Archives For NAIAS

The news it out, the jig is up, we finally found it. The Renegade, they had it made, and now you can buy it!

That’s right ladies and gentleman (and Styx fans all over the world), the 2015 Jeep Renegade has arrived at LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Saline, Michigan.

2015 Jeep Renegade at LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

We caught our first real life glimpse of the new Renegade at the North American International Auto Show and it certainly made a lasting impression.

With best in class 4×4, 9 speed automatic transmission, UConnect technology and over 30 miles per gallon – the Renegade is shaping up to be one of the best compact SUV’s available on the market today.

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Some things in life are worth waiting for, and to me, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma is one of them. With the chance to see it unveiled live at the Detroit Auto Show, I was defiantly impressed.

Like a warm soft-taco shell, the Tacoma’s sleek new sheet metal lends the truck a stylish profile that’s loaded with accouterments.

2016 Toyota Tacoma at the North American International Auto Show

Take one quick look and you’ll agree that this Taco(ma) certainly does look delicious (five bucks says you’re going to eat tacos next chance you get!).

Taco puns aside, it’s been almost 11 years since the Tacoma got a redesign, and the timing of it couldn’t have been better.

The worlds best selling mid-size pickup truck for the past 10 years is about to face some stiff competition from the recently introduced Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Anticipating an all-out battle royal for their long reigning title of “worlds best”, Toyota stepped up their game to make sure the 2016 Tacoma was ready to take on all challengers.

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When we went to the North American International Auto Show, one of the first vehicles we took a look at what the updated 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

It was kind of surreal because 5 years ago I was at the Detroit Auto Show covering the debut of the original Volt. Isn’t amazing how quickly time flies?

While the Volt has found a dedicated and very loyal following, I think it had been missing a bit of the flair and style that consumers had been looking for.

I was lucky enough to spend a few minutes with Lead Creative Designer on the Volt, Gary Ruiz, to learn first hand what’ makes Volt 2.0 different from it’s predecessor.

Seems to me that Chevrolet has recharged the Volt to give consumers more of what they’re looking for and push electric hybrid vehicles in to the mainstream.

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The Truck Wars have been well underway for the past few years and there are no signs of the battle ending any time soon.

With ever evolving offerings from Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Nissan, Ram and Toyota, the vehicles in the highly competitive pickup truck market are constantly slugging it out for segment domination.

2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Debuts at the Detroit Auto Show

Ram Trucks, fresh off a year which saw their over all sales increase by 24%, unveiled their latest weapon at the 2015 North American International Auto Show with the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel.

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When the 2015 North American International Auto Show (known as the Detroit Auto Show in these parts) opens to the public on January 17th, attendees will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of vehicles that will be on display.

With so many cars, trucks and SUVs vying to capture your attention, it’s almost impossible to see them all in one day.

The last thing we want to happen is for you to go to the Auto Show and miss out on some of the coolest production and concept vehicles that are on display.

The FamilyDealBlog.com team was lucky enough to be invited to see the vehicles firsthand during the Auto Show Press Preview. After taking it all in, we’ve highlighted these nine vehicles that you’ll definitely want to check out when you head to Cobo for this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

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Going to the North American International Auto Show this January? Why not enter our Instagram Contest far a chance to win an Xbox One Entertainment System!

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How #TheFamilyDeal Instagram Contest Works

When you go to the Auto Show at Cobo Center, simply follow these steps to enter to win:

  • Follow our official Instagram account @LaFontaineAuto
  • Snap a selfie in front of your favorite vehicle
  • Tag your pic with #TheFamilyDeal as you post it to Instagram.

Once you do that, you’ll automatically be entered to win an Xbox One Entertainment System!

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

Right around the time our digital marketing team was getting ready to cover the 2014 North American International Auto Show, I began to hear whispers that maybe (just maybe) we’d adding a Subaru franchise to our family of dealerships in the near future.

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So as we made our way downtown, I kept reminding myself to keep my eyes open for something cool and fun from Subaru that we could add to our media library. You know, something to have on hand to share just in case.

It wasn’t long after we got done shooting a video on the North American Car and Truck of the Year that I wandered towards the Subaru exhibit…and stopped dead in my tracks.

There, standing confidently in front of me, was quite possibly one of the coolest looking cars that I’ve ever seen.

Painted a vibrant shade of blue and adorned with gold alloy wheels, I realized I was standing face-to-grill with the 2015 Subaru WRX STI.

This particular model is known as the 2015 Subaru WRX Launch Edition, and all I could say was “wow”.

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The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R is the epitome of a dynamic, sporty and elegant compact sedan. The all new model was showcased at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

It comes with a refined light-weight and stronger frame with improved rigidity. Expert critics deemed it the most powerful production Golf ever in the North American market.

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For all you Volkswagen enthusiasts looking for a fun-to-drive experience, the all-new Golf R will be available the first quarter of 2015. For now, here are some of the exclusive features you can expect to find on the new 2015 Golf R.

Refined Exterior Features

You will notice a difference with the new Golf R’s sports-inspired exterior redesign. The following features were added for a more aggressive sports-car feel:

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Well, the thrill and spectacle of the North American International Auto Show has come and gone and boy, did they deliver!

From the concept cars, to the various paths that automotive companies are trekking for the future, to the roasted almonds (I had about three bags), everything about the Auto Show made for a wonderful experience.

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The Nissan Sports Sedan Concept on display at NAIAS

I did not choose to fill this space with my love for roasted almonds (no matter how tasty they may be) but rather to talk about one of the more interesting concept pieces on display: The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.

When I first saw the teaser for the new concept, I was pleasantly surprised. Nissan has been slowly doing away with the clunky box-styles of yesteryear to make way for sleek designs, and the concept picture oozed fluidity. Everything from the boomerang-styled headlights to the floating-v grille suggested this was a vehicle that would emphasize curves and speed. I had high hopes for the concept in person.

Needless to say, those hopes were not disappointed.

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