Henry Payne The Detroit News Published 7:02 PM EST Jan 16, 2019 Sedans have taken a backseat to SUVs in U.S. market share. The iconic BMW 3-series, for example, is now outsold by the boxier X3 sport ute. The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry have gotten sexier remakes in recent years to emphasize the inherent beauty of the low sedan shape, but even they are outsold by SUVs in the lineup. Detroit brands are leaving the U.S. sedan market, but Asian and European automakers see an opportunity with sedans to bring in new customers. Toyota Prius AWD-e What it is: The Prius family gets its first all-wheel drive for northern climates like Michigan. The feat is accomplished by changing from lithium-ion batteries to nickel metal-hydride (better for cold weather) and adding an electric motor to the rear (look ma, no prop shaft to the rear to save interior space). Mileage suffers a bit compared to front-wheel drive, but it still hits the magic 50 mpg number. Other … [Read more...] about Detroit auto show consumer guide: Sedans
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Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 8:44 PM EST Dec 27, 2018 Auburn Hills — If there’s a good gauge for how the Pistons are doing, it might be taking a look at Blake Griffin’s playing time. Generally, the more minutes he has to play, the closer the game is. It’s not an exact correlation, but it’s something that coach Dwane Casey is monitoring closely as the Pistons get into the meat of their season, reaching about 40 percent of the 82-game marathon. Griffin, who has missed significant time each of the past few seasons, has been mostly healthy and has missed just one game to get some rest and to give some relief to a minor knee malady. “We want to watch his minutes. The key is the first half, making sure we keep it at a certain level,” Casey said. “That’s what I’ve done with most high-usage players in the past and it’s never failed that if you get them above a certain number in the first half, it tells on … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons’ Dwane Casey keeping a keen eye on Blake Griffin’s minutes
Ted Kulfan The Detroit News Published 2:36 PM EST Nov 16, 2018 Kanata, Ontario — Not planes, trains and automobiles, but close. Planes and buses. And it was going to take a long time. The Detroit Red Wings’ evening Thursday in Ottawa grew a little complicated when snow in the area – along with a snow emergency in the New York area – prevented the Wings from flying into New Jersey ahead of Saturday's game against the Devils. So the Wings stayed the extra night in Ottawa, had a light practice at the Canadian Tire Center Friday, then were to head out for New Jersey. The tentative plan was to fly from Ottawa to Albany and clear customs there, then fly to White Plains. From there, the Wings were busing to Newark, and expected to be there in time for dinner. The Wings lost to Ottawa on Thursday night, and Saturday's game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. It wasn't an ideal travel schedule, but during a hockey season, it can happen. … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings don’t get rattled by change in travel schedule
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 12:02 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 It's Thursday and therefore Detroit Lions mailbag day. When the Lions extended Sam Martin's contract in 2016, he was one of the best punters in the game. He finished fourth in the NFL in net average the previous season and rewarded the team's faith in him with the second-best net average in NFL history the following year. No one could have expected what happened in 2017, a freak foot injury suffered while on vacation. You just deal with those things as they come along, but that was the key culprit to last year's disappointing performance. This season, Martin has bounced back. He's not threatening franchise records, but his 45.4-yard average indicates the leg strength is close to normal. The net is a disaster, and some of that is his fault due to a few mishits, but it's more on shoddy work from the coverage units. Financially, Martin's contract extension didn't kick in until 2017 and … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: Potential cap casualties, move on from Sam Martin?
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 12:44 PM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Allen Park – Matthew Patricia gets it. The Detroit Lions coach understands fan frustrations with Ziggy Ansah’s shoulder injury. But the lingering issue, which has now sidelined the edge rusher six straight games, doesn’t bother the coach. “The good thing for me is I don’t get frustrated and I don’t question it,” Patricia said. “When you’re with those guys every single day, you know that they’re trying to do everything they can. And look, everybody’s different with injuries or situations, whatever it might be. As long as everybody’s trying to do the right thing, you just kind of move on. And you just kind of accept what it is and when it’s ready, it will be ready. Until then, it just kind of is what it is and you get everybody else ready to go in the meantime.” Patricia acknowledged fan frustrations, the paying customers who want to … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia understands fan frustrations with Ziggy Ansah’s injury