Jalopnik's Official 2008 Detroit Auto Show Cheat Sheet

We're around T minus-one day and counting until the 2008 Detroit Auto Show officially unofficially kicks off with the GM Style event on the Detroit waterfront on Saturday night. At that point we're off to the races, the Jalopnik ten-person team running all day Sunday through the first half of next week to cover the Super Bowl of the automotive world and bring it to you live and in stereo. But before we even start to stretch and line up for the firing of the starter's pistol we figured we'd give you a full data dump about what you should expect to see this week at the show of shows. Without further ado, here's the only official (in our minds) cheat sheet to the 2008 Detroit Auto Show by automaker, from Audi all the way down the list to VW. Anyway, let's kick it after the jump.

Audi
Press Conference: Sunday, 2:20 - 2:45 PM
The Scoop: We've already seen some of what we've heard the automaker all about precision is looking to reveal here in Detroit with the early leakage and eventual full-on breaking of the dam on the Audi TTS coupe and roadster. But that's not the only reveal we're hearing we should expect from the multi-ringed German automaker. Thanks to J.F. Musial's insight, we were the first to posit we wouldn't be seeing a V10 engined R8 in Detroit, but with later leakages from Auto Motor und Sport we found out we'd be seeing a V12 TDI turbodiesel engine. Yes, that's the same engine good for 500 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque in the V12 Q7. But wait, there's more. We've also heard rumors as of late about potentially seeing an Audi R8 convertible or targa top concept — but that's nothing more than speculation. Very fun speculation we might add, but speculation nonetheless.


BMW
Press Conference: Sunday, 1:10 - 1:35 PM
The Scoop: We've all already seen the very bootylicious 2009 BMW X6. Heck, we've even snagged some great X6-rated driving video of the new whatever-back weirdness from the Germans at Bayerische Motoren Werke AG — but for Detroit, BMW's also going to be all about the diesel power as we're told to expect an oil-burning X5 xDrive 35d and BMW 335d 3-series. Because in the US, BMW wants to be like the Nintendo of diesels — you know, playing with power? I feel like we just lost half of our readers with that pun. Moving on.


Changfeng
Press Conference: Monday, 11:25 - 11:50 AM
The Scoop: Your guess is as good as ours what our Chinese friends will be revealing here in Detroit but if their presentation is anything like the yawning Cheetah from last year's show — it'll be epic. We'll make certain to have our video camera aimed and set to record.


Chrysler
Press Conference:
Sunday, 10:50 - 11:15 AM
Monday, 1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

The Scoop: The three-brand and three-headed Chryslerberus corporation (or is it Chryslerissan now?) formerly known as DaimlerChrysler and before that as Chrysler has three eco-friendly concepts hitting the show floor on Sunday — the 2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept, the 2008 Dodge ZEO Concept and the 2008 Jeep Renegade Concept. All three were lovingly revealed for us by Jason Vines — who's now slipped the Chrysler coil. May G-d have mercy on his soul — or at least save him from a fate worse than death. You know, like a job in GM PR. Hi-HO! Anyway — the big news from Chrysler's really hitting on Sunday morning with a supposed running of the bulls down a Detroit street — all to introduce the newly re-designed and yet already spotted on the web 2009 Dodge Ram. Trust us, it'll be all hands on deck for this one just in case someone gets gored. Our bet's on Deputy Dawg Jim Press as Nardelli brushes past him in a mad dash for higher ground.


Ferrari
Press Conference: Sunday, 1:10 - 1:35 PM
The Scoop: The brand all about the prancing horses recently revealed the Ferrari FXX Evoluzione at the Ferrari World Finals at Italy's Mugello racetrack and the Ferrari F430 Scuderia hit the floor in Frankfurt — but we're of the impression they've got to have something up their sleeves. Even if horses don't have sleeves. Stay tuned on this one.


Fisker
Press Conference: Monday, 12:00 - 12:25 PM
The Scoop: Designer coachbuilder to the stars Henrik Fisker's teamed up with Quantum Technologies to bring what they're terming a "a sub-$100,000 luxury hybrid...with the height of a 911 and the interior space of a Mercedes S-Class." If you're trying to figure out what kind of an elongated or bloated beast that'll end up looking like, fear not, it doesn't appear to be that bad — at least not based on the one teaser shot of the Fisker hybrid we've already seen. While you check that out — we're just going to move on.


Ford Motor Company
Press Conference:
Sunday, 10:15 - 10:40 AM
Monday, 8:30 - 8:55 AM

The Scoop: Like Chrysler, just one press conference can't hold Ford and two can merely contain them. On Sunday, Ford plans on revealing the next great love of Toby Keith's life — the new 2009 Ford F-150. Unlike Chrysler's reveal of the new Dodge Ram, we understand no bulls or executives will be potentially harmed in the reveal. In addition to the new F-series pickup, our sources also tell us we should expect some news on Sunday about the B-segment car they've been hinting at since the last Detroit Auto Show — our guess is it'll be something like the Ford Verve shown in Shanghai recently. Also, we should be seeing the Ford Explorer America concept and of course, KITT. But that's just Sunday. Monday, we've been told to expect the rumored Lincoln MKT concept car recently spotted in spy photos. Whither Mercury? God only knows.


Geely
Press Conference: Monday, 3:30 - 3:55 AM
The Scoop: Last year Geely was known as the "other" Chinese car company. This year — umm, probably the same. But, they'll be bringing over their "City Taxi" — which we hear has already been spotted puttering around Las Vegas although we don't know how legal it was for it to be doing that — or safe for that matter. For everything else, see our description for Changfeng.


General Motors
Press Conference:
Saturday, 7:00 PM - GM Style Event
Sunday, 11:25 - 11:50 AM
Monday, 9:05 - 9:30 AM
Monday, 12:35 - 1:00 PM

The Scoop: If Ford and Chrysler needed two press conferences at the Detroit Auto Show then of course the General would need four. We're told the theme from the General is all about "production" versus last year's theme of "fantasy" "concept". So what should we expect from the world's biggest automaker? We're told we can expect to see the 2009 Corvette ZR1 on the runway at the GM Style event on Saturday night — for it's only press reveal. In addition, we should see Sunday's press conference being all about "Green" — so we're assuming that means the new Saturn Vue 2-Mode Hybrid and perhaps another E-Flex platform concept. We saw the Opel Flextreme in Frankfurt, but since Opel and Saturn are kissin' cousins — who knows what could happen. Then there's Monday. We're thinking we'll see the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V which saw an early embargo break this week. There's also the matter of the Hummer HX Concept and the Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept. But we're also hearing we should be prepared for something exciting on Monday. Our guess? No idea. It's not the production 2009 Chevy Camaro — that's for sure, and it may be something Cadillac related — specifically surrounding the Cadillac Provoq concept, but that may just a baseless rumor. Your guess is as good as ours, but our guess is you'll have to stay tuned.


Honda
Press Conference: Sunday, 1:45 - 2:10 PM
The Scoop: We are expecting to see the new 2009 Honda Pilot unveiled, we are not expecting to see the Honda Ridgeline float from the Rose Bowl parade.


Hyundai
Press Conference: Sunday, 3:30 - 3:55 PM
The Scoop: Real-Wheel Drive FTW! Hyundai reveals their new Genesis RWD sedan to the 'merican public and continue to hope the 'merican people will eat up the "new Lexus" marketing line. Though we're fans of big RWD power sedans, we're still waiting for the Genesis coupe version ourselves. If only for the hottest auto presenter ever.


Kia
Press Conference: Sunday, 4:05 - 4:30 PM
The Scoop: The reveal of the 2009 Kia Borrego. We're sure it's a very nice little SUV, but move along folks, nothing to see here.


Lamborghini
Press Conference: Sunday, 4:05 - 4:30 PM
The Scoop: The bull-headed brand from Italy plans on revealing a Lamborghini personal customization service. Excellent. Just what the Italians needed in their manufacturing — another layer of complexity.


Land Rover
Press Conference: Sunday, 5:50 - 6:15 PM
The Scoop: Anticipating the brands upcoming sale to Tata for a couple of iPod nanos, Land Rover's got their own press conference to reveal the concept that's already been revealed — the Land Rover LRX Concept.


Maserati
Press Conference: Monday, 9:40 - 10:05 AM
The Scoop: We actually have no idea, but word on the street is we should see some kind of rearseat entertainment or internet access system in the Quattroporte. Also, we're told by a supplier it'll actually work. Who knew?


Mazda
Press Conference: Monday, 2:20 - 2:45 AM
The Scoop: Yes, Mazda too it seems doesn't want anything to do with their parent's press conference. Instead they're forging on alone as they always do — and bringing the hottest track concept we've ever seen to Detroit. It's called the Mazda Furai and we happen to believe it's like sex on wheels — as opposed to sex in animal costumes. That's something else entirely. Also, they'll have the new 2009 Mazda RX-8. And by new we mean it looks like the old one and a lot like the Mazda RX-8 RS


Mercedes-Benz
Press Conference: Sunday, 12:00 - 12:25 AM
The Scoop: Mercedes will drop cloth in person from the Mercedes-Benz Vision GLK Freeside — and why yes, it is the same one soon to be seen in the Sex and the City movie. Also, there's rumor we'll see the 2009 Mercedes CLC there back from fashion week.


Mini
Press Conference: Sunday, 10:15 - 10:40 AM
The Scoop: The little brand that could is bringing the new 2008 Mini Clubman. Again. They always do this — just when you thought you'd seen it one too many times, they go and bring it again. Mini's just lucky it's so adorable looking.


Mitsubishi
Press Conference: Sunday, 5:15 - 5:40 AM
The Scoop: Some say we'll be seeing the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart. We have no information either confirming or denying this. But — we do know we'll be seeing the very Hyundai-like Mitsubishi Concept-RA. And you know, it kind of works for us.


Rolls-Royce
Press Conference: Monday, 2:55 - 3:20 AM
The Scoop: Despite hours of torture here in our waterboarding chamber Detroit we've got no intelligence on Rolls-Royce in the slightest. They're free to go.


Subaru
Press Conference: Sunday, 2:55 - 3:20 AM
The Scoop: In addition to the new 2009 Subaru Forester, we're hearing the boys in blue have something else up their collective sleeves. Perhaps it's a 2009 Subaru Forester STI?


Toyota
Press Conference: Monday, 10:50 - 11:15 AM
The Scoop: The super number one best awesome automaker from the land of the rising sun's got two reveals — one for production and one not so much. The production model is the Toyota Venza Crossover Sedan. Whatever a "Crossover Sedan" is. But it's the concept that's the more intriguing of the two. Maybe it's because it's kinda El Camino-ish or maybe it's because it looks like a mash-up of a Honda Ridgeline and the Dodge Rampage concept. All we know is it's called the Toyota A-BAT Concept Truck.

Volkswagen
Press Conference: Sunday, 12:35 - 1:00 AM
The Scoop: Despite what we've heard is a requirement for outlets to sign a confidentiality agreement that doesn't allow them to post the details and pictures of the new 2009 Volkswagen Passat CC even if the embargo gets broken. Luckily we didn't sign such an embargo. But, for the moment you'll have to be content with the few detail shots from the coupe-tease we posted back in December.

Well folks, that looks like it's it — that's what you should expect from us out of the next few days. Over the past few months you've seen some teases and you've even seen some full-on automotive pr0n — but even with all of that, we still think there's enough surprises to keep you on the edge of your seats. So have fun with us with at our Detroit Auto Show tag and RSS feed this weekend as we have fun in Detroit. Who knew we'd even be saying that?