After the Excitement Dies Down, What Did We Really See?

The Detroit Auto Show has become the premier focus for the auto industry after the calendar turns each year. This is the first big show of the year and save for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is the first event of the year. This year we saw another amazing show where automakers came out and let us see what they have been working on all year to make a huge impression for the future or to give us an idea of what we can expect going forward for the brands that were present.

At this show we were greeted with a number of new flagship vehicles that will be unleased soon. Even though we see crossover SUVs taking over the market having already nearly pushed minivans out with their sights set on sedans next, there were at least five of these halo cars to show us what can happen when price isn’t a factor but space and technology are. The cars that made their wat to the show as the next round of flagship version were the Lincoln Continental, Volvo S90, Genesis G90, Infiniti Q60, Acura Precision Concept and the Lexus LC 500. While the Acura is still a concept we can expect to see the rest of these models in production in the next couple model years.

Sedans weren’t the only vehicles making a splash at this show. We were also given a look at the new Honda Ridgeline which has an in bed audio system and a look that resembles a typical truck. Chrysler also choose this venue to show us the new Pacifica which is the van that will replace the Town & Country for the future. This van is expected to eventually be offered with a hybrid powertrain and is full of awesome tech upgrades on the inside. Finally, after much anticipation Chevrolet showed us their new Bolt which will be the EV to carry in affordability and a 200 mile range to give us a great ride.

Of course there were many other notable offerings such as the BMW M2 which will be an amazing new sporty performer from BMW, the BMW X4 M40i to give you a larger size and a lot of sport, the Buick Envision which is to be the midsized crossover SUV that is made in China for the brand, the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback which we will see in 2017, the Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew that allows you to have more people with you to witness the fun of the ride and the Nissan titan Warrior Concept that has been built to give you some awesome upgrades.

All these awesome models that already have planned dates of production gave us a reason to be excited for the future of the automotive world. Of course there were several cool concepts as well which made us want to have a production line to put these vehicles on right now. A few of these concepts included the Voklswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept, Kia Telluride Concept, Buick Avista Concept and the Audi H-tron Concept. The beauty, grace and flowing lines of nearly every vehicle was hard to ignore as we certainly could have been swept away by these absolutely gorgeous vehicles.

To answer the question at hand, what did we see at the Detroit Auto Show? We say a wide range of vehicles from various manufacturers that prove the automotive world is as creative, artistic, competitive and hungry as ever. Then next several years of the auto industry are going to be exciting and a lot of fun for all of us, including those of us who only get to write about it.

03.20.16 - 2016 Detroit Auto Show

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