NAIAS Monday: A Photo Walk-Through

DETROIT — The North American International Auto Show opened Monday in Detroit for its Press Preview days. Here are the cars and trucks that caught the eye of Matt Roush, managing editor of Technology Century and director of communications and public relations at The Engineering Society of Detroit.

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China’s GAC Group is exhibiting in the hallway at NAIAS.

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Audi of America made the worldwide premiere of its new 2016 Audi Q7 sport-utility vehicle at NAIAS.
Audi of America made the worldwide premiere of its new 2016 Audi Q7 sport-utility vehicle at NAIAS.
The Smart EV. A little out of the spirit of the times, with $1.70 a gallon gasoline.
The Smart EV. A little out of the spirit of the times, with $1.70 a gallon gasoline.
Yeah, this is more the spirit of a time of $1.70 gasoline. A big Caddy that looks like it's ready to attack you.
Yeah, this is more the spirit of a time of $1.70 gasoline. A big Caddy that looks like it’s ready to attack you.
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Such a pretty Benz.

 

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Oh, sure, no problem handling taht price.
Oh, sure, no problem handling that price.
And here's what an $118,000 SUV looks like.
And here’s what an $118,000 SUV looks like.
Ah, the last-generation Ford GT. A classic beauty.
Ah, the last-generation Ford GT. A classic beauty.

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Cars, like people, can have beautiful rear ends. Here’s a good example of one.

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And here's the latest from the madmen at Ford. A crazy beautiful supercar.
And here’s the latest from the madmen at Ford. A crazy beautiful supercar. The new GT.

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Oops. Stepped away from the new Ford GT for a second to show you something an actual human can afford. Well, maybe. The new Shelby Mustang Cobra.
Oops. Stepped away from the new Ford GT for a second to show you something an actual human can afford. Well, maybe. The new Shelby Mustang Cobra.

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And, back to the new GT.
And, back to the new GT.

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Love old trucks. I had a '64 Ford F-100 and a '69 F-250 Camper Special at various times of my youth.
Love old trucks. I had a ’64 Ford F-100 and a ’69 F-250 Camper Special at various times of my youth.
Even the ceiling has something to say at the Ford exhibit.
Even the ceiling has something to say at the Ford exhibit.
So nobody makes midsized trucks any more? Wrong. GMC/Chevy are out with new ones, as is Toyota.
So nobody makes midsized trucks any more? Wrong. GMC/Chevy are out with new ones, as is Toyota.
For my brother, who loves his Subarus.
For my brother, who loves his Subarus.

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The Nissan exhibit -- looks like an alien landing craft touched down at Cobo.
The Nissan exhibit — looks like an alien landing craft touched down at Cobo.

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GM's Bolt electric concept car. It's intended to have a 200-mile range and a price tag under $30,000.
GM’s Bolt electric concept car. It’s intended to have a 200-mile range and a price tag under $30,000.

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The next-generation Chevrolet Volt "range extended electric vehicle," in other words a plug-in hybrid. EV range is extended to 50 miles, which should easily handle most daily commutes.
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt “range extended electric vehicle,” in other words a plug-in hybrid. EV range is extended to 50 miles, which should easily handle most daily commutes.

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Here's the Toyota dreamboat supercar.
Here’s the Toyota dreamboat supercar.

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The new small Jeep. Very cool.
The new small Jeep. Very cool.
The Dodge Dart is one good-looking economobile.
The Dodge Dart is one good-looking economobile.

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Buick is establishing its identity as a separate brand with its own exhibit far away from the rest of GM.
Buick is establishing its identity as a separate brand with its own exhibit far away from the rest of GM.
One mean looking Mopar concept.
One mean looking Mopar concept.
Booth babes. The Italian carmakers still have 'em.
Booth babes. The Italian carmakers still have ’em.
The humble Volkswagen Golf, voted North American Car of the Year. Coming soon are diesel, station wagon and EV versions. I found it harder to get in and out of than my tiny Ford Fiesta, but I'm not an auto writer so I didn't get a vote.
The humble Volkswagen Golf, voted North American Car of the Year. Coming soon are diesel, station wagon and EV versions. I found it harder to get in and out of than my tiny Ford Fiesta, but I’m not an auto writer so I didn’t get a vote.
BMW's electric sports car. A mere $135,000.
BMW’s electric sports car. A mere $135,000.
BMW's electric everyday grocery-getter and commuter. From $41,350. Now we're a little closer to the realm of possibility. Really nice car.
BMW’s electric everyday grocery-getter and commuter. From $41,350. Now we’re a little closer to the realm of possibility. Really nice car.
The cool high-tech interior of the BMW i3.
The cool high-tech interior of the BMW i3.

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Yep, that IS exactly what you're looking at -- a car made out of 3D printed parts. Has kind of a Lego vibe, doesn't it?
Yep, that IS exactly what you’re looking at — a car made out of 3D printed parts. Has kind of a Lego vibe, doesn’t it?

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The U.S. Army has a huge display of military vehicles down in the Cobo basement. Check it out if you go to the show.
The U.S. Army has a huge display of military vehicles down in the Cobo basement. Check it out if you go to the show.
That's the Army and Marine Corps' towable bridge-building boat.
That’s the Army and Marine Corps’ towable bridge-building boat.
The U.S. Army TARDEC vehicle R&D command is displaying (though not demonstrating) a driverless military truck at NAIAS.
The U.S. Army TARDEC vehicle R&D command is displaying (though not demonstrating) a driverless military truck at NAIAS.
The Stryker all-purpose vehicle -- armored personnel carrier, intelligence-getter, field hospital, you name it.
The Stryker all-purpose vehicle — armored personnel carrier, intelligence-getter, field hospital, you name it.
The interior of a Stryker.
The interior of a Stryker.

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A view you don't ever want to have. The bang-bang end of an Army 155-mm howitzer.
A view you don’t ever want to have. The bang-bang end of an Army 155-mm howitzer.
A military-themed chopper.
A military-themed chopper.

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