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Top Five Hottest Cars Found At The Detroit Auto Show #NAIAS2015

January 22nd, 2015 by Christen

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.

[Must Read:  Nine New Reveals And Concept Cars I Can’t Wait To See At The Detroit Auto Show]

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!



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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.

Volvo XC90

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.


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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!



Watch This 3D Printed Car Created Live At The Detroit Auto Show #NAIAS2015

January 13th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Want to see some cool tech while at the North American International Auto Show? Debuting at the 2015 NAIAS, the Local Motors’ ‘Strati’, the world’s first 3D printed car, will be fabricated and assembled live on the show floor to premiere a new fleet of vehicles that will be manufactured and sold at their new micro-factory in national harbor, maryland. The Detroit-based auto show is where the latest product development of Michele Anoè’s competition-winning design, that was first successfully completed at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.


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Since launching in 2007, we have continuously disrupted the way vehicles are designed, built, and sold,’ said Local Motors co-founder and CEO John B. Rogers, jr. ‘We paired micro-manufacturing with co-creation to bring vehicles to market at unprecedented speed. we proved that an online community of innovators can change the way vehicles go from designed to driven. We pioneered the concept of using direct digital manufacturing (DDM) to 3D-print cars. I am proud to have the world’s first 3D-printed car be a part of our already impressive portfolio of vehicles.”



The printing of the car takes 44 hours — just about two full days — after which the rough components are routed and polished to complete the final details and give the Strati a finished look. The whole thing can be done in what Local Motors calls a “micro-factory,” a 40,000-square-foot space that contains everything needed to design, build, and sell a car. The company is partnering to open two such micro-factories this year, one in Knoxville, Tennessee and another near Washington, DC in National Harbor. The DC location, which breaks ground in the third quarter of the year, is where Local Motors says the first “fleet” of 3D-printed cars will be sold.Just another cool feature to check out during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.



#NAIAS2013: The North American International Auto Show Is Here!

January 18th, 2013 by Christen

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!

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2014 Corvette Stingray (Photo by Tom Hawley for Chevrolet)

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…


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The 2013 Cadillac ATS is unveiled prior to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012.

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.

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The 2014 Cadillac ELR wins the Eyes On Design Best Production Vehicle Award Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Cadillac)



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Divas Drive in Heels: (NAIAS) 2013 Lincoln MKZ Redefines The Luxury Sedan

January 14th, 2012 by Christen

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.

Divas Drive In Heels: NAIAS Kicks Off With GM’s Cadillac ATS Reveal Event

January 14th, 2012 by Nicole

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.

The beautiful Cadillac ATS: Stylish, Sleek & Nimble!

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 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.

Divas Drive In Heels: (2012 NAIAS) FORD Fuses Fashion, Technology AND The Power Of Choice

January 12th, 2012 by Christen


You’ve asked for it! A sleeker, sexier sedan to fit your stylish needs…and Ford listened!  The all-new Ford Fusion was revealed earlier this week during the North American International Auto Show and its been receiving rave reviews!  Featuring a sleek silhouette and fresh face, the all-new Fusion is the latest in a series of vehicles from Ford – following the 2011 Fiesta subcompact and 2012 Focus small cars – developed to satisfy customers everywhere who want leading fuel efficiency, helpful technologies and game-changing looks. But here’s where the Fuse stands out – the new Ford Fusion is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, each with expected top fuel economy, underscoring Ford’s commitment to give customers the power of choice.


The Fusion Hybrid – 2010 North American Car of the Year – continues to innovate and evolve with all-new lithium-ion batteries that save weight and generate more power than previous nickel-metal hydride batteries, while raising maximum speed under electric-only power from 47 mph to 62 mph.  Fusion Hybrid also features an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine, significantly downsized from the previous 2.5-liter unit while maintaining performance standards. This innovative powertrain is anticipated to deliver best-in-class fuel economy of 47 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway.


Fusion Hybrid fuel economy stands to outperform the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid by 4 mpg city and 5 mpg highway and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid by 12 mpg and 4 mpg, respectively.  Topping the fuel-efficiency ladder is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. Arriving this fall, Fusion Energi is anticipated to deliver more than 100 MPGe, a mile per gallon equivalency metric for electrified vehicles. This is 8 MPGe more than the Chevrolet Volt and 13 MPGe more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model.


The Fusion Merges Stylish Technology on four wheels…

The all-new Fusion offers an unprecedented portfolio of driver assistance and convenience technologies based on sensors, cameras and radar that enable the car to see and respond. Fusion can help drivers maintain proper lane position, adjust vehicle speed to changing traffic conditions, identify suitable parking spaces and help park, even aiding drivers backing out of parking space where visibility is obstructed. Specific technologies include:

  • Lane Keeping System: No need to fear about “drifting” into the next lane over.  With Fusion’s Lane Keeping System technology the system will alert a driver if drowsiness or erratic lane-keeping is detected. The second element warns a driver with a steering wheel vibration if the Fusion drifts too close to lane markings and even apply pressure on the steering to help bring the car back into proper lane position
  • Adaptive cruise control: Using forward-looking radar, this system “looks” down the road when activated, slowing the Fusion when slower traffic is detected ahead. Adaptive cruise control enables collision warning with brake support to help slow the car if the potential of a crash is detected
  • Active park assist: Using sensors, this technology can identify a suitable parallel parking space, calculate the trajectory and steer the car to properly position it within the spot. All a driver need do is operate accelerator and brake pedals.  It does the parking for you!
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert: Sensors keep an eye out for your blind spots for you. BLIS technology enables cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space with obstructed views, such as between two large trucks or vans.


The Fusion stays in sync with the driver…

The all-new Fusion offers the latest iteration of Ford’s award-winning, industry-exclusive SYNC®communications and entertainment system, which enables voice-activated communication through a driver’s mobile phone and interaction with the car’s audio system. Fusion also offers the latest version of MyFord Touch®, allowing a driver to interact with vehicle systems through voice control, a touch screen tap or a conventional button. Both SYNC and MyFord Touch – powered by SYNC – help reduce the potential for driver distraction through voice-controlled functionality, allowing drivers to keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.


Fusion will be produced and will appear in Ford showrooms in North America and South America later this year.

Divas Drive In Heels: (2012 NAIAS) First Concepts – Code 130R/ Tru 140S

January 11th, 2012 by Christen

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.


Divas Drive In Heels: (2012 NAIAS) First Impressions – 2013 Cadillac ATS

January 11th, 2012 by Christen



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."

Divas Drive In Heels: Bond Style (NAIAS 2012 Edition)

January 9th, 2012 by Christen

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?


January 23rd, 2011 by Christen


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.

Ford Brings The Fashion (VIDEO)

Ford Fashion Fierceness of the Future

Chrome meets Fashion Home

Fashionista Fire or Lady in Red?

Blues Clues for Spring Fashions

Gold Diggin’ in Fashion

Divas and Dorks:  NAIAS Auto Show in Minutes (VIDEO)



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