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North American International Auto Show, Detroit Michigan

North American International Auto Show, Detroit Michigan

The 2014 NAIA Detroit Auto Show  otherwise know as the North American International Auto Show, (http://www.naias.com) begins January 18, 2014 in Detroit Michigan with much fanfare.

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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2014 Chicago Auto Show: Spotlight on Exotics

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Chicago Auto Show, Detroit Auto Show 2014, S.M. Darby | 1 comment

Chicago Auto ShowEverybody 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…)

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Q&A with Jeff Luke, chief engineer for GM trucks

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Clifford Atiyeh, Detroit Auto Show 2014 | 1 comment

GM-Jeff-LukeWith 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.


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Detroit Auto Show: Kia GT4 Stinger

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Clifford Atiyeh, Detroit Auto Show 2014 | 0 comments

Kia-Stinger-front-300What is it?

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.


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Auto Industry Gears-Up for the Windy City

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Detroit Auto Show 2014, S.M. Darby | 0 comments

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…)

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Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Lexus RC F

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Clifford Atiyeh, Detroit Auto Show 2014 | 0 comments

Lexus-RC-F-frontWhat is it?

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.


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Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Ford F-150

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Clifford Atiyeh, Detroit Auto Show 2014 | 0 comments

Ford-F-150-2015What is it?

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.


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2014 NAIAS Detroit: Contenders and Pretenders

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Detroit Auto Show 2014, S.M. Darby | 0 comments

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…)

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Dissecting the trick roof on the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Clifford Atiyeh, Detroit Auto Show 2014 | 2 comments

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:


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Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Clifford Atiyeh, Detroit Auto Show 2014 | 0 comments

Corvette-Z06-2015What is it?

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.


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2014 NAIAS Buzz: Bowtie Blowup in the Motor City

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Detroit Auto Show 2014, S.M. Darby | 0 comments

NAIAS 2014Day 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…)

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