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What are those weird patterns on prototype cars?

Living in southeast Michigan, you’ve certainly at some point seen an automobile wrapped in what appears to be a vinyl vorticism or cubism design pattern.

What you’re seeing is likely a prototype of a new car from one of the Big Three out on the road, either being tested in real-world scenarios or being being driven to a testing location, such as General Motors’ proving grounds in Milford.

What is it?

The crazy patterns are used to hide potential changes in the car’s design. Sometimes the patterns cover the entire car and sometimes it only covers the parts of the vehicle that are getting changed. It’s called “dazzle camouflage.”

Dazzle camouflage began during World War I and was even used in World War II U.S. and British military. Rather than hiding the subject, it was intended to mislead enemies about the size, course and speed of the vehicles. If the intended course is different from how the ship appears to travel, the Central or Axis soldiers could place themselves in disadvantageous positions or even fire on the wrong area, giving their location away.

Modern automobile prototypes have the patterns printed on a strong, lightweight polyester adhered to the exterior of the vehicle. The patterns are typically white, black and gray, which hides and adds shadows, obscuring the design elements of the vehicle.

USS_West_Mahomet_-_19-N-1733_1515091565265.jpg World War I cargo ship SS West Mahomet painted with dazzle camouflage, Nov. 1918.

The contrasting patterns also have the added benefit today to both make it difficult for smart phone cameras to focus as well as throw off infa-red cameras. Recent studies show swirls hide design changes better than lines, as they are also easier to align when changes do occur.

Dazzle camouflage has been such an important part of hiding the changes in design when testing that car companies even employ camouflage engineers to custom design patterns to optimally hide the vehicle in tandem with the car.

It also looks cool and brings attention to the brand.

Read more at: https://www.clickondetroit.com/auto-show/what-are-those-weird-patterns-on-prototype-cars-

Gov. Rick Snyder Proclaims AutoMobili-D Week in Michigan

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today announced Gov. Rick Snyder has officially proclaimed Jan. 14 – 21, 2018, as AutoMobili-D Week in the state of Michigan. Now in its second year at NAIAS, AutoMobili-D is a global exposition of the automotive ecosystem – from startups and venture capital firms to suppliers, automakers, universities and government organizations.

In the proclamation, Gov. Snyder stated, “AutoMobili-D is unmatched in its offering, and no other event in North America provides an international platform for this vast array of mobility companies, organizations and leaders under one roof…”

AutoMobili-D will kick off on Sunday, Jan.14 with a keynote address from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. A full week of mobility immersion will follow with a showcase of 57 startups from around the world, over 160 exhibitors and a powerful lineup of industry leaders and visionaries taking the stage.

“We’re honored by Gov. Snyder’s proclamation recognizing this amazing exposition of innovative companies all coming to Detroit to learn what the future of the automotive industry will hold,” said 2018 NAIAS Chairman Ryan LaFontaine.

The first Future Automotive Career Exposition (FACE), held in partnership with NAIAS and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will take place at AutoMobili-D on Jan. 20 – 21, connecting people interested in working in the industry with AutoMobili-D companies.

About the North American International Auto Show
Now in its 30th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, technologies, 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. For more information, visit naias.com.

Detroit auto show to raise awareness of auto industry careers

What if you’re not necessarily looking for a new car but maybe you’d like a new job?

The North American International Auto Show is rolling out a way to showcase strategies for building a career in the auto industry.

On Jan. 20-21, the Detroit auto show at Cobo Center will host a new concept called the Future Automotive Career Exposition at the AutoMobili-D section of the show, an exhibit featuring technologies related to self-driving cars. The group includes automakers, suppliers and startups.

Sure, we’re talking about job openings in the highly cyclical auto industry, even though we’re increasingly captivated by the race to build highly technical self-driving cars and trucks.

Yet experts say we’re likely to see all sorts of creative approaches for filling many jobs in 2018.

Driving around town during the holidays, I actually spotted a billboard advertising jobs in auto factories. Really? I had to do a double take.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles put up billboards in the Detroit area to fill skilled trades, hourly UAW jobs at its plants, including specific opportunities at the Sterling Heights Assembly where FCA is launching the all-new Ram 1500. The new 2019 model truck will launch this quarter. The starting hourly salary for a skilled trades employee is about $34, according to an FCA spokesperson.

The automaker began using the billboards in late November, along with job fairs, in-plant postings, referrals, social media and radio ads to fill jobs. The two billboards that went up were at I-75 north, just south of 9 Mile Road, and on Van Dyke, south of 14 Mile Road, according to FCA.

Fiat Chrysler has no plans to recruit at the Detroit auto show.

We shouldn’t be surprised to spot employers doing all they can to hire the right fit for the job in 2018 when we’re looking at ultra-low unemployment levels. The U.S. jobless rate was 4.1% in December — and the expectation is that the rate will drop further into 2018.

“This unemployment rate is going south,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.

It’s possible, Zandi said, that the jobless rate will fall into the mid-3% range this year. He’s predicting an extraordinarily tight labor market, similar to times back in the 1950s.

Zandi said large multinational companies could have a competitive advantage when it comes to hiring and make it difficult for some small businesses to hold onto workers.

Manufacturing should have a good year in 2018, he said, given a strong global economy and a declining dollar that will boost U.S. trade.

To be sure, U.S. auto industry production is expected to pull back. Cox Automotive, for example, is forecasting that 16.7 million new cars and light trucks will be sold in North America in 2018. If so, we could be looking at nearly a 3% drop this year from the 17.2 million cars and trucks sold in 2017.

After seven years of growth, the industry had its first down year in 2017 after hitting a record 17.55 million cars and trucks sold in 2016.

This year, it’s likely that automakers could need to adjust production with shifts in consumer demand and deal with anticipated lower sales volumes.

“Auto manufacturing jobs will be fluid in the next few years,” said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at Autotrader.

At the same time, though, auto manufacturers and suppliers often express some difficulty in trying to fill engineering, software and technically skilled jobs.

“Software engineers remain in high demand, particularly those with experience in driver-assist technologies,” said Charlie Chesborough, senior economist at Cox Automotive, which includes the Kelley Blue Book and AutoTrader sites.

“Detroit’s major automakers are competing with Silicon Valley for these type of workers, as well as other manufacturing sectors.”

Fiat Chrysler, for example, noted that skilled trades positions are harder to fill because of the unique qualifications. Skills needed include electrical, mechanical, tool maker, die maker, pipefitter, machine repair and energy center operator. See FCA job openings at http://www.fcagroupcareers.com. Candidates can search for positions by state at manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The career-related event at the Detroit auto show takes place only during the first two days that the show is open to the public. The career event is a partnership with Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and NAIAS.

“The event isn’t designed to be a typical job fair,” said Dave Murray, communications director at the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development.

Instead, the goal is to raise awareness about the types of jobs that exist. A series of panels and presentations will feature employers, educators and others who can talk about the skills in demand, opportunities for training, and where these evolving industries are headed, Murray said.

Michigan employers looking to fill high-skill jobs in many industries also are listed at http://www.mitalent.org. The site includes information about career fairs and hiring events.

Many companies that have a presence at AutoMobili-D have jobs listed on their web sites. Many jobs listed will be outside Michigan.

Murray said participants with jobs listed at their sites include ABC Group, Ainstein, BlackBerry, Carnegie Mellon University, Delphi Automotive, DropCar, General Motors, P3 North America, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), and Wind River.

Interview rooms also will be available at AutoMobili-D, if companies wish to meet face-to-face with potential applicants.

Lori Pessina, director of talent acquisition for P3 North America in Southfield, part of the P3 Group, said the international management consulting and engineering solutions company is looking for “out-of-the-box thinkers with an entrepreneurial mindset.”

She said the company has never tried attracting talent at an auto show and it is still getting information from coordinators of the event.

The job openings, she said, are primarily highly skilled, technical positions such as electrification engineer, infotainment engineer, software developer and functional safety engineer.

“There is a low supply and high demand for these types of candidates,” Pessina said. “The candidates with this skill set entering the workforce are often plucked by large, big-brand companies before they even graduate, so the competition is fierce.”

She said P3 North America is projecting another year of growth, including expanding into electrification and anticipating growth in fields such as autonomous data and analytics testing. The U.S. operation is based in Southfield with six other locations in the United States, including 160 employees in Michigan. The company was founded in Germany in 1996 and P3 North America was started in 2008.

The company helps its customers overcome disruptive changes in mobility technologies throughout the connected and autonomous vehicle ecosystem. Access to AutoMobili-D — which includes the panel discussions about careers in automotive and mobility, and access to the companies — is included with an auto show ticket. Some of the participating companies are arranging interviews with applicants, and those people would have access without needing a ticket, Murray said.

2019 Jeep Cherokee

Six model years after the controversial, squinty redesign of the Jeep Cherokee, the successful midsize Jeep is getting an exterior makeover.

Jeep released a few photos of the 2019 Cherokee ahead of its Detroit auto show debut, and lo and behold, the bizarre stacked-headlight design is gone. In its place is a more traditional setup without the thin daytime running lights. The fog light placement appears to vary based on the trim. Trailhawk versions (pictured in red) get small fogs right under the main headlights, placing them further away from off-road obstacles, while the non-Trailhawk Cherokee (pictured in gray) has its fog lights in the lower fascia. One thing Jeep hasn’t touched is the grille-in-hood design it has going on.

Cherokee photo

Jeep waited longer than most manufacturers do for a mid-cycle refresh like this one.

Out back, Jeep integrated the license plate niche into the tailgate instead of squeezing it in below. A new taillight design helps give the Cherokee a modern and slightly muscular look too.

Customers must not have been complaining about the Cherokee’s interior: It carries over almost entirely unchanged beyond a few button modifications. Jeep says it’ll show more fuel-efficient engines for the Cherokee at the NAIAS in January too. The current Cherokee comes with either a 2.4-liter I4 or a 3.2-liter V6, so we’d expect something small and turbocharged to debut in the 2019 Cherokee when Jeep finally announces it.

Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/detroit-auto-show/2019-jeep-cherokee-shows-its-new-face-ahead-detroit-auto-show#ixzz53FA9TKtq

2016 North American International Auto Show

Experience the next generation of transportation at the North American International Auto Show 2016. See more than 750 vehicles on display representing the most innovative designs in the world, and experience North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase.

Dates and Times

Early access for handicapped individuals 8 a.m. each day
Enter at the Hall C Entrance only

Saturday, January 16 – Saturday, January 23, 2016
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)

Sunday, January 24, 2016
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6 p.m.)

Ticket Pricing

– Adults: $13 per person
– Seniors: $7 (65 and older)
– Children: $7 (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with a parent or guardian)
PLEASE NOTE: Every child in a school group must have a ticket to enter the show

PLEASE NOTE: Seniors’ and childrens’ tickets must be purchased at the door and are only valid the day of purchase.

eTickets

– Print voucher to redeem tickets at the eTicket window, located outside the Hall C entrance.
– The Ticket window is open 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., January 16 – 23 and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., January 24.
– Each order must be picked up in its entirety.
– A photo ID is required to pick up tickets.
– Tickets are non-refundable

Visit http://naias.com/tickets/#public-show for Tickets!

Group Tickets

– Discounted rate of $9 per ticket is available for groups of 30 or more.
– Pickup is located at the window outside the Hall C entrance.
– American Express, Visa, Mastercard, and business checks accepted. Personal checks and cash not accepted.
– A photo ID is required to pick-up tickets.
– Children 6 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian and do not require a ticket.

PLEASE NOTE: Every child in a school group must have a ticket to enter the show
– There is no group discount for senior tickets.
– Tickets are non-refundable.

Visit http://naias.com/tickets/#public-show for Tickets!

Purchase Tickets at the Door

– Tickets may be purchased the day of the show at ticket booths located in the Cobo Center concourse (cash only).
– Ticket kiosks located in Cobo Center in the concourse (credit card only).
– Children 6 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian and do not require a ticket.
PLEASE NOTE: Every child in a school group must have a ticket to enter the show and tickets are non-refundable
Ticketing Office

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.
Cobo Hospitality Scooter Rentals

Cobo Center provides motorized scooters on a first-come, first-served basis for people with disabilities. Each scooter is $35.00 per 4-hour period. Valid driver’s license and signed rental agreement required with each reservation. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and cash payments accepted.

Visit Visit http://naias.com/ for more details about the upcoming show!

More People Went to the Detroit Auto Show Than Live in Detroit

Attendance for this year’s Detroit Auto Show was the highest in a decade, with official figures exceeding the actual population of Detroit.

With over 100,000 attendees on the final day of the show, the figure for total ticketed attendance sits at 803,451. That number is significantly beyond the 701,475 population of the city of Detroit, which has been on a downward spiral for Decades.

That number is the best since 2003 when total attendance hit 838,066. At that time, Detroit’s population was 926,903.

The surge in attendance comes as part of a major push by show organizers as the event celebrated its 25th year since it officially changes its name from the Detroit Auto Show to the North American International Auto Show. The show venue, Cobo Hall, is also in the midst of a $300 million renovation project.

“We’ve come a long way in 25 years,” said NAIAS Chairman Bob Shuman. “It was a privilege this week to see some of the members of the 1988 auto show committee, like David Fischer, Ken Meade and Gordon Stewart, who developed the plan that turned our show into one of the top in the world.”

“This was a special show, and everyone knew it,” continued Shuman. “The industry is healthy, the products and technology are spectacular, and confidence is high. It would be difficult to find a more exciting or more important two weeks than what we just experienced in the auto industry here on Detroit’s world stage.”

In addition to the impressive attendance, other NAIAS highlights for 2014 include the attendance of 5,169 journalists from 60 countries and the premieres of 50 vehicles. In total, the economic impact of this year’s show is estimated to be $365 million.

As read on: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/01/people-went-detroit-auto-show-live-detroit.html

North American International Auto Show Dates, Times and Ticket Details

Dates and Times

Saturday, January 18 – Saturday, January 25, 2014
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)

Sunday, January 26, 2014
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 Hall Entrance.

Ticket Pricing

  • Adults: $13 per person
  • eTickets: $13 per person
  • Seniors: $7 (65 and older)
  • Children: $7 (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with a parent or guardian)

Group Tickets

  • Discounted rate of $9 per ticket is available for groups of 30 or more.
  • Pickup is located at the window outside the Oakland Hall entrance.
  • American Express, Visa, Mastercard and business checks accepted. Personal checks and cash not accepted.
  • A photo ID is required to pick-up tickets.
  • Children 6 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian and do not require a ticket.
  • There is no group discount for senior tickets.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.

Ticket Purchasing Options

eTickets

  • Print voucher to redeem tickets at the eTicket window, located outside the Oakland Hall entrance.
  • The Ticket window is open 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., January 18 – 25 and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., January 26.
  • Each order must be picked up in its entirety.
  • A photo ID is required to pick up tickets.

Purchase Tickets at the Door

  • Tickets may be purchased the day of the show at ticket booths located in the Cobo Center concourse (cash only).
  • There will be a number of ticket kiosks set up in the concourse for credit card purchasing.
  • Children 6 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian and do not require a ticket.

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.

Cobo Hospitality Scooter Rentals:
Cobo Center provides motorized scooters on a first-come, first-served basis for people with disabilities. Advance reservations are accepted by Cobo Hospitality at (313) 877-8290. Each scooter is $25.00 per 4-hour period. Valid driver’s license and signed rental agreement required with each reservation. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and cash payments accepted.

Chrysler’s completely redesigned 200 caught uncovered

Preparing for a big debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 was out for a late-night photo shoot fully undisguised, and our spy shooters were there to capture its all-new design completely uncovered. While there’s no camouflage, the cover of darkness proved to be almost as effective, but we still get a good idea of what this former sore spot in the brand’s lineup will look like after its clean-sheet redesign.

The first thing we notice is the stylish four-door-coupe roofline doing its best to impersonate something like the Audi A7, or maybe the Volkswagen CC. The front-end styling is a departure from recent Chrysler designs with narrow headlights and an equally short, chrome-trimmed grille. In profile, the bullet-nosed 200 is somewhat reminiscent of the Tesla Model S. This new design language should definitely help the 200 get noticed in a segment filled with hot sellers like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, as well as more stylish offerings like the Ford Fusion and Mazda6.

Our spies also caught up with the 200 testing in daylight and got some good shots of the interior. The instrument panel design looks similar to what is found in the Dodge Dart, including the oversized instrument gauges and possibly even the LED accent lighting. We would have to assume – and hope – this prototype is a test model due to its small touchscreen display, as Chrysler’s 8.4-inch screen would look much better in its place. The center stack and console are clean with minimal buttons and knobs, but we do see a rotary gear selector, which may confirm reports from last year that suggested the 200 will use a nine-speed automatic transmission to help hit 38 miles per gallon on the highway.

There’s no official word yet on powertrain, but we’ll get our first up-close look at the car in less than a month.

As read on: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/13/chryslers-200-spy-shots-uncovered/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed&ncid=edlinkusauto00000016&ts=1386948070

More unveiling at the NAIAS: Nissan Pathfinder Concept

It has been a busy week so far at the North American International Auto Show with
the unveiling of several new vehicles and concept cars. Like the Nissan Pathfinder Concept, it takes all of Pathfinder’s traditional SUV hallmarks and wraps them in a new platform and dramatic new aerodynamic design.

With thoughtful technology, comfortable seating for seven and ample cargo room, the 4-wheel drive Pathfinder Concept previews the next-gen production Pathfinder that is scheduled to go on sale next fall.



Visit for more details on this All-New Pathfinder: http://www.nissanusa.com/all-new-pathfinder/