Global automakers brought their A-game to the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Journalists were treated to elaborate vehicle unveilings surrounded by dozens of floor-to-ceiling digital walls with music that raised the roof at the transformed Cobo Center. There were trucks, super cars, hybrids, plug-ins and driverless reveals that captured the attention of the connected media on digital cameras, personal mobile devices, Google glasses, tablets, GoPros, photo cards and more! There was even a car “built” at the show via 3-D printing. Discover my top five hottest cars found at the Detroit Auto Show below!
Maserati Alfieri 2+2 Concept
The concept made its debut last November at the Los Angeles Motor Show, and looks absolutely stunning! It’s still a couple years away from actually going on the market, but we’re more than willing to wait for the gorgeous Maserati Alfieri concept to arrive.
Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
Looking for a slightly more souped up version of the previous Porsche 911 Targa, with performance upgrades across the board and a 430-horsepower 3.8-Liter flat-six engine. It’s here! The Porsche 911 Targa, with its robotic retractable roof, made a fresh appearance at NAIAS in the form of the Targa 4 GTS and Porsche fans will be ecstatic to see this beauty in person!
Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion
The belle of the ball - F015 Luxury in Motion is a car that is as futuristic as they come, with a sloping, rounded body it’s even more futuristic on the inside. Want seats that can swivel to face the back seats, interior space and luxury sets the trends that we’re going to see a whole lot more of in the next few years.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
If you love a good convertible with speed to match, then you’ll love the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. An update to the 4C, the Spider is a 237-horsepower convertible with your choice of tops to take off—a retractable soft top and a carbon fiber top that you’ll either need to ride with or leave at home.
The R-Design exterior includes a number of distinguishing details, such as grille, lower front spoiler, window in silk metal, and a R-Design dual tailpipe surround, integrated bright roof rails and mirror covers in matte silver. 20-inch or optional 22-inch R-Design alloy wheels complete the stylish, dynamic look.
Want to see more? Check out our full list of hot rides found at the Detroit Auto Show at DivasDriveInHeels.com.
Have you checked out the North American International Auto Show yet? Which new reveals are you excited to see in person? Share your thoughts below!
What’s the next huge leap in technology for automakers ? Connectivity, Gesture-Control and Car sharing! Auto insiders and journalists got a sneak peek at what’s to come with a previewing cars of the future today at CES 2015. Just one small preview has opened the floodgates of what we could possibly expect next week at the North American International Auto show and more major announcements later this year. But for now, let’s take a look at which major brands are making blazing their way through advancements and beyond below:
BMWS OF THE FUTURE WILL HAVE SAMSUNG TABLETS AND GESTURE CONTROL
BMW showed off a couple near-future technologies that’ll be available on cars in the next few years. The first doesn’t really sound futuristic at all — it’s just a generic Samsung tablet, but the magic is in how tightly BMW’s managed to integrate it with the car’s systems. The “Touch Command” system includes the small Android tablet and a dock in the rear seat, allowing rear passengers to change climate settings, switch radio stations, adjust their seats, and more — in other words, it’s basically a portable iDrive controller for when you’re getting chauffeured around. [Read More.]
HYUNDAI WILL LET YOU START YOUR CAR WITH AN ANDROID WEAR WATCH
The app gives drivers the ability to access remote vehicle operations right from their wrists, such as starting and stopping the engine, locking and unlocking the doors, and activating safety features like flashing the headlights or honking the horn. Users will be able to locate their car or call roadside assistance from the app as well. [Read More.]
The F 015 Luxury in Motion — yes, “Luxury in Motion” is part of the car’s name — is basically a sleek pod with a huge passenger compartment, a fortuitous side effect of an imagined future where we spend most of our times chilling out in cars while they drive us around all by themselves. Mercedes actually calls the cabin “lounge-like,” thanks to four rotating seats that can face each other. [Read More.]
Discover more automotive previews and news you can use at DivasDriveInHeels.com! Looking for more breaking news and gadgets, gizmos and more found at CES 2015? Visit DivasandDorks.com all weekend long and even connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more today! You don’t want to miss the action from the largest tech trade show in the world – it’s CES 2015!
Last week, I got the chance to hang out heavy with the Dodge Brothers and 2015 vehicles in celebration of 100 years of automotive brand. Throughout my driving experience, which took place in Washington, DC and Dallas, Texas – I had the chance to put the pedal to the metal in a high speed chance in the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit (check out the video), drive the fastest sedan in the world the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat and more!
[MUST READ: High-Speed Chasing In the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit]
In Dallas, TX this diva rocked out “cowboy style” to Mötley Crüe with the guys at Gas Monkey Garage (Check out the video)! The Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey Live exclusive event was not only a concert, but it also featured a huge car show filled with classic and tricked out Chargers, Challengers, Vipers and more! Check out the gallery of all my driving fun below and for a full recap of my drive in Dallas and DC visit DivasDriveInHeels.com.
[MUST READ: Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey Live With 100 Years Of Cars]
So it’s Fall and you’re already stressing out about getting your car winterized (wasn’t it just summer yesterday?) Automobiles come with responsibilities like oil changes, headaches like dead batteries, and mild anxiety about getting scratches and smudges your new (expensive) toy. Whether you’re a professional driver, auto aficionado, worried parent, or 16 year-old who’s yet to be in a bind, these five gadgets will help put those fears to rest.
World’s thinnest car battery jump starter keeps your automobile and mobile devices powered up when you need them
- Lightweight lithium polymer battery houses an impressive 6,000 mAh capable of jumping a completely dead car battery in minutes
- 5V 2.1A output charges power hungry devices such as smartphone, cameras and tablets
- Features a built-in LED flashlight for working in the dark
- Compact device measures 5.5” x 3” x .6” and weighs in at a mere 7 ounces
- Sleek battery pack fits perfectly into any purse or luggage case
- Available at: JunoPower.com | Price: $99.99
Toddy Gear: Toddy Smart Cloth
Carefully handcrafted microfiber cloth provides effective, scratch-free cleaning for iDevices, windows, lenses and other sensitive surfaces
- Built for cleaning extremely sensitive surfaces including iPhone, glasses, windows, car surfaces
- Protected with the AEGIS Microbe Shield® technology – a durable, environmentally friendly way to instantly wipe away dirt and smudges
- Plush microfiber material on one side to clean and silk microfiber on the other side to buff and polish
- No messy/damaging sprays or fluids necessary
- Features an antimicrobial coating, protecting the cloth against microorganisms that contribute to mold, mildew, and other negative effects
- Available at: toddygear.com | Price: $9.99 (5×7) $14.99 (9×9)
Blackfire: Clamplight Junior
Innovative and versatile LED flashlight lights up every situation by clamping to virtually anywhere, making chores easier and play better
- Quality grade CREE LED’s provide 100,000 hours of bulb life and up to 100 lumens
- Resilient spring clamps securely to shelves, doors, pipes, branches and a plethora of other objects, keeping both hands free and flashlight out of the way
- Two axis swivel head pivots and directs light where you need it
- Nonskid feet lock open and convert into a stand when there’s nothing to clamp to
- Braced with high impact ABSplastic with non-slip TPR for a comfortable yet rugged look and feel
- Maximum portability allows you to fit in a belt, pocket, or anywhere else
- Available at: Blackfire-usa.com and various retailers | Price: MSRP $18.99
Bracketron: Mi-T Grip Mount
The perfect universal mounting solution for your smartphone or other portable device
- Features Temporbond, Bracketron’s patented, breakthrough technology that allows you to mount the holder on any smooth or textured surface including your dash and windshield
- Allows you to view your device hands-free in portrait or landscape mode
- Provides full access to all device controls and ports
- Unique grip with rotating head securely holds your device with or without a case
- The mount’s compact size makes for easy portability from car to car or when traveling
- Available at: Bracketron.com | Price: $29.95
Lemur Monitors: BlueDriver
Turn your smart device into a professional-grade auto diagnostics tool
- Allows users to wirelessly read and clear diagnostic trouble codes without having to spend money at the mechanic
- Download the free BlueDriver app and plug in the BlueDriver – it’s that easy!
- Generate vehicle specific information such as code definition, possible causes and repair recommendations
- Check for whether or not your vehicle is ready for local emissions test
- BlueDriver is the first line of defense for today’s mechanic and is an affordable diagnostic tool for that fits in your pocket
- Works with all makes and models (sold in U.S. and Canada) that are 1996 or newer
- Pairs via Bluetooth with Apple devices (running iOS 7.0+) and Android devices (running Android 4.0+)
- Available at: lemurmonitors.com | Price: $99.95
What are some of your favorite gadgets that you keep in your car at all times? Share your favorite must have auto tech below.
It’s the Super Bowl of the auto industry, with the international premiere of over 50 new cars – the North American International Auto show is in full swing and we’ve got the hautest rides from Cadillac, Chevrolet and more below…
Want to know which ride had the entire show buzzing from day one? Without a doubt, it was the debut of the 2014 Corvette Stingray!
Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Corvette Stingray at a special event Sunday, January 13, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The new Corvette is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It will accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds. It’s expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model. Check out the electrifying debut of the Stingray below…
Check out more from the special event on DivasDriveInHeels.com.
In addition to unveilings, this was a huge weekend for the Cadillac brand as well! Detroit makers dominated as the 2013 Detroit Auto Show opened up with the annual North American International Car and Truck of the Year awards. The 2013 Cadillac ATS was awarded Car of the Year by NAIAS as well as ‘Urban Car of the Year’ at the Urban Wheel Awards.
Cadillac also unveiled the new 2014 Cadillac ELR based on its 2009 concept electric vehicle this week. Not only did Cadillac premiere the most stylish electric vehicle which will go into production later this year, it also won the Eyes On Design Best Production Vehicle Award as well.
Looking for more Corvette, Cadillac and Auto Show news and photos? Check out all the news on DivasDriveInHeels.com
IT’S OFFICIAL! After experiencing a full year of travel and automotive adventures – the dream of expanding the team, brand and family of online infotainment is here. DivasDriveInHeels.com and DivasOnDestinations.com has FINALLY arrived!
Created in January 2013 to fill a void that existed in print and new media – a celebration of men & women who enjoy the latest in haute style, automotive news and entertainment. DivasDriveInHeels.com the web’s first lifestyle automotive hub online, for women, by women. As a driving source of everything automotive that’s important to women, we are the authority in automotive news, entertainment & more for women interested in purchasing, maintaining or upgrading their vehicles.
Women buy 52% of all new cars sold in the U.S., influence more than 85% of all car purchases and are the fastest growing segment of buyers for new and used cars. All told, women have full or partial say over a staggering $80 billion worth of spending on cars. Isn’t it time to discover a new spin on the auto news that matters most? DivasDriveInHeels.com is a safe and reliable source for expert automotive advice, research with the style that you can handle.
Created in January 2013 to fill a void that existed in print and new media – a celebration of men & women who enjoy a unique outlook on travel and entertainment. DivasOnDestinations.com the web’s first lifestyle travel hub online, for women interested in exploring the world from as close as her backyard to as far as she’s willing to journey.
With aims to share the unexpected truths about travel, DivasOnDestinations.com is an open forum for travel experts and novice alike to celebrate adventurous living experiences and more online. Grab your passport and toothbrush and get ready for a wild traveling time with DivasOnDestinations.com.
We’ll keep you updated with news for both sites on Facebook and Twitter, but if you’re looking for in-depth news regarding our traveling and automotive adventures definitely check out both sites daily!
It’s one of our biggest giveaways for the season and we’re beyond excited for our loyal readers!
Just in time for the holidays, Divas And Dorks has partnered with GM Northeast to grant one loyal reader the ultimate holiday wish by giving away $500 in cash and a General Motors (Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, etc.) car/truck for a week. Need to travel for the holidays? Need some wheels to get to a charity event? Maybe you just need some extra cash to buy gifts for others or a gift for yourself. Whatever it may be, We’re here to help you! GM is ready to bring holiday cheer to our friends in the northeast, so any wish goes!
How Would You Like To WIN $500 & A GM Car/Truck For The Week?
Entering is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3….
1. To enter, you must submit your holiday tweet wish via Twitter using #GMNER and #DivaDaysChristmas. For example “My holiday wish is to drive my holiday gifts to my parents in DC! #GMNER #DivaDaysChristmas”. Add photos or video to your tweets to make them stand out!
2. You must post the link to your holiday tweet wish the comment section below…. now until December 14th 2012.
3. Visit DrivingTheNortheast.com and post the link to your holiday tweet wish the comment section below….now until December 14th 2012.
We’ll be selecting ONE winner from the comments sections and announcing our winner on Monday, December 17th! If you’re in the mood for winning, don’t forget to enter to win more in our Diva Days of Christmas here.
Contest Rules: In order to qualify, you must live in the Northeast area. You can NOT be a relative of Divas And Dorks, LLC contributing writers, editors, publishers or anyone that works for General Motors or MSL. Good Luck!!!
There comes a time, when after trying something new you’re rewarded with an uncontrollable surge of electricity and unexpected feeling of pride – and for me, this weekend’s NASCAR experience was IT! It’s no secret that I’m a fan of fast cars (I’m from the Motor City…duh!) however, being immersed in hundreds of technically-supercharged cars and learning about the business and community that makes NASCAR then multi-billion industry that it is. Over the weekend, I was an invited guest of the Toyota Racing Team to for a weekend of NASCAR fun during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Charlotte, NC.
Kicking off this fast-paced Toyota Racing experience included fun in the sun at Joe Gibbs Racing Shop for a NASCAR fan fest! At Joe Gibbs Racing, fans got to interact with several of NASCAR driving superstars including Kyle Busch and Joey Logano – and we got to pick the brain of the man himself – Coach Joe Gibbs.During an intimate Q&A session, we were introduced to several unique members of the Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota Racing Team. Bryan ‘Boris’ Cook shared the highs and lows as a NASCAR Digital Marketing Manager, while Maggie Martin discussed the ins and outs of being a Sponsor Services Account Manager for Dollar General (the title sponsor behind Friday’s Nationwide series race). Breaking one of the many myths of NASCAR (you know, the one that says African Americans aren’t into NASCAR racing) – Toyota Racing’s Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. explained his start and love of racing. As the first African American driver to earn a pole in the NASCAR Nationwide Series – just two weeks ago, he has a lot to celebrate (in addition to is 19th birthday just last week.)
Upon arrival to the Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night, luxury accommodations quickly followed as I was ushered to the Toyota Racing Suite to enjoy the Dollar General 300 / Nationwide Series Race and dinner in grand style.
As the start of the race begun, even from the comfort of the Toyota suite I heard the roaring of these monster engines as each car rounded lap by lap. By the time the drivers were 180 laps into the race, it was clear that a Toyota Racing driver could pull off the win! With just 5 laps to go, Toyota Women guests were escorted down toward the racetrack and inside the winner’s circle to join the rest of the Toyota Racing team in celebration of the Toyota Racing WIN – front and center with none other than Joey Logano! We took photos with Joey and the team, I even got to ask M ZMAX about her racing jumpsuit (I’ve got a costume idea in mind…LOL) ALL in all, there’s no other words that could describe my first NASCAR experience other than amazing, surprising and absolutely spectacular. Talk about a great day for a Diva To Do NASCAR for the first time.
Check out a few of the candids & official Toyota Racing / Toyota Women experience photos below…
(credit: DivasandDorks/Instagram and Toyota Racing)
Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the Toyota.
It’s Official! 2012 Has Been An AMAZING YEAR For Divas And Dorks, LLC!
We’re Expanding And We’re Looking For A Few Good DIVAS To Grow With Us!
We are currently shifting through applications to fill 5 – 7 freelance writing opportunities for DivasandDorks.com, DivasDriveInHeels.com (automotive site) and DivasOnDestinations.com (travel site). Prior blog/article writing experience is necessary. If you’re a fan of fashion, technology, travel and cars – this could be the perfect opportunity to work with a great team while enjoying what you already love! For more details, complete the inquiry form below & we’ll be in contact soon!
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If you’ve been following my misadventures in babysitting via Twitter or Instagram (#DivaDoesBabysitting) over the last few days, you’ve been sure to see me rolling in the New 2013 Cadillac XTS. From stylishly riding throughout the streets of my hometown to striving from the “Aunt of The Year” award transporting my nieces and nephews around in their “spaceship” – the Cadillac XTS has gotten it’s fair share of points & stares.
Well, Cadillac is bringing a little something new to the backseat of it’s kid-friendlier Cadillac SRX – in the form of Blu-ray entertainment. The new 2013 Cadillac SRX luxury vehicles will soon start rolling off the lots, they’ll boasting something never seen before in an automobile – a Blu-ray player. The CUE in-vehicle entertainment system in Cadillac vehicles has been expanded in the SRX to include a Blu-ray player, but that’s far from the only entertainment upgrade. In the backseat, there will be two 8” touchscreen displays that can be flipped up. They can also display different things – one passenger can play video games, while the other listens to music or watches a movie. There will only be one Blu-ray player, so if you’re using that, two different movies can’t be viewed simultaneously. A connector cable sold separately will allow passengers to connect their mobile devices to the displays and watch their own movies that way.
M0bile devices can be connected without the extra cable to play music, and each passenger has room to connect their own device – in fact, you can have up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled devices connected to the car at once. A simplified remote control to handle all of that content has been made simple enough that kids, who will undoubtedly be the main beneficiaries of these features, can use it easily. No more, “Are we there yet?” outbursts or sleepy kids in the backseat, you can now look forward to highly entertained kiddies – just hope you don’t have to worry about them fighting over the remote…
Looking for more tech savvy car news? Stay tuned…