This is a great 10 minute interview that Nicolas Zart, my CarNewsCafee colleague, did with James Bell from General Motors (GM) at the Detroit Auto Show. For those that are not aware James Bell is the Head of Consumer Affairs at GM.
Nicolas did the interview over the internet while Bell was in Detroit but it still came out really well and he did a great job. They discussed a bit about Mary Barra being appointed the new CEO of GM, why small cars are the big story, and touches about other automakers cars. (Not something you see many PR people do.) Bell also touches on GM's vehicles at Detroit and their general vehicle line-up which includes the 2015 GMC Canyon, Corvette Z06, and the Corvette C7.R. The Cadillac ELR is another thing he talks about a lot.
January is an exciting time for car enthusiasts with the the famous Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., (Jan. 13-20) and the Detroit Auto Show which takes place from Jan. 14-27 in the Motor City. The Detroit Auto Show (the official name is North American International Auto Show) features the latest and greatest models from some of the world largest automakers.
This year the Detroit Auto Show is showcasing an impressive array of new models and it's clear the competition from automakers is getting more intense. Ones I am keeping my eyes out for include the new Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra full-size pickup, the restyled 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Cadillac ELR, the BMW 4-series, Infiniti Q50, Toyota Furia and a new Ford F-150 concept.
Also at the top of my “can't wait to check it out” list is the redesigned Lexus IS, the 2014 C7 Corvette and the redesigned Acura MDX. Here's a look at why these vehicles are generating so much buzz in the Motor City.
Redesigned Lexus IS 250
Scheduled for release on Wed., Jan. 16, the redesigned 2014 Lexus IS sport sedan has been fully redesigned. According to Edmunds, its main areas of improvement are a re-tuned suspension, improved seats and additional interior room, and will be available in two F Sport and a hybrid upgrade.
The new IS features LED day running lights under the headlights and the wheelbase has been enlarged, making more room available in the car's interior. According to Autoweek.com, “Powertrain options will be mostly carryover units, probably with a bit more efficiency. We know from our quick drive last month of prototypes that the sedan will use a knob to switch from eco to sport-plus mode, which changes throttle and steering response, as well as transmission shift points.”
Redesigned Acura MDX
The MDX was Acura's first midsize crossover. According to Autoweek.com, it comprises 32 percent of total U.S. Acura sales in 2012. While the original model follows the same midsize platform as the Honda Accord and Odyssey, the industry expects the third generation to be more aerodynamic and have the same 3.5 liter, 280 horsepower engine as the Acura TL.
2014 C7 Corvette
Arguably, the event's most anticipated release the new Corvette. According to Forbes.com, the new model will include five major changes. The first is a V8 engine that “will be powered by the first version of an entirely new generation of V8 engines codenamed LT1.”
The next big change comes from the superior aerodynamics of the front engine and rear-wheel drive. “For example, the front grill and radiator flow paths reduce lift, improving vehicle stability at high speeds by keeping the car pressed to the pavement,” Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer, said in a press release.
The next defining feature of the 2014 model is that it embodies a lighter and stiffer structure. Alex McDonald, a Chevy performance integration engineer, said in a video that the Corvette will have “more high-tech chassis aids than ever before,” adding, “This car is a new level of electronic integration.”
Two other major changes in the 2014 C7 include an improved interior, which is something everyone has complained about with the Corvette, and affordable price for its class. The 2014 Corvette will also bring back the famous Stingray design and nameplate to the Corvette
A series of teaser videos was produced by Chevy for the 2014 Corvette. Here's the fourth one:
If you are not too far from Detroit and are interested in attending the 2013 Detroit Auto Show you can visit the website for more information: http://www.naias.com/
If you attend the show please leave a comment and let me know what you liked most about the Detroit Auto Show and what cars got you most excited.