Last night kicked off the 2017 New England International Auto Show, held right here in Boston, Massachusetts. While the big event in Detroit earns the majority of attention around this time of year, New England’s exhibition this year is all about cars you can actually find for sale on dealer lots—cars you and I could actually go out and purchase, rather than a slew of concepts and debuting vehicles unavailable for months to come. Continue reading >>>
Next week kicks off the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Although much attention has been directed at automakers’ decisions to move away from the traditional auto show format for their new-car debuts, with companies like Chrysler choosing instead to utilize the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the show in Detroit still remains one of the biggest events in the auto world, and CarGurus is excited to report on it this year. Continue reading >>>
In 2006 a friend’s dad bought a new $150,000 Ford GT. It was low to the ground and sleek. I stood next to the car and towered over the roof as I wondered how a guy could afford to buy such an exclusive supercar.
A week later he bought one for his wife.
I never got to drive either of the cars, but I did see them every day as my friend was picked up from work by one of her parents. That was when I fell in love with the GT.
The GT was only produced for the 2005 and 2006 model years, then silently slipped into the past. Today those cars are worth far more than they were a decade ago, with some selling for upwards of $300,000 each.
At last year’s Detroit Auto Show, Ford surprised show-goers with a concept for an all-new GT. This year we could see the production-ready version, but this time prices might make used versions look downright affordable.
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.
How could it be true? Why would Chevrolet, which currently builds the electric/gas hybrid Volt, introduce a new electric car and call it the Bolt?
It seems that one of the top automakers in the world will resort to rhyming names of cars that are in the same class.
Some automakers employ nomenclature that use alliteration to label a certain class of vehicle, such as Ford and its SUVs that begin with E (Explorer, Escape, and Expedition) and its cars that begin with F (Fusion, Focus, and Fiesta).
That’s a strategy that makes sense. Using rhymes, as Chevy is now learning, will lead to nothing more than mockery.
Top Gear said yesterday it was the most important vehicle at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Yes, the new Ford F-150 has been labeled as superior to the likes of the Toyota FT-1 concept and 2014 911 Targa we covered yesterday.
Are those blokes crazy, or do they make a good point?
Well, they’re crazy, of course. But they make a heckuva good case while basking in the crazy.
Their case is justified by saying the F-150 is:
Didn’t. See. It. Coming.
Unless you happen to work for Toyota’s R&D department, I’m willing to assume that you didn’t either. The Toyota FT-1 concept has already received ungodly amounts of coverage and even more doses of praise, without even being on the radar of cars to expect at the Detroit Auto Show.
No one knows very much about the car yet, but it follows on the heels of many rumors of Toyota producing a midsize sports coupe collaboratively with BMW.
The new concept also gives us a glimpse into an exciting new direction in terms of Toyota exterior design. It’s hard not to see the FT-1 as potential successor to the legendary Toyota Supra, and it harkens back to Toyota’s past of production sports cars such as the infamous 2000GT, Celica and MR2. If this is any indication, we are in store for the resurrection of Toyota fun.
Of course, Toyota isn’t the only automaker making hearts pound in Detroit.
The 2013 North American International Auto Show, informally known as the Detroit Auto Show, opens to the media on January 14.
This is a big one, friends, with hotly anticipated debuts coming from BMW, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Lexus and more.
Chevy could steal the show, for better or worse, with its new C7 Corvette (rendering above). Whether it stuns or disappoints, you can count on epic media coverage of America’s supercar. Ford, by contrast, will show up with a new van called the Transit. Yawn. Come on, guys, where’s the next iteration of the great GT!?
Keep reading for a quick look at what’s in store from Detroit!