Wednesday, 27 January, 2016

First News previews Detroit auto show

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Dillon Hess | 23 January, 2016, 03:49

This year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit kicks off at a time of unprecedented industry strength. "This truck is cool, tough and athletic - like I used to be", Honda executive vice president John Mendel quipped about the Ridgeline. The S90 displayed at the Detroit auto show goes on sale this year in the U.S.

After Detroit, the global auto-show season continues with major shows in Geneva, Paris, Beijing, Los Angeles and NY.

But numerous changes on display at the city's annual auto show will not reflect the green-transport revival the president envisioned. GM says the Avista harkens back to the Buick Y-Job from 1938, which the company says is recognized as the auto industry's first concept vehicle.

General Motors rolls out a hatchback version of the Chevy Cruze, putting it on equal footing with the Ford Focus and other compacts that come in hatch and sedan versions.

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Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars stands next to the automaker's new E-Class sedan during a preview night for the North American International Auto Show, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 in Detroit.

2015 was a great year for automakers, with vehicle sales topping 17 million and surpassing the record set in 2000. That downturn accelerated muchneeded restructuring at the Detroit Three carmakers, which are now producing far more attractive vehicles with significantly lower operating costs. Automakers, eager to show off the increasing amount of technology in their cars, are choosing to debut autonomous systems, dashboard electronics and even entire vehicles at CES, which is going on this week.

The Bolt delivers 200 horsepower, along with a 0 to 60 miles per hour speed of less than seven seconds, and GM representatives say that the low center of gravity created by the placement of the battery in the floor of the vehicle makes Bolt's handling feel more like that of a sports auto than an ordinary sedan. "There are certainly important vehicles there", Jack Nerad, an analyst with Kelly Blue Book, said in a telephone interview.

The new Chrysler Pacifica - formerly the Town & Country - looks to be a pretty significant van and will kick off two days of news conferences filled with a rich mix of mainstream and luxury introductions. "That was their bread and butter for several decade and they need to win that back".

He told reporters at a lavish party unveiling the new Mercedes E-Class luxury sedan that in contrast to "some German automakers", Santa Claus "left a lot of candy in our stockings" in 2015.

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