Redesigned Lexus IS heads to Detroit auto show - Autoweek TV with Rory Carroll

Quick, name the game pieces in Monopoly. There's the racecar, the battle ship... then maybe an oil derrick... Anyway, just like Disney announcing that this is your last chance ever to buy The Emperor's New Groove on Blu Ray, Hasbro has announced that one of the game pieces from Monopoly will...actually if you look at the Monopoly Facebook page, it looks like each of the current game-pieces have been charged with a crime, and maybe are going to prison. Naturally, everyone is freaking out about saving the little metal things that they might never come into contact with. Why do we care? Because there's a racecar, and it must be saved. Save the race car: Nissan has announced that its Detroit auto show booth will have its own funky fragrance. According to their press release, which is pretty hilarious by the way, they're hoping that spraying the booth with a "distinctive fragrance" will create a "complete experience for visitors." Have these people ever been to the Detroit Auto Show? Like, on a non-press day? When it's busy, it's like standing in the men's bathroom during the seventh inning stretch at the old Tiger stadium. Sardine cans afford you more personal space. But yeah, we're sure that Nissan booth is going to be just like a luxury hotel. For more details on Nissan's Detroit auto show stand: Finally, Lexus released photos of their new IS sedan this week and it looks like it's melting. It also has a Nike logo under each headlight. We read the press release, but Lexus didn't say whether it would be made in sweatshops by seven year olds, or when they'd start using the slogan "Just do it." Maybe we'll get some driving gloves that make the Lexus sign when you do this. For more details on the Lexus IS: Anyway, that's the news. We'll be back here tomorrow with more, but until then, check out our related videos on and Youtube. As always, enjoy the drive.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class debut ahead of Detroit auto show -- Autoweek TV with Natalie Neff
It went by quickly, but the first week of 2013 is almost in the history books. I'm Natalie, here to wrap it up with a Friday edition of Autoweek TV. Here's the news: Automakers sold 14.4 million cars and trucks in the United States last year. That's the best year for sales since 2007. Here are some of the big winners: -- BMW topped Mercedes-Benz to claim the luxury sales crown. It did that with a big push in December, when BMW sales were up nearly 40 percent. -- The best-selling car and truck were the perennial winners -- the Toyota Camry and the Ford F-series. -- Ford Mustang sales rose nearly 20 percent last year, but it still fell about 1,300 cars short of beating the Chevy Camaro. More about the 2012 U.S. auto sales: be&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social OK, time for another Detroit auto show preview. Today it's the coupe and convertible versions of the Mercedes-Benz E-class. We got a look at the restyled E-class sedan late last month. The major change is up front, with a restyled nose that drops the quad-headlight design. Inside, the gear shift has been moved from the center console to the steering column. The engine lineup for the coupe and convertible remains unchanged -- either a normal V6 or twin-turbo V8. We'll see the real things in just more than a week. The restyled E-class cars go on sale this summer. For more details on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class: be&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social Finally, Mazda is ready to make another push in the hotly contested midsize sedan battle with its redesigned Mazda 6. The 2014 Mazda6, built in Japan, is on sale now. It carries a base sticker price of $21,675, which is less than $200 more than the 2013 model. Power comes from a 2.5-liter four, rated at 184 horsepower. You can choose between a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Next fall there will be a diesel engine option. That's a car we're looking forward to taking for a test drive. For more details on the Mazda 6: be&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social That's the news for now. There will be plenty more Detroit auto show news this next week before the show starts. Keep up with the latest at We'll see you back here on Monday. Until then, stay warm and enjoy the drive.