Auto News for Jan. 22

The Detroit show is over and now the auto world’s attention has moved south to Chicago and its show next month.

HOnda Pilot teaser

Honda announced this morning it will display the redesigned Pilot in the Windy City on Feb. 12. Further, Honda will release “details and styling direction for its forthcoming Ridgeline truck” at the show. It should look a lot like the Pilot that will appear in showrooms this summer. And that is about all we know at this moment except for the teaser photo.

Mitsubishi says it will celebrate “the return of a legend” at the Chicago show on the same date. A poster showed an SUV in shadow against a desert surrounding. And as that once famous TV detective said, “that’s the name of that tune.”

How do you feel about self-driving cars? A poll of drivers in Britain shows that almost two thirds of the 1,350 consumers surveyed would buy one. Backers did agree that there were issues that still much be addressed such as “who pays if the system fails and you have a crash …”

GM will expand the market for its Spark EV from California and Oregon to Maryland, the car’s first appearance on the East Coast. GM claims a range of 82 miles or so on a full charge.

Cadillac will upgrade its dealer network with new concepts for facilities, network development, and high-technology showroom systems. It is talking about 700 boutique locations with a “highly trained sales and service staff and luxury amenities.” Virtual showrooms would allow customers to configure and envision multiple models, color and interior choices on interactive digital displays, or potentially even holograms.



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