2001 North American International Auto Show

Wednesday, 07 February 2001

Honda Civics Sweep Choice Awards
TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 7 The all-new, 2001 Honda Civic lineup has captured IntelliChoice's top honors in not one or two, but all five categories comprising the competitive compact and subcompact classes according to information released today by IntelliChoice, a leading independent automotive information company and the largest publisher of consumer automobile reports in the United States. Honda products topped eight of 29 categories, three more than its closest competitor. The 2001 Civic's complete redesign -- focused on increasing interior space, enhancing safety, performance, environmental sensitivity and value.

Sunday, 21 January 2001

Chrysler Concepts - A Pictorial
Dodge Introduces Two Exciting New Concept Cars The Dodge Super8 Hemi and The CrossFire An all-American sedan, Dodge Super8 Hemi borrows styling from Dodge trucks and sport-utilities but features a prototype 353 cu. in. (5.7-liter) pushrod V-8 engine. Dodge Super8 Hemi is designed to give passengers a panoramic view and higher seating for an in-control driving feeling.

Thursday, 18 January 2001

2002 Lexus SC 430 Pictorial
lexus convertable 430 Images
TACH SPECIAL: Honda Civic, The Auto Channel's Car of the Week
TACH SPECIAL: Honda Civic, The Auto Channel's Car of the Week
Convenient Parking and Transportation Available in Downtown Detroit For Closing Weekend of North American International Auto Show 2001
DETROIT, Jan. 18 As the closing weekend of the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center approaches, the City of Detroit is reminding attendees that there is convenient and accessible parking and transportation downtown. Visitors are encouraged to park at facilities near People Mover stations and ride over to the show. For added convenience, new temporary auto show parking signs have been placed in the downtown area to assist motorists. Individuals are encouraged to utilize City of Detroit Municipal Parking facilities along the Detroit People Mover route.

Wednesday, 17 January 2001

Chrysler Drives Home With Truck-Load of Awards From NAIAS
Goodyear Brings its Integrity to Acura MDX
Goodyear Brings its Integrity to Acura MDX

Tuesday, 16 January 2001

Rotary Sports Car Turning Heads
DETROIT--Mazda Motor Corp. plans to bring to market a high-performance, four-door sports car with the unveiling of its RX-8 design engineering model at the North American International Auto Show here. The RX-8 is powered by a 250-horsepower version of the company’s rotary engine. The new RX-8 is much closer to an actual production sports car than its predecessor, the Mazda RX-EVOLV concept car that was introduced at the October 1999 Tokyo Motor Show and shown at last year’s North American International Auto Show, according to the company. “With its four-door freestyle door system, four-passenger comfort and 250-horsepower Renesis rotary engine, Mazda RX-8 is the next big thing in sports cars,” said Mazda President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you see this car--or something very close--on some of the world’s most scenic, most fun-to-drive highways in the not-so-distant future.” Highlights of the car include: • A lightweight and compact Renesis rotary engine • Central mid-ship engine layout and 50:50 front/rear weight distribution to enhance control and handling • Freestyle door system, with front-hinged and rear-hinged doors and no center pillar, that makes getting into and out of the rear seats faster and easier • Comfortable seating for four adults • An interior design that mixes the traditional with new contemporary material that appears to “wrap around” the passengers Overall, the RX-8 has a compact-looking body, while providing enough interior room to seat four adults comfortably.
Polk Auto Trend Center Report: Consumers Prefer Domestic Vehicles
DETROIT, Jan. 15 Today Polk released the sixth in a series of trend center reports direct from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). This report details the survey responses Polk captured during the first three days the show was open to the public. Based on input from consumers, domestic vehicles are most preferred by consumers. In fact, eight out of ten segments on this year's survey show a domestic vehicle as a number one choice. These segments are: Mid-size Car, Large Car, Minivan/Full-Size Van, Compact SUV, Regular SUV, Full-Size SUV, Compact Pickup and Full-Size Pickup.
Visteon Voice Reaches Infiniti
DEARBORN, Mich.--The 2002 Infiniti Q45 Sedan will feature Visteon Voice Technology. “We’re excited about this contract with Infiniti. It’s a big step in diversifying our customer base,” said Michael Johnston, Visteon’s president and chief operating officer. The technology understands continuous and natural patterns of speech without the need to be trained to one voice and confirms the driver’s commands. Drivers activate the system by pressing the voice button, located on the steering wheel, to obtain voice control of several functions within the vehicle interior.
Car Electronics Attract Women
DETROIT--According to a recently released Polk poll, women place more importance on state-of-the-art electronic accessories when purchasing a new vehicle than do men. “Women represent a strong purchasing force in the auto industry,” said Yolanda Reid, Polk loyalty research manager. “The auto industry estimates that more than 11 million people will have access to telematics within the next four years. And since women make up a significant part of this market, automakers will need to keep in tune with what women want in their vehicles to help them with their already hectic lives,” she pointed out. More than 18 percent of the women surveyed cited electronics as a key buying factor than did men, at 15 percent.
Internet Shopping Up For Autos
DETROIT--Polk has found in a survey at the North American International Auto Show that the number of consumers who used the Internet while shopping for a new vehicle increased 14 percent--up from 46 percent in 2000 to 60 percent thus far this year. Polk also found that men continued to use the Internet to shop for vehicles at a slightly higher rate than women, with men increasing from 47 percent in ‘00 to 62 percent in ‘01, and women increasing from 44 percent to 59 percent. With regard to the effect age had on Internet vehicle shopping, Polk found that the highest increase in Internet vehicle shopping occurred in Baby Boomers (those aged 35 to 54); this segment had an increase of 21 percent. Generation X and the Mature Market increased over ‘00 by about 17 percent. By income, Polk’s results show that the highest increase for Internet vehicle shopping occurred among those making $75,000 to $99,000 a year.
NAIAS Releases Third Day Attendance Figures
DETROIT, Jan. 15 The North American International Auto Show released its third-day attendance figures today. 82,108 people took advantage of the holiday Monday and attended the show. "It was a great day for families," said Mark Snethkamp, senior co-chair of the annual event. "We finished the three-day weekend strongly, and feel very good about the direction that the show is going." Now in its 13th year as an international show, the North American International Auto Show hosts virtually every major manufacturer and is among the top five auto shows in the world.
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Monday, 15 January 2001

Detroit Auto Show Design Winners Announced
DETROIT--Jan. 15, 2001--The Automotive Hall of Fame here played host to an awards ceremony recognizing major contributions to the world of automotive design. AMI Auto World Weekly and Eyes On Design/Detroit honored the automotive designers who have created the most significant automotive designs on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Ten awards were handed out in ten different automotive categories. Over 300 automotive designers and executives from around the world attended the inaugural event.
Polk Auto Trend Center Report: Your Favorite Cars Plus Internet Shopping for Way Vehicles Up! 2000
Over 60% of Consumers Used the Internet While Shopping for a New Vehicle Last Year DETROIT, Jan. 14 Today Polk released the fifth in a series of trend center reports direct from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Based on input from consumers during the first day the show was open to the public, Polk found that the number of consumers who used the Internet while shopping for a new vehicle increased 14%, from 46% last year to 60% this year. Polk also found that males continued to use the Internet to shop for vehicles at a slightly higher rate than females, with males increasing from 47% last year to 62% this year, and females increasing from 44% last year to 59% this year. With regard to the effect age had on Internet vehicle shopping, Polk found that the highest increase in Internet vehicle shopping occurred in Baby Boomers (those aged 35 to 54); this segment had an increase of 21%. Generation X and the Mature Market increased over last year by about 17%. By income, Polk's results show that the highest increase for Internet vehicle shopping occurred among those making $75,000 to $99,000 a year. The second highest increase occurred for those making $30,000 to $49,000.
L.A. Auto Show/Detroit Auto Show - See All the Press Conferences & Intros Here
L.A. Auto Show/Detroit Auto Show - See All the Press Conferences & Intros Here

Sunday, 14 January 2001

NAIAS Statement Regarding the Incident at Cobo Center On Saturday, January 13, 2001
DETROIT, Jan. 14 At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) between 9:30 and 10 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, as the show was preparing to close, a fight broke out on the show floor between several youths. Law enforcement officials quickly intervened to contain the incident. It was rumored that shots had been fired.

Friday, 12 January 2001

Star Car Stolen Before Auto Show
BIRMINGHAM, England--Mitsubishi Star Car remains on the run after the showcase display vehicle was stolen prior to the public opening of the Autosports International Show at the NEC exhibition centre here. The theft was attributed to opportunist car thieves lurking at the venue; who swiped the high-performance 150 mph Galant VR4 saloon car, which was valued at $34,000 in English pounds. It was taken just after being unloaded from a vehicle transporter--but before the car could be moved into the exhibition hall. (Birmingham is in central England.) Mitsubishi Motors UK said it has five other road and rally vehicles to display at the show, but the company made a public appeal to anyone with knowledge of the crime to report it to British bobbies.
Magazine Awards Show's Best of the Best
DETROIT, Jan. 11 AutoWeek celebrated the best of the best at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this evening by revealing Editors Choice Awards for 2001. The honors were bestowed during the evening program of the Eighth Annual AutoWeek Design Forum. For more than a decade, the AutoWeek Editors Choice Awards have recognized those vehicles the magazine's editorial staff selects as the Best in Show, Most Fun, Most Significant and Best Concept models at each major auto show around the world. The AutoWeek Editors Choice Awards from the 2001 NAIAS are: Most Fun: Subaru WRX -- "This 227 horsepower, slightly over 3,000 pound high-performance car gives a lot of grins for the dollar," said AutoWeek Editor and Associate Publisher Dutch Mandel.
Ford Motor Company Wins Top Honors At Detroit Auto Show
DETROIT, Jan. 12 From "Best in Show" to "Best Engine," Ford Motor Company and its Volvo, Mazda, Lincoln and Ford brands took home 13 top awards at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Honors included: -- AutoWeek named the Forty-Nine Ford Concept "Best in Show," one of AutoWeek's annual Editor's Choice Awards. "This is the cream of the crop. What vehicle will we look at five years out and remember?" said AutoWeek Editor and Associate Publisher Dutch Mandel.
Chrysler Prowler Debuts In Blue
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.--The 2001 Chrysler Prowler will debut in blue. The Mulholland Edition; Prowler will be painted Prowler Midnight Blue with a dark blue convertible cloth top. A light blue pinstripe will be hand-painted around the upper beltline to give the two-seat roadster even more of a hand-crafted, customized touch. The Mulholland Edition Prowler is named after Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, the scene of countless classic movies and home to many exotic cars. “While we said the Plymouth brand will be discontinued after the 2001 model year, Prowler continues life as a Chrysler,” said Tom Marinelli, vice president at the Chrysler/Jeep Division Global Brand Center.
L.A. Auto Show/Detroit Auto Shows - See All the Press Conferences & Intros Here
L.A. Auto Show/Detroit Auto Show - See All the Press Conferences & Intros Here
NAIAS Charity Preview Traffic Advisory

Thursday, 11 January 2001

Concept Cars Need Concept Tires
DETROIT, Jan. 10 When we say our tires are "groovy," we really mean it at the North American International Auto Show. Consider the 20-inch Goodyear concept tires on the conceptual Volkswagen Microbus, a symbol of flower power, grooviness and everything that's hip from the 1950s and '60s. The Microbus harks back to a great tradition, starting in 1950 with the first VW bus. But don't expect the reincarnation to come with flowers painted on the sides. "Twenty-inch rubber on Volkswagen's concept car isn't as outlandish as it seems," according to Bill Egan, chief engineer of original-equipment advanced tire technology.
Charity Preview To Bring 17,500 to Downtown Detroit on Friday, January 12
DETROIT, Jan. 10 Roughly 17,500 people are expected to attend the Detroit Auto Dealers Association's North American International Auto Show Charity Preview on Friday, January 12, with thousands of ticket holders arriving around 5:30 p.m. The Detroit Police Department issued a travel advisory to alert the public of detours and possible traffic delays. "We're excited that we will have a number of special events occurring that will bring thousands of residents and visitors into the downtown area," said Renee Walker, the City's Chief of Protocol. "Everyone traveling into downtown Detroit should plan to leave for their destinations early and use alternate routes." Motorists on their way to Windsor, Canada and beyond are advised to use the Ambassador Bridge instead of the tunnel. Traffic flowing into the downtown area is expected to be extremely heavy.

Wednesday, 10 January 2001

Corbin Motors Shows New Models
Corbin Motors introduced two new 2002 models here in Detroit. Both the Sparrow and the new Merlin The Merlin is a single passenger, high performance ultra low emission vehicle that gets 60 miles to the gallon and reduces pollution and minimizes traffic and parking congestion.
Future Explorers to Feature Fuel-Efficient Electrical Assist
DETROIT, Jan. 9 Ford Motor Company's next-generation Explorer will achieve break-through levels of fuel economy and offer more high-tech comfort and convenience features by utilizing a new high voltage electrical system and a technology that automatically shuts the engine off when the vehicle is stopped. Known in the industry as an integrated starter-generator or ISG, this start-stop engine technology will debut in the Ford Explorer soon after the Escape hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) in 2003. But unlike the Escape HEV -- a full hybrid that uses an electric motor for propulsion and a 4-cylinder gasoline engine -- the ISG 42-volt Explorer will rely on an efficient 6-cylinder gasoline engine with electric assist. The integrated starter- generator, as its name implies, replaces both the conventional starter and alternator and integrates starting and generating in a single electric machine.
`Boomers' Reveling In Retros
DETROIT--A Polk study indicates that new retro models are rocketing toward bridging the gap between young and old car buyers. Three models were chosen for Polk's ``retro'' study--the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Volkswagen New Beetle and Plymouth Prowler. Based on recent buyers, these models are primarily popular with those 25 to 54 years old, with roughly two-thirds of this group falling into the Baby-Boomer segment (35-54 years old). ``As we're seeing, these types of retro vehicles were expected to attract seasoned and established vehicle buyers, but these stylish products also appeal to a relatively younger audience with many years of purchasing power ahead,'' said Pete Affeld, performance consultant for Polk. ``In the case of the New Beetle, we're seeing a stronger contribution from 18 to 34 year olds, which should be pleasing to Volkswagen given the effort to align this model with relatively younger consumers. These classic designs bring back good memories for those who grew up in car-crazy America of the 1950s and 1960s, while the new look and new choice of colors provide an added bonus to attract buyers under their mid-30s as well.'' When comparing buyers over a two-year period for the New Beetle and Prowler, Polk noted subtle changes in the age composition for these two retro models.
Cunningham Motor Company Introduces New GT Product
DETROIT, Jan. 10 A new kind of car company, formed last year to fill a hole in the world's automotive landscape, today unveiled a new kind of American grand touring automobile -- and both proudly wear the heralded name Cunningham -- here at the 2001 North American International Automobile Show. Taking its cue, direction and inspiration from the grand touring and sports cars produced by Briggs Cunningham II, the quintessential American sportsman of the 1950s, the Cunningham Motor Company will produce a V-12 powered, limited production, grand tourer for the most discerning automobile buyer -- and do it with a "virtual" car company. "Why should someone who wants to purchase a truly prestigious automobile, something unique, have to turn to a European marque," asks Robert A. Lutz, a founding investor in the new firm and an automotive legend in his own right. "The Cunningham name is synonymous with American and automotive excellence, the perfect combination for this project." The Cunningham family, led by Briggs Cunningham III, has a major position in the new firm which will combine solid, traditional automotive values with the most modern, technological advances, to produce the new Cunningham GT in reasonable time and at a profitable pace.
Caddy Beaming Over Delphi Radar
DETROIT--Delphi Automotive Systems’ Forewarn Radar Back-Up Aid system is being showcased on Cadillac’s Vizon concept car, which is celebrating its worldwide debut at the North American International Auto Show here. Forewarn uses two radar sensors to provide a rear detection range of six meters--which is three to four times greater than the range of traditional ultrasonic parking aids, according to the company. Distance and speed are used to provide drivers with an audible and/or visual alert, with an increasing frequency the closer the vehicle gets to an object. “The great benefit of Delphi’s Radar Back-Up Aid system is that it will provide drivers even more distance to react when an object is in the detection zone,” said Jeff Owens, general director of business lines, marketing and portfolio for Delphi Delco Electronics Systems. Other enhancements and benefits of Delphi’s system include: • Microwave radar aids in both short- and long-range object detection • Automatically activates when vehicle is put in reverse • Detects both stationary and moving objects • Provides speed-based warning • Helps to provide increased reaction time • Reduces risk of bumper damage • Performs in adverse weather conditions • Sensors are mounted behind the rear fascia--which allows for sleek styling.
Mitsubishi May Power Neon
DETROIT--Future models of Chrysler's Neon may have a decidedly Mitsubishi glow to them as a top DaimlerChrysler executive is suggesting that the Neon may be built on a platform powered by Mitsubishi, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Calling the Neon ``a longtime laggard in the showroom,'' the WSJ quotes Juergen Hubbert, head of the Mercedes-Benz division, as observing that ``there's for sure an opportunity to take one of the Mitsubishi platforms for the Neon successor.'' Hubbert said ``it's not a bad idea'' to use a Mitsubishi platform, because it would allow the Neon to be built for less money that it is now--although production would remain in the U.S., according to the paper's account. DaimlerChrysler owns 34 percent of Mitsubishi, and both Japan's Mitsubishi and the American-based Chrysler Corp. have suffered massive losses. WSJ reporter Jeffrey Ball interviewed Hubbert at the North American International Auto Show here. To read the rest of the story, contact http://public.wsj.com/sn/y/SB97905611594349186.html.
Chevrolet Borrego Concept Pictorial
Radically Emphatic Styled Mitsubishi RPM 7000 Makes Global Debut
No-Compromise Active Lifestyle Concept Combines Rally Car Performance and Unique Packaging DETROIT, Jan. 10 After winning the Paris-Dakar Rally and the World Rally Championships around the globe, Mitsubishi Motors engineers and designers set out to tackle an even greater goal: winning the hearts and the minds of discerning drivers who want a vehicle with unparalleled performance and uncompromising versatility. The RPM 7000 is a bold and aggressive answer to the age-old question: "Why can't a sports car be made practical enough for everyday use?" Stepping up to answer this call through innovative packaging and a high-performance powertrain, the RPM 7000 is aimed directly at satisfying consumers who want unparalleled on-road performance combined with uncompromising passenger and cargo versatility as well as unyielding off-road prowess. "The RPM 7000 challenges all convention though its incredible performance and real world usability. While redefining the term sports car and contemplating how we can take such a concept to the retail market one day in the future, the RPM 7000 creates a segment all its own," said Pierre Gagnon, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc. "Our racing heritage in Paris-Dakar as well as our success in World Rally Championships have made us a leader in this kind of motorsports competition, and the RPM 7000 is our most recent reflection of this racing expertise." The overall geo-mechanical design takes on an aggressive look, with a Formula-1 race car inspired nose-cone shape and large air ducts for proper engine cooling management.
Concepts From GM - Pictorial
GM Concept Photos from the Detroit Auto Show.
Electric Scooter Sales from ZAP Rise 87 Percent for December
SEBASTOPOL, Calif.--Jan. 10, 2001--Electric scooter maker ZAPWORLD.COM today reported December sales were up 87 percent. According to ZAPWORLD (ZAP) CEO Gary Starr, sales for December 2000, not counting its subsidiaries, were $1,256,341, up $585,108 or 87 percent from December 1999 sales of $671,233. Starr attributes the increase to unprecedented holiday demand for ZAP's electric scooters, bicycles and other personal electric transportation and recreational vehicles. Last month, ZAP reported that sales for the month of November were up 152 percent to $1.65 million from $654,000 a year earlier.
Mitsubishi Motors' ASX Concept Multi-Activity Vehicle
Environmental Friendliness, Ergonomic Packaging and Dynamic Driving Performance Are Keynotes for the Vehicle of Tomorrow DETROIT, Jan. 10 Meeting the unique automotive needs of various people in different parts of the world has always been the primary challenge of producing a truly global vehicle. The Mitsubishi ASX multi-activity concept, unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show, confronts this challenge head on by addressing versatility, performance and environmental issues to create an automobile for all reasons. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010110/LAW010 ) ASX stands for Active Sports Crossover and is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow's all-purpose vehicle buyer: smart and ergonomic packaging that allows for manageable exterior dimensions with maximized interior room; sports sedan-handling and performance with low exhaust emissions and high fuel economy; and full-time four-wheel drive flexibility to tackle various weather and surface conditions. "The ASX showcases our execution of the industry-wide crossover phenomenon, combining car-like size and driving characteristics with off-pavement ability and all-season confidence," said Pierre Gagnon, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc. "Our worldwide team of engineers and designers has created a vehicle that crosses not only categories, but geographical needs and considerations for markets around the world, creating a truly 'global crossover' vehicle." Combining a sleek, sedan-like personality with the function of an SUV was not a simple undertaking, and the ASX's style represents a fusion of these dichotomous themes elegantly blended to create an automobile that virtually stands alone.
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Mitsubishi Motors' ASX Concept at Detroit Show Gives Sneak Peak At the Next Generation Global Multi-Activity Vehicle
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Tuesday, 09 January 2001

Yazaki North America Returns for its Second Year as an Official Sponsor Of the North American International Auto Show
CANTON, Mich., Jan. 9 Yazaki North America, Inc. (YNA), a Tier One supplier and a leading provider of vehicle power and data solutions to the automotive industry, announced today that it will be returning as an official show sponsor for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2001. NAIAS 2001 will be taking place at Cobo Center in Detroit from January 13-January 21, 2001. "Yazaki is proud to again be a part of one of the world's premier automotive events," said Nigel Thompson, executive vice president for planning for YNA. "Our participation reflects not only our integral involvement in today's automotive industry, but also our dedication to the evolution of power and data solutions as a critical component of the automobile.
Subaru Launches 2002 Impreza WRX Sedan and Sport Wagon; Turbocharged All-Wheel Drive Sport Models Challenge Europe's Best
DETROIT, Jan. 9 Subaru today introduced the all-new Subaru WRX sedan and Sport Wagon, powered by a 2.0-liter, 227-horsepower turbocharged engine. The WRX models highlight the new-generation 2002 Impreza line that will reach Subaru dealerships in spring 2001. The All-Wheel Drive 2002 Impreza WRX models will offer performance in league with such respected all-wheel drive European sport sedans as the Audi A4 Quattro and the BMW 325xi. Like every Subaru sold in North America since 1997, all 2002 Impreza models will feature the full-time Subaru All-Wheel Driving System for optimal grip on all types of road surfaces, dry or wet. With 217 lb.-ft.
Ford Expedition Becomes Only SUV to Earn Top Government Crash Ratings
DETROIT, Jan. 9 The Ford Expedition has become the only Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) to earn a double five-star rating in U.S. government frontal crash testing. "All of our SUVs perform well in real world situations and consumer crash tests," said Gurminder Bedi, Vice President, Truck Product Development. "However, this accomplishment is special because we had to reach this level of crash test performance without jeopardizing any of the advancements we've made in the area of vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility." Expedition was able to earn the government's top rating for frontal crash tests because of additional enhancements to the SUV's restraint system. For 2001, the Expedition's safety belt system is equipped with technologies called pretensioners and energy management retractors.
Subaru Announces Pricing on 2002 Model Year WRX Sedan and WRX Sport Wagon
DETROIT, Jan. 9 Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA), a pioneer of crossover All-Wheel Drive vehicles designed for the active lifestyle, announced today the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 2002 model year WRX Sedan and WRX Sport Wagon models. Introduced today at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center, the WRX models highlight the new generation of Impreza models that will reach Subaru dealerships in early Spring 2001. Powered by a 2.0 liter 227-horsepower turbocharged and intercooled engine, the All-Wheel Drive Impreza WRX models offer more torque and a significantly better power-to-weight ratio than respected competitive All-Wheel Drive models including the Audi A4 1.8T or BMW 325xi. All WRX sedan and WRX Sport Wagon models feature full-time All-Wheel Drive. The standard manual transmission uses a viscous coupling locking center differential All-Wheel Drive system.
Infiniti Debuts New 2002 Q45 Performance Luxury Sedan And FX45 Concept Crossover SUV at Detroit Auto Show
DETROIT, Jan. 9 Infiniti today introduced a pair of dramatic performance luxury vehicles, the 2002 Infiniti Q45 performance luxury sedan and the futuristic Infiniti FX45 Concept crossover SUV, at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The two vehicles are part of Infiniti's plan to completely reinvigorate and expand its product lineup in the next few years. The introductions follows record sales in 2000 and parent company Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.'s renewed profitability. In November 2000, Nissan released financial figures showing a consolidated operating profit of $1.24 billion and an operating margin of 4.5 percent for the first six months of fiscal year 2000 -- the company's best performance in a decade.
Lexus Introduces Two New IS 300 Models in Detroit
IS 300 SportCross and New Five-Speed Manual Transmission Sport Sedan to Arrive in Summer DETROIT, Jan. 9 Lexus today announced two new versions of the IS 300 for 2002: the versatile IS 300 SportCross and an IS 300 sedan featuring a five-speed manual transmission. Both new IS 300 models were introduced at the North American International Auto Show and will be available in August 2001. The Lexus IS 300 sedan, currently on the market, offers a compelling challenge to European sport sedans, packaging a high-performance powertrain, rear-drive chassis layout, and a sports-car inspired interior in a taut, wedge-shaped body. Lexus will offer the 2002 IS 300 sedan equipped with the five-speed manual transmission as a separate model that will also feature slightly firmer suspension tuning than the automatic model.
Lexus Debuts 2002 SC 430 Hardtop Convertible At North American International Auto Show
DETROIT, Jan. 9 The dreams of many luxury car customers came true today when the 2002 Lexus SC 430 hardtop convertible had its worldwide debut at the North American International Auto Show. The SC 430 will go on sale March 15, 2001, and melds sophisticated exterior styling, luxurious interior innovation, potent engine performance, and an elegantly designed retractable hardtop that will transform it from a 2+2 coupe into a convertible in less than 25 seconds with the push of a button. The SC 430 will be competitively priced with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $58,455. The only factory options are run-flat tires ($400), spoiler ($440) and the Lexus Navigation System ($2,000). A fully loaded SC 430 will have an MSRP of $61,295.
Jeep(R) Willys: 'Pure American' Jeep Design Incorporates Cutting-Edge Plastic Technology
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 9 The back-to-basics, composite- bodied Jeep(R) Willys concept vehicle pays homage to Jeep vehicles of the past while showcasing the design and technology of the 21st century. "We designed this concept vehicle with the self-expressive, free-thinker in mind," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Design, DaimlerChrysler Corporation. "The Jeep Willys' usefulness and versatility were developed to exist in ecological harmony with nature while being perfectly suited for the rigors of an active lifestyle. Call it the pure American." The Willys, unveiled at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, features plastic body-technology, allowing for a radical approach to Jeep design while remaining true to the brand's legendary capability.
Dodge Super8 Hemi 'All American' Return of the Sedan
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 9 The Dodge Super8 Hemi(R) concept car is DaimlerChrysler's newest execution of Passenger Priority design. Borrowing cues from Dodge trucks and sport-utilities, the Dodge Super8 Hemi is an all-American sedan -- yet one reincarnated with a tall stance that enhances visibility, comfort, space and ease of entry and exit for both driver and passengers. "The Dodge Super8 Hemi embodies the culture and essence of American optimism," said Freeman Thomas, Vice President - Advanced Design Strategy, DaimlerChrysler Corporation on the occasion of the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. "The concept's bold, in-your-face design shows our ability to embrace our love for the sedan and meld it with invigorating execution and technological advancement," added Thomas, who oversaw the design for the Dodge Super8 Hemi.
Chrysler Crossfire: 'Modern American,' Sports Youthful, International Flair
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 9 The Chrysler Crossfire concept car features a sophisticated design blending traditional European proportions and handling characteristics with the power and personality of an American performance car. "The Crossfire concept provides a new image for Chrysler, combining American power with international flair," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Product Design, DaimlerChrysler Corporation, at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. "The expressive execution of this small coupe is tangible proof of our capability to elevate and broaden the Chrysler brand. From its distinct design to its potent powertrain and suspension, this modern American coupe is set to impress enthusiasts around the world." A classic, clean design with a decidedly youthful flavor is reflected in the concept's sleek, athletic lines.
Rollover Ratings Released
WASHINGTON--Two General Motors sport utility vehicles have scored the lowest in the first-ever rollover resistance ratings issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA’s ratings program is designed to provide consumers with a measure of a vehicle’s resistance to rolling over in a single vehicle crash. However, the ratings system is being criticized by safety groups as being too simplistic. The Transportation Department gave one-star ratings to the Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy/Envoy four-door 4X4 SUVs. The Ford Explorer 4X4 SUV, the target of numerous of lawsuits as a result of rollover crashes, was rated two stars.
Ford's Explorer Sportsman Concept
DETROIT, Jan. 9 The new Ford Explorer Sportsman concept is designed to fulfill fly anglers' dreams of finding the calm and unspoiled waters of the perfect, wilderness fishing location. Based on the 2002 Ford Explorer, the concept vehicle is designed to take the angler into the wilderness for a "back to nature" fly-fishing adventure and outdoor experience. Outfitted with Scott Flyfishing Rods, the Explorer Sportsman is finished in a low-gloss, satin metallic green, coupled with satin-finished front and rear chrome skid-plates that provide ultimate durability for two-track expeditions to rivers, lakes, streams and the woodlands in between. One of the most prominent features on the Sportsman is the fully detachable roof rack.
Ford EX: Taking the Outfitters Line-Up to the Extreme Edge of Adventure
DETROIT, Jan. 9 The Ford EX concept vehicle stakes its claim in the extreme domain of the "No Boundaries" SUV line-up, promising a unique, no-compromise driving experience for the off-road enthusiast and extreme sports authority. This two-seat concept vehicle is purpose-built and features high-quality, detailed composite body sections on a Chrome-Moly steel frame. The frame is tough, durable, resistant to corrosion and ready to take on any off-road adventure. The mechanicals, such as the transfer case and aluminum radiator with dual fans, are moved rearward to achieve a 50/50 weight distribution, providing optimal traction in rugged terrain.
Honda Model X: Behind the CONCEPT
DETROIT, Jan. 9 When Honda R&D Americas was charged with developing a new vehicle for young male buyers, it put together a team of young associates and challenged them to come up with a vehicle they would like to drive. As a result, they developed a vehicle targeted at young, active guys. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010109/DETU030 ) Project leader Tim Benner and design project leader Eric Schumaker approached Model X as a vehicle built for people with active lifestyles who were interested in sports and doing things with their friends. They headed a Model X development team that were mostly in their early twenties and active in a variety of sports.
Honda Model X Provides Active Guys With All-in-One Adventure Tool
Easy to Clean, Easy to Live In and It Hauls a Bunch of Stuff DETROIT, Jan. 9 The Honda Model X concept vehicle, developed and designed by Honda's R&D Americas operation and making its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, reveals a tough and indestructible vehicle with a carefree attitude. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010109/DETU030 ) Model X was conceived at the inaugural X Games in San Diego in 1998. Targeted at active young college-age guys who need a versatile, reliable, multi-functional vehicle to carry all their stuff, Model X combines the best features of a pickup truck with the best features of an SUV and adds a dorm room-like setting for a comfortable feel. "Model X is more than a pickup truck and more than an SUV," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Its beauty lies in its utility, versatility and functionality.
Consumers Union Comments On Rating Rollover Risks
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Jan. 9, 2001--Consumers Union (CU), the publisher of Consumer Reports, is dissatisfied with the new system for rating the rollover risks of motor vehicles unveiled today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). After an initial review of the new ratings system, CU repeated its concerns that NHTSA has based its rollover rating system solely on the vehicle's so-called static stability factor (SSF), rather than basing it on driving tests and the dynamic performance of the vehicles. "While we believe that providing consumers some information is preferable to providing no information at all, Consumers Union has serious reservations about using a static measure such as SSF to determine for comparative purposes the stability of vehicles." said Dr. R. David Pittle, CU's Senior Vice President and Technical Director. Dr.
Rollover Ratings for 2001 Models Read before you Try or Buy!
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced the first rollover resistance ratings for passenger vehicles as the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finalized a rating program that provides consumers with a measure of a vehicle's resistance to rolling over in a single vehicle crash. "By providing consumers with information about the comparative rollover risk of various types of vehicles, they will be better able to choose a safe vehicle for themselves and their family," Secretary Slater said. "We expect these ratings to drive improved safety, which is President Clinton and Vice President Gore's highest transportation priority. By providing consumers with additional information, we can motivate manufacturers to respond with safer, more stable vehicles." The program gives "star" ratings for rollover resistance as part of the agency's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The highest rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
Mazda RX-8 Next Big Thing in Sports Cars
DETROIT, Jan. 9 Mazda Motor Corporation, renowned for its pioneering development of unique rotary-engined vehicles, today took a giant step toward bringing to market a revolutionary high-performance, four-door sports car with the unveiling of the Mazda RX-8 design engineering model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The RX-8 is powered by a 250-horsepower version of the company's legendary rotary engine. The new RX-8 is much closer to an actual production sports car than its predecessor, the Mazda RX-EVOLV concept car that was introduced at the October 1999 Tokyo Motor Show and shown at last year's North American International Auto Show. "With its four-door freestyle door system, four-passenger comfort and 250-horsepower RENESIS rotary engine, Mazda RX-8 is the next big thing in sports cars," said Mazda president and CEO Mark Fields.
Audi Presents 'Project Steppenwolf' - The All-Around Vehicle
DETROIT, Jan. 9 At the 2001 North American International Auto Show (Jan. 10-22) Audi will display a concept vehicle for on-road and demanding off-road use. Following the successful launch of the Audi allroad quattro, this concept vehicle now shows how the Audi development engineers visualize a high-performance all-around vehicle for the compact class. And it embodies a study, which represents the consistent evolution of contemporary Audi design.
2001 Toyota Tacoma Pictorial
Bentley Sales Up 28% in 2000
DETROIT, Jan. 9 North American sales of Bentley motors in 2000 rose by 28% when compared with 1999. The President of Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars, Inc. Alasdair Stewart said: "We are delighted with the increase, however we are not surprised by the growing interest in, and popularity of our latest models. The Bentley Arnage benefited from significant enhancements for this model year -- including greater interior space; remote parking sensors and satellite navigation. In addition the fitting of Bentley's famous 6.75 liter turbocharged V8 engine to the Arnage Red Label sedan has been very warmly welcomed by Bentley enthusiasts." Sales of Bentley two-door models in 2000 were 111, including 85 Azure convertibles and 26 Continental coupes.
North American Rolls-Royce Sales Rise See The Full Report Here On TACH
DETROIT, Jan. 9 Sales of Rolls-Royce motor cars in North America in 2000 rose by more than four percent. The introduction of the Corniche convertible, and the enhancements to the Silver Seraph, plus the launch of the Park Ward saloon combined to deliver sales of 248 cars, an increase of 4.6 percent over the 1999 total of 237 cars. The President of Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars, Inc., Alasdair Stewart said: "Rolls-Royce enthusiasts responded very well to the new Corniche convertible, and the higher specification of the Silver Seraph saloon enhanced its appeal considerably. The Park Ward, which was first shown at the Geneva Auto Salon in March 2000 is built to specific order and is sold to a very select group of Rolls-Royce buyers." Corniche deliveries began well into the second quarter and 88 cars were sold in 2000.
2002 T-Bird Pictorial
Jaguar Worldwide Sales Reach Record High in 2000
Jaguar Prepares For Further Dramatic Expansion in 2001 DETROIT, Jan. 8 Jaguar set a new all-time record in 2000 with worldwide sales of 90,031 cars. This represents a 20 per cent increase on 1999, and reflects the dramatic pace of Jaguar's development as a business, fuelled by the success of S-TYPE, particularly in the United States. Announcing this record-breaking achievement at the Detroit International Auto Show, Jonathan Browning, Jaguar's Managing Director said, "2000 was another milestone year in the product-led transformation of Jaguar. Today, we produce a range of high quality, attractive products generating tremendous sales momentum, making Jaguar one of the fastest growing of all car manufacturers.
James E. Press Named Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
DETROIT, Jan. 8 Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS) announced today that James E. Press has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer in charge of all corporate operations. In addition to his current duties, including the Toyota and Lexus sales operations, Customer Services Division, Toyota Industrial Equipment Division, planning and development and external affairs, Press will assume responsibility for finance, administration, and legal operations. "The position of chief operating officer will provide a consolidated reporting structure allowing for more efficient and streamlined decision-making," said TMS President and CEO Yoshimi Inaba. "In addition, the choice of a North American executive to fill this role is a very important step forward in Toyota's efforts to assign more responsibility to American management." Press joined TMS in 1970 and has worked in a wide variety of positions including the service, marketing, product planning, market representation, advertising and distribution departments.

Monday, 08 January 2001

All-New Nissan Z Sports Car and Radical 'Alpha Truck' Concepts Debut at Detroit Auto Show
DETROIT, Jan. 8 Nissan today unveiled two stunning concept vehicles -- the all-new, next generation Nissan Z sports car and the Alpha T Concept -- at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The introductions come at a time of tremendous momentum for Nissan, following the November 20, 2000 announcement of dramatically improved financial results of $1.24 billion operating profit for the first six months of its fiscal year. The new Nissan Z is scheduled to go on sale in the United States and Canada in mid-2002 as a 2003 model. With its dramatic styling and powerful V6 engine, it is designed to be as revolutionary as the original Datsun 240Z was when it was introduced more than 30 years earlier.
Acura RS-X Prototype Makes World Debut
DETROIT, Jan. 8 Acura debuted its RS-X sports coupe prototype at the North American International Auto Show today, providing the world with a first glimpse of the technology and styling direction for an all- new Acura production vehicle to be introduced later this year. "The RS-X provides a clear indication of the direction we are headed with the new sports coupe that will replace the Integra," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of Acura. "With the introduction of a production version later this year, Acura's stable of class-leading luxury performance vehicles will be even stronger." Drawing on Acura's heritage of performance and precision engineering, the RS-X prototype utilizes advanced new engine technology in combination with rigid unit body construction, a highly aerodynamic body and sport-tuned chassis to deliver exhilarating style and performance in a luxury-class sports coupe. The RS-X also maintains Acura's leadership in the areas of occupant safety and low emissions, providing state-of-the-art safety features, while meeting Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) standards.
TRW Displays Four-Point Safety Belt in Volvo Concept Car
DETROIT--Jan. 8, 2001--TRW is displaying its four-point safety belt technology here at the North American International Auto Show in a Volvo concept vehicle and at a special Ford Motor Co. consumer clinic. Clinic attendees of various shapes and sizes are able to critique the seat integrated safety belt systems for comfort and convenience.
The 2003 Dodge Viper RT-10 Convertible: Chapter Three in a Legendary Supercar's History
DETROIT, Jan. 8 The Dodge Viper has always been more than just a car. To enthusiasts, it represents the purest expression of free- spirited driving. For a re-emerging Chrysler Corporation, it heralded a new way of doing business, taking chances and stepping over the edge. To the industry, it served as a wake-up call that the Dodge brand would be the catalyst for change in automotive design throughout the 1990s. Beneath its iconic imagery, the Dodge Viper has backed up its reputation with cold, hard numbers -- horsepower, torque, 0-60 mph, 1/4-mile, slalom, skid pad and top speed.
Bad Timing Olds
Bad Timing For GM… Maybe you should reconsider and Bring Back “Your Fathers Oldsmobile” WARNING! WARNING! THIS ARTICLE WILL REQUIRE THE INTERPATATION OF A READER OVER 55 IF YOU ARE NOT THAT OLD (or a car nut) YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND PORTIONS OF THIS ARTICLE! Here at the Detroit Auto Show the only thing not in vogue are guys with DA’s, Pegged Pants and Pink Shirts and Girls in Poodle Skirts, Angora Sweaters (I miss them) Girdles (I don’t miss them) and tightly clutched knees. Hey the world of the car has gone RETRO …T-Birds; (PT) Cruisers; Bugs; Forty-Nines; Microbus’; Z’s; Mini’s and a host of other cars that stir the memories of the over 50 crowd, and stir visions of profits in the heads of the accountants at the manufacturers. The Industry is hopeful that these, new cars, that look old, but drive like new, can cause “I LOVE THAT CAR” palpitations in the under 30 crowd. And that the success of the PT cruiser is a leading indicator not an anomaly. Even the concept cars look like they came out of a design studio from the past that was sent through a time warp… hey do you think the California influence has made these designers, Beach Boy and Jan and Dean fans, and those weekends on the Baja seeing all those old old American cars tooting around have had a profound influence on those Guys and Gals? But alas and alack there is no introduction of a revived Olds ROCKET 88’s or Big Ass Olds 98 at this exhibit in fact Oldsmobile seems like an after thought (in fact it is) stuck away in a dark corner of GM’s incredible multi story exhibit.
Polk Study Shows Retro Models Slowly Drawing in Younger Buyers
Baby-Boomers Still Expected to Carry Most of Success DETROIT, Jan. 8 A study released today by Polk indicates that new retro models are beginning to bridge the gap between young and old car buyers. Three models were chosen for Polk's "retro" study - the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Volkswagen New Beetle and Plymouth Prowler. Based on recent buyers, these models are primarily popular with those 25 to 54 years old, with roughly two-thirds of this group falling into the Baby-Boomer segment (35-54 years old). Popularity of Automobiles Age PT Cruiser New Beetle Prowler 18-24 Years Old 0.8% 1.3% 1.1% 25-34 Years Old 6.9% 11.2% 9.7% 35-44 Years Old 25.8% 27.4% 31.1% 45-54 Years Old 41.6% 36.3% 33.8% 55-64 Years Old 19.3% 15.7% 18.6% 65-74 Years Old 4.4% 6.4% 4.4% 75+ Years Old 1.2% 1.7% 1.4% Source: Polk, January - June 2000 vehicle buyers. "As we're seeing, these types of retro vehicles were expected to attract seasoned and established vehicle buyers, but these stylish products also appeal to a relatively younger audience with many years of purchasing power ahead," said Pete Affeld, performance consultant for Polk.
Toyota Announces Pricing for All-New Highlander Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 8 Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., released manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) today for its all-new 2001 model year Highlander mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV). Highlander will join 4Runner to give Toyota a diverse, dual-entry in the mid-size SUV segment. Equally significant, Highlander will join RAV4, giving Toyota two unibody-based SUV offerings. When it goes on sale Jan. 15, the MSRP for Highlander will range from $23,515 for a 4x2 model with a 4-cylinder engine to $26,495 for the top of the line 4x4 model with a V6 engine.
Volkswagen Concept Car Microbus: A Design Study for the World of Tomorrow as a Homage to a Great Tradition
WOLFSBURG, Germany and DETROIT, Jan. 8 Volkswagen is showing the concept car "Microbus" as a world premiere at the North American International Auto Show. The bus of the future was designed in the Volkswagen design studio in California especially for the US market. With its original design and numerous innovative ideas, the Microbus harks back to a great tradition, starting in 1950 with the first VW bus. This Volkswagen was successful worldwide and reached cult status, especially in the USA, with the name Microbus.
The New Volvo Concept Car Reaps the Benefits of Fingerprint Card Technology
STOCKHOLM, Sweden--Jan. 8, 2001--The new Volvo "Safety Concept Car" is now on display at the Detroit Motor Show. The concept car has been developed in order to illustrate the direction of future safety efforts at the Volvo Car Corporation and the Ford Motor Company. A new unique remote control, where the user identity is secured by finger verification, is a key feature in the development of personal security. This device, which automatically stores and communicates information using Bluetooth technology, may replace conventional car keys in the future.
The Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2001 Announcement
Environmental Event Makes North American Debut October 26-29 DETROIT, Jan. 8 Michelin, the environmental leader of the tire industry, today reinforced that position with the announcement of ambitious plans for the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2001. The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is a real-world demonstration of the original equipment manufacturer's continuing progress in the development of new technologies. The international environmental event, which will be held in North America for the first time October 26-29, 2001, will start in Los Angeles and conclude in Las Vegas. First held in France in September 1998, and repeated in September 2000, the first two editions of the Michelin Challenge Bibendum drew vehicles from most of the world's leading vehicle manufacturers and designers and attracted media from across Europe, Asia and the United States.
BMW Makes Three World Debuts at North American International Auto Show
DETROIT, Jan. 8 Three BMWs made their world debuts today at the North American International Auto Show. The previously unannounced BMW X coupe concept vehicle combines ground-breaking sport coupe styling with off-road capability. The M3 convertible represents something unique in the marketplace -- a true high-performance four-seat convertible. It was further announced that the base MSRP for the M3 convertible would be $54,045.
Toyota 'Matrix' World Premiere at Detroit's North American International Auto Show
DETROIT, Jan. 8 The Toyota "Matrix" was unveiled today at a world premiere press conference at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. Matrix combines the functionality of an SUV, the style, image and performance of a sports car and the affordability of a subcompact sedan. According to Don Esmond, Toyota Division senior vice president and general manager, Matrix is the result of listening carefully to what is most-important to young new-car buyers. "Young buyers want vehicles that are high in image, and high in functional utility," Esmond said.
BMW's Fleet of Hydrogen Powered 7 Series Cars Comes to America
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Jan. 8 The BMW Group announced today that its fleet of hydrogen powered BMW 750hL sedans will be coming to the United States on July 12th of this year providing members of the media and public alike the opportunity to experience the world's first fleet of production-based, hydrogen powered cars. As a reflection of BMW's commitment to making hydrogen power a reality, the first-hand experience of these cars will be accompanied by a panel discussion, when the fleet arrives in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles event is part of the BMW CleanEnergy World Tour. The first stop on the tour will take place in Dubai on January 31, 2001.
Mercedes-Benz Holds Global Debut of Three New Production Cars at Detroit Auto Show
New Models for 2002 Cover Entry Level to High-Performance MONTVALE, N.J., Jan. 8 Continuing the unprecedented product offensive that started in 1998, Mercedes-Benz unveils three new production models at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit at Cobo Center: the C-Class wagon, the C32 AMG sedan, the SLK32 AMG roadster. First-Ever C-Class Wagon for the U.S. Capitalizing on the already-successful C-Class sedan introduced last September, the 2002 C-Class wagon makes its World Debut in Detroit. The C320 wagon will become available next fall, powered by a 215-hp, 3.2-liter V6 engine. This first C-Class wagon for the US market will come with a long list of standard equipment, including safety items pioneered by Mercedes-Benz like smart front airbags, curtain side airbags, the Tele Aid emergency call system and ESP stability control.
Independent Journalists Name the North American Car And North American Truck of the Year
DETROIT, Jan. 8 The Chrysler PT Cruiser and Acura MD-X were named the 2001 North American Car and Truck of the Year, respectively, in an awards ceremony at the start of the North American International Auto Show here today. Now in their ninth year, the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards are chosen by a jury of 50 independent auto journalists from the United States and Canada. The awards are open to new or significantly revised vehicles that will be on the market in North America in 2001, and the jurors look for cars and trucks that raise the level of achievement in their respective categories. Evaluations of the many vehicles eligible for the awards went on throughout 2000, with the jury voting once in September to reduce the field to the most significant contenders and then voting again in mid-December to choose the finalists.
Chrysler PT Cruiser Named North American Car of the Year
DETROIT, Jan. 8 In a year of indecision, the ballots have been counted and the 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser emerged as the clear winner for North American Car of the Year. Whether electors' priorities leaned toward style, comfort, safety, functionality, innovation or affordability, the PT Cruiser proved to be the compelling candidate for a solid majority of automotive journalists. Fifty top automotive journalists reviewed more than 20 new vehicles prior to the vote. Ballot choices ranged from economy models to luxury sedans, minivans and hybrids.
2002 Q45 Means Performance Luxury; Company Also Reveals FX45 Concept
GARDENA, Calif., Jan. 8 Following record sales in calendar year 2000, Infiniti enters the new year with a pair of dramatic new vehicle introductions on Tuesday January 9 at 11:30 a.m. EST at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit -- the 2002 Infiniti Q45 performance luxury sedan and the futuristic Infiniti FX45 Concept crossover SUV. The two vehicles are part of Infiniti's plan to totally reinvigorate and expand its product lineup in the next few years. The expansion of Infiniti's product line is being fueled by a resurgence in sales and brand acceptance and parent company Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.'s (NML) renewed profitability. In November 2000, Nissan released financial figures showing a consolidated operating profit of $1.24 billion and an operating margin of 4.5 percent for the first six months of fiscal year 2000 -- the company's best performance in a decade.
Ford Puts a Price On 'Dream Car'
DETROIT, Jan. 8 The 2002 Ford Thunderbird debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today, with Ford announcing the start of public sale and a suggested retail price starting at $35,495. The convertible roadster will be in dealerships starting late this summer. "Our dealers have been deluged with people who want to buy a new Thunderbird," said Ford Division President Jim O'Connor. "The public reaction has been amazing.
Johnson Controls and LEGO Unveil The 'Ultimate Family Concept Vehicle
LEGO InMotion by Johnson Controls -- developed through an exclusive partnership between Johnson Controls and the LEGO Company -- completely redefines the vehicle interior with more than 50 new features to surprise and delight consumers.
Dateline Detroit: See It For Yourself!
Dateline Detroit: See It For Your Self!
Forty Nine Ford: Rekindling Romance With A New Version
Cellport Announces Availability of Universal Hands-Free System
Cellport Systems, a world leader in providing in-vehicle wireless communications and telematics systems, announced general availability of the Cellport(R) 3000 Universal Hands- Free System for wireless phones in vehicles

Sunday, 07 January 2001

2001 International Wheel Award Winners Announced at North American International Auto Show
DETROIT, Jan. 7 Winners in the 2001 International Wheel Awards competition for journalistic excellence were announced and awards presented today at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center here. Print and broadcast journalists representing Newsweek Magazine and ABC News/Good Morning America won the contest's coveted Golden Wheel Awards. Entries by the winners -- "Ford vs. Firestone," by Keith Naughton and Mark Hosenball, in Newsweek, and "Airbag or Murder," by Greg Hunter and Andrew Paparella, ABC News/Good Morning America -- also won first places in their respective categories.
All-New 2002 Jeep Liberty
DETROIT, Jan. 7 The Jeep(R) brand once again moves to the forefront of engineering and design with the introduction of the 2002 Jeep(R) Liberty -- delivering a unique combination of ruggedness, capability and superior on-road refinement that sets this all-new vehicle apart from the pack in true Jeep tradition. The Liberty joins the already formidable Jeep lineup as the newest member of the legendary brand that defined sport-utility vehicles during its 60-year history. The all-new Jeep Liberty was created to expand the breadth of the Jeep lineup and broaden the brand's global appeal. Not only for traditional Jeep buyers, this vehicle is also for a new generation of SUV buyers who value on-road refinement and ruggedness.
Northwest Auto Show Tour of New Terminal
DETROIT, Jan. 5 People come by the tens of thousands to the North American International Auto Show every year to peer into the future of auto industry; this year auto show visitors can see the future of air travel as well through a dramatic virtual reality tour of the new terminal currently under construction at Wayne County Metropolitan Airport. Northwest Airlines will provide continuous screenings of the virtual reality video in its Auto Show WorldClub facility operated right inside Cobo Hall during the auto show. "This year Northwest Airlines will move into the best airport terminal in the country," said Jim Greenwald, Northwest vice president - facilities and airport affairs. "Next year's auto show attendees will experience the reality of that new facility, this year's visitors can get a sense of the coming changes by taking this walk through cyberspace.

Friday, 05 January 2001

Ford Offers First Ever Police Vehicle Prep Package
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 5 Ford Motor Company , the leader in providing ground breaking and technologically advanced vehicles to law enforcement agencies in North America, has introduced the first ever police vehicle prep package designed to prepare vehicles for law enforcement use. Ford selected Crown North America, a division of Leggett and Platt Inc., and a leading supplier of automotive conversion services and telecommunications enclosures, to build an exclusive, innovative and factory- approved conversion package for Ford's Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. "The pre-packaged interceptor greatly reduces the normal up-fitting time and costs for converting these vehicles, and saves on the unnecessary repairs resulting from the improper installation of equipment," said Ron Anderson, Ford's government marketing brand manager for the North American fleet, lease and re-marketing operations. The package includes the auxiliary items that are most often requested to fully equip Ford's police interceptor for law enforcement use and is available to Ford dealers throughout North America.
All-New Nissan Z Sports Car and Radical 'Alpha Truck' Concepts
Debut at Detroit Auto Show - Live Webcast Planned GARDENA, Calif., Jan. 5 On January 8, at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Nissan North America, Inc. will reveal two stunning concept vehicles -- the all-new, next generation Nissan Z sports car and the alpha T (Alpha Truck) Concept. Nissan will provide a live webcast of the announcement press conference beginning about 2p.m. EST on Monday, January 8, 2001. The webcast is accessible right here on TACH. The introductions come at a time of tremendous momentum for Nissan, following the November 20, 2000 announcement of dramatically improved financial results of $1.24 billion operating profit for the first six months of its fiscal year.
2001 BMW M Coupe and M Roadster Make World Debut
Coach and Lexus Renew Partnership to Produce Coach Edition ES 300
MITSUBISHI MOTORS RPM 7000 Intro LIVE on Tape
MITSUBISHI MOTORS RPM 7000 Intro Here
MITSUBISHI MOTORS ASX Debut Here
MITSUBISHI MOTORS ASX Debut Here

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