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My Trip To Detroit

pixar_cars1.jpg By David Ponce

I’m leaving this morning for Detroit. I was invited by GM to attend their 2008 Collections Event, at the Milford Proving Grounds. I (along with a bunch of other bloggers) will get to drive any car in their 2008 lineup, including Corvettes, Escalades and Cadillacs. And we’re getting an advanced driving techniques course as well. Yeah, it’s pretty darn exciting!

Why a tech blogger at a GM Collections event? Bunch of reasons, really, but mostly I suspect that it has to do with them increasingly integrating entertainment and information technology into several of their newer models, especially their Cadillac CTS. They seem eager to show it all to us, and I suspect it’s a smart move. By “us” of course I mean new media. It’s the first time GM holds a bloggers-only Collections event, and this simple fact shows a lot of things: blogs are displacing traditional channels and becoming part and parcel of the established media landscape. But I digress (digest?)…

The reason I’m telling you all this is because I’d love it if you could participate. I’ll be meeting with some car designers there, including Wade Bryant (Design Manager of Advanced Design for the Chevy VOLT) and Therese Tant (Interior Design Manager in the Advanced Studio). If any of you has any questions you’d like to ask them, please post them in the comments to this article. Also, if you’d like to me to look at something or other on the GM lineup, let me know.

For the record, GM is paying for my way there (airfare and accommodations), but that’s it. I’m not required to even write about my experience there if I decide not to. But if I do (and I am), they asked that I disclose this fact. I would have anyway, but it’s nice that they specifically asked.

Now, here’s hoping I don’t meet a cement wall at high speeds…








  • Jul33

    Hi David!
    Glad you can try those beautiful new GM cars!.
    Now; could you ask the Designer Wade Bryant(Chevy Volt) give to you All the specifications of this vehicle.
    We’re interested on buying this car. i also wish to know if the basic Model includes a lateral air bag (Driver side)
    Thanks ,enjoy &bring the specifications of the Chevy Volt,please.

  • Roberto

    Can you ask them if they have any plans for a nice sports car to compete with Mitsubishi Eclipse, Tiburon and RX8 type of cars ? Sure they have the Cobalt SS. But their “sport” suspension is hardly sport, and their interior is extremely badly designed. On top of that the supercharged version of the Cobalt was discontinued. I am very frustrated at American car manufacturers being incapable of building a descent $20 – $30k range sports cars. What are their plans for the future for this market ?

  • http://www.evanackerman.com Evan Ackerman

    How ’bout an audio post recorded while revving the Corvette with the windows down?