North American International Auto Show 2014 – 25 Years Strong and Growing

NAIAS enters new era in transformed Cobo Center

Celebrating its 25th anniversary as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most—up close and in one place. One of the largest media events in North America, the NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world.
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As the North American International Auto Show 2014 (NAIAS) celebrates 25 years of bringing the best of the auto industry to the world stage in Detroit, it does so in a transformed Cobo Center, a world-class venue fitting for a world-class show. It all starts with the Press Preview on Jan. 13, and runs through the Public Show, concluding on Jan. 26.
After 25 years as one of the premier, global auto shows, the NAIAS continues to amaze,” said Bob Shuman, chairman, NAIAS 2014. “In fact, if it’s possible to top last year’s spectacular show, considered by many as the ‘best show – ever,’ we are confident that we will do it this year with fantastic product unveilings, an automotive technology showcase, an improved venue, and Detroit hospitality.”

Some 50 global vehicle unveilings are expected to be made on Detroit’s world stage, according to Shuman.

It will be an absolute news feast for the journalists [and automobile fans alike] who cover the show from around the world,” he said.Also this year, journalists and visitors to NAIAS will enjoy activities in Cobo Center’s new Atrium, the focal point of the facility that now features spectacular views of one of the area’s greatest natural resources – the Detroit River. Additionally, the Grand Riverview Ballroom, formerly Cobo Arena, adds a magnificent and enormous space for meetings, conventions and vehicle unveilings. Add to that renovated meeting rooms, new networking space and infrastructure improvements, and Detroit’s Cobo Center stands among the list of some of the world’s finest event venues.

(Jan 2013) Detroit, MI North American International Auto Show

(Jan 2013) Detroit, MI North American International Auto Show

The changes to Cobo are not all that’s new,” said Shuman. “Several manufacturers will be debuting all-new exhibits at this year’s show. Attendees during the Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and Public Show will be amazed at the changes inside and out. It’s truly fitting for our 25th Anniversary celebration.”

NAIAS exhibiting manufacturers include: Acura, AMG, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Equus Automotive, Fiat, Ford Division, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Scion, Smart, SRT, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, VL Automotive , Volkswagen, and Volvo.

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2013 New York International Auto Show Report: Nissan Debuts 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid, NV200 Mobility Taxi at 2013 New York International Auto Show

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid set for late summer, offers 26 mpg fuel economy (estimated combined city/highway), 526-mile driving range

Wheelchair accessible “Mobility Taxi” added to Nissan NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow” program

Custom Nissan NV200 “Gibson Repair & Restoration Van” also on display

After nearly doubling sales of Pathfinder since the October 2012 introduction of an all-new fourth-generation design, Nissan‘s iconic SUV took another major step forward today with the world debut of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid at a press conference at the 2013  New York International Auto Show.

The 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid, the first of several upcoming Nissan hybrid models, is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers in the United States in late summer. Featuring a supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine, 15 kW electric motor and advanced Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch hybrid control system, it will be priced at around $3,000 USD above the standard 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine-powered Pathfinder models.

Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi debuted at 2013 New York International Auto Show.  (PRNewsFoto/Nissan North America)

Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi debuted at 2013 New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Nissan North America)

Also making its New York debut today was the wheelchair accessible version of the Nissan NV200 Taxi, which will become available as part of Nissan’s NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow” Program that rolls out this coming fall. Converted by Indiana-based BraunAbility, the NV200 Mobility Taxi features a rear ramp and an industry-first integrated restraint system that provides safe and quick securing of wheelchairs. The rear ramp access eliminates the need for wheelchair users to cross traffic to enter or exit – an important feature for New York City’s network of one-way streets. The Nissan Mobility Taxi looks and functions like a standard NV200 Taxi until the mobility function is needed.

Said Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Executive Vice President Andy Palmer : “Our mindset at Nissan is to lead the way with innovative solutions to the challenges of modern, sustainable mobility with the goal of reaching 100 percent zero emissions, like the LEAF. That means creating cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles like the Pathfinder Hybrid that serve people on the move, and vehicles like the NV200 Mobility Taxi that offer expanded functionality while keeping a small environmental footprint.Continue reading

CONSUMER REPORTS 2013 ANNUAL CAR BRAND REPORT CARDS: LEXUS, SUBARU & MAZDA EARN TOP HONORS

With a current crop of luxury models that are quiet, comfortable, fuel efficient, and among the most reliable, LEXUS has earned the best overall score in CONSUMER REPORTS’ 2013 ANNUAL CAR BRAND REPORT CARDS.

CONSUMER REPORTS is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Consumer Reports® is an expert,

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independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. They accept no advertising, not beholden to any commercial interest and pay for all the products they test. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually.

Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, Website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace. The organization’s income is entirely derived from the sale of Consumer Reports® magazine, www.ConsumerReports.org and their other publications and information products, services, fees, and noncommercial contributions and grants. The Ratings and reports are intended solely for the use of their readers.

For 2013, CONSUMER REPORTS took a different approach than in previous years for its annual brand report cards story. CR graded each automaker’s individual brands rather than calculating a single score for all the brands under one carmaker. For example, TOYOTA, LEXUS, and SCION models were each scored separately this year instead of being incorporated into one overall score for TOYOTA. The same was true for HONDA, FORD, NISSAN, GENERAL MOTORS, CHRYSLER and other large manufacturers that market several brands.

But back to the report card. While Lexus’ models are rarely sporty, the brand’s overall score of 79 was earned on a foundation of plush and very reliable vehicles. CONSUMER REPORTS currently Recommends 100% of the Lexus vehicles it has tested. Continue reading

THE RECORDING ACADEMY® LAUNCHES “#THEWORLDISLISTENING”

AD CAMPAIGN FEATURING NOMINEES THE BLACK KEYS, RIHANNA AND TAYLOR SWIFT TO PROMOTE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®

THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PROVIDES EMERGING ARTISTS A NEW SOCIAL DISCOVERY PLATFORM WITH www.grammyamplifier.com

THE RECORDING ACADEMY® and TBWA\CHIAT\DAY have teamed up for the sixth year to promote the 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® with the ad campaign “#TheWorldIsListening.”

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At the heart of this year’s “#TheWorldIsListening” campaign is a newly created Web site, www.grammyamplifier.com, which allows musicians to share their tracks via SoundCloud for a chance to have their music tweeted out by a panel of musical icons, including LINKIN PARK, RZA, and SNOOP LION. While social media has given musicians more ways to share their sounds than ever before, the online music space is increasingly fragmented. As a result, it gets more difficult for emerging artists to be discovered. “#TheWorldIsListening” campaign and the GRAMMY AMPLIFIER aims to help solve this problem by exposing new artists through social platforms — with the ultimate goal of discovering artists with the potential to be the next generation of GRAMMY winners.
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