The Ranger Has Returned

2019_ranger_1.jpgIt was only a matter of time. When Ford left the mid-size pickup segment a few years ago, they were retiring an old platform in the Ranger and it was time for something different. Only Ford’s crystal ball did not reveal the newfound popularity of the “small” truck segment, led by the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon twins, along with the Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline, and Toyota Tacoma.

I wrote about how I wanted to see a new Ranger way back in 2011…

2019 Ford RangerSo let’s ring in the New Year with some new sheet metal! The newly announced 2019 Ford Ranger follows current Ford styling DNA with Fusion-like headlights and large blue oval embedded in the grill. (It’s almost Edge-like, so you know it’s a Ford) Add to that a handsome character line and high wheel arches in profile and you have an attractively styled pickup to compete with the rest of the pack and complement the current F-150.

2019 Ford RangerI for one am excited about the return of Ranger since I owned one for about 12 years and put almost 200k miles on it. The new Ranger is quite a bit larger than my 1997 single cab with the same size engine? Yes, you read that right, my 1997 had a 2.3-liter four-cylinder, just like the 2019 Ranger! The major difference is the intercooled turbocharged EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. I had to live with just five forward gears that I had to shift myself! Can you imagine??

2019 Ford RangerExpect three trim levels at launch (XL, XLT, and Lariat) with different appearance packages on SuperCab and SuperCrew models (Chrome, Sport, and FX Off-Road).

2019 Ford RangerThe interior is another place where Ford has excelled. From the pics, it sure looks like it belongs in today’s world of mid-size pickups, including navigation and available Bang & Olufsen sound!

On the safety front, the most impressive new feature has got to be automatic emergency braking. Think about this…AEB was not even a thought back in 1997!

Pricing was not announced as we’ve got almost a whole year to wait on the production model.

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…See You Down The Road!

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2019 Jeep Cherokee

‘Tis the season, as they say. No, not for gift giving or getting, for a slew of new vehicle introductions from all over the world.  It’s also the season for the auto show, which is where most manufacturers announce said new vehicles. But, contrary to this assumption, we received an email today announcing the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, which will be completely introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)!

It’s kind of fun to teased like this. Maybe the auto makers are learning from the tech industry that any hype is good hype.

According to Jeep, the new Cherokee (it’s a mid-size SUV) “boasts a new, authentic design, along with even more fuel-efficient powertrain options.”

And that’s all folks…save for the below pics.

As you can see in the first one, the front fascia is all new and Jeep has forgone the strange eyelid lights in favor of a more traditional design. It’s a giant leap forward if you are not a fan of the old design!

2019 Jeep Cherokee Front

The rear, as seen in the second pic, has not changed much. The license plate is in a new spot and the rear valence is more tidy.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Rear

The profile has not changed much at all, though.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Profile

Alas, the interior is not much different either…but why mess with a good thing?173091_0050_Ds8et5sinrd3lvaomkev7m4d7n7We can’t wait to see what all the new goodies are for this new Jeep!

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…See You Down The Road!

NAIAS road trips bring major product commitments

Worldwide vehicle introductions add up as Detroit’s “world stage” is prepared

Detroit, Mich., Oct. 22, 2013 — With a full three months prior to show time, Detroit’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has secured dozens of worldwide vehicle introductions. The products will debut in nearly all vehicle categories, including concepts, luxury, sports/performance, crossovers, trucks, SUVs, and alternative fuel technologies. More than 30 press conferences are expected to be held during two NAIAS Press Preview days, January 13-14, 2014, at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

After numerous meetings with global auto manufacturers in Detroit, Los Angeles and Frankfurt, the dynamic NAIAS executive team has returned with an impressive lineup of confirmed production and concept vehicles that automakers will show for the first time anywhere – at NAIAS 2014, largely considered to be one of the top five shows in the world.

NAIAS 2014 Chairman Bob Shuman said automakers around the world continue to demonstrate the importance of the Detroit show relative to their global launch platforms by committing numerous world debuts.

“Manufacturers have clearly stated that ‘Detroit’ continues to be a significant component in their global auto show strategies,” said Shuman. “Our partnership with manufacturers in Asia, Europe, and North America has never been stronger, and their ongoing confidence in the NAIAS is evident by the critical worldwide product unveilings headed for Detroit’s world stage.”

Manufacturers, to date, that have confirmed worldwide vehicle debuts (some multiple) at NAIAS 2014:

Acura
Hyundai
Audi
Kia
Bentley
Lexus
BMW
Mercedes-Benz
Cadillac
Nissan
Chrysler
Subaru
Chevrolet
Toyota
Ford
Volkswagen
GMC
Volvo

“For 25 years automakers have designated NAIAS as the venue of choice for worldwide and North American vehicle unveilings, new exhibits, and breakthrough product technology,” said Shuman. “Our close contact and work with manufacturers throughout the year has a direct correlation with the number of worldwide products that are launched here, the number and rank of corporate executives that participate, and the incredible number of international press that cover the NAIAS. The actions of the automakers confirms their continuing confidence in Detroit.”

New Cobo Center Part of Nation’s Hottest Downtown

Despite recent challenges, the City of Detroit is experiencing rapid growth and vigorous economic development. With new business, housing and hotels opening in the city, a positive, vibrant attitude has washed over the region. Perhaps the most visual representation of the exciting rebirth is the new and improved Cobo Center.

Visitors to NAIAS 2014 will be among the first to see the completed construction improvements, and will amaze at the transformation of the former Cobo Arena, now known as the Grand Ballroom. Portions of the dramatic, 40,000 square-foot, glass-enclosed space in-the-round provides floor-to-ceiling views of the Detroit River, the Detroit skyline, and the shoreline of neighboring Windsor, Ontario. The Grand Ballroom, which accommodates up to 3,500 people, also features a hydraulic stage lift, perfect for press conference vehicle reveals, and transporting show cars from the street level below. Additionally, Cobo’s shimmering, new, three-story glass atrium awaits NAIAS ribbon cutting activities, concerts, and other main stage events amid 30,000 square feet of contiguous networking space.

The former Cobo Arena hasbeen transformed into theGrand Ballroom, and will bethe site of manyactivities during NAIAS2014, aswill the adjacent Cobo Atrium. Each offersspaciousand sceniceventareas with skyline and river views.

Other improvements, including a TV broadcast studio with satellite link-up capability; giant exterior video walls for event information and advertising; a state-of-the-art Scala way-finding system; and an open air terrace overlooking the river — all part of a $300 million renovation — will be completed in 2015.

For more information contact Rohatynski-Harlow Public Relations, Joe Rohatynski or Marc Harlow, 517-579-0789, or NaiasMedia2014@roharpr.com

About the North American International Auto Show Now in its 26th year 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. Administered by Executive Director Rod Alberts, the NAIAS is one of the largest media events in North America, and the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world.

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2013 NAIAS Is In The Books

January 27, 2013 — The 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) saw a strong finish today after a spectacular two week run filled with worldwide product reveals, industry news, and a welcome sense of optimism for those touched by the auto business.

Today’s attendance of 103,897 topped last year’s final day numbers of 101,141, bringing total ticketed attendance of the 2013 show to 795,416 compared to 770,932 in 2012. NAIAS Chairman Jim Seavitt said the 2013 total is the highest since 2004 when 808,833 attended.

“This was a true celebration of the automobile, and a demonstration of the strength and resiliency of the auto business,” said Seavitt. “The Detroit show is a true reflection of a strong, vibrant and more confident industry. The manufacturers made it abundantly clear that this show, and the global stage it provides, is of critical importance to their vehicle launch strategies.”

Seavitt said the NAIAS continues to be positioned along with shows in Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo because of the number of journalists that attend, and the number of worldwide product introductions that are made in Detroit.

“Twenty-five years ago the Detroit Auto Dealers Association made a promise to the global manufacturers,” said Seavitt. “We said, ‘you bring the unveilings, and we’ll bring the media.’

“I think it’s safe to say,” he said, “we kept our promise.”

NAIAS 2013 Highlights:

Total Vehicle Introductions: 59 (50 Worldwide; 9 North American)
Total Press Preview Attendance: 5,212 journalists from 60 countries
Total Industry Preview Attendance: 28,326 people from 30 countries
Total Charity Preview Attendance: 13,069 people ($3.9 million raised)
Total Ticketed Attendance: 795,416 (incl. Industry Preview, Charity Preview & Public Show)
Total Economic Impact: $365 Million

2013 NAIAS Education Day

Auto Show “Education Day” Brings Youth, Industry Together
Detroit, Mich., Jan. 21, 2013 – With the rapidly growing use of wireless technology, smart phones and the Internet, today’s youth are more connected and tech-savvy than ever. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will focus on the various automotive-related technologies for students at all levels at its annual Education Day, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

Now in its eighth year, NAIAS Education Day is a back-to-basics hands-on experience designed to attract students to the vibrancy of today’s automotive industry. NAIAS provides an in-depth auto show experience where students can view more than 500 new vehicles on display, and explore various industry-related subjects they are studying (e.g., technology, graphic design, culinary arts, journalism, etc.) through tours and hands-on activities facilitated by experts in their particular fields.

New for NAIAS Education Day 2013, the National Defense Education Program and STARBASE One will host student workshops for selected high school students focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education. Also, Ally Bank will host workshops on credit and vehicle financing as part of its Ally Wallet Wise free financial education program. Wallet Wise teaches financial education basics in the areas of budgeting, credit, banking and investing, and financing a vehicle via in-person sessions and through online courses at AllyWalletWise.com. Selected NAIAS Education Day high school students are invited to participate in a Wallet Wise credit and vehicle financing session, which will teach the fundamentals of applying for and maintaining good credit, as well as the different payment options available when buying or leasing a vehicle.

“Ally is committed to advancing financial literacy through its Wallet Wise program, and we are pleased to be able to offer information on personal finances to high school students,” said Gina Proia, Chief Communications Officer and head of Ally’s community programs. “Financial literacy is an important aspect of consumer education at any age and the partnership with NAIAS is allowing us to help spread this knowledge to members of our local Detroit community.”

NAIAS 2013 Chairman Jim Seavitt says he believes Education Day may help inspire some of the next generation of automotive leaders.  

“STEAM education is vital to our domestic automotive industry,” said Seavitt. “It’s one of the many aspects that students can explore at this unique educational event, and NAIAS is pleased to provide this opportunity to our community of young people.”

NAIAS Education Day is open to students of all ages, including college level.  Companies involved include the National Defense Education Program, STARBASE One, Ally Bank, Automation Alley and The PNC Foundation, which specializes in early childhood education.

Also, with the support of the PNC Foundation, the NAIAS Education Day promises to bring STEAM education to more students than ever. As part of its “Grow Up Great” initiative, more than 200 select Detroit Public Schools preschoolers will attend Education Day.

“PNC’s signature philanthropic initiative, ‘Grow Up Great,’ is one of the most comprehensive early childhood education programs in the nation,” said PNC Regional President Ric DeVore. “PNC’s support of NAIAS Education Day will help to provide learning opportunities at the very start of the educational process.”

Details
NAIAS Eduation Day – Wed., Jan. 23, 2013
Arrival: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Show floor access: 9:00 am
Departure: Noon – 3:00 pm

2013 NAIAS – 2014 Corvette Stingray

NAIAS App!

Official Auto Show App for Smart Phones Unveiled

New Mobile App puts show information at fingertips

Detroit, Mich., Jan. 10, 2013 – The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today unveiled the Official NAIAS 2013 Mobile App, its newest means of connectivity for “everything auto show.” The NAIAS App is presented by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) and WDIV-TV Local 4/ClickOnDetroit.com, and will be available for free download in both the iPhone and Android platforms.

“The new NAIAS App puts ‘everything auto show’ in the palm of smart phone users,” said Jim Seavitt, chairman, NAIAS 2013. “It is the best way to keep track of what’s happening at the show on a minute-by-minute basis. It’s the must-have App for 2013.” 

The Official NAIAS / WDIV App is the most comprehensive way to view news and information on a mobile device about one of the world’s top auto shows. Users will be able to access breaking automotive news, photos and videos, and live-stream video coverage of the more than 50 vehicle unveilings planned for Detroit. Moving around inside Cobo Center will be easier thanks to the available virtual show floor map, and useful practical information about the show, such as hours, parking and ticket prices.

The Official NAIAS App also features a virtual guide to the City of Detroit, including local restaurants and businesses, and weather forecasts and live radar provided by WDIV-TV Local 4/ClickOnDetroit.com. It will also interface with other Social Media platforms such as Twitter, where users can stream trending topics from #NAIAS. In addition to the latest NAIAS news from WDIV-TV Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit.com, the official news provider for the NAIAS App, the app will also provide links to respected news sources from around the world for the latest automotive news and information.

“We are delighted to partner with the NAIAS in providing the news content for the Official NAIAS Mobile App to greatly enhance visitors enjoyment of this world-class event,” said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV-TV.  “WDIV and Post-Newsweek Stations have always been a leader in innovation and our development of this app and partnership with the NAIAS is another illustration of that commitment to taking our award-winning news coverage to the next level.”