The Detroit Auto Show, also known as the North American International Auto Show, is held each year at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The first Detroit Auto Show was organized in 1899. In 1907 it became an annual event, pausing only for the years of 1941-1953. As always, this year’s festivities gave automakers the chance to show off their new production and concept vehicles, and today we offer highlights of some of the best.
Best of Detroit Auto Show
Kia Telluride: Kia smartly teased its possible entry in the large SUV market (pictured) that could be ready for production in short order if you take away some concept embellishments. It’s nearly four-and-a-half inches taller, almost five inches wider and about 10 inches longer than the Sorento, which is currently Kia’s largest SUV.
Lexus LC 500: This was at or near the top of most experts’ lists. The best news of all is that it isn’t a concept car. Very soon, if you want one (and can afford it) you will be able to walk into your neighborhood Lexus dealership and purchase it. Its striking looks and 467 horsepower make it a vehicle that gets your attention.
Buick Avista: Many experts agree it’s a shame this concept vehicle will never see the light of day in Buick showrooms. However, this coupe – and the Avenir from last year’s show – give not-so-subtle hints that the once-stuffy Buick nameplate has some interesting vehicles coming that may change Buick’s current public perception.
Nissan Titan Warrior: In general, the pickup truck segment is more want-based than need-based. Nissan understands, and they filled this concept truck with everything a truck lover could ask for. Turbo diesel engine? Check. Big tires? Check. Hollywood tough style? Check. Experts hope to see at least some of these feature in future Titan models.
Chrysler Pacifica: This is the next-generation Chrysler minivan with a new name (recycled by Chrysler). Automotive News accurately calls it a “Chrysler 200 with a backpack.” Industry folks like the new shape and style, but wonder why they would rename the vehicle that essentially started the minivan craze all those years ago.
Acura Precision Concept: The first thing you’ll notice is the absence of Acura’s typical “beak” grille. Oh, and this one is rear-wheel drive … but pay no mind to that. Acura just added that feature because they could (there are no RWD Acuras). All that said, this nicely chiseled sports car could signal the beginning of Acura’s much-needed image makeover.
There were lots of other highlights from the Detroit Auto show, such as the Lincoln Continental, the second-generation Honda Ridgeline, Ford F-150 Raptor, BMW M2 and Chevrolet Volt. We just picked a few of the experts’ favorites.
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