In any place where autos tend to wear inconsistent but unsightly coats of road salt & grime all winter, a convention hall full of sparkling brand new cars holds particular appeal in January. This weekend’s New England International Auto Show offers enough car eye candy to refresh anyone’s view on personal transportation, not to mention a chance to learn all about the increasingly sophisticated technology built into new cars. I attended the NEIAS press preview yesterday, at which a number of manufacturers presented new cars they’ll highlight at the show.
This has been quite a big week for the auto industry, as manufacturers unveil the first lines of their 2016 portfolios at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The annual auto show has a long history of being one of the most pivotal events of the year for auto manufacturers. This is the time of year to get excited. This is when we begin to have a sense of what is to come in the next 11 months of automobile production and when we get to see in what direction the industry will head. This is one of the biggest events in the auto industry for a reason.
Imagine a world where you never have to worry about turning down your brights as you drive. We’ve all been there, happily zooming down a country lane or lonely highway with the road in front of us bathed in ample light, our cars cutting through the darkness with high beams in full force.
Then a car approaches.
We think nothing of it until the approaching vehicle flashes its high beams, causing us to remember that we are blinding this fellow traveler. In our haste to quickly turn off the high beams, we spill our drink and accidentally flip on our right turn signal.
By the time we recover, the approaching car is long gone and we flip the high beams back on, only to repeat the process a few miles down the road.
There has to be a better way.
My goodness, it’s hard to switch gears from the new Ford GT to, well, anything else.
My personal gratification aside, there are many other surprises and exciting cars being shown at the Detroit Auto Show this week.
One of them took me completely off guard and provides a hopeful, and beautiful, look into the future of Buick.
It’s really not fair to continue to label Buick as the brand preferred by Florida retirees. Sure, there are plenty of old Regals and Centurys still parked at the buffets down there, but the new Buick is something else entirely. Instead of stodgy and practical, words like sleek and exciting come to mind. Buick cars routinely turn heads and gather comments like, “That’s a Buick?!?”
In Detroit this week, Buick took the next step into becoming a genuine luxury car brand by unveiling the Avenir concept, a stunning GT sedan with rear-wheel drive and sloping sexy lines.
Well, thanks a lot, Ford. I had plans for today. Big plans. Thanks to you, I have no choice but to put them on hold. I was going to research and share a lot of information on a lot of cool cars, including new rides from the likes of Buick, Toyota, and Acura.
You and your fancy, overly produced car unveilings have made it virtually impossible to look at anything else and write a compelling piece on anything other than the one car you want guys like me to focus on:
The all-new Ford GT.
Warning: If you look once, you won’t look away.
The last couple of days have been intense for fans of the Ford GT. Rumors are strong that the much-loved supercar could come racing back, with a debut coming as early as next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Arch rivals Chevrolet and Dodge both have supercars, and the closest Ford currently gets is with the Shelby Mustang, which admittedly is almost as good. Almost.
In the game of car competition, though, “almost” doesn’t win many sales. The timing is right for the GT to come back, but does it make sense?
Let me be clear: I don’t think Toyota needs the Scion brand.
The initial intent in creating Scion was to appeal to a younger crowd at a lower price point with small but exciting vehicles. It worked for a little while but Scion has slowly been dying in recent years.
The cars, with the exception of the great FR-S (which should have been a Toyota) are lifeless and dull.
Regardless of this humble car blogger’s opinion, Scion trudges on and will introduce a new vehicle at the LA Auto Show this week.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show could only be held in Las Vegas. SEMA is North America’s annual trade show for the tuning and customization market, and it’s traditionally packed with weird displays from everyone including the major manufacturers to independent tuning shops.
This year the Las Vegas Convention Center has been packed with more crazy creations than ever, including a dragster disguised as a boring sedan.
Here are the highlights of SEMA 2014.
The Paris Motor Show is known to inflict shock on unprepared auto journalists. It’s here that automakers like to unleash their inner crazy and debut concepts designed to capture the world’s attention.
Yesterday was when most automakers unveiled their wares, and while there were a few surprises, there wasn’t anything that left the world speechless.
Honda showed some chops with its most extreme hot hatch ever, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz debuted exactly what was expected, but Lamborghini seems to have stolen the show with a surprising new direction.
Happy July 11th! Today is a very special day for car-lovers: the relatively newly dubbed National Collector Car Appreciation Day is a (real and official) holiday celebrated to raise awareness of automotive restoration and collection and its role in American society. A resolution was passed (one of the few truly bipartisan efforts) by the U.S. Senate in 2010 in order to to recognize the important roles played by automobiles in music, literature, cinema and other cultural and artistic aspects of the American identity. Organized by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the event has been held on the second Friday in July since 2010. This makes today the fifth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, and its popularity (and knowledge of its existence) is growing. And we couldn’t be happier about that.