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January 15, 2013: Cadillac, Dodge Win North American Car, Truck of Year; MICHauto Releases ‘Michigan is Auto’ Report

Cadillac, Dodge Win North American Car, Truck/Utility of the YearThe North American International Auto Show opened yesterday with a Press Preview, a two-day media event hosting more than 5,000 credentialed journalists from around the world, and the announcement of the annual North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards.

This year, the new 2013 Cadillac ATS was named North American Car of the Year and the updated 2013 Ram 1500 pickup received the nod as the North American Truck/Utility of the Year. The ATS, chosen by a panel of automotive writers, editors and broadcasters, was recognized for its innovation and style while the Ram was recognized for its convenience, work truck features and new powertrain. For additional information and coverage of these awards, click here.

MICHauto Unveils ‘Michigan is Auto’ Report at Annual Meeting and ReceptionJust in time for the North American International Auto Show, MICHauto released the new “Michigan is Auto” report during its annual meeting and reception last week hosted by PwC at the Detroit Athletic Club. The report, a substantive analysis of the automotive assets and resources that continue to make Michigan the preferred location for automotive investment, was the basis for the meeting’s panel discussion. The report is designed to be used by economic development entities across the state to help business and investment attraction efforts.

Panelists included Colleen Haley, executive vice president and president, U.S. OEM business unit, Yazaki North America, Inc.; Aleksandra Miziolek, director, automotive industry group, Dykema; Mark Snyder, director, engineering strategic planning and administration, Nissan Technical Center North America; Rich Studley, president and CEO, Michigan Chamber of Commerce; and keynote presenter Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. To read the full report, click here.

NAIAS Opening Day Concludes with Major Announcement from the Detroit Three and Global Auto-MakersOpening the 2013 North American International Auto Show, Detroit-based and auto-makers from around the world made a splash during the first Press Preview day. Below are some highlights of the announcements made yesterday. Click here to find additional news and coverage from NAIAS.

  • Chevrolet topped off its best year of sales ever by unveiling the seventh generation Corvette, which shares a name with its 1963 predecessor the Stingray. The new Corvette has a completely new design and has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than four seconds.
  • Chrysler announced its Jeep Grand Cherokee will now offer a diesel power model, with the potential for boosting power and fuel economy. This is the first major expansion in the U.S. into diesel power by a mainstream sport utility vehicle maker.
  • Lincoln unveiled the new MKC concept car, which is built on the Ford global C platform. The MKC concept features an open, elegant design and will be the brand’s entry into the hot small luxury crossover market.
  • Toyota unveiled the Corolla Furia concept car, exemplifying the premier styling consumers can expect on the next-generation production Corolla. The new Corolla is expected to arrive in late 2013 with few changes from the concept released Monday.

Second Day of NAIAS Press Preview Continues with Major Announcements from Nissan, Ford, CadillacFollowing a successful opening on Monday, the North American International Auto Show Press Preview days conclude today with another announcement-filled day. Below are some highlights of the announcements made today:

  • Nissan revealed its new Resonance concept car, a midsize crossover featuring a hybrid-electric powertrain. Nissan also showcased the 2014 Versa Note, which will go on sale this summer featuring a fuel economy of 40 mpg on the highway.
  • Cadillac unveiled the new Cadillac ELR, an extended range plug-in hybrid set to appear in 2014. The ELR features a sleek design and the ability to run for up to 40 miles entirely on electricity.
  • Ford presented its new Atlas, a full-size pickup concept with an EcoBoost engine that paves the way for the next F-150. The next generation F-series pickup is expected to arrive in 2014.

Click here to find additional news and coverage from NAIAS.

Gov. Rick Snyder to Address Business Community at Exclusive Chamber Event

Detroit Regional Chamber members are invited to attend The State of Michigan Business: A Conversation Over Lunch with Gov. Snyder on Monday, February 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MGM Grand in Detroit. Attendees will hear directly from Gov. Snyder on issues that matter most to businesses. Following this special business-focused address, there will be a moderated question-and-answer session. To learn more or to register for this member-exclusive event, click here.