Earlier this week, while checking out the New York International Auto Show during press days we got the chance to view the newest releases, concept cars and more! (Did You Know: Auto brands reveal the newest models at different auto shows throughout the year?)
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At the 2012 New York International Auto Show Chevrolet has unveiled the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Far from the Impalas of yesteryear, the 2014 Chevy Impala runs in the lines of luxury sedans unlike any of it’s predecessors before.
Chevy is speaking to younger first-car buyers like never before. “Next Gen Customers are not just car owners, they are also tomorrow’s designers, engineers and innovators,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “This generation expects brands to partner with them, and we need to engage with them at every level of our business.”” Unlike other brands, Chevy is specifically about the business of “partnering” with consumers versus “targeting” them.
Several of Chevy’s high impact vehicles popular with younger buyers include the Sonic RS, Spark and the highly popular concept vehicles the Tru 140S and the Code 130R.
One of the driving forces behind younger consumers is of course “24/7 Connectivity” and Productivity – which is one of the reasons why Chevrolet MyLink was created. MyLink which is featured in the Spark and Sonic, helps them stay connected at a fraction of the price of previous systems.
The Chevrolet Youth Concepts, designed with and for Millennials, serve as an example of how Chevy is engaging the group in the co-creation process. To date, more than 13,000 people have provided feedback on the concepts at global auto shows, through Facebook, and at the annual South by Southwest music, film and interactive conference and festival.
With strong ties to the younger first-time car buyer, Chevy has definitely set themselves apart from their competitors. It’s still a buyers market and consumers are more informed and determined to get what they want. What are you looking for when purchasing a new car? 24/7 Connectivity? Price? Style?
If strutting in your favorite pair of stiletto heels makes you feel like a runway model or even a super sexy spy, then BMW’s new hybrid concept will bring those feelings to life with the unveiling of the their new i8 Spyder (…just in time for the New York Auto Show!)
The i8 Spyder is based on the i8 concept car which debuted in 2011, ditching the top and the back two seats, and perhaps some of the more radical ideas from BMW’s first sporty hybrid concept. The i8 Spyder sports a 96 kW/131 hp on the front, coupled with a 164 kW/223 hp gasoline engine on the back, which accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The design of the car is still as otherworldly as the first two i8 concepts, with plenty of black and electric blue details, upward-swivelling doors and a semi-transparent “V” on the front end, which enables passers-by to take a look at the electric engine. If you’re looking to take a “real life peek” at the new i8 Spyder before anyone else, stay tuned to our Instagram (DivasandDorks) as we’ll be unveiling all the new releases this week – before the New York Auto Show opens to the general public.
Over the last several years, the Lincoln brand has been in search of its definitive style and voice in the auto industry. This year, Ford has unveiled the future look for its Lincoln brand, and the redefinition begins with the 2013 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan.
Fully equipped with pushbutton controls, large LCD screens, MyLincoln Touch system, in-car apps and my favorite feature – the amazing panoramic sunroof, this sedan is luxurious inside and out.
With warmer tones, sleek lines and a stylish chrome grill reminiscent of the illustrious Astin Martin design – the concept of the new Lincoln MKZ is nothing short of beauty paired with essence of what the ultimate luxury vehicle is supposed to be.
On January 9th the night before the 2012 Detroit Auto Show Press Preview began, GM held a revealing party for the much anticipated Cadillac ATS. This event was beyond, pleasingly graceful and stylish (just like the car). Filled with trendy food, elegant music, and modern décor – it easily made for a spectacular platform to introduce the Cadillac ATS.
This vehicle is light and powerful, and on the inside it gets even better. On display was the CUE system a touch screen with voice recognition; this system was top notch and user friendly. The highlights of the ATS were on display through out the event and made for a great teaser. The final unveiling of the ATS was straight to the point that the ATS is a powerful compact luxury vehicle that will compete with the best. When asked to describe the Cadillac ATS in one word Don Butler, vice president of marketing Cadillac said, “Quick, but really you need three words.” Maybe the three words were quick nimble, and fun! GM put on an exceptional presentation that leaves you wanting for more of the ATS. Available soon, make sure you check out Cadillac.com or visit your local Cadillac dealership to inquire about vehicle availability. If you can’t wait and want to learn more about the new Cadillac ATS – check out our first impressions HERE.
On Monday, January 9th – Chevrolet took to the showroom as the voice of the future as they unveiled two concept coupes at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. “Chevrolet has always stood for making the aspirational attainable for all generations” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “These two concepts interpret that vision for a new generation. We’re seeking out our newest customers’ opinions, listening to their advice, and engaging them in new ways.” Inspiring next-generation buyers to take the wheel and suggest ideas for a car they can co-create, Chevrolet has conversed with young consumers across the United States, and what they’ve come up with is nothing short of amazing.
The Code 130R is a concept muscle car’s MUSCLE CAR…
Code 130R, the first Chevrolet concept, is a four-seat coupe with a simple upright profile. Painted in an all-new red metallic paint with matte anodized gold wheels, Code 130R features heritage performance-inspired styling and rear-wheel drive. With an aggressive front fascia, Chevrolet fender flares, straight body side and Chevy crossflag emblem, Code 130R makes a link to Chevrolet’s performance heritage.
The Tru 140S is a concept of sleek, sexy, sophistication…
Tru 140S, the second Chevrolet concept is a front-wheel-drive, “affordable exotic” four-seat sporty coupe. The three-door hatchback was designed to be an attractive-yet-affordable sports car. Shown in an all-new matte white with Chevy performance chrome wheels featuring crossflag emblems, Tru 140S is designed to look confident, exotic, expensive and fast. Tru 140S is based off the same platform as the Chevrolet Cruze and the groundbreaking Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range.
“Young customers tell us they want functionality with coupe-like aesthetics. Both the Code and Tru body styles resonated with this audience,” said Frank Saucedo, director of the GM North America Advanced Design studio in Los Angeles where the two concepts were developed. Be on the lookout for the Tru 140S and Code 130R across the country at major auto shows, key lifestyle events, one-on-one experiences and your local college campuses.
WHICH STYLE FITS YOU BEST? ARE YOU TEAM #CODE OR TEAM #TRU?
On Sunday – Cadillac introduced the 2013 ATS, an all-new compact luxury sports sedan intended to challenge the world’s best premium cars. Developed on an all-new, lightweight vehicle architecture, Cadillac’s entry into the world’s most significant luxury car segment goes on sale this summer in North America. “Designed with quick, nimble and fun-to-drive dynamics, ATS expands Cadillac’s portfolio into a crucial global segment,” said Don Butler, vice president of marketing for Cadillac. “For a new group of luxury consumers, this is a car that will fit their lifestyle and challenge the segment’s status quo.” The ATS is offered with Cadillac CUE, a comprehensive, in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. It is designed to be unique for each consumer, from the “simple user” to the fully connected “super user.”
CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience, pairs entertainment and information data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards and MP3 players with a vehicle infotainment system that reduces complexity through customized information, voice commands and fewer buttons and larger icons. For example, most of today’s luxury cars have around 20 buttons controlling the radio and entertainment functions. CUE has only four.
In addition to CUE, the ATS is offered with other technologies, including:
- Bluetooth phone connectivity with voice recognition
- USB, auxiliary and SD memory card ports
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription
- Keyless access and keyless push-button start
- Reconfigurable 5.7-inch instrument panel cluster display
- Full-color reconfigurable heads-up display.
Photos courtesy of "© GM Co."
We’re LIVE at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI and boy does it feels good to be home! With such an eclectic gathering of new concept cars, the latest in driving technology and the sexiest, stylish designs I’ve ever seen – it got me to thinking…What Would Bond Do? Bond? James Bond that is. I would undoubtedly love to be a Bond girl, but moreso – I’d love to be Bond himself, driving some of the best tricked out, super spy cars the world has ever seen…(as you can tell, I’m still on my Mission Impossible BMW high…lol). Check out the evolution of the super spy’s wheels below and let us know which set of wheels you’d like to see make a reappearance on the concept car scene.
Each car had a sleek style of it’s own – which car would have you sitting comfortable in the driver seat? Would you like to see any of these cars make a comeback as a concept car?
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. Here are the links to the Ford inspired spring fashion posts. Check out all the videos from the North American International Auto Show, Ford Rouge Plant and Spring fashion trends with a hint of fashion forwardness by Ford.