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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-

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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.

2016 Nissan Titan XD makes world debut at North American International Auto Show

– Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn unveils 2016 TITAN-XD, marking Nissan’s aggressive return to the full-size pickup battlefield

– All-new TITAN-XD design, anchored by powerful Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel, carves out “new class” of full-size truck between current heavy-duty and light-duty offerings

– Bold TITAN-XD exterior and interior designs follow “powerful precision tool” theme – topped with new Warrior-inspired TITAN badging

– Created for American buyers – with core planning, design and engineering conducted in Tennessee, California, Michigan and Arizona – new Nissan TITAN will be assembled in Mississippi, with engines from Tennessee and Indiana

DETROIT – Nissan today debuted the all-new Nissan TITAN full-size pickup to a standing room-only crowd of international media at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Presiding over the dramatic reveal was Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn, who stated, “With the 2016 Nissan TITAN-XD, we weren’t just going for ‘best-in-class.’ Instead, we are offering the ‘Best New Class.'”

The new TITAN-XD, the first of the new generation of Nissan TITAN models, creates a new segment of the American market. It offers the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks – yet has the fuel-efficiency and affordability of half-ton pickups. It is projected to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in late 2015.

Powered by a new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel rated at 310 horsepower and hefty 555 lb-ft of torque, the 2016 TITAN-XD will offer an available maximum towing capacity of more than 12,000 pounds (when properly equipped), along with available cutting-edge towing features such as an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the frame.

Additional available TITAN-XD utility features and convenience aids include RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides, Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights from outside the vehicle. Also available are Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and a Front and Rear Sonar System.

The wide range of available interior features includes front and rear NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats and a large center console designed to serve as a mobile workstation.

“The new TITAN will deliver toughness, capability and quality,” added Ghosn. “In addition to a range of cab configurations, the TITAN lineup will ultimately encompass multiple powertrain choices. These include an all-new workhorse gasoline V8, as well as our first V6 offering in this class.”

More details on the full Nissan TITAN lineup will be announced at a later date.

The all-new TITAN, like the first-generation Titan, was developed with core Nissan planning, design, engineering and manufacturing teams contributing from Tennessee, California, Michigan, Arizona and Mississippi.

The all-new TITAN also underscores Nissan’s commitment to localized production. Nissan has invested more than $5 billion in the United States in the past five years and has moved manufacturing for several models from overseas to its North American plants.

“Our growing U.S. presence is bolstering our performance and helped to make 2014 a year of significant growth for Nissan in the U.S.,” said Ghosn. “Our operations, our network of partners, and – most importantly – our products are stronger than ever. Nissan is targeting 10 percent market share in the U.S. And the all-new TITAN is a key part of our growth strategy.”

The new TITAN-XD Crew Cab is the first of three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels to be available later in the Nissan TITAN lineup. More information on the full lineup will be available at a later date.

For photography and additional information about the 2016 Nissan TITAN-XD, along with the complete lineup of 2015 Nissan vehicles, please visit NissanNews.com.

Read the complete article at: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/2016-nissan-titan-xd-makes-world-debut-at-north-american-international-auto-show

Closer Look: 2014 Jeep Cherokee at NAIAS

You may remember when the 2014 Jeep® Cherokee made its debut last year at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. This year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we wanted to bring you an up close and personal look at our newest vehicle.

While we were there, we talked with Ron Frank, Jeep brand product specialist. He took us through some of the highlights of the vehicle, which you can see in the video below.

Two Jeep brand advocates, Chase Carver and Daniel Luenzmann, also came to check out the vehicle for themselves.

“The Cherokee instantly grabbed my attention,” said Luenzmann. “The first thing I walked up to was the new Trailhawk. It stuck out to me with its aggressive stance, small lift, and oversized tires.”

“Once you get used to all the interior luxuries you start to notice smaller things. For example, on the exterior there are some nice front and rear red tow hooks and a trailer hitch coming through the rear bumper. There are also two options to attach your trailer lights, a four-pin hookup and a sever pin if you have a trailer with electric breaks. Overall it’s a well-made vehicle with a ton of personality and style.”

Carver agreed that the 2014 Cherokee stood out to him as well.

“The highlight of my trip was definitely getting to learn about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee,” said Carver. “The interior of the Jeep Cherokee is loaded with an 8.4-inch touch screen system with navigation, flat folding front and rear seats, a back-up camera, 10 air bags, and over 70 safety features including LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus and Blind-Spot Monitoring. All these great features coupled with its trail-readiness make the Jeep Cherokee a great daily driver and weekend warrior.”

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

MDOT says I-96 shutdown will happen after North American International Auto Show in January

Work on the impending I-96 project in Livonia and Redford will not begin until at least the end of January, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross said the project, which will close a seven mile stretch of the freeway through the two communities, won’t begin until after the North American International Auto Show in January.

The agency put out a news release Monday saying the shutdown wouldn’t start until after Jan. 26, the end of the auto show in downtown Detroit.

Cross said MDOT will not be able to start the construction until then because of other issues and not the auto show. MDOT will open bids by contractors Dec. 11. By the time a contractor is selected and work is ready to begin, it will be at least the end of January.

The auto show reference was used to inform people heading downtown during the two-week event that I-96 will continue to operate as usual.
Start date not related to auto show

“That decision was not made because of (the auto show),” Cross said. “One has nothing to do with the other.”

She said signs and other information will be posted to inform motorists who are unaware of the upcoming shutdown.

The $170-million project will shut down seven miles of the freeway both directions, running from Telegraph in Redford to Newburgh in Livonia. The shutdown will start early next year and run through the rest of 2014 after a vote was taken to shut the freeway down completely.

The project will reconstruct I-96 in this span, and repair or replace some 37 bridges across the freeway.

Another public meeting is expected to take place sometime early next year, but Cross said no date or location has been set yet.

A local project to help alleviate future traffic in Livonia and Redford should see completion sometime this week, Cross said. MDOT began work earlier this fall to widen the exit ramp to Six Mile off southbound I-275 to help accommodate traffic the state expects with the shutdown. Crews are wrapping up work to extend the ramp, which will provide another full lane.

“Everything is planned to be done this week,” she said.

The official detour freeways MDOT is using during the shutdown include I-696, I-94 and the Southfield Freeway.

More information on the upcoming project can be found by visiting 96fix.com.

As read on: http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20131126/NEWS10/311260026/I-96-work-won-t-start-until-late-January

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/

2012 North American International Auto Show Is HERE!!!

It’s that time of year again!!
The displays are set and the vehicles are HERE!! This week the Press, Industry and Charity Previews
will be taking place. Then the show opens to the public THIS SATURDAY!
Show Dates & Times
Saturday, January 14 – Saturday, January 21, 2012
9am-10pm

Sunday, January 22, 2012
9am-7pm

Ticket Prices
Adults: $12 per person
E-Tickets: $12 per person
Any Day Pass, Group Ticket: $8 with purchase of 30 tickets or more
Seniors: $6 (65 and older)
Children: (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with parent or guardian)

Location
Cobo Center, One Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226

Visit www.NAIAS.com or follow the NAIAS on their facebook page this year and get up to the minute news on the latest and greatest releases and announcements as this years event gets into full swing!

Jeep bringing back the Grand Wagoneer in 2013

Sergio Marchionne announced yesterday that the Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be back in January 2013! It will be an upper-scale, seven-seat SUV built on the same plateform as the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer was a mainstay of the Jeep lineup for over 28 years. The last Grand Wagoneer sold in 1991.

Don’t expect an average, run of the mill vehicle either, it will be designed as a luxury Jeep with all the bells and whistles you would expect!