Buick Encore Will Terrify Old Folks With Smallness

One of the quieter introductions at the Detroit Auto Show was Buick's new mini-crossover, the Encore. It's not an enthusiast vehicle, but it is an interesting take on Buick's ongoing effort to break its reputation as a brand for "the olds." » 1/13/12 2:30pm 1/13/12 2:30pm

Can You Name A Car Just From Its Center Console?

It's easy enough to tell what car an interior belongs to if you see the whole thing; there are usually a ton of badges, especially on the wheel. » 1/12/12 12:00pm 1/12/12 12:00pm

The Booth Professionals Of The 2012 Detroit Auto Show

When Fiat took over Chrysler there were premonitions of culture clashes between the be-sweatered Italians and their off-the-Kohls-rack American counterparts. And then Fiat's maestro Sergio Marchionne brought out his hand-picked team of booth professionals and everyone realized the Italians are just like us. » 1/11/12 5:15pm 1/11/12 5:15pm

Chrysler 200 Super S: A Good Way to Move a Bunch of Mopar Parts Around

When your company's own press release refers to a car as a "rolling showcase for the latest Mopar exterior parts" you can be pretty assured you're not going to be seeing anything revolutionary. And, in that context, the Chrysler 200 Super S certainly delivers. » 1/11/12 3:30pm 1/11/12 3:30pm

Ask Dr. Z What He Thinks About The Dodge Dart

Dieter Zetsche, the former CEO of the former merger-of-unequals called DaimlerChrysler and now the CEO of the unmerger-of-unequals called Daimler, stopped by his former underlings at Chrysler Monday during the Detroit Auto Show. » 1/11/12 1:30pm 1/11/12 1:30pm

The Sad Death Of The Knob, Switch And Button

I want to start by coming out and saying I'm not one of those car luddites who think everything should hover in some magical past; while I'm very fond of old-school cars, there's an amazing amount of amazing new tech in cars, and LCD dashboards in so many new cars here at the Detroit Auto Show are a genuinely great… » 1/11/12 12:00pm 1/11/12 12:00pm

Falcon F7: If Ferrari Made Love To The Detroit Auto Show

Ferrari may not be unveiling anything at the Detroit Auto Show again this year, but there is this Falcon F7, a sorta "Best Of Ferrari Design" — 288 GTO, 355, F50, F40 — that houses various LS motors in a race-proven aluminum monocoque chassis. Is this Michigan's exotic supercar? » 1/11/12 9:15am 1/11/12 9:15am

2012 Detroit Auto Show: Everything That Didn't Suck

We're finishing up here at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show so now it's time to take a look back at the good times, the bad times, and all of Jason Torchinsky's awesome livesketches. » 1/10/12 5:45pm 1/10/12 5:45pm

Livesketching the Detroit Auto Show: How Lincoln Really Died

Our latest Car-Toon straight from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show: Okay, since the MKZ Concept was unveiled, there's been lots of talk around about how it'll kill Lincoln, how its moustache/grille looks like John Wilkes Booth's, and so on. » 1/10/12 4:30pm 1/10/12 4:30pm

Can You Fit In A Subaru BRZ?

Are you a six-foot-plus human being? Do journalists comparing the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S to a Mazda Miata send you into a claustrophobic panic? We sent Editor-at-Large/Large-Editor replica Joel Johnson to find out. » 1/10/12 4:00pm 1/10/12 4:00pm

The Shocking Secret Of The Ram Box

When I was sketching the Ram Box, the little storage boxes on the sides of the bed of Chrysler's pickup truck, I noticed the little glowing handle one usually finds when trapped in a trunk (not that any of us Jalops need that). » 1/10/12 3:30pm 1/10/12 3:30pm

Embarrassed Lincoln MKZ Concept Goes Up In Smoke In Detroit

I've done a horrible thing. Sometimes I forget my words have power. My words can hurt. I said a few critical things about the Lincoln MKZ Concept and now the damn thing set itself on fire. » 1/10/12 3:00pm 1/10/12 3:00pm

Livesketching the 2012 Detroit Auto Show: Tesla Engine Non-Porn

Our latest Car-Toon straight from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show: It's pretty hard to get engine-aroused by the Tesla Model S's two big metal cylinders. If I was into that, I could just open up my washing machine and have at it. Progress my ass. » 1/10/12 2:30pm 1/10/12 2:30pm

Toyota Makes NS4 Concept Out Of Pure Marketing Crap

The Toyota NS4 concept isn't too bad looking, if a bit tame for a concept. It has some striking lighting approaches, a very appealing interior and glassed roof treatment, and pleasing proportions. I wish I could unread what I read in Toyota's marketing materials so I could try and appreciate the vehicle, but, sadly,… » 1/10/12 2:00pm 1/10/12 2:00pm

2013 Honda Accord 'Concept' Same As It Ever Was

Honda barely pretended their 2013 Honda Accord Concept is anything but a minimally adorned version of the production car that'll debut and go on sale later this year. Like Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, there are subtle differences, but so subtle you don't actually care. » 1/10/12 12:00pm 1/10/12 12:00pm

50th Anniversary Shelby GT500 Super Snake Gets Special Stickers, Same…

Though they had one of the most sadly unadorned booths on the Detroit Auto Show main floor, nobody really cared, as Shelby introduced three new 50th anniversary cars today: the GT 500 Super Snake, the 50th anniversary edition GT350, and a 50th anniversary edition GTS. » 1/10/12 11:15am 1/10/12 11:15am

The 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 Will Confuse The Moneyed Few

The 2012 Bentley Continental GT V8 offers a moral hazard for foolish plutocrats—and not just by dint existing in the first place. Nope, it's the new twin-turbo V8 engine (which lives a less glamorous life in an Audi S8) that's a puzzle box for the moneyed ego: Do you buy the W-12 version, with slightly higher… » 1/10/12 10:30am 1/10/12 10:30am

The MKZ Concept Will Not Save Lincoln

I was certain when I sat down at the Lincoln press conference this morning I'd focus on the fact that the car looks like John Wilkes Booth. And then I saw the mimosa station and realized I was wrong. The story here is Lincoln is so desperate to pretend they're a luxury manufacturer they've got a mimosa station. And a… » 1/10/12 9:20am 1/10/12 9:20am