HIGHLIGHTS FROM NAIAS 2016
The automotive industry is alive and well in Detroit. The birthplace of the invention that launched a worldwide phenomenon has propelled us into 2016 on a fevered note. Press week is always a wonderful mix of excitement and global interest that sets our city ablaze. The amazing array of cars, trucks and all the in-between hybrids fill every nook and cranny of the newly renovated COBO Hall. The restoration was long awaited and overdue; and as design meets infrastructure, the demand for more and more space is required to meet the vastly changing landscape desired for each manufacturer to pitch their latest creations. Crews from all over the globe have descended upon our shores to spread the automotive news.
As a fashion, beauty and lifestyle concern, Haute is… Magazine prides itself on finding the beauty and symmetry created from great design and exceptional craftsmanship. Since basic black was the color de jour, it was somewhat difficult to draw a huge parallel between fashion and automotive design – except where the Cadillac display actually pays homage to “Parallels by Design”, relative to the partnership with Cadillac and public schools. Even in it’s most simplistic form, the basic black dress can still speak volumes. Join us as we tour the many displays for both a visual and visceral look at all that is new and creative for the coming 2016-17 automotive futures.
Model Tiffany Moore: Audi A4 all road Quattro and Audi H-Tron Quattro concept cars are leading the way for the Audi brand with the remarkable offering of state-of-the-art fuel cell technology.
BMW I8 is a revolutionary plug-in hybrid. This sports car uses eDrive technology to combine the efficiency of an all-electric motor and the power of a TwinPower Turbo engine for an exhilarating driving experience that’s every bit BMW. The Streamflow design meticulously plays a key role in the design of the BMW i8, with each detail working toward channeling airflow for greater efficiency. Additionally, the streamflow design of the vehicle’s rear wing helps provide significant downforce all the way up to the electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Volkswagen is rebounding from the 2015 emissions scandal to offer the new Tiguan GTE Active Concept. Implementing a 12-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and electric motor, these features offer 20 miles of electric range before the turbocharged, direct-injection gasoline engine kicks in, notching a total driving range of 580 miles on a 16.9-gallon tank.
Infiniti Q50 sports vehicle in sleek red gloss features a 400-horse power engine, 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 (one of three new engines), and is a leader in advancing both power and performance.
Buick Lacrosse Avista is a sleek new offering from the Buick division with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. From tip to stern the beautifully designed body is void of the B pillars between the doors for an open and unending streamline appeal.
Subaru Outback 3.6RLimited Wagon is focusing on the off-road experience for the 2016-17 markets, offering a roomier and more comfort-driven interior, as well as newly enhanced safety features.
Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette are always dynamic players in the auto show realm, as high-performance alpha cars built to test any limits.
Chevrolet ups the trendy accessories game with logo shirts and bags to draw a younger, more fashion-savvy client.
Honda-Acura launches a newly designed concept vehicle, the Precision for 2016. After 30 years, this high-tech vision offers many advanced amenities such as curved control video consoles the size of an iPhone 6 Plus, and passenger scanning capabilities that offer personalized settings for audio, mapping and all things techie.
Model: Julie and NSX accessories are complimentary fashion statements for the vehicles they represent.
Mercedes Cabrio Fortwo Smart cars have a master plan to over take the competition offered by the Fiat 500 convertible, with a new drop top set for summer 2016. One key element: a top that opens in 12 seconds – even while being driven – and can be controlled remotely.
Mercedes is also offering three stand-out vehicles: the meticulously designed SLC roadster, AMG GTS 4, and E-Classic 2017 (not shown). Coming off a stellar year and five years of top sales, these models are helping Mercedes move to the next step towards autonomous driving with the DRIVE PILOT driver assistance system. Model: Cassandra for Mercedes display.
Cadillac Parallels by Design “embarks on an exploration of concept, craftsmanship and the artisans who make innovation tangible”.
Model Heather: Cadillac Display in Public School design was one of the only models who knew what designer she was wearing.
GMC trucks Denali is a sub-brand for GMC. The upscale 2017 GMC Canyon Denali pickup is available in late 2016 and early 2017. The highly profitable vehicles are looking to be a cornerstone for the GMC brand.
Verizon Indy Car Series is having an amazing presence at this year’s show; it will be the largest of its kind in North America. Beginning January 16, fans can visit the Verizon Indy Car Series display located in Hall D for the opportunity to see some of the Indy drivers up-close and personal. Model: Kay Indy car display
BREMBO Ferrari 488GTB: Brembo SPA is the world leader and acknowledged innovator of disc brake technology. Making their 2016 feature debut on the NAIAS show floor, Brembo specializes in high-performance brakes for sports cars as well as commercial vehicles and motorbikes. Brembo has a 40-year history with Ferrari starting in 1975 until today. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Brembo is looking to gain even more marketshare in the coming years.
Porsche: The always popular brand will be unveiling its new Turbo 911 for 2016-2017 sports car enthusiasts.
Tundra truck “BUILT HERE – LIVES HERE” motto and the Kyle Busch formula #18 car and matching uniform. Now that’s a fashion statement!
Scion is gearing up to be one of the most invigorating brands of the season. With new editions and fuel-saving engines, Scion is poised to be one of 2016’s most youth-conscious of all the Toyota brands.
Motorcycles: Offering up some relief from auto overload, the NAIAS displayed some amazing motor bikes from top-tier manufacturers such as Honda, BMW and Ducati (pictured).
Photos: Robere Lett, Michael Anthony and Darrett Pullins for Haute is… Magazine.