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Mazda Marks Miata’s 30th With Party, Special Edition

Carrot-colored 30th Anniversary Edition will start at $35,915.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.08, 2019

Mazda Motors North America President Masahiro Moro introduces the 30th anniversary limited-edition Mazda MX-5 Miata in Chicago.

February in Chicago isn’t normally what you’d call convertible season, but on a cold and blustery morning almost 30 years ago to the day, Mazda took ragtop fans and, indeed, the rest of the auto industry, by surprise with the debut of the original Miata roadster.

While never a major seller, the pint-sized two-seater also known as the MX-5 captured the hearts – and checkbooks – of those who wanted something that put the emphasis on pure driving fun, inspiring a wave of imitations from Mazda’s Japanese, German and U.S. rivals.

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On another cold and blustery day in the Windy City, Mazda pulled the wraps off a special, commemorative edition of the fourth-generation Miata Thursday. And to mark the occasion, it brought to its Chicago Auto Show news conference not only some of the roadster’s most loyal fans, but some of the folks who helped create the little car. (more…)

Live From Chicago!

The show features the industry's hottest products — trucks.

by tdb on Feb.07, 2019

The 111th edition of the Chicago Auto Show is in its second day and plenty of news has already been made. As expected we’ve seen plenty of new trucks, crossovers and sport-utes to make their debuts. While those three dominated the debuts in the Windy City, they weren’t  the only unveilings.

The show attracts the biggest executives and industry watchers, and watching them will be TheDetroitBureau.com, We continue to cover the show, bringing you news as it happens — and even before in many instances. Check back often as the site is updated regularly. (more…)

First Look: 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Bigger, more powerful, more variants.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.05, 2019

Chevrolet unveiled its full line-up of HD trucks at the Flint Assembly plant where they're produced.

Ahead of its public debut at the Chicago Auto Show later this week, Chevrolet has pulled the wraps off its all-new 2020 Silverado HD.

The heavy-duty pickup will go up against an assortment of all-new or upgraded models in what has become one of the industry’s most competitive, albeit most profitable, market segments. The bowtie brand is hoping to nonetheless “conquest” buyers away from competitors Ford and Ram by offering up a truck that is longer, more powerful and offers an array of new features, including a “Transparent Trailer” system that makes it possible to see the road behind even when towing a boat or camper.

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“We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, the chief engineer for both the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado, as well as the Sierra HD recently unveiled by sibling brand GMC. (more…)

Chevrolet Amps Things Up in Heavy Duty War With Silverado HD Debut

“It’s a war” as automakers fight for dominance in the high-profit HD market.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.05, 2019

Lead Designer Rick Scheer unveils the new 2020 Chevy Silverado HD line-up at the Flint, Michigan-plant that builds the trucks.

Chevrolet has become the latest in a string of brands to upgrade its entry into the booming, high-profit heavy-duty truck segment.

The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD made its official debut Tuesday at General Motors’ newly updated factory in Flint, Michigan. The oldest and longest continuously operated assembly plant in the GM network, the Flint factory underwent a $1.5 billion makeover to prepare for the launch of the new trucks.

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While the U.S. new vehicle market is expected to slip slightly this year, there were few signs of concern among GM officials, the automaker’s President Mark Reuss declaring, “We are so bullish about our trucks this year … we predicted stronger-than-expected earnings in 2019.” (more…)

Automakers Exploring Alternatives to Conventional Car-Buying Process

Ford paints one option with Canvas subscription service.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.09, 2018

Ford's Canvas subscription service delivers a Mustang to a customer in California.

More than 17 million Americans drove off dealer lots with new vehicles last year, and the vast majority of them purchased their new cars, trucks and crossovers the same way motorists have for the past century.

There are alternatives, like leasing, but automakers are exploring even more radical options, some borrowed from the emerging world of online retailing. Ford, for one, said this week it is looking for ways to grow the subscription service, Canvas, that it launched a year ago. That subscription-based service might best be described as a hybrid blend of car buying and car rental, letting a motorist get a vehicle for as long as they want but then return it with just seven days’ notice.

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“As car ownership evolves, we see Canvas as part of our suite of products that address changing customer needs in mobility,” said Ford Credit Executive Vice President of Marketing David McClelland. “Canvas is building subscription products that are relevant to consumers today, and it’s building technology for the future, including billing and fleet management, with a nimble approach to product development.”

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Lexus Celebrates 10 Years of High-Performance

“Another chapter to the F Performance story.”

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.06, 2018

Lexus is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the RC F with a limited edition model debuting in Chicago.

Lexus folks like to use the word, “passion” when describing the brand these days, and they’re wont to point to new models like the LC 500 sports coupe, as well as the more aggressive styling – complete with oversized spindle grille – found on models like the latest LS sedan.

But long-time followers of the luxury brand might recall that Lexus started shifting gears a full decade ago, with the launch of the original V-8-powered IS F model. And we’re getting a first look at two special-edition anniversary models meant to celebrate the special occasion. Both, of course, carry the “F” badge that Lexus uses for its sportiest products.

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“Today, Lexus adds another chapter to the ‘F’ performance story with the introduction of the 2019 Lexus GS F and 2019 RC F 10th anniversary special editions that will be displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show,” the automaker announced, referencing the media preview that will blow into the Windy City later this week. (more…)

GM Exploring Options for Additional Battery-Electric Vehicles

Chevrolet Bolt EV lands another big award – but GM needs to move even faster to retain its lead.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.10, 2017

GM President Dan Ammann says the company will produce more electric vehicles in the near future, but was short on specifics.

Fresh off another victory for the new Chevrolet Bolt EV – which was named the car of the year by syndicated TV show Motor Week – General Motors is exploring options for adding still more battery-electric models to its line-up.

While company officials are vague about both the details, numerous sources say that GM wants to maintain the lead it established by introducing the Bolt, the world’s first long-range, mainstream-priced battery-car. The electric crossover has garnered a series of awards since its launch late last year, including North American Car of the Year.

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“We will obviously need a much broader portfolio,” said General Motors President Dan Ammann, talking to TheDetroitBureau.com after a keynote speech at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. “We see opportunities as electric vehicles take hold.” (more…)

Mopar Marks 80th Anniversary with Debut of Limited Edition Challenger

Mopar '17 Dodge Challenger is eighth in ongoing series.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.10, 2017

Mopar chief Pietro Gorlier shows off the two versions of the Mopar '17 Dodge Challenger.

Mopar is celebrating its 80th anniversary in style, rolling out a customized version of the Dodge Challenger at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger is the latest in a series of limited-edition muscle cars from the parts division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Only 160 of them will be offered, split evenly between two distinctive color schemes.

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“Since its birth in 1937, Mopar has evolved from the name of an antifreeze product to a global customer-care brand,” said Pietro Gorlier, the head of the parts brand. “The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger, our latest limited-edition vehicle, is a testament to this philosophy, showcasing how Mopar assists owners in personalizing all FCA U.S. vehicles.” (more…)

Fiat Chrysler, Braun Redefine Mobility

New wheelchair-accessible Pacifica features new technology.

by Michael Strong on Feb.10, 2017

Fiat Chrysler and BraunAbility showed off their latest vehicle, a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica.

Today’s buzzword in the auto industry is mobility. It’s an oversimplified way of talking about the maker’s plans for ride-sharing, car-sharing and alternate forms of getting folks from one place to another.

Fiat Chrysler’s latest iteration of its Pacifica minivan reminds there’s been a “mobility” movement in place for some time and it was on display at the Chicago Auto Show.

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FCA and BraunAbility are partnering to design a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica minivan that gives wheelchair users a vehicle with better access, improved technology and styling — the benefits from the long-standing quality of the world’s best-known automotive mobility manufacturer while retaining the style and capability of one of the top minivans on the road. (more…)

GM’s Amman Says Maven is Moving Along

GM President tells Econ Club that car business is strong.

by Joseph Szczesny on Feb.09, 2017

General Motors President Dan Ammann keynotes the Economic Club of Chicago's meeting during the recent Chicago Auto Show.

Maven the internal start-up company that General Motors created last year to help it navigate the changes that are re-shaping the automobile industry is already showing substantial promise in its first year of operation, GM President Dan Ammann told the Economic Club of Chicago.

Ammann noted that Chicago was one of the first cities where Maven, GM’s new personal mobility brand, was launched and it has already connected to hundreds of customers in the Chicago, which is one of GM’s key market in the U.S.

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Each month Maven is growing by double-digits in Chicago, where it has more than 1,400 subscribers for its car-sharing fleet. In addition, Maven has lined up 1,700 Lyft drivers for its Express service, which allows Lyft drivers to lease a new vehicle from GM to use as they pick up and drop off customers using its ride-sharing business. (more…)