Detroit Auto Show Opens Jan. 14 … A Hybrid is Least Stolen Car … Chevy Springo for Chinese Market … Mercedes-Benz Concept Unique

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MyPerfectAutomobile reports on early announcements from organizers of the North American International Auto Show regarding debuts, green vehicles, and technological displays that will fill the Cobo Center when the event opens its doors in mid-January. A new study of crime data has yielded surprising results. A popular hybrid-electric passenger car is the least stolen vehicle in America, edging out the second and third most-stolen entries by a huge margin. An electric car based largely on the Chevy Sail, an Asian market model, will debut in China and is to be called the Springo. The car will not be offered for sale outside of China. Mercedes-Benz has entered a unique concept design into the LA Auto Show competition. It is called Ener-G-Force, and is a police-themed vehicle, as dictated by the show’s design parameters this year.

Prius C at 2012 NAIAS

Prius C at 2012 NAIAS

The 2013 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) opens Jan. 14.

NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) Opens Jan. 14

Representatives for the North American International Motor Show named an official presenting sponsor this week. Event media reps announced that AISIN, one of the world’s largest Tier One suppliers to the automotive industry, would be the presenting sponsor of the “Drive Green Experience” at the 2013 NAIAS. AISIN plays a major role in a number of automotive shows around the world, notably in Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Beijing. The company makes several EV and hybrid components and will be hosting its own product exhibit during the Detroit show. For the complete story, see:

Hybrid is Least Stolen Car, Study Reveals

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has just released its latest report, which shows that the Toyota Prius hybrid is the least stolen car in America. Between the years 2000 and 2012, the Prius accounts for approximately 50 percent of all hybrids sold in the U.S., but ranks at the bottom of the list when it comes to cars that thieves target. Criminals have, according to the NICB, several reasons for avoiding the car, though the uniqueness of its engine system seems to be a primary factor. Besides the difficulty in transplanting the engines, there is a relatively small secondary market for Prius parts. So many of the cars are still under warranty that car thieves find it hard to sell what they do manage to steal. For the complete story, see:

Chevy Springo to Debut in China

The new electric car from Shanghai-GM will be known as Springo, and is based directly on Chevrolet’s Sail. The vehicle will make its world debut at next week’s Guangzhou Auto Show. In addition, Shanghai-GM will be announcing their updated plans concerning other green vehicle offerings. It is widely expected that the company intends to bring out more models in the near future. Springo features a 22 kWh lithium battery pack and an 88 horsepower motor, with a range of 93 miles per charge. The car’s top speed is 80 mph. Before the official name was announced, industry-watchers and company executives had been referring to the car as the Chevy Sail EV. The car’s front fascia resembles that of the Chevy Volt. Though the Springo will never be sold in the U.S., it is the product of a joint venture between GM and China’s SAIC. For the complete story, see:

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept Competes for Award

One of the entries in this year’s LA Auto Show Design Challenge is from Mercedes-Benz. It is a law enforcement-themed, giant four-wheeled vehicles known officially as Ener-G-Force. California’s Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio came up with the concept cruiser in their studios. It includes military, police, and off-road elements, as well as an alternative fuel propulsion concept. The hydrogen-powered Ener-G-Force features emergency lights on the roof, and various components that creators envision to be part of the model year 2025 line. For the complete story, see:

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