, swooping taillight lenses and a dark lower body trim with a metal strip all come together nicely.

Expect 33 miles per gallon fuel mileage. The Kicks goes on sale in Spring 2018.

2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf

The redesigned all-electric Leaf made its Auto Show debut in Los Angeles. With much improved range (150 miles on a single charge) and available ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving gear, the Leaf is a major step on the road to an all-electric car future (if there will be one).

2018 Polaris Slingshot

2018 Polaris Slingshot

Car shows aren't just about cars, and legally the Polaris Slingshot is a motorcycle. With a General Motors powertrain directly from the defunct Pontiac Solstice (2.4-liter 4 cylinder with a 5-speed manual), this two seater is appropriately overpowered.

2018 Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman GTS

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS LA Auto Show

Porsche presented the most powerful versions of the Cayman/Boxster twins, the GTS. With 365 horsepower, the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is the most powerful, yet.

2018 Saleen 1

2018 Saleen 1

Steve Saleen's company unveiled their mid-engined Saleen 1. With a 450-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual and weighing only 2685 pounds, this will be a fast car. Top speed is estimated by Saleen Automotive Inc. at 180 MPH. Saleen usually modifies cars created by others, most notably Mustangs, but this is his own stand-alone creation, made from aluminum and carbon fiber, seating only two. It is being priced at only $100,000.

2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Subaru Ascent

This is a very important entry for Subaru. Riding a wave of increased sales records for years, this small company has failed to make a three-row SUV before (Tribeca B9). The Ascent is larger and more mainstream (sorry hipsters). With a new, turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four engine, featuring direct fuel injection and making 260 horsepower, the Ascent is poised to take on the Mazda CX-9 as well as big hitters like the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder. It will compete squarely with those and others, including a 5000-pound towing rating, another Subaru first.

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 Tesla Model 3

The LA Auto Show may be the first place many people can see the Tesla Model 3 in person. This first all-electric to be made by Tesla at a low price point (eventually at $35,000), it still has a range of 220 to 310 miles. Production is beginning slowly with lots of hiccoughs, but Elan Musk promises they'll be building hundreds a day soon.

2019 Volvo XC40

2019 Volvo XC40

Following the trends of smaller Sport Utilities and two-tone paint schemes, the XC40 is due this Spring as a 2019 model with one powertrain: T5 turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, eight-speed automatic and 248 horsepower. 

Concept Cars

What would a car show be without show cars?

Ampere 1 Concept

Ampere 1 Prototype

Only a rough prototype, the Ampere 1 made its premiere in the lobby of the LA Convention Center at the LA Auto Show. A three-wheeled vehicle offering a 100-mile range, the Ampere 1, if it is built, will not be required to meet car safety regulations.

Arcimoto

Arcimoto

Another three-wheeled electric vehicle, the Arcimoto is more sorted than the Ampere 1 and promises deliveries start soon. Range on a charge is 70 to 130 miles depending on battery options and top speed is 80 MPH. Arcimoto "Future I Drive," or "We really have run out of decent car names." Starting price $11,900.

Aria FXE

Aria FXE

Aria, builder of concept cars for other makers and movie cars, is taking advantage of new car safety rules that require no crash testing of very low volume vehicles. Boasting 1150 (imaginary for now) horsepower from a supercharged GM V8 and two electric motors, the Aria is in early concept and prototype stages. Production, when and if it begins, will be limited to about 400 units.

BMW Concept 8 Series

BMW Concept 8 Series

BMW is set to reintroduce the 8 Series as its flagship coupe, and the Concept 8 Series tests the waters for its styling direction. First seen in the U.S. at Pebble Beach, the LA Auto Show is its first U.S. Auto Show.

BMW Concept X7

BMW Concept X7

As BMW rushes to finally get a full three-row sport utility to market, the X7 Concept helps ready the public. With nothing to compete directly with the Mercedes GLS, Cadillac Escalade or even Acura MDX, the X7 is an important entry for BMW.

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

Some concept cars are just exercises or marketing exploits. This concept hints at what will fill BMW's i-lineup beyond the i3 mini car and the i8 roadster.

Bollinger B1

Bollinger Motors B1

While some start-up car makers go the three-wheel route to duck full safety regulations, and others go the low-volume route, Bollinger plays the heavy-weight class card. With a stated GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating; weight fully loaded with potential payload included) of 10,001, the Bollinger is exempt from most passenger car safety regulations, including airbags and crash tests.

All-electric, the B1 has a range of 120 or 200 miles, 360 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque from its dual front and rear motors, which give it all-wheel-drive capability as well. The Bollinger Motors Company is looking for manufacturing facilities, possibly with AM General, before it can start production of this work horse.

Mazda Vision Coupe

Mazda Vision Coupe

A styling exercise, the Mazda Vision Coupe shows the essence of the styling direction and DNA of Mazda for the future. One can readily see the lines from a contemporary CX-9 for the new Mazda6 in this styling concept. The Vision Coupe debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show a month earlier, but Los Angeles is its premiere in the Americas.

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

Debuting in Frankfort this September, the LA Auto Show is the Project ONE's U.S. premiere. A road-going race car for the street, it envisions a plug-in hybrid powertrain with over 1000 horsepower and speeds beyond 220 MPH.

Four electric motors aid the turbocharged gasoline engine: 1 drives the turbocharger to eliminate turbo lag, another is linked to the crankshaft, similar to standard hybrids, and two more drive the front wheels to give this car de-facto all-wheel-drive without the weight and complexity of sending engine power to the front axle.

MINI Electric Concept

MINI Electric Concept

MINI will introduce an all-electric model in 2019 and this concept gives a preview of how MINI's stylists think an urban, all-electric MINI will look.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

Toyota FT-AC Concept Unveiled

One of the most important concepts, this Toyota FT-AC Concept helps show the possible direction of Toyota sport utilities. After the passing of the iconic FJ Cruiser, itself a homage to the original Land Cruiser, the brand lacks a tough, small, sporty off-road appliance.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

Utility abounds in this concept: LED headlights, fog-lights that can be removed and used as flashlights, infrared cameras, and a rear LED light that can be remotely controlled all aid visibility. A cargo-rack on the roof expands cargo capacity, as does a retractable rear bike rack. On-board Wi-fi keeps people connected.

And getting people anywhere is made possible with all-wheel-drive with locking differentials and variable terrain response.

Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ

Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ

Okay, now we've officially run out of good new car names. This concept for an all-electric sport-utility/sedan crossover uses rear sliding doors, which makes it more of a minivan/sport utility/sedan crossover. The concept is envisioned as having a 500 kilometer (310 miles) range. Other unique features include Volkswagen CleanAir System, an air quality and purification system, voice activated power doors, and fully autonomous "I. D. Pilot" driving mode.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2017 LA Auto Show Preview

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2017 LA Auto Show

Regardless of whether you consider the LA Auto Show the last North American Show of the year or the last of the season, its important and exciting. Porsche has a strong tradition with introductions here.

The Car Chat will be at the press preview days of the show in two weeks and we'll have full coverage of all the important new cars, prototypes and announcements. For now, we'll tease you with what we know, the same way the manufacturers are teasing us.

Audi

2019 Audi A8

The 2019 Audi A8 will have it U.S. premier at the LA Auto Show.

Its standard engine will be a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with a mild hybrid electric system.

BMW

Its rumored that BMW will introduce an i8 roadster at the show. The new, sportier i3s, a sportier version of the electric mini car will also appear at the show, as well as the M3 CS, BMW X7 full-size sport utility, 8 Series Concept and the new BMW M5.

i3s

2018 BMW i3s

With 14 more horsepower, available 20-inch wheels and a wider track, the i3s delivers on the BMW's performance reputation.

M3 CS

2018 BMW M3 CS

110 pounds lighter and 13 more horsepower than the already crazy Competition Package M3 for a total of 453 make this the meanest M3 ever.

8 Series Coupe

BMW Concept 8 Series

Before the present 6 Series, the top-of-the-line BMW coupes were 8 Series models. Now they will be 8s, again.

X7 iPerformance Concept

BMW X7 iPerformance Concept

BMW's X5 never could compare to full-size luxury sport utilities from Cadillac, Mercedes or even Acura. The new X7 will help close that gap. A plug-in hybrid version will be offered. This concept seats six in three spacious rows. We would assume a production version would seat at least 7.

M5

2018 BMW M5

The new M5 will have a 600-horsepower 4.4 turbocharged V8. In showrooms Spring 2018. 

Infiniti

2019 Infiniti QX50

The 2019 QX50 mid-sized crossover is an Infiniti mainstay and its about to be almost all-new, including a completely new engine with new technology never before sold to the public. It moves from a rear-wheel-drive platform to an all-new front-wheel-drive traverse engine platform.

Since its introduction in 2008 as the Infiniti EX35 this Infiniti 5-passenger wagon has always had a V6 from Nissan's "VQ" family shared with the G35 then G37 and the 350Z and 370Z. For the 2018 model it will instead move to a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. But, not the engine in the QX30 or Q50 and Q60, which is supplied by Mercedes.

The 2.0-liter engine will have the world's first variable compression ratio in a production engine. The compression ratio determines the efficiency of the engine (the higher the better) and the ability to burn lower grade gasoline without pinging (the lower the better). When you turbocharge an engine you increase its power and efficiency, but reduce its ability to avoid pinging. So the idea is, at low loads, like cruising in top gear on the freeway, the compression ratio will ratchet up, but when you stomp on the gas and spool up the turbo, the compression ratio will lower so the engine can make lots of power witouth blowing holes in the tops of the pistons.

Fuel mileagte is significantly higher, by over 50%.

New ProPILOT Assist will help control acceleration, speed and even keep the QX50 in its lane.

The cargo capacity of the redesigned QX50 is considerably larger than its predecessor: 37 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 60 with them folded.

Jeep

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler, code JL, will make its world debut at the LA Auto Show. Expected to offer a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a V6 engine. It will retain a folding windshield even with the steeper rake. And for the first time it will offer a power folding top, making the transition to topless much quicker and easier than in the past.

Lexus

2018 Lexus RX 350L

RX 350L is Lexus' first three-row crossover. It will also come as a hybrid: RX 450h.

Lincoln

2019 Lincoln MKC

The 2019 MKC will get the new corporate grille that started on the MKZ and Continental. New LED headlights accent the new grille and the rear end is also redesigned.

Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian detection is newly offered. MKC Reserve has had Forward Collision Warning, but the new system can automaticaly apply the brakes to prevent a collision or reduce its severity.

Mazda

Mazda6

2018 Mazda6

A reengineered Mazda6 including a turbocharged optional engine and possible re-appearance of the long-awaited diesel engine is expected at the LA Auto Show.

The new 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is taken from the CX-9 where it makes 250 horsepower—it could make more in the Mazda6. The redesigned base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (and possibly the turbocharged one) will have cylinder deactivation, allowing it to consume even less fuel under a light load.

CX-5

An updated Mazda CX-5 will offer cylinder deactivation, like the new Mazda6. 

Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Monitoring are now standard.

Mercedes

2018 Mercedes CLS Dash

The new CLS will debut at the LA Auto Show this year. All we know is that it will have one killer instrument panel and light-up air vents.

Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross production crossover will premier. Was anyone asking for a rerun of the Pontiac Aztek?

Subaru

2019 Subaru Ascent Teaser

The production 2019 Subaru Ascent three-row sport utility will debut here, larger than the failed B9 Tribeca.

Toyota

Toyota FTAC Concept

 A new concept SUV from Toyota will be on display: FT-AC.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2017 Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise

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2017 Woodward Dream Cruise

In Motor City, the practice for years was to cruise in your best car with your best girl up and down, up and down Woodward Avenue, waiting to see and be seen by the rest of the Motor City cruisers and their girls (or their boys). Flashing chrome, blacked-out grilles, white-walls, redlines, and the occaisional spontaneous drag race.

Flash forward to the 1970's and the Arab Oil Embargo. Burning gas just to see and be seen was determined to be anti-social behavior and cruising was outlawed. But you can never slam the door shut on a way of life, and to relieve the pressure of the inevitable backlash, cruising was allowed for one weekend a year. And this became the world-renowned "Woodward Dream Cruise," a week-long festival of the automobile.

1975 Bricklin and 1989 Corsica

Only at Woodward: a 1975 Bricklin and a 1990 Chevy Corsica square off

Parades and meetings take place early in the week, but the main event is Saturday, when everyone either cruises up and down Woodward or parks on the side and watches, or both.

Here are some of the best of the cruisers:

Drag Race Cars

Cars modified for drag racing are usually only seen on drag strips and on trailers. Not at Woodward.

1939 Ford Coupe Drag Car

This gorgeous 1939 Ford Coupe has way more rear tires than Henry Ford intended.

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Drag Car

This 1959 Corvette makes a great street/strip car and looks wonderful on Woodward.

1964 Dodge 440 Hardtop Drag Car

1964 Dodge 440. 440 was a Dodge model that led to more than a little confusion as it came with a slant-six, 318, 383 or 426 Hemi. 1965 saw the introduction of the Dodge 440 engine and the Dodge 440 automobile was replaced by the Polara.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach I Drag Car

This 1971 Ford Mustang Mach I is equipped with the Super Cobra Jet 429.

Hotrods

You can't have a Dream Cruise without hotrods.

1932 Ford Coupe hotrod

The prototypical street rod: 1932 Ford "Duece."

1934 Ford Two Door Sedan Hotrod

This 1934 Ford Two Door Sedan makes a spiffy hotrod with a little extra room in back.

1950s Studebaker Convertible

Studebakers like this were cheap and light so they made an ideal platform for a unique hotrod.

Classics

Technically any car or truck made at least 20 years ago and not altered in any major ways, we see classics as cars made starting in the late 1940's until 1990.

1954 Oldsmobile 88

1954 Oldsmobile 88 with its high-compression overhead valve V8 engine was considered the daddy of the muscle car.

1965 Ford Galaxie 500

Outside of GTO's, 55-57 Chevrolets and Corvettes, Ford Galaxies are some of the most popular cars at Woodward. This 1965 features period correct mags.

1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Convertible

1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Convertible. The Chevelle was the best-selling mid-sized car from when it first went on sale as a 1964 model until it was downsized and renamed Malibu for 1978. In SS form with 396 power, it was the very definition of Muscle Car.

1966 Pontiac GTO

GTO is synonomous with Muscle Car. This 1966 is clean.

1967 Pontiac GTO

This 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible is so original, we believe it may still have the same air in the tires.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

1967 is the first year for the Chevrolet Camaro; this is a pristine base model. Pro tip: 1967 models can be positively identified by the front quarter vent windows, eliminated for 1968.

1968 Ford Mustang Convertible

This 1968 Ford Mustang Convertible was one of Ford's ,ost popular models in the sixties. It was available with engines from the base 170 cubic inch inline 6-cylinder with 105 horsepower to a 271 horsepower 289 V8.

1969 AMC Javelin

On the more esoteric side: 1969 AMC Javelin.

1970 AMC Rebel The Machine

Another AMC: 1970 AMC Rebel The Machine.

Antiques

"Antique car" is defined as a vehicle 100 years old or older, from the "Brass Era" to the Model T. The Louisiana Antique plate is for cars 25 years old and older that are not significantly altered. We split the difference and consider a car antique if it was built before World War II.

1928 Ford Roadster

This 1928 Ford Model A Roadster was the first model year for the Model A and would have been equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and a three-speed manual transmission.

1930 Chrysler Roadster

This gorgeous 1930 Chrysler Roadster was produced only six years after the company's founding. Features include a 93-horsepower inline six-cylinder engine and four-wheel hydraulic brakes.

1941 Ford Model A

Hopefully that's a vinyl wrap on this beautiful 1931 Ford Model A Two Door Sedan.

Trucks

People have been hauling stuff ever since we had stuff. The Dream Cruise has plenty of trucks to see.

1940 Dodge Panel Truck

This 1940 Dodge Panel Truck helps to show Dodge's commercial vehicle roots.

1948 Chevrolet Pickup

1948 Chevrolet Pickup. This puppy would be powered by a "Blue-Flame" overhead valve inline 6-cylinder engine.

1950 Ford F-100 Pickup

This 1950 Ford F-150 is the first generation of Ford's best-selling F-Series" line which continues to this day.

1955 Ford F100 Convertible

This second generation 1955 Ford F-100 didn't exit one of the 11 factories that assembled Ford pickups in 1955 without a roof, but Detroiters love making improvements to their trucks.

1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS

The Chevrolet El Camino wasn't the first car/truck, that would be the 1958 Ford Ranchero. This 1970 model is doing what it does best: carrying things.

Imports

1958 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite

This 1958 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite was a competitor to the other English roadsters of the day.

1968 Opel GT

One of General Motors' many answers to the rising tide of imports was the Opel GT. Built by GM in Germany, imported and sold by Buick dealerships, it had a 1.1 or 1.9-liter 4-cylinder.

Marketing

Any event that draws a million spectators will attract marketing dollars. The Big Three (GM, Ford and FCA) all take over at least a city block to display their products, past, present and future. Other companies find different ways of putting themselves out there.

2006 Valvoline Dodge Charger and Trailer

Valvoline should check the tongue weight on the trailer hitched to their 2005 Charger.

Everything Else

Motorcycle airplane

Motorcycle Airplane!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Best of the 2017 NY Auto Show

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For reasons that are unclear it is in Manhattan, where only foreign-nationals and the insane drive cars, that the most important American auto show takes place each year. Chicago is bigger, but that's a consumer's show. Detroit stormed the scene in 1989 and has staked out an important place. And LA is possibly trendier, and certainly makes more sense, but it doesn't see the important new vehicle premiers that New York does. Perhaps it all comes down to timing: late Winter is early enough before Fall model introductions to show the new stuff without interfering with production schedules, and it gives the press enough time to pick their favorites and follow up with in-depth coverage of the important new iron, aluminum or carbon fiber.

Power

A recent report from Bloomberg compared horsepower and acceleration of cars from 1976 to the present. The dates were a little cherry-picked, but the results were very optimistic with both fuel mileage, horsepower and acceleration just about doubled.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S Coupe

As part of that trend, Mercedes-AMG is still stuffing crazy powered V8 engines into small vehicles (just not the SLC roadster), its latest shoehorn being the GLC63. All-wheel-drive, 469 horsepower (or 503 in the GLC63 S Coupe), massive brakes and tires are just a few of the special tweaks this real AMG gets.

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon

If you like 503 horsepower small SUV's you'll love this 603 horsepower station wagon. Feel free to take it to your local bodyshop for a woodgrain side applique.

2017 Audi RS 3

With a 400 horsepower turbocharged 5-cylinder engine, the RS 3 is America's first Audi RS compact sedan. Audi has previously been much more stingy to the US with its RS-badged cars, letting us have all of the S-badged lesser variants. If you care to stop as well as you go, carbon ceramic brakes will be an option. The RS 3 will become available soon as a 2017 model.

2018 Audi RS 5

Big brother to the RS 3, this RS 5 Coupe (convertibles and sportbacks will not be offered) will feature a 450 horsepower 2.9 V6. Featuring twin turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing, Audi's Quattro system will ensure good traction.

2018 Audi TT RS

Finally, in its smallest package, Audi puts the 400 horsepower 5-cylinder into the TT RS. Only available as a coupe, Quattro all-wheel-drive, a seven-speed dual-clutch (automatic) transmission, and magnetic-ride adjustable suspension are all standard. Carbon ceramic brakes are optional.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Track Hawk

If you want to buy American and you want to totally embarrass that $100,000 Mercedes SUV, look no further than the 707 horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. While previous Jeep SRT versions have been detuned (probably to keep the all-wheel-drive alive), this one arrives with every horsepower hellcat-power alive and scratching. A supercharged 6.2 Hemi® V8, electronic launch control and an highly modified all-wheel-drive system result in a Jeep-reported 3.5 second zero-to-60 MPH run. We expect that to be beaten on sticky drag strips where owners not concerned with FCA warranty claim balance sheets will pound this Jeep a little harder.

Since you will need a lot of help to stop this cat (bird? cat? what the hell is it?) from its reported 180 MPH top speed, it comes with 15.75-inch front brake rotors. 

2018 Porsche 911 GT3

500 horsepower doesn't sound like a lot these days, but this Porsche makes it from only six naturally aspirated cylinders. Whereas every single other engine in this performance vehicle list is pressurized by a supercharger or between one and four turbochargers, this mouth-breathing Porsche relies on the weight of Earth's atmosphere, alone. As it weighs 3116 pounds, it carries more than one pound less per horsepower than the 707 horsepower Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

2018 Dodge Challenger Demon

Now we're getting somewhere: 840 horsepower (technically only 808 without the track-only race computer, included with the "Demon Crate" at extra cost), a quarter-mile time of under 10 seconds (again, with the "Demon Crate" option), and a ban from NHRA sanctioned drag strips, the Dodge Challenger Demon is a pure halo car. Being almost useless on the street, it will serve only to attract thrill seekers to FCA showrooms where they can purchase lesser SRT cars that will bring them much more everyday pleasure without the cost or pain (Demon comes without back seat, front passenger seat, radio, trunk carpet, etc).

As far as marketing, the only thing better than the NHRA ban for being too fast was the obviously engineered call for a complete ban from Automotive News! (Come on, the guy that wrote the editorial looks like Walter Mitty, and not from the movie.) The news coverage on the car is off the line (pun intended) and will result in far more interested parties than the 3300 units FCA will manufacture for the 2018 model year.

Basically a souped up Hellcat, the Demon uses a larger supercharged with more boost, larger injectors, an extra fuel pump and stronger internals. Even a one-trick pony might have plenty up its sleeves (hooves) and the Demon includes a number of firsts in a production car, including a transmission brake, drag-mode launch assist that can squelch wheel-hop, street-legal drag tires, SRT Power Chiller that redirects air conditioned air to the intercooler, and "much, much more!" Look for the Demon in collectors' garages and at the track.

2017 Bugatti Chiron has 1479 horsepower

Of course, a story about horsepower can't leave out the new Bugatti Chiron, even though the New York Auto Show was not the first event for this 1479 horsepower ultra-car. Four turbochargers and 16-cylinders makes this the most massive power statement in a road-legal automobile.

Style

2018 Jaguar F-Type

 One of the most stylish rides at the New York Auto Show, the Jaguar F-Type, gets a refresh to its style inside and out, and a new entry-level model with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. This same Ford-derived engine as in the XE, its horsepower is bumped to 296 for the F-Type. (No information on whether other Jaguars and Land Rovers with this engine will receive the extra power.) LED headlights replace xenon.

2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

The new 2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet completes the E-Class lineup with plenty of class. It will be available with 4MATIC all-wheel-drive for the first time.

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

For 2018 the Acura TLX gets a refreshed design and loses the last vestiges of the "Acura Beak" that plagued Acuras for almost a decade. Called the Acura Shield, it looked like a high school shop class had a welding outfit, some galvanized sheet metal and no supervision. With its refreshed, clean grille, now details like the eight LED headlight units can draw attention.

This particular model is an A-Spec, with 19-inch wheels and lots of blacked-out trim is a particularly handsome example. Larger tires and more agressive suspension are part of the A-Spec, which is only offered with the V6 engines. The 4 and 6-cylinder engines are the same at 206 and 290 horsepower, respectively.

2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

Another luxury sport sedan with a refresh is the Infiniti Q50. The differences are subtle, including continuing the front grille down through the bumper, smoothing out the sides and differentiating the different trim levels.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Land Rover now has as many sport utility models as Ford. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar (Most of the vehicles price is for badges: they're charged by the letter.) is based on the Jaguar F-Pace, itself derived from the Jaguar XE, making it the most car-like Land Rover, yet. It's not a cute-ute, though, with an available towing capacity of up to 5500 pounds and ground clearance of 8.4 inches (up to 9.88 inches with optional air suspension) and as much as 380 horsepower.

Named for a prototype Land Rover from the sixties that launched the Range Rover luxury sport utility brand, it is aiming to be the most stylish and hip member of the family.

2018 Lincoln Navigator

And finally, you can't be stylin' any more than in a Navigator. The original Hip Hop Bling car, the 2018 Navigator is beautiful, though not nearly as wild as the concept from last year's New York Auto Show. No seven foot long gull-wing doors. No cool terraced power running boards. It does have a 450 horsepower 3.5 twin-turbo V6 with a ten-speed automatic transmission, a super luxurious interior and all the usual bells and whistles, including an optional 30-way power driver's seat.

Cool

2018 Buick Regal TourX

2018 Buick Regal Sportback

In these hipster days, nothing's cooler than a station wagon. Buick has decided to buck the sedan hegemony; the new 2018 Regal will come only as a wagon or a hatchback. Of course, GM isn't cool enough to call them that; they're referred to as the TourX and Sportback, respectively.

2017 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

I told you, wagons are cool, now. You just can't call them that. Porsche's wagon is called the Panamera Sport Turismo. Crap! Family Truckster might still not be taken. 330, 440, 469 or 550 horsepower are available in this Stuttgart family car.

2018 Toyota C-HR

It started life as the Scion C-HR, but when its mother passed on in childbirth, mama Toyota adopted it. The C-HR was conceived as the quintessential Scion: edgy, cool and hip. With its new "Toyota" badge and a 144 horsepower 4-cylinder, this may be the odd duck on the dealership lot.

Cadillac Minolta IMSA Race Car

Cadillacs are cool. Racecars are cool. This is a Cadillac Konica Minolta IMSA Racecar.

 

This Toyota FT-4X Concept is super cool. As a hint of a possible replacement for the niche-market FT Cruiser, this concept has it all: removable body panels, two-way cargo door (liftgate or dual side opening), a Go-Pro camera mounted in the driver's side rearview mirror, a cooling and a warming box. Inside it has large, colorful, simple controls, and a charming lack of electronics and "connected features." 

North Hall Dungeon

If you wander from the main hall, walking down an incredibly long hall filled with racecars and other car show detritus, you eventually reach the North Hall. This is where the awkward kids are exiled.

North Hall Auto Show

Fiat is represented, with their 124 Spider Abarth, 500, 500L and 500X.

Toy Pacifica

 Also down here is Chrysler, with the cutest kiddie car Pacifica that will never be produced.

Mitsubishi Land

Almost at the end of North Dungeon you find Mitsubishi, huddled in a corner crying softly. We'll have to see when their merger with Nissan/Renault will provide them with fresh product. Surprisingly, their new Eclipse Cross didn't show up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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