Did you know that in 2017, over 800,000 people attended the Detroit Auto Show? It’s not just a place for hardcore gearheads; it’s family-friendly and it’s a global stage where car manufacturers show off the leading technology, design, and safety features.
This year proved to be an exciting one! Mercedes, Volkswagen, Kia, Ford and other manufacturers promised exciting unveilings and a few new features and redesigns have been added to some of our favorite existing models.
Concept Cars And First Looks Never Disappoint
Among my favorite things to see at The Detroit Auto Show are the big unveilings and the concept cars. There’s nothing like sitting in a crowd of journalists that range from small, independent blogs (hello!) to national publications, waiting for the obligatory cover to be lifted off the car or truck, for it to bust through a wall, or for a single spotlight to flip on. Flash after flash, photo after photo, and no one is sure at which new feature or redesign to look at first.
On the other end of the spectrum are the concept cars. A glimpse into a possible future with a few “is that even possible?” details added here and there. Whether you’re a massive car enthusiast, or you’re just looking for something fun for your family to do together, the Detroit Auto Show is all that and more!
Three New Pick Up Trucks Unveiled
Ford, Chevy, and Ram unveiled new pick-up trucks, likely because of the increase in demand in 2017.
Fiat Chrysler introduced a new version of their Ram 1500 that is nearly 225 pounds lighter and has better fuel economy thanks to the increased use of steel throughout the body and frame.
Moreover, Ram uses advanced high-strength steel to greatly increase the performance of their new pick up. This material makes up 54 percent of the body structure and a 98 percent of the frame.
The keyword at GM this year is options. Their 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will offer eight different versions to appeal to all kinds of pickup buyers and the Silverado’s roof, fenders, and bed are once again made of steel.
And finally, the truck many have waited years to make a return – the redesigned and almost unrecognizable Ford Ranger. Discontinued in 2011, the new pickup will come with a turbocharged engine option and a 10-speed transmission. And, unlike their F-150, the entire body and frame of the Ford Ranger is steel; even the bumper is constructed from solid steel.
The Redesigned Kia Forte
Kia has been making huge waves lately, especially since the reveal of their sporty sedan, the Stinger. Now, their redesign of one of their flagship cars, the compact Forte, should also knock your socks off. The body is sleek and sporty and features their new signature tigernose grille.
According to a Kia, the all-new 2019 Forte is 54 percent Advanced High-Strength Steel. The car manufacturer is also known for it’s outstanding warranties and is rated among the most reliable car brands by US News & World Report.
The Lusted After Ford Bullitt
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic film “Bullitt”, this year Ford released a drool-worthy new version of the muscle car.
The new version, introduced to press by Steve McQueen’s granddaughter, features an upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine that will deliver 475 horsepower to push it to a top speed of 163 mph. According to Ford, a special-edition model due out this summer is equipped with a manual transmission and the gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original.
Other standard equipment includes a heated leather steering wheel and a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster, identical in function to the cluster introduced on 2018 Mustang, but with a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts in green with an image of the car rather than the pony.
My Hometown Vehicle, The Jeep Wrangler
The Toledo-made Jeep is popular in these parts because they’re one of my area’s number one employers. Though the all-new Wrangler actually debuted at the LA Auto Show last year, it’s not lost any of its shine this year and was the center of attention at NAIAS Detroit.
It’s high strength steel frame has helped to create a lighter but meaner beast and I was definitely impressed. The Rubicon also gets steel front and rear bumpers with removable end-caps which gives the vehicle a true off-road, trail ride feel.