Detroit

  • Packard plant bridge in Detroit, Michigan, collapsed Photo via Historic Detroit

    Once a symbol of a prosperous and manufacturing-rich city, Detroit's Packard plant has been left to decay for decades. On Wednesday, the elements took their toll and the Packard plant's skyway bridge collapsed onto the city street. Thankfully, no one was injured in the collapse, according to information from Historic Detroit's Twitter account. The bridge previously spanned East Grand Boulevard and connected the massive production facility's north and south buildings. In recent years, the deteriorating exterior was wrapped to appear as it stood during Packard's early-to-mid-20th century boom...

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    Ford might turn Detroit eyesore into self-driving, EV hub

    Ford has its eye on a landmark building nestled in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. The automaker revealed it has plans to purchase the rotting Michigan Central Station and renovate the space to house an electric- and self-driving car hub. The potential purchase follows Ford's decision to relocate...

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    Developer From Peru Buys Rundown Packard Plant In Detroit

    With some of America's best-known car brands culled during 2008's financial crisis, it's easy to forget that some of America's greatest marques have now been gone for decades. One of those is Packard, once renowned as one of the world's top luxury automobile makers. The company disappeared in 1958...

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    Detroit's Packard Plant Hitting The Auction Block

    A place that once churned out some of Detroit's finest machines has long laid dormant. Dormant, in the sense that industry was no longer occurring within its walls. The Packard Plant, which opened in 1903, sits on 3,500,000 square feet, spread out over 40 acres of currently blighted Detroit...

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    Detroit Electric To Debut All-Electric Sports Car In April

    In the early years of the 20th century, electric cars were seen by many buyers as preferable to internal-combustion-engine automobiles. Electric cars were easier to start, more reliable and required far less maintenance than their fossil-fueled cousins, and their limited range was far less of an...

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    Honda Accord Coupe Concept Live Photos: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    Honda is showing its next-generation Accord in thinly veiled Coupe Concept form at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, and while it's instantly recognizable, up close it outlines some advanced design cues, technology, and features that will likely help maintain this model's status as one of the top sellers...

  • Lexus 2012 Detroit Auto Show concept teaser

    With the new GS sedan wearing some attractive sheet metal, it may just be time for an updated IS range, and conveniently, Lexus has just released the second teaser for its upcoming design concept that previews the future direction of the company's design ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut. Could it be the next-gen IS we're seeing (just a bit of) in this teaser image? It certainly shares some of the GS's front-end characteristics, though in a more dramatic, conceptual way. It also looks quite a bit like yet another incarnation of the BRZ/GT 86/FR-S rear-drive Subaru-Toyota joint sports...

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    Belle Isle INDYCAR And Grand-Am Races Confirmed

    The City of Detroit, Chevrolet, Penske Corporation, and INDYCAR have agreed to a four-year contract that returns racing to the Belle Isle Park 2.1-mile road course. "Chevrolet has a long, storied history in Indy car racing," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "This year we celebrated...

  • BMW ActiveE electric car production line, Leipzig, Germany
    Blowin' In The Wind: Turbines To Power BMW Leipzig Factory

    However green cars are able to get, the process of building thousands of them every year still isn't particularly environmentally friendly. The manufacturers are doing all they can to improve this. GM's Detroit-Hamtramck factory that produces the Chevrolet Volt is equipped with several solar panel...

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    Infiniti Set To Make Appearance At 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    Industry cutbacks, especially in the areas of advertising and marketing, have taken more and more visible forms in the recent past as automakers chose to skip major shows including even the once prestigious Detroit Auto Show. In fact, some of the major brands that chose to skip an appearance at the...

  • Dr. Dre promoting the Powered By Dr. Dre sound system for the new 2012 Chrysler 300
    Dr. Dre Stars In New 2012 Chrysler 300S Commercial: Video

    Chrysler has released a new television commercial in its ever-expanding ‘Imported From Detroit’ campaign, but while the previous ads all featured celebrities with a major connection with Detroit, the latest one treads a slightly different path. It stars rapper and music producer Dr. Dre...

  • NFL star Ndamukong Suh in latest Imported From Detroit ad
    NFL Star Ndamukong Suh Appears In Chrysler’s New Imported From Detroit Ad: Video

    Remember Chrysler’s first Imported From Detroit television commercial? The one starring Eminem and which debuted during the Super Bowl? Well, if not, you can view it by clicking here. Chrysler has now released its second ad based around its Detroit connection, this time starring Detroit Lions...

  • 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

    The Blue Oval just announced the limited production 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302. For muscle car fans, this name is a big deal. The original Boss was a famous Trans-Am racer with tons of wins under its belt and remains one of the most sought after classic Mustangs. For car fans, this is as exciting as it would be for Cleveland if LeBron James came back.   Ford fans knew this day was coming as soon as the 5.0 engine was announced for the 2011 model year. The name had to come back, but no one knew it was going to be this exciting.  For starters, the Mustang's 5.0-liter V-8 engine has been...

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    Fiat Models To Keep Badge When Introduced

     Those fearing that the Fiat 500 would appear in the United States as a captive import can rest easy. It was expected that the merger between Fiat and Chrysler meant that the American company’s dealer network would be used to sell Fiats. Others speculated that the cars like the 500 would be sold...

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    Ford Sync Versus OnStar: Navigation And Emergency Assistance

    For the 2011 model year, two Detroit automakers are going toe-to-toe with advanced in-car electronics systems: It’s GM OnStar vs. Ford Sync. For over a decade, OnStar by GM has offered a host of operator assisted features to make mom feel safe behind the wheel. Ford Sync was developed in...

  • Rossi SixtySix split-window C2-styled C6 Corvette
    Rossi SixtySix Instills RetroFuturism To The Corvette

     etroFuturism can be defined in two ways. One is the design concepts done in the past that predicted what the future would look like, the Jetsons cartoon is a good example. The other definition is the use of classically-styled items used as a basis for modern designs, and the Rossi Motor...

  • Armando Galarraga presented with 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
    Great Sportsmanship Rewarded With 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - How Fitting

    In the world of professional sports, many athletes astound us with their tremendous plays. But to an athlete, it's not enough to make a great play. They want more. They strive for a triple-double, a hole-in-one, or to do something that none of their competitors have ever dreamed of attempting. But...

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    Best Euro Vehicle: 2010 Detroit Auto Show

    January’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show was an event to remember. With tons of groundbreaking technology and designs released, the atmosphere was simply out of this world. A variety of different European vehicles hit the floor with instant fame, but can we declare a winner for the 2010 Detroit Auto...

  • 2010 Saab 9-5

    Saab, or should we say the ‘new’ Saab, has started production again at the Trollhattan, Sweden plant. The plant has been closed for the past two months while the fate of the brand was hanging in the balance. Now owned by Spyker, Saab is back, and the first car off the line was a 9-5 saloon followed quickly by a 9-3 convertible. Alongside the workers at the plant re-opening were Saab CEO Jan Ake Jonsson, Spyker CEO Victor Muller and plant director Gunnar Brunius, all of whom greeted the new car with banners reading: “Saab number 001 of a new era”. Over 3,400 workers...

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    Ford Mustang Still A Trendsetter

    Back in 1964, Americans instantly fell in love with the original pony car. Ford shook the automotive world with its fun, fashionable, affordable sports car, the Mustang, and set the bar high for others who would follow. The Mustang didn't look like anything else on the road. It packed power and...

  • Why I Hate Detroit

    I hate Detroit. First a disclaimer, I'm not a disinterested observer. I make absolutely no pretense at impartiality. Ive spent many a day and night in the depths of winter in this god-forsaken city. In all cases against my will and better judgment. Why would I spend my time here? The same reason as...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Aveo (RS Concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show)
    Chevy Aveo RS Concept at Detroit Auto Show Hints at 2011 Aveo

    Some mornings you just return to the world and you realize that you don't quite recognize it anymore. Everything is topsy-turvy and the words and images you once understood are little more than mumbo-jumbo. Is it really true? Is the 2011 Chevy Aveo going to be...cool? Well, from the looks of the...

  • Audi and Infiniti Debut New Vehicles on Facebook

    A lot is going on when it's Auto Show week. With the Los Angeles Auto Show in full swing, automakers were looking for ways to involve those who couldn't visit the land of swimmin' pools and movie stars. Audi and Infiniti decided to bring their reveal events online to the popular social networking...

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    Detroit Mayor Bing Has Thing for GM Bling

    Poor Detroit. It's suffered through Mayors Coleman "Krugerrands" Young and Kwame "Sexting" Kilpatrick. Dennis Archer? The calm eye in the storm. Now the city's bracing itself for more scandal, though it's hardly the stuff you'd find on TMZ. The city's relatively upstanding mayor Dave Bing is...

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