The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) takes place in Detroit every January. Usually described as the continent’s biggest and best auto show, it already has some serious competition trying to take away its crown.
The CES electronics show in Las Vegas has technically taken over as the first “auto show” of the year with a few cars making their debut, while the New York and Los Angeles shows are quickly growing in size and popularity for fans and auto manufacturers.
This year’s Detroit show has everything from crazy concept cars to world debuts, and here’s a look at some of the things that were on display.
BMW announced its seventh-generation 5 series, aiming to improve on sales following a poor year. Toyota unveiled its eighth-generation best-selling Camry, and Mercedes debuted a sexy pair with its AMG GT C Coupe and the all-new E-Class Coupe.
Some unique concept cars that were featured included Audi’s brand new Q8 flagship SUV. With its arrival set for 2018, it will take on rivals such as the Range Rover, BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe.
Nissan’s Vmotion 2.0 concept car gave a nice preview of what we can expect the Altima to be like in its next generation. The Vmotion 2.0 is also equipped with ProPilot, Nissan’s automated driving system.
Because this is Detroit, here’s what’s new with the hometown heavyweights. Ford unveiled its face-lifted F-150, which will undoubtedly still be its top seller, and the new updated Mustang, both of which are set for 2018.
GM revealed that its GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Traverse have received much-needed updates for the upcoming year, while Dodge announced some sad news. After 25 years, the iconic Viper will be laid to rest. To commemorate the American supercar’s final year, five special-edition models will be made before the last Viper leaves the factory.
This year’s star of the show was a surprise to everybody. Who would have thought that a Kia (that’s right, a Kia) would steal the spotlight? The 2018 Kia Stinger is the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history. The car was designed in Germany (which you can clearly tell) and proven at the Nürburgring motorsports complex, making this a Kia we can’t wait to get our hands on. Sales of the Stinger are expected to start in the U.S. in late 2017.