NAIAS 2020

Detroit auto show cancelled, venue designated as COVID-19 field hospital for next 6 months

The North American International Auto Show is Detroit's annual hometown auto show.

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The 2020 edition of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has been cancelled. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has chosen the TCF Center, formerly the Cobo Center, to serve as field hospital space for COVID-19 afflicted patients of Michigan hospitals for the next six months, according to reports.

Detroit's auto show was scheduled for June 7-20 after organizers originally moved the show from January to the summer in an effort to attract more attendees. This was to be the first year for the summertime dates.

North American International Auto Show The event is one of the top auto shows in the country along with the Chicago Auto Show, New York International Auto Show, and LA Auto Show.Photo courtesy of North American International Auto Show

NAIAS had been slated to feature modern technology during the AutoMobili-D portion of the event, a more traditional vehicle showcase, and ride-and-drive experiences for consumers. It also traditionally welcomes a large gathering of the world's top automotive journalists and industry executives.

Representatives for the show have announced that there will not be a makeup date for the event in 2020. Instead, the show's team will focus on readying the model for the 2021 show, scheduled for June 13-20.

Already this year, the Geneva Motor Show and New York International Auto Show have been cancelled. The next major auto show in North America is the LA Auto Show in November.

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The model wears a striking green paint job.

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The Sián FKP 37 is the fastest Lamborghini ever produced. Now, it's going to be a LEGO Technic model that you can build at home. The brick maker will offer a 3,696 piece, 1:8 scale model of the luxury car for sale.

The Lamborghini debuted at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show. Like the car, the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 includes a V12 engine; a moveable rear spoiler; front and rear suspension; and steering powered by a wheel complete with the Automobili Lamborghini badge.

LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37

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There's also scissor doors, which open to reveal the intricately recreated cockpit, with a fully-functioning eight-speed sequential gearbox controlled by a movable paddle gearshift. The lime-green color and golden rims of the LEGO Technic replica are available as color and trim on the real Sián, with the model measuring over 5 inches (13 cm) high, 23 inches (60 cm) long and 9 inches (25 cm) wide.

Model owners can open the front hood of their LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián to find a Lamborghini overnight bag, together with a unique serial number that unlocks special content. Owners can also scan a QR code in the building instructions to access an exclusive series of videocasts by Automobili Lamborghini and LEGO experts, exploring the inspiration behind the design of the original car and the LEGO Technic model.

The LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 comes in a unique box inspired by the lines, signature headlight silhouette, and color of the original Sián.

The company also sells LEGO Technic versions of the 2020 Land Rover Defender and Nissan GT-R. Additionally, LEGO recently started selling a replica of Dom's Charger from the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Additionally, a Ducati motorcycle model was recently sold by the company.

Pricing for the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 has yet to be released, as has an on-sale date.

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Travis Pastrana will return to Ken Block's popular "Gymkhana" stunt series.

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Gymkhana GRiD is back. Ken Block's popular video series will be making a return in 2020 with Travis Pastrana behind the wheel of a specially configured Subaru.

The news comes just two days after Pastrana, a full-time member of the 2020 Subaru rally team, and Block (and Subaru) agreed that they would be willing try to make it happen. Here's how it went down.

Pastrana and Block have been staying at home with their families during the COVID-19 crisis but they haven't been idle. The longtime friends and former teammates have been competing to produce at-home stunt videos for their fans. Block's "Gymkhana GRiD: Stay at Home Edition" called out the Pastrana family, challenging Pastrana to film a better version at his home in Maryland. Pastrana's rebuttal featured big dirt jumps, driving on two wheels and donuts around his personal WRX STI. Both drivers encouraged their fans to vote on who made the better video.

Then, on Tuesday's "Hoonigan Tangents Live" show, the talk turned from friendly jabs between the two into Block offering Pastrana the chance to film his own Gymkhana installment in 2020 with Subaru and the Hoonigan Media team. Pastrana and Subaru immediately agreed to the challenge, marking the first time in 11 years that Subaru will be a part of the series.

"What Ken has done with 'Gymkhana' over the years has really been amazing," said Pastrana. "But I think he made a big mistake giving me a shot at doing one of my own! I've got some ideas that I think can blow Ken's videos out of the water, and Subaru is on board to provide a car to do it. One thing's for sure, it's going to be unlike any 'Gymkhana' you've ever seen before."

This won't be Pastrana's first trip around the "Ghymkana" block. The five-time U.S. rally champion, freestyle motocross pioneer, action sports icon and stunt expert has made cameo appearances in the fifth and tenth installments of the series.

More details of the location and release timing of the special video will be announced at a later date.

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