Detroit Bureau on Twitter

TDB Brings You the New York International Auto Show

Speed, power and beauty all converge in NYC.

by on Apr.16, 2014

The New York International Auto Show is now in its second and final day of debuts, game-changing technologies and top auto leaders.

Thus far, the 114th NYIAS has displayed plenty of the latest and greatest in the auto world, as well as an abundance of breaking news.

And TheDetroitBureau.com continues bringing you the news you need and behind-the-scenes reports from the show at the Jacob Javits Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Dodge Muscles Up With New Charger, Challenger

Power supplemented with new technology.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Tim Kuniskis introduced the 2015 Dodge Challenger, left, and Dodge Charger at the New York International Auto Show.

Automakers spend a lot of time chasing young buyers, so it was a bit of a shock to see Dodge launch into its New York Auto Show news conference with a short film filled with seniors averaging close to the century mark. No worries, though, as they quickly proved to be as young-at-heart as the typical Dodge buyer.

And so, whatever the age, Chrysler’s muscle car brand quickly refocused the spotlight on a pair of updated performance models, the 2015 Dodge Charger and 2015 Dodge Challenger, both of which undergo some significant mid-cycle updates.

Your Auto Show Source!

It’s clearly an appropriate move for the two-door Dodge Challenger, which is in its fifth year since its last full redesign – though, surprisingly, the classic muscle coupe set an all-time sales record last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Judge Declines to Order GM to Park Recalled Cars

Automaker working with dealers to fix vehicles.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Family members gather outside the Capitol on Tuesday to mourn victims killed in GM ignition switch crashes. Photo courtesy: Autoblog.com

U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Thomas declined to issue a “park it now” order to General Motors related to the 2.6 million vehicles affected by the company’s ignition switch recall.

“We are pleased that the Court denied the motion for preliminary injunction filed in the Silvas case,” GM spokesman Greg Martin said.

Stay on Top!

The six-page ruling is the result of an effort by Texas attorney Bob Hilliard representing several families in Texas. Hilliard asked for the emergency injunction on April 4 because he feels the vehicles pose a significant safety threat. Read the rest of this entry »

First Look: 2015 Subaru Outback

by on Apr.17, 2014

The 2015 Subaru Outback was revealed today at the New York International Auto Show: 20 years after its initial debut at the same show.

Few vehicles have played a more important role in the transformation of a brand as has the Subaru Outback, so it’s no surprise the Japanese maker has so much riding on the all-new model making its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

The launch of the new 2015 Subaru Outback comes five generations and exactly 20 years after the original crossover was launched in the Big Apple. And much has changed over the years. The Legacy has gotten larger, roomier, more powerful and more lavishly equipped with each remake. That holds true this time around, noted Tom Doll, President and COO of the maker’s U.S. subsidiary.

Pedal to the Metal!

“The 2015 Outback hasn’t forgotten its roots,” he proclaimed, “but it’s reaching for the stars.” Read the rest of this entry »

Russian Auto Market Holds Too Much Promise to Ignore

by on Apr.17, 2014

The Datsun on-DO is the brand's first offering in Russia. It is a four-door, five-seat family sedan.

Despite the air of perpetual crisis that hangs over the country, Russia is too simply too large and too important a market for carmakers to ignore, experts said during a conference on “Understanding Russia’s Current and Future Automotive Industry” at the University of Michigan.

“The Russian market is going to be larger than Germany,” said John Branch, a professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business told a conference sponsored by U-M’s Transportation Research Institute this week.

We'll Keep You Up-to-Date!

Automakers, particularly those with global ambitions, simply can’t afford to ignore the Russian market despite its volatile nature, added Branch, who noted the structure of the Russian auto industry is in flux as the demand for imports increases despite barriers imposed by the Russian government. Read the rest of this entry »

Infiniti Brings Luxury to New Level with QX80 Limited

SUV aims for private jet-like opulence.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Infiniti is attempting to redefine the luxury SUV market with the new QX80 Limited it introduced today at the New York International Auto Show.

Sometimes having a fully loaded luxury SUV isn’t enough. Fortunately, Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti, has a solution to this kind of dilemma: the new 2015 Infiniti QX80 Limited.

The new Infiniti QX80 Limited starts with a fully equipped 2015 QX80 – which receives a major redesign for the model year itself – then adds subtle exterior upgrades and an interior that wouldn’t be out of place in an ultra-executive boardroom or private jet, the company said.

High Luxury!

“The new QX80 Limited occupies a unique place in the luxury SUV market, offering an ultra-luxury interior in a three-row/seven-passenger contemporary platform,” said Infiniti Americas President Michael Bartsch. Read the rest of this entry »

Audi A3 Wins World Car of the Year

Germans take clean sweep of five awards.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Scott Keogh, Audi of America’s CEO, clutches the large World Car Trophy in front of the Audi A3.

The Audi A3 was named the World Car of the Year during a ceremony at the New York International Auto Show Thursday, marking the second time the maker has captured the prestigious honor in recent years.

But there was something for everyone during the morning ceremony – at least if you were a German automaker, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche dividing up the four other trophies handed out for 2014.

Auto Show News!

“This really represents what Audi does extremely well,” proclaimed Scott Keogh, Audi of America’s CEO, as he clutched the large World Car Trophy at the podium. “We couldn’t be prouder to win this award.” Read the rest of this entry »

VW Set to Unveil New Midsize Coupe Concept in Beijing

‘Midsize’ is smaller than maker’s Jetta compact.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Volkswagen's New Midsize Coupe concept is actually smaller than the maker's Jetta compact.

For now, at least, it goes by the decidedly unsexy name, the New Midsize Coupe concept, but Volkswagen’s sleek show car coming to the Beijing Auto Show next week is still likely to turn quite a few heads based on the initial sketches the maker has released.

The Coupe concept sits low and wide, with a curvaceous roofline and aggressive stance. And the term, “midsize,” is likely to come into question considering the show car is expected to measure barely 15 feet when it rolls out next week, making it shorter than the compact Volkswagen Jetta, never mind the maker’s current midsize, the Passat.

Beyond the Headlines!

Explains a VW statement on the prototype, “The concept car outdoes the other two in terms of its width – and it is thus midsized. So clearly this concept car exhibits proportions of an extremely sporty nature.” Read the rest of this entry »

Critics Demand Barra Come Clean about Ignition Decisions

Open letter calls for full disclosure by GM’s CEO.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Automotive Safety, penned a letter with Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of Public Citizen, demanding GM CEO Mary Barra be transparent about the decision-making process that produced the faulty ignition switches in its small cars.

General Motors executives knew much more about the design flaw in the ignition switch installed in its small cars during the past decade much earlier than GM has officially acknowledged, according to two long-standing critics of the auto industry’s efforts at automotive safety.

In an open letter to GM CEO Mary Barra, Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of Public Citizen, and Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said it was time GM came clean about how and when the decisions were made to use the cheaper ignition switch and to replace them half a decade later without changing the part number or notifying federal regulators, which could have triggered a recall by GM.

On Top of the News!

GM had no immediate comment on the Claybrook-Ditlow letter. Read the rest of this entry »

Facelifted VW Touareg Set for Beijing Debut

German maker increasing its focus on SUVs and CUVs.

by on Apr.17, 2014

The facelifted 2014 Volkswagen Touareg.

We’ve not yet seen all the new products set to debut at this year’s New York Auto Show, but several makers have already begun rolling out offerings set to debut next week as the Beijing Motor Show gets underway. Among those is Volkswagen AG, preparing to show off a facelifted version of its big Touareg sport-utility vehicle.

One might understand why VW is so anxious to get a jump on things considering it’s the Chinese market leader – but facing a tough battle with second-place rival General Motors.  The updated SUV is just one of several previews it has scheduled for China’s capital.

Beijing Auto Show News!

The 2015 VW Touareg – which will later be rolled out in the U.S. and Europe, as well – undergoes some relatively modest updating to its interior and exterior, and gains some important new technology, as well.

Visually, the most obvious body changes are the new front and rear bumpers, new bi-xenon headlamps, and integrated rear fog lamps. The Touareg also gets new color and wheel options.

Read the rest of this entry »

Alfa Quiet About Big News in the Big Apple

No news conference, but Italian maker marks its return to U.S. market.

by on Apr.17, 2014

An Ala Romeo 4C beckons NY Auto Show visitors.

Alfa Romeo is giving New York the silent treatment – which might seem odd considering it’s on display at this year’s New York Auto Show for the first time in years as it prepares its long-awaited return to the American market.

The maker had several products on display at NY’s Jacob Javits Convention Center but decided to forego staging a formal news conference, apparently due to the high cost of such an event, several sources told TheDetroitBureau.com. But they stressed that the Fiat Chrysler subsidiary is firmly on track for its planned mid-year resurrection – which comes more than two decades after it pulled out of the States.

Product News!

The Italian maker, long known for its sleek and sexy sports cars and other high-line models, will initially focus on the 4C in its bid for a U.S. rival. That’s a curvaceous little two-seater that will initially be offered at around $70,000, Alfa choosing to emphasize a heavily loaded version likely to appeal to “Alfisti” who have been clamoring for the brand’s return.

Read the rest of this entry »