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Video: Mike Jackson on Buick Avenir at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

As one of the brands charged with carrying General Motors into the future, Buick has lofty targets for new product. At the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Buick unveiled what was possibly the most attractive concept of the show. The Buick Avenir brought with it a glamorous new look that integrated Buick design elements of decades past. While the automotive press praised the sleek design of the Avenir, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson made the Buick booth a mandatory stop on his tour of the Detroit Auto Show…

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Video: Mike Jackson on 2016 Audi Q3 at Detroit Auto Show

As Audi continues to gain market share in the highly-contested Premium Luxury segment, part of their strategy for success has included more entry-level offerings like the 2016 Audi Q3. Although the Audi Q7 SUV was the focus of attention at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Audi Q3 received a mild styling update that is very indicative of how the company will move forward in the future. The small Q3 crossover from Audi uses the company’s 2.0 TFSI engine in either front-wheel drive or available quattro…

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Video: Mike Jackson on 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider at Detroit Auto Show

The triumphant return of Alfa Romeo to the United States is finally here after a 19 year absence. Bowing out in the mid-1990s, the Italian manufacturer steadily advanced in Europe under the ownership of FIAT. Their first offering back in North America has come in the form of the mid-engine 4C sports car. With the initial version of the 4C Launch Edition just arriving now, Alfa Romeo has slated plans for a more cost-effective standard coupe model mid-year, and recently unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit the…

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Video: Mike Jackson on Ford GT at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

When the ‘big three’ want to make a statement, there is no better place than the North American International Auto Show held every January in Detroit. AutoNation CEO, Mike Jackson says Ford was the manufacturer that stole the show with three highlights of the NAIAS with the Mustang Shelby GT350R, the F-150 Raptor and this striking new supercar, the Ford GT Concept. Bearing less-and-less resemblance to its predecessors, the new Ford GT is remarkably exotic, ultra-modern and has been engineered to outperform the Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale in every performance test possible. While the original Ferrari-fighter Ford GT40 might have…

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2015 NAIAS: 2016 Audi Q7 gets redesigned, loses over 700 pounds

Audi came to the 2015 Detroit Auto Show with the much anticipated next-generation Q7 Crossover/SUV. While the biggest highlight for the new 2016 Audi Q7 is that it has been completely redesigned and revamped, the outstanding news is that the Q7 has lost over 700 pounds. “The new Audi Q7 is a statement of our competence,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development. “Weighing 325 kilograms (716.5 lb) less, it sets the benchmark in its class. It is around 26 percent more efficient and is equipped…

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