After first press day, there’s only one conclusion — count on the new, exciting at the Detroit Auto Show

Ford reveals the 2015 F-150 at the Joe Louis Arena (2014 North American International Auto Show)

Ford reveals the 2015 F-150 at the Joe Louis Arena (2014 North American International Auto Show)

The first press day at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit sadly came to an end, but there were a few experiences that stayed with us: Ford’s reveal of the 2015 F-150 in the Joe Louis Arena, breakfast strudel from the Smart team, the 2015 Chrysler 200 press kit, Sushi at the Nissan stand, after lunch coffee, tea and cinammon pastries at the Volvo display, watching the dancing assembly-line robotic arms in the Ford F-150 display, walking through the Mustang exhibit, Kelly Rowland with Mercedes and once again this year, charging our phones in the Chevy stand while walking around the new Corvettes.

Ford reveal of the F-150  at Joe Louis Arena

Ford reveal of the F-150 at Joe Louis Arena

Ford Reveals the 2015 F-150 at 2014 North American International Auto Show

Ford Reveals the 2015 F-150 at 2014 North American International Auto Show

2015 Ford F-150 reveal in the Joe

At the Joe Louis Arena, on the same floor where the Red Wings play, Ford unveiled the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 — and it was huge. The back drop was spread across the length of the floor. From the stands, the Ford executives looked miniature, but their message was clear: Everything about this truck is big. The only experience I can compare it to is being in an IMAX theater with 3D glasses watching Star Wars. The graphics were phenomenal. Three trucks bursting through paper walls was clever. We all agreed, it was one of the best reveals among all the automakers that we’ve seen in years. We will be showing video highlights of the reveal soon.

Breakfast strudel

After the Ford reveal, we were wandering around the show, taking in the bright lights, looking for the new and unusual when someone from the Smart team asked if we would like a breakfast strudel. Now that was something unusual from Smart. Their display is always bright and inviting, probably the most contemporary in the show. Back to the strudel, I was looking for something sweet, like apple or blueberry, but instead, it had an egg filling with bean sprouts on top. Delicious.

 

2015 Chrysler 200 press kit with Pewabic Pottery tile

2015 Chrysler 200 press kit with Pewabic Pottery tile

Press kit and pottery

Later, after the Chrysler 200 reveal – nice looking new design, especially the interior by the way – we picked up the press kit jewel of the show. Yes it had all the information you needed for the show, but the treasure inside was the Pewabic Pottery tile. That’s a keepsake. A Detroit treasure and tradition, Pewabic Pottery was founded in 1903 and is now a fixture of Detroit history (www.pewabic.org)

2015 Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200

2014 Corvette Stingray

2014 Corvette Stingray

My phone is dead; another sweet Corvette

About mid-day, we had a deja-vu moment. It happened last year – once again we found ourselves charging our phones in the Chevy stand. It’s a popular spot as Chevy offers chargers for practically every model phone. Thanks, Chevy. Of course, with a little time on our hands, we had to sit in the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the 2014 Car of the Year, and walk around the new 2015 Corvette C7.R and Corvette Z06. I think that was planned.

Shutter Bus at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Shutter Bus at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Shutter Bus at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Shutter Bus at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Shutter Bus at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Shutter Bus at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Throwback to the Sixties

As we walked toward the Buick stand, two energic hippies jumped out from behind a 1963 Greenbrier bus looking for candidates for the shutter booth. Outside the bus was a variety of hats, scarves, funny signs, glasses, a steering wheel and other props. The idea is to dress up with your friends, get in and take a bunch of pictures. They will be around for public days starting Jan. 18.

Nissan and Sushi

The Nissan stand caught the intern’s eye and we went over to see the vehicles on display and take a rest.

Sushi at the Nissan Stand

Sushi at the Nissan Stand

Before we knew it, a woman approached us with plates of sushi, ginger and wasabi and a pair of chop sticks. Who could resist.

Coffee, tea and Volvo

With cinammon pastries, course. In the Volvo display, as we stopped for expresso and Earl Grey tea, we added this stand to our list of favs. Not too many cars and trucks crowded in like a parking lot, the vehicles were spread appropriately around clean, open space. The wood-trimmed beams and contemporary wooden lounge chairs and sofas were a symbol of Volvo’s heritage, yet contemporary design and advanced technology. It was a pleasing space.

Robotic arms in the Ford stand

Robotic arms in the Ford stand

Dancing robotic arms

The F-150 display is one of the shows newest displays. When we approached it from the rear, it didn’t look like much. But when we turned the corner we couldn’t help but stop and watch the moving robotic arms. Timed and choreographed, it looked as if they were dancing. Fun.  

Mustang display in the Ford stand

Mustang display in the Ford stand

Mustang memories

My first car was a 1970 Mustang so I’m always drawn to anything Mustang, especially the most recent models. Don’t miss the Mustang display on the upper level in the Ford stand. A lot of cool Mustang vintage memorabilia, nice lay out, the exhibit takes you “back in the day” when Mustang was muscle royalty.

Mustang product specialists ready for the crowds

Mustang product specialists ready for the crowds

Always something new and exciting at the Detroit Auto Show each year. During the Mercedes press conference, we could hear Kelly Rowland – you know, Beyonce’s cousin – singing, and see her on the big screen. And when it was time for lunch, we ventured to the new food court. It’s definitely a step in the right direction and I found my salad.

Between the cars, entertainment, food court and displays, there’s always something new to experience.

Later this week, we’ll bring you highlights of the cars and trucks reveals.

 

K. Thornhill Coleman and Olivia Ewing

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