The media previews are over and the public is flooding the area of the Cobo Center in Detroit, where the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show is currently unfolding.
While not all autoshows will be equal – attendees have chosen to forget the 2010 edition of NAIAS, coming fresh off the 2008-2009 economic crisis – but we’re sure that Detroit’s motor show will make a lasting impression this year. Coming off a particularly strong year for the US auto industry, the carmakers spared no effort in showing how much they enjoy the overall economy recovery. So, if General Motors could go down in history because it unveiled both the second-generation Volt plug-in hybrid and the concept of its upcoming affordable electric car, named Bolt, most likely we’ll remember NAIAS as the place where Ford and Honda/Acura unveiled two supercars – one eerie blue and the other crimson red: the Ford GT and Acura NSX.
But don’t get blinded by the image of those two roaring on steep mountain passes at illegal speeds – the NAIAS had more on offer. And because SUVs and trucks managed to overcome passenger cars in 2014 each month when it comes to sales, the Cobo center was packed with more reasons to be sure it will happen again in 2015. Nissan brought the Titan XD – a rival to Ram’s 1500 EcoDiesel; Toyota showed up with its quiet hero, the best-selling midsize pickup Tacoma and Ford unveiled an overstated F-150 Raptor that seemed to have been prepared for SEMA. We also want to give wildcards to the Buick Avenir and the beautiful open-top Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.