Hello, ladies and gentlemen of Jalopnik, and welcome to this week’s Letters to Doug, which involves me signing into my e-mail and trudging through constant Tai Lopez motivational e-mails in order to find something worth posting.
The best part of every auto show is the corporate espionage, and no show in America has more of it than Detroit.
We somehow made it to day two with out getting kicked out of the Frankfurt Motor Show despite what I can only describe as a Lederhosen/Wienerschnitzel incident at the BMW party. Bill Caswell would have been proud. (Bill Caswell probably would have gotten us kicked out had he been there, but that’s another thing…
At every major auto show, fancy concept cars are shown on fancy displays, next to fancy booth professionals, covered in fancy lighting. Sometimes they’re a look into the cars of tomorrow, but sometimes — sadly — they’re just eye candy.
Before the Internet, an auto show was really the only way to learn about all the new cars hitting the showrooms. Auto shows are a great PR platform for manufactures and journalists love them because they might get some free booze, but are they really valuable to your average car buyer?
The Shanghai Auto Show will do without booth pros this year. Here's why.
Good news, everyone: I've decided to devote today's column to the most outdated, obsolete, antiquated relic of the entire automotive industry.
Alright, alright. I will concede that this Detroit show proved me wrong, that it was one of the best in recent memory—simply because it was full of surprises, or at least the kind of surprise that happens when you stop paying attention and forego the rumors.
The 2015 Detroit Auto Show press days are over, and the bars full of free coffee and booze scattered around Cobo Hall have been packed away. Here are the people of the event who caught my eye.
This is the 1994 Ford Power Stroke Concept. It looks like the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile wearing a raccoon mask. Back then Ford pitched this drivable showpiece as "a suggestion of what tomorrow could bring." How close do you think it came to panning out?
Volvo is launching a new offensive to steal luxury car sales away from the Germans, but the Swedish brand lacks the massive marketing marketing budget of the established players. So Volvo is planning on skipping much of the auto show circuit to focus on online sales.
Our pals at Regular Car Reviews painted a dead-on accurate portrait of how just how absurd modern auto shows are. But as silly and boring and PR bullshit-ridden as they are, they're nothing compared to auto shows in the 1970s. (Warning: Video is NSFW-ish.)
"My First Time at the New York International Auto Show, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Surplus" by The Roman
Secret beings from a faraway place known as "Pennsylvania" (I think it's somewhere near Belarus) descended upon New York City last week with clipboards in hand and bright eyes in their eyeball-holes. Yes, Regular Car Reviews did the NY Auto Show.
Pink wheels. Bad paint. Crazy customs. Tucked-in T-shirts. Scene kids. Buyers. Exhibitors. Capital-M Media. SEMA is a nexus for the aftermarket, and all that that entails. It can be vulgar, it can be crass, it can be revolting and amazing all at once. And there's a very good reason for all that: money.
Sex appeal is used to sell cars in every country, but China has outdone the rest of the world with what they call "breast milk exhibitions," i.e. regular auto shows filled with topless and sometimes totally naked women.
Whenever you go to an auto show, you're sure to see a bevy of beautiful women surrounding the cars on stage in order to attract attention. This is nothing new.
If you've been away from the internet for the last few weeks, you might have missed Connor's Day, a massive car show in England where more than a thousand cars of all stripes gathered at the request of a young boy grappling with a terminal cancer.
The world's automotive media is on hand for the Detroit Auto Show, but the general public's interest in attending auto shows has been declining. What do you think would make these events more interesting and appealing?
In a country obsessed with status and burdened with an unbalanced ratio of young men to women, it's not surprising that Chinese men would publicly propose marriage to attractive women who can't walk away — like auto show models.