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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado Take 2014 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Award 13
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, 2014 Corvette Stingray, 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Corvette Stingray, Detroit, Detroit-Auto-Show, naias, News, North American Car of the Year, North American International Auto Show, North American Truck/Utility of the Year on 01 13th, 2014


It is a proud day in America and at General Motors as the Chevrolet brand takes home both the 2014 North American Car and 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year awards with the new Corvette Stingray and Silverado. This announcement kicks off the 2014 Detroit Auto Show as our peers and auto journalists from all over the world embark on one of the most exciting and highly anticipated automotive shows of the year.


The bowtie brand keeps the forward momentum moving for General Motors as last year’s crown for North American Car of the year was awarded to the new Cadillac ATS. This year, while we thought the all-new Cadillac CTS, Mazda3 or the new Acura MDX was going to take the win home, we are just as happy with the outcome having the all-new Corvette Stingray and Silverado win.

2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe & Civic Sedan Concepts Unveiled at Detroit Auto Show 11
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Civic Sedan Concepts, Automotive News, Civic concepts, Civic GX model, Civic Sedan, Civic Si Coupe, Detroit, Event Coverage, honda, Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, Integrated Motor Assist system, Michigan, North American International Auto Show on 01 11th, 2011

Honda has unveiled two Civic concepts –  Civic Si Coupe and Civic Sedan –  at the North American International Auto Show. The concept vehicles offer a preview of the ninth generation Civic. The 2012 production models, the Sedan and Si Coupe concepts have got steeply raked windscreens, upward sweeping character lines, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

The new concepts will be powered by a range of engine choices. They include conventional petrol units, a natural gas variant, and a hybrid. The hybrid model will have the newest Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system which will be powered by a lithium-ion battery and this is for the first time a Honda model is featuring the Integrated Motor Assist system.

The new civic concepts are expected to keep its tradition of user-friendliness, sporty performance and excellent fuel economy. It has been learnt that the company is also expanding the retail sales of the natural gas-powered Civic GX model.  No further details have provided by the company. The 2012 Civic model will go on sale this summer.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Caught on Spy Video 7
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, Automotive News, c-class, C250 Coupe, california, Detroit, ML-Class, North American International Auto Show, SLK, spy video, twitter, United States on 01 7th, 2011

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe has been captured on spy video. The video, which has been pulled back since it was posted, features the car moving through the United States. The vehicle is due to make its debut at the North American International Auto Show to be held next week in Detroit.

A number of Mercedes-Benz cars were already being brought into the country, and it is believed that the manufacturer will bring the C250 Coupe to the US. as part of a contest it is holding on Twitter. In the contest, those who become the winners can drive a new C-Class Coupe to the Super Bowl.

The video was shot at the Long Beach Vehicle Processing Center in California. The video also includes shots of the next-generation SLK and ML-Class.

The C250 Coupe has got a 201 hp (204 PS / 150kW) four-cylinder power plant. It is currently not offered with the C-Class in the U.S.market.

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2012 Volkswagen NMS Teaser Out 7
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012 Volkswagen NMS, Accord, Automotive News, Camry, Detroit, International Auto Show, Jetta XL, New Midsize Sedan, Passat, teaser image, Upcoming Events, Volkswagen on 01 7th, 2011

Volkswagen has released a teaser image of the 2012 New Midsize Sedan (NMS). The model is scheduled to debut at the International Auto Show to be held next week in Detroit.

The NMS will be sleeker. It has accommodated more room than their early premium sedan model Passat. It is likely to bear a Jetta XL-like look. It is to be built in Tennessee.

This enables the company to sell it for approximately $20,000. The price is nearly $7,000 less than the Passat. Volkswagen plans to sell 10 million vehicles a year by 2018. NMS is the major vehicle in this plan.

No additional information has been provided in the teaser. We have to wait till the car is officially unveiled on Monday. The market segment of Accord, Camry, etc runs tight competition. It is to be seen whether the 2012 Volkswagen NMS could conquer over them.

Two New BYD Models Head for NAIAS 29
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, BYD, Detroit, e6 Premier, North American International Auto Show, S6DM, Upcoming Events on 12 29th, 2010

Chinese automobile manufacturer BYD has plans to introduce two new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show. The 23rd international show is supposed to commence on January 10 and will come to an end on 23 at Detroit, State of Michigan, US.

One among the announced vehicles is the updated version of e6, the e6 Premier. This MPV uses an iron-phosphate battery which enables the Premier to hit a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) and travel up to 300 km that is 186 miles on a single charge. No details regarding the powertrain are out yet.

The other vehicle is a dual-mode electric SUV, the S6DM. It is claimed to be the world’s first independent 4WD. It features a 10 kW (13 hp / 14 PS) electric motor that powers the front wheels.

It has got a separate 75 kW (101 hp / 102 PS) electric motor for the rear wheels. The crossover can only travel 60 km (38 miles) on electricity alone. At the same time, a 2.0-liter range-extending petrol engine increases that distance to over 499 km (310 miles).

2012 Mercedes SLK to Boast of Magic Sky Control Roof that Blocks UV & Infrared Rays 1
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012 SLK, Automotive News, Autostyle, Car Styling, Death Valley, Detroit, geneva, Infrared rays, Magic Sky Control roof, mercedes, Modified car Talk, UV on 11 1st, 2010

Mercedes has come out with a new Magic Sky Control roof that is incorporated with the 2012 SLK. The company has tested the vehicle with their new addition that promises to keep cabin components (shifter, armrest, etc) up to 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) cooler than a standard sunroof.

The device is claimed to be powered with the capacity to block the dangerous UV and Infrared rays. The switch located on the overhead console allows the chromic glass roof to darken within seconds and this block the harmful rays from penetrating to the interiors.

The car was tested repeatedly by the company and sp cams have spotted the car at the Death Valley. Engineers are making it ready for a perfect launch, scheduled for 2011. The launch may likely occur in Detroit or Geneva and the company has given great expectations for the auto lovers around the globe although they are still to come out with the authentic tech-specs of the vehicle.

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Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid Surfaces in the Form of a Promotional Video 25
Posted by Alex Ion in accelerate, Automotive News, battery, Detroit, engine, Fisker, fuel, Green Auto, Karma, kW, launched., motors, Plug-in Hybrid, sale, sedan, speed, torque., turbocharged, video, Videos on 08 25th, 2010

Fisker has released a promotional video of the luxury plug-in hybrid, the Fisker Karma. The car features two electric motors, which are powered by a 200kW lithium-ion battery pack that produces 300 kW (402 hp / 408 PS) and 1,300 Nm (959 lb/ft) of torque.

The battery pack allows the car to travel up to 50 miles before a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine kicks in to recharge it. The car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in approximately six seconds, and has a top speed of 201 km/h (125 mph). It has an estimated combined fuel consumption rating of 2L/100km (117.6 mpg US).

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The Karma, a four-door, four-seat luxury sports sedan, was unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January last year. It was scheduled to go on sale last year, but the sale was delayed for unspecified reasons. We can expect the car to be launched in 2011. The promotional video is here for you to see.

(Via WCF)