Hot In Detroit: A Wrap-Up Of The 2011 Detroit Auto Show

While it may not have been any warmer in Detroit than Cleveland, it was hot inside Cobo Hall where all of the latest concept and production models were on display at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. Given the…

2011 Infiniti M37x

Still making its rounds at auto shows, the Infiniti Essence concept car defines the brand’s design language for the next generation. Looking like a Japanese Jaguar, the car’s flowing lines, chrome window detailing, and concave side panel sculpting have become…

2011 Infiniti QX56

Journalists often refer to high-performance luxury sedans that do everything perfectly as “Q-Ships”. The original Lexus Q-ship was literally a Q-ship, branded Q45. When it debuted in 1989, it was the equal of German bismarks costing twice as much. Fast,…

2011 Land Rover Range Rover

Queen Elizabeth may be out-wealthed by females like Oprah Winfrey and a couple of the Walton women, but none of them can buy a finer 4×4 than Her Majesty’s favorite. The Queen is known for keeping a fleet of Land…

2011 Volvo XC60

Safe. A Volvo must be safe. It doesn’t matter if the subject of the safety wand is a big sedan, compact wagon, or mid-size crossover like the XC60. Now gripped in Chinese automaker Geely’s chopsticks, the very-Swedish Volvo proves it…

2011 Ford Shelby GT500

Snakes are just nasty. My mother would be the first to tell you. They slither, shed, hiss, rattle, suffocate, and sometimes bite. Mostly, they just do their own thing, wishing to live in peace. Despite every warning, somebody always has…

Book Review: Overhaul, By Steven Rattner

AUTOS BEYOND THE CRISIS In Steven Rattner’s new book Overhaul, he quotes former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel as saying, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Ford lost $8.7B in 2Q08, while GM burned $15.5B — crisis indeed….

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac once represented the unquestioned standard of the world among automakers. High fins, big V8 power, and a level of panache desired by kings made Cadillac the hottest thing in rubber loafers. Those cars caused people to stand back, wide-mouthed,…

2011 Lincoln MKT

At first glance, the MKT looked like its designers tossed every historic Lincoln design cue into a plastic bucket, shook it 23 times, and tossed it at the closest clay model in the studio. We got a stylized version of…

2010 Jaguar XF

Every decade or so, Jaguar launches a truly advanced car that shocks the brand faithful. I’ve heard and said plenty about the current XF and XJ sedans.  They are nothing like previous Jaguars, yet are completely like previous Jaguars.  People…