The Detroit Auto Show's more than just cars. It's also goofy faux-bots, giant foosball tables, handicapped-van rodeo, VW super-villain thrones and Hardigree expressing his disappointment of the CR-Z in a chipmunk voice. This is all of it in 60 seconds.
The existence of booth professionals is very telling. They're strategically placed to deliver details of sexy vehicles or draw cameras to unremarkable ones. Who had the most? Ze Germans, China's eZone and of course, Chrysler. It's all they did have.
Honda wants you to believe that the CR-Z is the reincarnation of the legendary CRX. It should have been — and it even looks right — but it's no CRX. How do I know? I own one.
The Detroit Auto Show was slightly less depressing than last year, thanks to an onslaught of, like, five unawful cars. Every car we covered can be found in the Jalopnik round-up below.
These 16 frames are actual screengrabs from the insane Cadillac CTS-V Coupe PR video. What it's trying to say about the end of the world below.
On paper, 805HP, 1,000lb-ft of torque, no gear changes, a center of gravity under the floor and a 0-100MPH time of 12 seconds sounds like automotive Valhalla. Then you drive the Commuter Cars Tango. Terrifying and exhausting, to start.
What's the more outrageous claim: the full-electric BYD E6 MAV will go on sale in the United States this year; it'll easily pass U.S. crash regulations; or, BYD will be the world's largest automaker by 2025?
There's hardly any new cars on show here in Detroit, but don't worry, journalists that rely on the car industry to feed them have found another way to justify their meal tickets. Apparently, the big story this year is "optimism."
The wisdom keeps rolling out of the Journalist Opinion Barometer, this time divined from various rune-like scratchings on the third-floor Cobo men's room. What was the worst reveal? The opinion above, the photo below.
Chrysler's done a good job making the Ferrari 599XX look like its on its very own stand, but the tunnel of fail you have to walk through to see it serves as a reminder of the Chrysler/Fiat alliance.
Detroit's big trend this year isn't teabagging, it's hanging cars on walls. Everyone's doing it, even Buick.
The third of Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" states a robot must protect itself as long as such protection does not involve harming a human or disobeying orders. Therefore, the disturbing man-bot can't kill Wert for taunting him.
Let's be honest, there aren't many performance advantages to the new Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. It's two inches shorter, 18lbs lighter, and less likely to pack hundreds of pounds of knuckle-headed passengers, it does have a nice big back end.