The one question MINI asks owners to find buybacks is...

The best auto show chatter happens when people let their guard down and just shoot the shit. After getting the lowdown on the new MINI Cooper and wide-eyed John Cooper Works, I hung around for a while with a few of the product specialists at their booth at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. » 1/16/14 11:51am 1/16/14 11:51am

Detroit Should Sell Art Because Why Shouldn't It, Coastal Writer Says

One recurring thing of Detroit's trip through bankruptcy court has been the local eye-rolls over coastal writers diagnosing the city's decline — the Detroit Free Press offers an occasional feature called "The truth about Detroit," battles have raged over Anthony Bourdain's portrayal in his CNN show, and even we've grown… » 12/15/13 3:02pm 12/15/13 3:02pm

How Accountants Nearly Murdered Jeep's Most Successful Product, Twice

After soaring in the 1990s, the Grand Cherokee came crashing to earth in the new century. Car buyers steered clear of SUVs as gas prices rose. Making matters worse, the Grand Cherokee drew the attention of Chrysler's finance people, who required each model to be developed for 20 percent less than its predecessor to try … » 12/12/13 12:40pm 12/12/13 12:40pm

What Detroit Could Learn From Richard Linklater

I worked a late shift Monday and woke up late, so, in the spirit of embracing a morning full of nothing, I popped Richard Linklater's 1991 classic "Slacker" into my roommates' Blu-ray player and diligently went about my morning routine of sitting on my couch. » 12/04/13 10:27am 12/04/13 10:27am

How A Thrifty Chrysler Launched The Grand Cherokee With A Car Crash

When Patrick posted a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee video from Regular Car Reviews, I saw a video clip I hadn't seen in years: The reveal of the original 1993 ZJ at the 1992 North American International Auto Show. » 9/16/13 2:03pm 9/16/13 2:03pm

Did The Detroit Police Steal The Image Used On Their New Squad Cars?

Today, the City of Detroit is putting on a bit of a show downtown: A press conference is being held near Hart Plaza to unveil the first batch of new police cars and ambulances that's part of an $8 million initiative fueled by donations from guys like Roger Penske and more. » 8/22/13 3:29pm 8/22/13 3:29pm

The Detroit People Mover Is Dead, Long Live The People Mover

Earlier this month, in an effort to showcase previously failed "good-intention" initiatives for Detroit, all pegged as game-changers for the city, The Washington Post mentioned The People Mover, an elevated 2.9-mile *rail line that circles the downtown business district "that hardly anyone rides today." » 8/19/13 4:19pm 8/19/13 4:19pm

AWOL Detroit Councilman Charles Pugh Is In NYC, Specifically Harlem

An alert tipster passes along word to Jalopnik Detroit that Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, who has not been seen in the city since June but was last spotted in Seattle, is currently roaming about New York City. » 8/10/13 9:38am 8/10/13 9:38am

The Arsenal of Democracy (or Remember when Detroit bailed out the…

I had been looking for this set of books for a while, found it earlier this year. As a millwright who went through the apprenticeship at Chrysler, as a driver/mechanic for General Dynamics(formerly Chrysler Defense) that gets to take an Abrams around the test track every now and then, as a fabricator who builds…

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For The First Time, Detroit's Next Mayor May Be A Write-In Candidate

It's almost safe to say that barring any legal challenges or any other sudden opposition, Mike Duggan, a former county prosecutor and hospital-system CEO, is going to be Detroit's next mayor come January, a feat we all saw coming. » 8/07/13 12:00pm 8/07/13 12:00pm

Why Voting In Detroit Is A Bigger Deal Than Your Car Insurance Payment

After I move the status of this rambling from "Draft" to "Now" and hit "Publish," I'm going to walk up to my polling place (St. Paul AME Zion Church on Dexter Boulevard), stand in line with everybody else in my neighborhood and vote in the Detroit primary. » 8/06/13 9:15pm 8/06/13 9:15pm