It’s Coming, It’s Coming!!

Yes, that’s right. The  North American International Auto Show is coming soon. There’s excitement in the air! Can’t wait to find out what the new cars are going to look like, feel like and what the new features the automakers are going to come out with.

Expect more stunning designs, more hybrids and pure electrics and more cabin technology.

You can find the public show dates here or just keep reading:

 

image

 

 

Experience the next generation of transportation at the North American International Auto Show 2012. See more than 500 vehicles on display, representing the most innovative designs in the world and experience North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase.

Date & Times

Saturday, January 14 – Saturday, January 21, 2012
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)

Sunday, January 22, 2012
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6 p.m.)

Early access for handicapped individuals at 8 a.m.
Enter at the Oakland Entrance.

Tickets

  • Adults: $12 per person
  • E-Tickets: $12 per person
  • Any Day Pass, Group Ticket: $8 with a purchase of 30 tickets or more
  • Seniors: $6 (65 and older)
  • Children: $6 (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with a parent or guardian)

Please contact the Ticketing Office at:

1900 West Big Beaver Road
Suite 100
Troy, MI 48084
Phone: 248.283.5173
Fax: 248.283.5172

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday             9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location

Cobo Center
One Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226
USA

American Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday, January 14 – Monday, January 16 as well as Saturday, January 21. Located in room W2-62 at Cobo Center, contributors may donate from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. American Red Cross staff members encourage both walk-ins and/or scheduling appointments at www.givelife.org. (Sponsor code: naias)

For further information, please contact the American Red Cross at 313.833.4440.

American Red Cross.gif


Saved the best RETRO REVIEW for last…the Pontiac G8 GT!!!!

2008 Pontiac G8 GT

2008 G8 GT

GTO’s Big Brother Hits Our Shores With A Vengeance

by James E. Bryson

Not since the new GTO came out in 2004 have we been so anxious for a new American car to hit the marketplace. The 2008 Pontiac G8 GT could easily be the best Pontiac this side of the muscle car era. With rear-wheel-drive, a powerful and quiet(!) V8 and handling that could rouse Ferdinand Porsche out of his slumber; we may just have a verifiable hit on our hands…as long as you don’t want touch-screen navigation or built-in XM satellite radio.

Going after the Dodge Charger, which currently holds the market on Detroit cool-ness and rear-wheel V8 power, Pontiac has made a leap and two bounds past the previous Bonneville, which the G8 replaced.

Comparing the G8 and Charger, you get two totally different philosophies and demeanors, even in top trim levels. The Pontiac wins hands done in looks, with Euro-styling, flared fenders, snarling hood with requisite scoops and that looks-fast-standing-still, hunkered-down attitude. You also get a 6.0-liter L76 V8 with 361 horsepower and 385 lb.-ft. of torque and six-speed automatic with manual shifting at the lever. In the Charger, you get a 5.7-liter hemi V8 with 340 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque and somewhat bland, slab-sided styling with squared off rear lights and a somewhat fastback roofline. (No bias here, eh?)

2008 G8 GT (3)

Inside, the G8 is Euro-inspired with well-bolstered seats, clean and tidy gauges and tactile switch gear within easy reach. There’s also some bright work that lends an aire of sophistication to the G8; satin metal surrounds on the center stack that highlight the gear shift and cup holders and a satin metal line running from door to door that helps break up the dash in upper and lower sections. Another section of satin metal trim is on the steering wheel. This piece is much better than the similar styling on the Saturn VUE as it’s not metal and not cold to the touch.

The rear seat is large, as you would expect from the big Pontiac, but it’s also comfortable enough for long trips. And the trunk Is huge…enough for a few golf bags and a week’s worth of your finest golf clothes…but please leave the funky pants at home.

Our only real gripe about the interior has to do with the top of the center stack: there is an LED display that shows secondary gauges like battery and oil temp. It’s a waste of perfectly good real estate that could house a pop-up navigation screen or something else worthwhile.

As you can tell, power corrupts. It’s exhilarating to hit 80 miles per hour on a freeway on-ramp without breaking a sweat. Or catching the apex, hitting the gas (while holding the correct gear) and squirting out of the corner like a bat out of hell…to coin a phrase.

We enjoyed the hustle and flow shown by the G8 on our test loop, especially the long, fast slow radius turns on the hilly section. Watch out Po-po, we got a mean driving machine heading your way!

2008 G8 GT (7)

Putting all the G8’s power to the pavement is easy with standard traction control and Stabilitrak stability control, but it’s a real hoot to turn those off and just let the tires spin every once in a while. (This is easier to when the car’s not yours and you’re not buying the tires!)

Speaking of paying…we got about 17 miles per gallon in the week we had the G8, in mixed driving, which puts our mileage at the lower end of the EPA estimates of 15 city/24 highway. While not bad for a performance car, it’ll surely put a big dent in the pocketbook with gas hovering around $4 nationally as this is written.

The G8 comes with V6 power (3.6 liters – 256 horses and 248 lb.-ft.) and one less cog in the tranny in the Base model, for those who want the look but not the power, better gas mileage or a lesser hit to the insurance. Pricing for the Base model starts at $27,595.

Standard equipment on both models of note include six air bags, air conditioning (dual zone on the GT), Blaupunkt 11-speaker AM/FM/CD radio with auxiliary input jack, power windows/mirrors/locks with remote keyless entry, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, four-wheel independent suspension, the aforementioned Stabilitrak and Onstar, along with a bevy of other nice features.

The GT model we drove started at $29,310 and had only one option; the $1200 premium package that includes leather seats, front seats with 6-way power and heat and leather on the shift lever. The total, including a destination charge of $685 came to $31,245. A steal for what you get.

Advertisements

Published by

James E. Bryson

Cars make the world go 'round!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s