Best Ride at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show
Best Ride will be in attendance as a fully credentialed member of the media. We have our iPads and laptops fully charged and our cameras are ready to capture all the shiny concept cars.
We will be tweeting directly from the floor and you can follow us at @MyBestRide and tweet us questions. And of course we are on Facebook: MyBestRide
We will use the official hashtag #NAIAS You can catch photos of the hot new cars as they are unveiled on our photo stream at flicker.com/photos/bestride .
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Everybody loves exotic high-line automobiles, however only a select few drivers are wealthy enough to own them. As fate would have it, I am not one of the blessed few. Neither do I foresee an opportunity to visit an Academy at Lamborghini training event (where drivers have the opportunity to drive every Lamborghini model on a closed race course, in either a one or two-day session) so I pine away the hours in humble adoration; considering all of the exotic automobiles that will be on display at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The 106th Annual Chicago Auto Show will sprawl out over one-million-square-feet in McCormick Place, beginning February 8 and continuing through February 17, 2014. (more…)read more
With the 2015 GMC Canyon making its debut in Detroit, we sat down with Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for all of GM’s pickup trucks, to find out how the automaker will tackle the midsize truck market — and possibly reenter the heavy-duty segment.
BestRide: Now that you’re going into smaller truck segments, a lot of the overseas trucks have smaller four-cylinder diesel engines than the one in the Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, say like…
Jeff Luke: The 2.0-liter in the Volkswagen Amarok, for example, with the 8-speed transmission.
BR: Yeah, that’s a combo you don’t see too much. For a lot of people, that might work if they don’t need the towing capacity.
JL: The technology is important. I believe in purposeful and practical features and functionality. If you add technology that doesn’t give the customer any benefit, it’s a waste.read more
The Stinger — not Stingray, although Kia would love the comparison to the Corvette — is the Korean automaker’s concept of a no-frills, rear-wheel-drive sports car like the Subaru BRZ.
There is no radio or interior door handles, either, all in the Porsche-like interest of saving weight in the weirdest ways possible. A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, modified from the one used in the production Optima sedan, puts out 315 hp.read more
As big, bold, and beautiful as the 2014 North American Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan is (it is currently underway), the 106th Annual Chicago Auto Show promises to be bigger, bolder, and even more beautiful. Produced by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) and sponsored by Shell Oil, Fifth-Third Bank, and State Farm Insurance, the Chicago Auto Show will utilize over 1-million-square-feet of display space in the McCormick Center, from February 8 through 17, 2014. Innovative cars, trucks, and SUVs from nearly every major automaker will be on display, along with a host of interactive entertainment and educational displays, and three test tracks. Now that is BIG! Okay, so it is bigger but what makes it bolder? In addition to the cars in Detroit, Chicago will also have Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati, and McLaren — Getting the point? Hmm, more beautiful; I just covered that in the last sentence. (more…)read more
With the RC F, Lexus returns to building luxury coupes, a market it quit more than a decade ago when the SC400 was still around. Normally, an RC moniker makes us think “remote control,” but this two-door is built for driving.
The 5.0-liter V8 makes more than 450 hp, while a torque-vectoring rear differential (it’s rear-wheel-drive, like the IS sedan it’s based upon) comes with three selectable driving modes and pairs to an 8-speed automatic. The body screams LFA and whispers elegance, all at once.read more
Funny you should ask. The Ford F-150 is a pickup truck. It’s been America’s best-selling pickup truck for 37 years straight, and America’s best-selling vehicle period for 32 years straight. Nothing stands a chance against an F-150.
In 2013, truck-loving Americans snapped up more than 763,000 of them — double that of Ram, more than a quarter-million higher than Silverado, seven times that of Tundra, and 48 times over Titan. This doesn’t mean any of the other trucks are bad news. It’s just that Ford claims more pickup loyalists than any other brand — because when it comes to trucks, people usually live and die under one name.read more
Media days are over and the critics have spoken. Now it’s time to reflect on the days events and determine which offerings are contenders in the automotive market and which ones are pretenders. The proclivity of automakers towards producing more performance capable machines points to an obvious upturn in the new car market. Their willingness to present more and more powerful concept vehicles demonstrates great confidence in the future of the auto industry. The 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, opens to the public in a few days. Admirers from every facet of society will enter the COPO Center and gaze upon the best that automakers have to offer and decide for themselves which ones are contenders and which are pretenders. (more…)read more
No one, not even the most tired reporters who have covered hundreds of auto shows, had ever seen a convertible roof come off like the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa. On first sight, when Porsche CEO Matthias Müller sat down to open the roof, the collective gasp from the audience could be heard several stands away.
We’ll gladly join the circus of Targa videos circulating the web, so here it is again, closing:read more
We’ve had a year to digest the seventh-generation Corvette Stingray, despite very few of them on the road. In that time, the iconic American sports car — the overwrought word “iconic” truly belongs to the 61-year-old Corvette — has scooped up awards left and right, including the North American Car of the Year at this year’s Detroit show.
The Z06, naturally, is a fortified, racier, more powerful and more extreme Corvette Stingray, and features technology General Motors has never before used on its flagship coupe.read more
Day Two of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Chevrolet steals day-one winning both North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards, Toyota and Kia unveil sporty new concepts, Cadillac’s famous logo gets a facelift, Acura enters a new era with the introduction of their new TLX Prototype, and the show has not even opened to the public, yet.
Fasten your safety belts and get ready — there are many more stunning debuts and presentations to come. (more…)read more