North American International Auto Show 2012

November 30, 2011 by  
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The North American International Auto Show 2012 will see members of the automotive community from around the world coming together to look at the latest technologies and developments. A number of new vehicles will be debuted. About 2,000 companies will be represented at the event, which is the ieal platform for networking and creating new connections. A highlight on 13 January is the highly prestigious Charity Preview. The Public Show, which begins on the 14th, will allow automotive fans to view some 500 vehicles.

Dates: 9 to 22 January 2012
Venue: Cobo Center
City: Detroit
State: Michigan
Country: United States of America

North American International Auto Show 2011

December 21, 2010 by  
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The North American International Auto Show actually consists of four shows in one: The Press Preview (10 & 11 January 2011), the Industry Preview (12 & 13 January 2011), the Charity Preview (14 January 2011) and the Public Show (15 to 23 January 2011).

The Industry Preview is a great opportunity for professionals from some 1 000 companies to meet and interact. The Charity Preview is an exclusive, high profile event aimed to benefit a variety of children’s charities.

During the Public Show, visitors will be able to view over 500 vehicles, the latestest in technology and a number of new developments.

Date: 10 to 23 January 2011
Time: 09h00
Venue: Cobo Center
City: Detroit
State: Michigan
Country: United States of America

North American International Auto Show 2010

November 17, 2009 by  
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Motoring enthusiasts are already waiting in anticipation for one of the biggest auto shows of the year, the North American International Auto Show 2010. With more than 700 different vehicles on display at this years’ show, the North American International Auto Show is gearing up to be a spectacular event. Over and above marveling at the latest vehicles, visitors will also be able to explore and drive green vehicles, which will be available at the Electric Avenue exhibit. Innovative designs and state of the art vehicle technology will captivate the minds of everyone at the show.

For more information in regard to the North American International Auto Show, visit the official website at http://www.naias.com/.

Date: 11 – 24 January 2010
Venue: Cobo Centre
City: Detroit, Michigan
Country: United States of America

Mazda Furai – Sound of the Wind

February 12, 2008 by  
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The new Mazda Furai, which was unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit in January, is causing some excitement in auto racing circles. Mazda have not yet officially confirmed whether the Furai – meaning “sound of the wind” – will be exclusively race oriented, giving rise to speculation that the traditional boundary distinguishing street-legal cars from single-purpose track cars is about to be breached.

Mazda’s acclaimed Nagare design is superbly embodied in the Mazda Furai. Nagare means “flow” and describes the flow of air or water moving effortlessly in one direction, or the embodiment of motion. Although modeled on the Nagare design concept, the Furai differs from the four previous concept cars, in that it is all about function rather than aesthetic value. Every last detail of the Furai serves a purpose in achieving the goal of guiding air over and through the body using aerodynamic principles which support excellent road-holding properties at high speeds. The cockpit is comfortably finished with the emphasis remaining on functionality. Gear-change shift paddles and an electronic display screen are built into the steering wheel.

Mazda has gained somewhat of a reputation for its innovative use of the rotary engine, which is very evident in the RX series. They have now added to their rotary stable with the introduction of the Mazda Furai, which boasts a RENESIS-based 20B three-rotor rotary engine capable of producing in excess of 450 horsepower – and it runs off 100% ethanol. In using a rotary engine in the design of the Mazda Furai, the manufacturers are acknowledging that in the auto racing world’s view, Mazda and rotary engine are synonymous. This has been reinforced over the years by the Mazda RX-7, which is widely considered to be one of the best production sports cars in the world.

Mazda have used the Courage C65 racing chassis in the design of the Furai, ensuring that the car will handle even the most challenging corners on the track. The C65 chassis has more than proven its worth during two seasons of endurance racing in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).

Certainly, there is every indication that auto racing enthusiasts can look forward to some serious “zoom-zoom” from the Mazda Furai.

Discover Muscle Cars at Auto Racing

June 23, 2006 by  
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Between 1960 and 1972 Detroit created a class of amazing performance machines by placing large engines in smaller cars. The American Muscle Car was born and was celebrated in popular youth culture, inspiring Top 40 hits like The Beach Boys “409”, Jan & Dean’s “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” and The Ripcords’ “GTO”.

Pontiac’s GTO was one of the earliest examples of the muscle car. The roaring success of the GTO led auto manufacturers to quickly introduce their own muscle cars, such as the Olds Cutlass 442, the Plymouth Roadrunner and the Ford Mustang Boss 302. Carmakers then added extra performance to their full-size vehicles, expanding the depth of the muscle car genre to include the Chevrolet Impala SS 427, the Ford Torino 428 Cobra Jet, and the Dodge Hemi-Charger R/T.

Chrysler’s Hemi engine is legendary in muscle car circles for its prodigious power and distinctive throaty exhaust note. A hemi-powered car commands a significant premium when sold or auctioned to muscle car collectors.

Today, classic muscle cars can be purchased from dealers who specialize in restoring them to original condition. Muscle cars are also sold by private individuals, often on the Internet. Live auctions are also a popular way for collectors to acquire the muscle car of their dreams, and the bidding for these American icons often skyrockets to many times their original selling price.