The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is one of the oldest automotive events in the history of our country. Started in 1907, the event has come to symbolize the power of not only America, but the Detroit Auto scene- which is home to the Big 3 American automakers.
However, during the past few years, the long and storied NAIAS hit a rough patch. “A couple years ago we were concerned about having any Detroit auto show,” says Karl Brauer, a senior editor at Kelley Blue Book. It was a time that the Detroit auto industry and auto show community had the lack of confidence that is usually reserved for lowly Cleveland Brown fans.
At the NAIAS, there were less vehicles, both concept and commercial, that were being showcased, and attendance had dropped dramatically. Brauer added, “You don’t produce [fun cars] when you are worried about your bills. You produce those when you have some spare cash and some spare confidence.” But like an old man that has just discovered Viagra, this confidence has come roaring back in the past few years.
Last year, there were signs that the NAIAS was on its way back to being one of the biggest auto shows in the country. Attendance was up (795,416 attendees), which was the highest it had been since 2004! Of course, this bodes well for this year’s show; it is expected that over 50 new vehicles will be debuted in 2014.
The 2014 NAIAS starts today with media day and will gain momentum going into the weekend. Some of the most anticipated vehicles that will be showcased include:
- The 2015 X06 Chevrolet Corvette. This new release is supposed to be equipped with 620 horsepower and 650 pound feet of torque. The X06 is a continuation of the Chevrolet C5 X06, which was a sexy, sleek model that was in production from 2001-2004.
- The BMW AG M4 Coupe. According to press releases, this vehicle is “a new interpretation of the high performance sports car” and will produce a maximum output of 431 horsepower. Adding to the strength is its capability to hit a peak torque of 406 Ib-ft. Pretty good for a coupe.
- The 2015 Ford F-150. After a secret test run, Ford has decided to switch the F-150s from steel to aluminum. The new design will create a vehicle that is 700 pounds lighter!
- The Chrysler 200 Sedan. The new vehicle “features a ‘floating’ Chrysler winged badge on the front, signature light pipe or available full-LED daytime running lamps and extremely and a coupe-like silhouette that’s smooth, yet sporty.” This vehicle is supposed to become the face of the company heading into this new year.
As photos and news emerges from the show, we all will learn a little bit more about where the future of Detroit automototives is headed. So, stay tuned to my blog, and I will bring you the latest.