Detroit Auto Show Media Day 1: A Photo Gallery

DETROIT — The Engineering Society of Detroit’s director of communications and public relations, Matt Roush, takes you for a spin around the redesigned show floor of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

It's training time for the Ford Motor Co. display personnel. A few men spinkled in with the pretty young women.
It’s training time for the Ford Motor Co. display personnel. A few men spinkled in with the pretty young women.
Ford's GT supercar.
Ford’s GT supercar.
An interesting SUV concept from a custom car builder out in the Cobo hallway.
An interesting SUV concept from a custom car builder out in the Cobo hallway.

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The 86-mpg Elio two-seater, being build in Louisiana and supposedly stickering at $9,000 or so. Looks like a small Cessna without wings.
The 86-mpg Elio two-seater, being build in Louisiana and supposedly stickering at $9,000 or so. Looks like a small Cessna without wings.
Cobo's spectacular Riverfront Ballroom serves as the auto show's media center. Life is hard here.
Cobo’s spectacular Riverfront Ballroom serves as the auto show’s media center. Life is hard here.
The steel industry puts on quite a display in the media center. The better to counter the increasing use of aluminum and composites in cars.
The steel industry puts on quite a display in the media center. The better to counter the increasing use of aluminum and composites in cars.

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The BMW i3 electric car. Neat vehicle with a composite body, but look at how skinny those tires are. I'm thinking this would not be much fun in a Michigan winter.
The BMW i3 electric car. Neat vehicle with a composite body, but look at how skinny those tires are. I’m thinking this would not be much fun in a Michigan winter.
The interior of the i3. Nice.
The interior of the i3. Nice.
Now HERE's a HYBRID. The $140,000 BMW i8. Gorgeous.
Now HERE’s a HYBRID. The $140,000 BMW i8. Gorgeous.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI. Looks like fun to me.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI. Looks like fun to me.
The Volkswagen Golf station wagon.
The Volkswagen Golf station wagon.

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Saw a lot of this golden color at the auto show.
Saw a lot of this golden color at the auto show.
Lincoln's new exhibit is just gorgeous.
Lincoln’s new exhibit is just beautiful.

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The Buick Verano. Really pretty car.
The Buick Verano. Really pretty car.

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These are the voyages of the starship Nissan...
These are the voyages of the starship Nissan…
Hey, look, that Aston Martin looks just like a Ford Fusion! Oh wait...
Hey, look, that Aston Martin looks just like a Ford Fusion! Oh wait…

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The Robb Report -- when you make enough to spend too much.
The Robb Report — when you make enough to spend too much.
CNet's on the scene with an auto show tech update.
CNet’s on the scene with an auto show tech update.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' huge new exhibit.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ huge new exhibit.

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Maybe it's the Italian influence, but FCA made by far the most liberal use of booth bait of any automaker.
Maybe it’s the Italian influence, but FCA made by far the most liberal use of booth bait of any automaker.

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The new Chrysler minivan... is a minivan. Practical, but never gonna be sexy.
The new Chrysler minivan… is a minivan. Practical, but never gonna be sexy.

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I still think Chrysler/Ram makes the best looking big truck out there.
I still think Chrysler/Ram makes the best looking big truck out there.

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If you think it's cool to look like a six-foot squirrel.
If you think it’s cool to look like a six-foot squirrel.
The front of Ford's new exhibit.
The front of Ford’s new exhibit.
The Ford exhibit features an off road truck simulation.
The Ford exhibit features an off road truck simulation.

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Back at the Alfa Romeo booth. Another FCA marque.
Back at the Alfa Romeo booth. Oh, those Italians.
The Ford booth also features basketball.
The Ford booth also features basketball.
The interior of the nifty Ford Fiesta ST. Nearly 200 hp in a tiny little car equals fun.
The interior of the nifty Ford Fiesta ST. Nearly 200 hp in a tiny little car equals fun.

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More of that popular golden color on a new Chevy hatchback.
More of that popular golden color on a new Chevy hatchback.
Acura's supercar, a fantasy on wheels.
Acura’s supercar, a fantasy on wheels.
Smart is back at the Detroit auto show. I've driven one. It was fine in town but close to terrifying at 70 mph.
Smart is back at the Detroit auto show. I’ve driven one. It was fine in town but close to terrifying at 70 mph.
Nifty electrified Mercedes.
Nifty electrified Mercedes.
Cadillac's new take on the station wagon. Gorgeous.
Cadillac’s new take on the station wagon. Gorgeous.

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Verizon had a small display featuring the Indianapolis 500 trophy, and, inexplicably, a young woman in a superhero outfit.
Verizon had a small display featuring the Indianapolis 500 trophy, and, inexplicably, a young woman in a superhero outfit.

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