Detroit Auto Show Attendance Up 65,000 From '09

Maybe people wanted to see if the troubled auto industry would come out swinging in the first major auto show of 2010. Maybe they wanted to get an early peak at the electric cars of the near future. Whatever the case, attendance at the Detroit auto show was up by 65,000 people this year.

The show drew 95,000 people on its final day this past Sunday, pushing the total to more than 715,000 for the entire two-week event. Shand Spencer, a spokeswoman for the show, said that an increase in consumer confidence drove the rise in visitors. The spike also came despite a fire inside Cobo Hall last week that shut down the show for a number of hours.

“Everyone had a renewed optimism in the auto industry,” she said. “This was the place to see the future.”

While the narrative of a sense of renewal steering people to the auto show as a major piece of America’s industrial base slowly rebounds from its near collapse certainly sounds nice, there could be another reason for the high turnout: Michigan had some great unseasonably warm weather last week.

Auto Show Draws 65,000 More Than in ’09 (Detroit News)

By Stephen Markley | January 25, 2010 | Comments (4)

Are Auto Shows Still Necessary?

Auto Shows’s Mike Hanley talked to industry analysts as well as automakers that bailed out of recent auto shows about the future of the auto show concept. The consensus leaned toward the large, consumer-focused shows continuing for now, but smaller, regional shows could see a larger impact as the economy continues to falter.

Check out the full story here and let us know what you think in the poll below.

By David Thomas | January 20, 2010 | Comments (6)

MyLincoln Touch System Video

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the introduction of Ford’s MyFord Touch system, and reviewer Mike Hanley was lucky enough to get an up-close tour from user interface design engineer Jason Johnson. Called the MyLincoln Touch in Lincoln models like the MKX featured in this video, the system offers enough bells and whistles to add up to a minor revolution in how drivers interact with their cars.
By Stephen Markley | January 19, 2010 | Comments (1)

2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 Video reviewer Mike Hanley hit the floor of the 2010 Detroit auto show to check out the 2011 model of one of his favorite muscle cars, the Ford Mustang GT. The 2011 version comes with a new 5.0-liter V-8 engine that’s sure to inspire swooning from enthusiasts. Given this and a few other improvements, Hanley can’t wait to get it out on the road. Check out this video for a closer look.
By Stephen Markley | January 18, 2010 | Comments (1) Podcast: 2010 Detroit Auto Show

Our reviewers fanned out at the 2010 Detroit auto show, and in this episode they relive the highlights and lowlights from the floor. Joe Wiesenfelder, Kelsey Mays and Mike Hanley discuss the car that stole the show — the 2012 Ford Focus.

The Focus acts as the jumping-off point for the reviewers, who discuss the importance of Ford’s first attempt at a global car. For more — from outlandish concepts to the nuts and bolts of selling subcompacts — check out the full podcast.

To listen, just click on the button below. Podcast #37

By Stephen Markley | January 18, 2010 | Comments (2)

Toyota FT-CH Concept Video

Toyota used the opportunity of the 2010 Detroit auto show to toss out its idea of a “compact hybrid” concept car. The Toyota FT-CH would be smaller, more affordable and more efficient than the current hybrid king, the Prius. reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder takes you through the FT-CH and explains why this vehicle may be preferable to Honda’s CR-Z small hybrid.
By Stephen Markley | January 18, 2010 | Comments (1)

Audi's Latest MMI: Video

Kelsey Mays spent some very, very up-close time with the new 2011 Audi A8 sedan’s MMI (Multi Media Interface). Check out the video to see how a touch-pad can read your handwriting for directions and scroll through your music library. And learn what Kelsey really thinks of Fall Out Boy.
By David Thomas | January 18, 2010 | Comments (0)

This Week's Most Read Stories

We knew our Detroit auto show coverage would dominate the most popular story list this week, but we were surprised at what stories topped the list. A simple recap of the first day’s introductions with links to photo galleries was the most read, and the third most popular post was about Dodge renaming all of its models. And for those wondering, the first drive of the 2010 Toyota 4Runner was still the seventh most popular story of the week. Wow.

1.    2010 Detroit Auto Show Day 1 Recap
2.    2011 Ford Edge, 2011 Lincoln MKX Interiors Up Close
3.    Dodge Renames Most Trim Levels
4.    2012 Ford Focus at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show
5.    2010 Hyundai Santa Fe at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show
By David Thomas | January 17, 2010 | Comments (2)

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept Video

You won’t be able to buy the Cadillac XTS Platinum concept — well, not exactly — but reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder assures that it may strongly foreshadow the next large Cadillac sedan. With that in mind, Wiesenfelder takes you on a tour of the XTS Platinum and explains why he hopes a production version might duplicate the XTS Platinum’s brilliant interior.
By Stephen Markley | January 15, 2010 | Comments (1)

Too Many New Small Cars?

The Detroit News ran an interesting story today about the glut of new small car offerings being released or on the horizon. One analyst they interviewed said that even with high gas prices, the U.S. market would not be able to support all these different models.

Ford will have the new Fiesta this summer. Chevy will have the Aveo and Spark in the next two years. Chrysler will have the Fiat 500 by the end of 2010. And that doesn’t even take into account the small cars already sold by Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Suzuki.

What do you think? Is there enough room for all the players, or will Americans still buy midsize sedans and crossovers?

Check out our poll below and let us know what you think.
By David Thomas | January 15, 2010 | Comments (20)

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