• Jan 12, 2008
Click image for a look at the other model debuts by the NYT

The Old Grey Lady has officially kicked off the Detroit Auto Show 24 hours early, and they brought some party favors for all their readers to boot. The New York Times' Automobiles section has a Detroit preview article (dated 1/13, incidentally) in its feature spot. No longer under wraps are the 2009 Dodge Ram, 2009 Ford F-150 Platinum, Mitsubishi Concept-RA, Ford Verve sedan concept, and the Fisker plug-in luxo-hybrid, as all are featured prominently in the piece's accompanying new vehicle gallery.

Mitsubishi Concept-RAThe biggest fish in the tank are the two full-size trucks. While Chrysler inadvertently gave us a sneak preview of the Ram last month, Ford has kept the new F-150 well under wraps until now. The model pictured is the tip-top-of-the line F-150 Platinum, in case you were wondering. As for the others, the snazzy blue Ram Sport is looking good to these eyes (more on the '09 Ram here), while the Verve concept looks to be a slightly tweaked version of the one shown in China, updated with a coat of red paint and a modified fascia (note the differences in the foglamps). The Mitsubishi Concept-RA has us hankering for a new Eclipse, while the shapely Fisker PHEV looks like a green vehicle we'd be more than happy to pilot daily. You can read the Times' full preview here. Team Autoblog will assemble in Motown starting tomorrow, but it looks like the fun's begun in earnest already.

[Source: The New York Times]



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      Greg
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is UGLY. What happened to BUILT FORD TOUGH!? This does not look tough at all. Maybe if you put F250 features into the design it would look better. I am still a Ford truck man!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it looks awesome. Someone posted interior shots over on a motor trend forum, and all I can say is that they have out done themselves. Also on detnews they say the F-150 will come with standard roll-stability control. The tow package adds trailer-tow mitigation (sp?) and there is also an availabe intergrated trailer brake. Also the transmissions have tow/haul modes. I personally like the FX4 trim the best for looks (esp. in blue like the one on motor trend).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I predict that the automakers will amend how they distribute press info in the future.....
        far jr
        • 7 Years Ago
        That will be tough. The auto makers need all the "free press" to help launch new products or to make consumers salivate in anticipation.

        This type of thing reflects poorly on the "ethics" of the American press. They are the ones who are pathetic with no morals, so long as they are the first to release a story. Such a shame that we rely on these bottom feeders for information isn't it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      JUST TO MAKE THIS POINT CLEAR-SO MISUNDERSTANDING PEOPLE CAN STOP DOWNING THE GRILL-THE F-150 WILL HAVE SEVERAL DIFFERENT FRONT ENDS. 1) THE FX4 FRONT END. 2) THE XLT FRONT END. 3) THE KING RANCH FRONT END. 4) PROBABLY A XL FRONT END. 5) AND OF COURSE THE ONE THAT IS POSTED, A PLATINUM FRONT END.

      AS OF THIS MOMENT I CAN COUNT 5 DIFFERENT FRONT END DESIGNS. FORD DID THIS SO EVERYONE CAN FIND ONE THEY LIKE.
      • 7 Years Ago
      German cars are again the most reliable in the world:

      http://www.spiegel.de/auto/aktuell/0,1518,528201,00.html
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yavole, Colonel Klink, and der Volksdervagon ist able to leap za tallest buildinks unt faster zen a speedink Yugo.
        Ifen it has der repair shops on der vay. Iss Kaput.
        • 7 Years Ago
        First thing that I said when I looked at that new F-150:
        EEEEEWWWWWW
      • 7 Years Ago
      I quite like the new F-150. Although, I'm waiting for the lower end models to show themselves. I think that's the most telling of a model's appeal.
        • 7 Years Ago
        not for sure if i like this model or not. i think the XLT or FX4 will look better. i know when new silverado pics were leaked i heard a lot of people call them ugly but they have seemed to sold well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This may be the year that Ford is unseated from the best selling list...this is UGLY!

      Ford needs to work on refinement in general, but damn!

      That grille is cheap! straight off a sport trac, and that shouldn't be a role model! No wonder Ford is tanking! If you haven't looked at ford lately...you're looking the right direction!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with you.
        Before I thought the F150 was the best looking truck out there. By adding that grillework it now looks like a "bling" aftermarket kit gone wrong!

        I compare the refinement of the Escalade to the Navigator. No comparison, the Escalade wins. All the chrome & grillework kills the Navigator.
        This new grillework will do the same to the F150.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugly? Next to what, the Silverado? The Tundra?

      This will remain the best-selling truck on looks alone.
      • 7 Years Ago
      go look at the motor trend forum and you will see you are correct.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In my opinion, I think the lower-end models will have a completely different grille that will be similar in design to the Super Duty trucks and E-series vans.

      I think the only reason this one has such a grille is because its the "platinum" edition...and needs to set itself apart from other models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What on Earth was Ford thinking! [nash rambler?]That ugly front end could pass for a vending machine! Put a coin slot in the cheap looking grill and sell cigarettes!

      Dodge really did their homework on good looks, or maby they hired Fords old design team!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow...the front of the Ford looks really aerodynamic.

      NOT...

      Is it just me, or do I see A LOT of "Sport Trac" in the new 150?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That exactly what I thought.

        First thing I thought it was, was a updated Sport Trac.
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