NAIAS

  • 2012 Smart For-Us Concept

    It's not easy being small. You go unnoticed in crowds and have to ask taller people to reach objects on high shelves for you. With cars though it's not always a bad thing, or at least that's what Smart will tell you. When your business is making small cars, you extol the virtues inherent in lack of size, such as ease of parking, low running costs and squeezing through tight gaps. Those aren't virtues that can be levelled at your average pick-up truck, so Smart is having a crack at those too with the Smart For-Us concept due at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. It may be longer than your average...

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    2011 Detroit Auto Show: Electric Car Round-Up

    Between the wreck of a Volvo and a $300k Mercedes supercar, the 2011 Detroit Auto show is giving the electric car fan plenty of variety, so if you're planning to visit the show between now and closing time on January 23, here are the electric vehicles you should make the time to see and the EV...

  • Mazda Decides Not to Join the EV Race

    If this year's Detroit Auto Show taught me any one lesson, it was that every automaker is developing a line-up of electric vehicles, from plug-in hybrids to battery-electric vehicles. Every display boasted at least one new or improved electric vehicle, from the modest and somewhat dull BYD set to...

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    2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ride & Drive Review

    Back in November, we reported on the 2010 Fusion hybrid unveiling at the L.A. Auto Show. Yesterday, we drove it at the EcoXperience test track at the NAIAS. I had driven hybrids before, so I wasn't completely shocked by the Fusion's ultra-quiet idling and low-speed driving. After all, we were only...

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    Fisker Karma S Revealed at NAIAS

    In a word: WOW. There was so much speculation and excitement about this reveal that it was impossible, even twenty minutes from the unveiling, to get a good view of the staging area. Photographers were perched in the KIA exhibit across the aisle, hoping for a better shot. The Karma S "Sunset" is a...

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    Mitsubishi iMiEV Ride & Drive Review

    When I heard Mitsubishi was offering their right-side drive iMiEV concept for testing at the EcoXperience track at the North American International Auto Show, I immediately headed for the basement at the Cobo Center, signed an injury release form, submitted to a breathalyzer, and got in line...

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    Today, in a dark ballroom packed with eager journalists and pushy photographers, Bob Carter, Toyota Division Group VP and General Manager, unveiled the third generation Prius. It's immediately recognizable as a Prius, with the same iconic, streamlined shape. Upon closer examination, the edges at the back look much sharper, and the rear spoiler is longer. Other than that, styling changes are minimal, although the subtle changes have reduced Prius's coefficient of drag to 0.25, making it the most aerodynamic mass-produced vehicle in the world. But perhaps the most significant difference...

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    NAIAS to Feature EcoXperience Ride and Drive Track

    This year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit will feature dozens of new eco-friendly vehicles, and a recently-announced nature-themed 70,000 square-foot exhibit on which to test-drive the greenest of the green: the zero-emission vehicles. This ride-and-drive track, sponsored by...

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    Dodge to show a new four-passenger EV in Detroit

    The Automotive News reports that Chrysler plans to show at least three electric vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month, among them a new Dodge, quite possibly an all-electric (not fuel-electric hybrid) four-passenger sport coupe. The Dodge electric...

  • A Jeep Patriot EV at the NAIAS?

    According to Jalopnik and AutoBlog, but unconfirmed by other sources, Chrysler plans to unveil the fourth in their ENVI series of electrics, a Jeep Patriot, at the NAIAS in Detroit in just a few weeks. Details are sketchy, but the Patriot EV, following the Jeep Renegade RE-EV, Dodge ZEO BEV, and...

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    Toyota Prius: Maybe, Maybe Not Built in the U.S.

    Rumors are flying that the production of the popular Toyota Prius, slated to begin State-side at the Tupelo, Mississippi Toyota Highlander plant in 2010, has been pushed back to 2011. Right now, nearly every Prius sold worldwide is assembled in Japan, meaning those of us who have been waiting to...

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    Mercedes Benz BlueZero EV's to appear at NAIAS

    BlueZero E-Cell teaser shots What's a sporty but somehow sleek lime-green, powered only by lithium-ion batteries, and can dart from zero to 100 kmh in less than 11 seconds? The Mercedes Benz BlueZero E-Cell, slated to appear in January at the North American International Auto Show. One in a set of...

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