NAIAS 2016 – Motor City Showcase

The Detroit Auto show (aka North American International Auto Show – NAIAS 2016) is back in full swing at the remodeled Cobo Center in Detroit.

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NAIAS 2016

This year we didn’t score the Tuesday night party preview deal. Not sure why, but American Express didn’t offer a party. Instead we got some industry preview tickets and headed down with a few thousand other car geeks to see what NAIAS 2016 had to offer.

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Mercedes

It seems like every year our first stop is the classic beauty of Mercedes. Just look at these sweet lines.

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The new hardtop convertible was sharp and quite a few folks were quite mesmerized watching it open and close, over and over.

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Acura and Honda

Candy apple red and rocking the suicide doors, the Precision concept car is a sleek and sexy sedan. You can see the NSX had an influence on this ride.

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The economical yet sporty Honda Civic took home the North America Car of the Year award.

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Chevy

The 2016 Camaro is a tough customer and looks ready to keep the battle raging with the Ford Mustang.

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The 2017 Bolt finally gives customers a car that can go 200 miles on a charge at a reasonable price (around $30k).  Not too shabby.

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Ford

The GT is now available in white and looks stunning. You could be like Speed Racer tooling around in this incredible machine.

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Alfa Romero

Say the word sedan and you may think of a car that your grandparents would love. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is not your grandparents sedan. The Italians definitely know how to make a beautiful car that demands attention.

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Kia

We really liked the Kia Sorento PacWest concept SUV. It definitely looks like it would be handy on a trip into the woods of the U.P.

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I’m not sure about the powder blue color, but the Optima convertible had a lot of people checking it out.

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Subaru

The Impreza sedan concept gleamed in its ruby red brilliance and dazzled those at NAIAS 2016 who stopped to take a look.

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Lexus

The LC 500 is a large and impressive machine with a grill that looks like it is ready to eat a Great White.

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Bikes

While the focus at NAIAS 2016 is cars, there were a few very cool looking motorcycles at this years show. The Indian was my favorite with its old school muscular looks.

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The Victory gave the impression that it was searching for a wide open road to cruise.

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I’m pretty sure that Batman would love this mean looking Ducati.

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VLF

Henrik Fisker was back at NAIAS 2016 with Bob Lutz and the VLF Force 10. You can’t ignore the fact that this looks a lot like the Dodge Viper.

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VW

The Tiguan concept is a plug-in hybrid SUV. We couldn’t help wonder if this offering would help with the company’s image problem or not.

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Lincoln

The Continental is back in 2017 and had a large crowd circling this luxury automobile.

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Off to the side in a sound proof room, Lincoln had a nice display of the MKZ with the spotlight on the Harman Revel speakers which you can get in your Lincoln. These speakers were superb with amazing clarity. I’m not sure I would leave the car if I had these bad boys installed.

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There are plenty more pictures from NAIAS 2016 in the gallery.

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