Detroit Auto Show

Detroit Auto Show

First was Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Land Rover and Suzuki . Now its Mitsubishi. It seems that Detroit is just not the place anymore! Mitsubishi decided to pull off the Detroit Show to save money in light of global economic problems and an industry-wide sales decline.

The Detroit show’s press days are only eight weeks away, but there might still be automakers to surprise us! Pulling out of the Detroit show doesn’t prevent Mitsubishi or the other automakers from returning in future years. Mitsubishi still plans to have displays at the Los Angles, Chicago and New York auto shows.

The Detroit show is considered one a handful of the most prestigious in the world. But like other recent shows, including the Los Angeles auto show and SEMA, it is being hit as companies restructure their operations and cut back on expenses.

Detroit will have about 45-50 debuts this year.

Source: Autoweek

Volvo will unveil the S60 Concept at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, and here’s the first preview photo of the car. The S60 concept gives a clear indication of what the all-new Volvo S60 will look like when it is introduced during 2010.

The first picture reveal the coupe-inspired silhouette that gave the original S60 its unique stance. It is now being even further accentuated. The sleek coupe-like roof line is accompanied by entirely new shoulder contours - a gentle double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear.

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It seems that some people got a little trigger-happy and released the pics and info about the Porsche Panamera before the Monday’s press embargo expired. That just means some early fun and speculation for us about Porsche’s first sedan.

Porsche Panamera - leaked official photos and details

The car sits on a 9.6 foot long wheelbase, and the total dimensions should be 16.3 feet long, 6.3 feet wide and 4.6 feet tall. The sedan should have optional PDK dual-clutch transmission as well as all-wheel drive. Although engine specifications have not yet been confirmed, what we do know is the front-engine Panamera will likely start out with a power range of about 300 to 500 hp through a range of V6 and V8 engines. A hybrid powertrain and diesel version may also be in the works.

The car will be seen in the flesh in January at the Detroit Auto Show. We will have plenty of updates until then, but for now enjoy some closure from all the speculation and renderings (AutoBild got it pretty close ) with some official pics.


Most of the big premieres for the Los Angeles Auto Show have already happened, and one that has been quietly absent was the new BMW Z4 . Now it seems that those who were waiting breathlessly for the new coupe/roadster from BMW will have to hold on until next year.

The BMW Z4 is the latest victim of the delay until the Detroit Show. But unlike the development slowdown that has delayed other cars until January, the Z4 just seems to be stuck in red tape. The guys over at BMW Blog seemed to discover the BMW is having an issue with the sDrive trademark name.

Source: BMW Blog

It seems the slowdown in cars sales is also hurting the car shows. Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Land Rover and Suzuki announced they will not make it to the Detroit Auto Show in January.

Ferrari decided it will have pretty much shown all it needs to after the LA Show, where it will premier the namesake 193-mph California. Rolls-Royce, Land Rover and Suzuki Suzuki have similar excuses. "We are cutting back," said Paul Ferraiolo, president of Rolls-Royce North America, which puts a $407,000 price tag on its Drophead Coupe. "Motor shows are expensive."

Neither the Chicago Auto Show in February nor the New York International Auto Show in March has completed its exhibitor lists. Organizers for both shows say they are confident that few carmakers will drop out, but some changes are clear.

Source: LA Times

Before its official unveiling at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the Jaguar XF-R has been scoped in Sierra Nevada mountain range in southern Spain. While there’s no new info, and really not that much in this spy shot, it’s just a good excuse to show off a little from one of our favorite sports sedans .

Jaguar currently offers supercharged engine for the XF, but that is with the 4.2-liter V8. The XF-R will take advantage of the V8 enlarged to 5.0-liters with supercharging, which is expected to be the engine of choice across Jaguar’s "R" line of cars. Total power should be between 500 and 510 hp. The blown engine should give the XF-R a 0-60mph sprint in less than five seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

Like most "R" line cars from Jaguar, understatement will be the key word. The big visual difference between the the XF and the XF-R will be larger air intakes in the front bumper and the hood vents (same as the XKR). So although it may be hard to distinguish the XF-R from the regular XF sedan, it will be running with the cars like BMW M5 , Audi RS6 and Mercedes E63 AMG .

Source: CarMagazine

As previously reported, Volkswagen was preparing a concept roadster for a debut at this month’s Los Angeles Auto Show . But it seems like many of the other large auto companies out there, the project has been delayed. Now the roadster has traded in the fair weather LA for fun-in-the-sun Detroit in January.

Volkswagen likes to get the most out of its platforms (that’s why the upper class Audi TT is on the same platform as the budget Skoda Octavia .) So it seems that the VW Group wants to possibly make a little more cash back on the Audi R8 /Lamborghini Gallardo platform by sharing bits with the new middle class roadster. The design should take cues from the Scirocco, and will likely be It will be offered in both coupe and roadster/targa versions.

Its rumored that Audi will get its own version of this concept to replace the current TT. There also a small rumor that VW’s new owner Porsche may get in bed with this car as well. But that is less likely if Porsche goes through with plans to give the similarly-sized Boxster a four cylinder engine .

Engine choices will likely come from the VW Group’s stable of four-cylinders making between 105 hp to 220 hp depending on the car brand and trim level.

The 2009 BMW Z4 Roadster will make its official debut at next January’s 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Carscoop caught the car testing with minimal exterior camouflage.

The car will feature a two-piece retractable hardtop. The future Z4 carries over the overall styling and sexy proportions of the current Z4. On the interior there will be the same architecture as before though it appears that the dashboard has a more upscale feeling.

The Z4 will also feature BMW’s latest iteration of the iDrive that was first introduced in the new 7-Series and the facelifted 3-Series.

Under the hood BMW placed the Bavarian company’s highly acclaimed 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six, but there will also be 2.5- and 3.0-liter naturally aspirated six-cylinder engines while in most European countries the Z4 will be offered with an entry-level 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine.

Source: CarScoop

Uh oh, it’s usually a pretty good sign that a company is running out of ideas for the exterior of its cars when its big preview is of the interior’s center console. Then again, the concept for the new Volvo S60 features a custom piece of Orrefors crystal. This shimmering radio-holder should make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

While the pure expense of this crystal center stack will likely eliminate it from the production car’s option list, it is also unlikely that the company known for outright safety will let you drive away with a interior full of untempered glass.

Press release after the jump

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