Now That The Show Is Over…


This Is How I Feel About NAIAS

Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

So, now that the North American International Auto Show is over with, we have some fun notes that hopefully will carry us through 2017.

“Autonomous cars are here to stay, and there is nothing we can do about it”, according to one of my car design buddies. I do believe that everyone i now trying to figure how to package more sensors and still meet “Ped-Pro” requirements.

The total attendance numbers were down this year, with the good weather, i guess consumers had a better alternative. Besides, with Consumers Electronic Show (CES), the week before, there wasn’t anything mind blowing to debut.

Speaking of which, the 2018 Toyota Camry, GMC Terrain, and the Chevy Traverse…

The show reminded me more of a sales floor than an auto show. Everyone was conservatively dressed to do business, but had little knowledge about the product. I got so many business cards to visit a website, I felt like it was more of a networking event. I needed a resume, really I did.

I waiting for the car companies to bridge the generation gap with the product offerings. Instead, I have seen lifestyle focused vehicles, that change in dimension as much as dress sizes. We were inundated with cross-overs and SUV’s. and for those designing stuff and throwing out what sticks, or replicating the same user-friendly, adaptive, vehicular control systems, give me good practical design.

The European luxury brands showcased exterior matte finishes as an option, which i thought looked pretty hot, but for $90,000, I think I want clear coat somewhere.

With the comeback of Detroit in the media, when will the other missing brands grace Detroit with their presence, Bentley, Aston Martin, Porsche, Tesla, I see enough around town, display at the show.

Cadillac reveals yet another luxury concept and still can’t figure out how to make the SIXTEEN. Today Cadillac announced that there may be additional products coming out in the next 2-3 years. A smaller than XT-5, and a larger than XT-5, and a smaller ATS size vehicle could possibly hit the streets before 2020. At some point GM will realize that less is more.

I really liked how the auto manufacturers played up the city of Detroit. Where there may not have been much handed out to the media, Mercedes in particular invested the time to promote the city as well as their product.

I hope everyone had fun this year at the show. Don’t forget next year there will be a change in the date, Thanks CES


January of 2018: Guess Who’s Moving In?


By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

Monday, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) announced its January dates for 2018: 1/9/2018 – 1/12/2018. This may push the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) back a week later to Martin Luther King Jr. holiday week for media previews. It was bad enough that because of the CES show, some vehicles didn’t make it to the NAIAS show for the media days. Now, who know how 2018’s auto show season schedule will play out.

This year while the 2017 CES show was ending in Las Vegas, the FCA Chrysler “Portal” Concept was on its way to Detroit — double-timing it back, I’m sure, because it had already missed the media days and wasn’t on display on the show floor until mid-week. Obviously, with new technology coming to the forefront and demanding industry attention, the story is more about the tech than the vehicle, forcing automakers  to decide when and where an appropriate reveal should take place — the top tech show or the top car show.

Rumor has it that the decision makers are considering possibly moving the NAIAS show to the month of May after Chicago and New York shows.

I love CES, especially when it lived in November. Now, with CES in January, and moving closer to NAIAS, it reminds me of the neighbor that builds a large modern home, in an established quiet neighborhood of English Tudors.

@ the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Pt. 2


Mecedes Benz EQ Concept

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Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

Day two at the show we spent more time collecting more information and images to share. Since all of the reveals were on Monday, day two focused on the future of mobility and technology. I was able to sit and talk with a few designers and get an overall feel of their view of the future. I walked around and made quite a few observations as the staff grabbed a few more pictures. We cant wait to share. Check back with us often. In the mean time, here are a few notable displays to check out.

Here We Go, the 2017 North American International Auto Show


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

It feels like Christmas in January. We will be among the 5000 media representatives to be at the North American International Auto Show. This year is our year to move the needle in thought provoking ideas and insights to automotive design and technology. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, where we will be having live updates,coverage, and content. #Autoshowglobal

time to get dressed,

Gallant Gray is the new…Silver?


Stephen Franklin, Auto Show Global

So, it has been proclaimed that “Gallant Gray” is the new color for 2017 by Axalta, a market leader in automotive paint finishes. Well it’s about time. I have owned most colors of the automotive color spectrum expect reds, yellows and greens. For the sake of dialogue, Dark Gray has been one of my favorite automotive colors. I owned a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix and a 2007 GMC Acadia, in the same color family. I was an early adopter. I liked the color because It’s less than black and darker than the more popular silver. I have found that it accented chrome, if you like chrome, and brushed metals. It gives balance to black and cuddles with compliment other colors. It reminds me of charcoal gray suits with brown shoes, it allows the owner license to be bold, and less traditional.

Now, as human beings, and our quest to be unique individuals, everyone will be buying into Gallant Gray. All I can say is, “been there, done that”. My new color is navy blue, catch me if you can. For more information,

FCA Portal Concept at CES 2017 Had Me at Group Selfies



Chrysler Portal Concept Exterior

Chrysler Portal Concept user experience. Once at the destination, interior and exterior cameras can capture the moment with a selfie, which is then automatically downloaded to everyone’s personal device and can be shared via social media

By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

FCA US announced today at the CES 2017  in Las Vegas a new concept vehicle designed by their own in-house millennials for millennials and their future families. You know, that group of young adults between age 18-33 — tech savvy and environmentally conscious — who are highly self aware and known for their uniqueness and willingness to embrace everything “next.”

So do you have to be a millennial to understand what millennials desire in a future vehicle? Probably not, but FCA US wasn’t taking any chances.  

These designers and engineers dreamed up the ultimate future family mode of transportation, They decided to kick on the time machine and turn up the social media game and give the Chrysler Portal concept the features millennials and their future selves will love. My favorite features are the internal and external cameras (which can be used to take personal or group selfies), the facial and voice biometrics and the personal zoned audio, so I can listen to Janet Jackson without headphones and not disturb the rest of my family, who’ve grown tired of my playlist.

Chrysler Portal Concept Interior

And because this is a battery-operated (pure EV), autonomous vehicle with a suite of sensing technologies, the thought is that less time will be spent driving and watching the road during a commute, and more conversing, learning, and catching up with seamless wireless networks between vehicles, even the external environment. So the interior becomes even more important — with more flexibility between seating and cargo, techy features, social networking features and an open atmosphere — creating what FCA’s young millennial team is calling the “third space.” Continue reading