Reinventions of legendary high-performance vehicles, popular new pickups and features and a family SUV that returns to its roots headline the North American International Detroit Auto Show at Huntington Place convention center on the Detroit riverfront.
The show opened to the public Saturday and runs through Sept. 24.
The show looks bigger and better than last year and also includes several welcome activities:
An indoor demo track for electric vehicles with models from BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Tesla and Volkswagen.
Indoor off-road tracks demonstrating the capabilities of pickups and SUVs by Ford, Jeep and Ram.
Outdoor test drives in new Ford vehicles.
The ABCs of EVs, and flying cars
Everyone who wants to know more about electrical vehicles should visit the Powering Michigan EV Learning Center.
The stand, courtesy of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 58 and National Electrical Contractors Association, who also sponsor the EV rides, features information and demos of charging and other FAQs.
Two other stands continue last year’s look into moving flying cars from science fiction to a driveway near you:
California company Alef Aeronautics, with its Model A prototype.
Israeli Air’s electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, complete with a flight simulator for showgoers to experience.
The cars (and trucks and SUVs) are the stars
The show features more than a dozen important new vehicles going on sale over the next 12 months.
From jaw-dropping reinventions of American legends to pickups with great new features and family-hauling SUVs, there’s something for just about every taste.
Here’s my list of must-see vehicles at the Detroit auto show.
Cadillac Escalade IQ
Electric-powered and built in GM’s nearby Factory Zero plant and priced starting at $130,000, this big SUV takes Cadillac’s signature into the future, and should be able to cover 450 miles on a charge. On sale next summer.
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