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