2019 North American International Auto Show

Jan 25, 2019

With another Christmas past and the new year into full swing, it's time for the first big auto show of the year here in the northeast. The 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
As we brave the cold frozen roads of the Michigan winter, I reflect on Detroit auto shows gone by and how the industry and this particular show has changed since I was a kid attending with my father over 40 years ago.

Shapes and colors have changed drastically.
Use of lightweight materials and production techniques have been innovated and refined, with aluminum trucks and carbon composites being the going trend.
Speeds and performance have increased dramatically. 600 or 700 horsepower is not out of the norm these days and the 200 MPH barrier has long been broken. Now we question who will make the first production car to break 300 MPH?

Safety has improved quite a bit with energy absorbing crash zones and airbags but the best practice of safety will always be the knowledge stored between your ears. Skilled and alert, defensive drivers are the primary components that make the roads safer for everyone.

Detroit was once the center of automotive production, innovation and technology but things have changed and over the last 40 years Detroit has been reduced to a fraction of what it had been.
We look forward to the day Detroit reclaims it's greatness as the motor city capital of the world.

The NAIAS gets smaller and smaller every year, with more manufacturers opting out than in. If you like Ford, GM and Chrysler then there is a lot to see. In years past you could kick the tires of the latest BMW or Mercedes Benz. Sit in and get a feel for the new Audi, Porsche or Italian exotics. In 2019 these makers were not there.
Now they bring in cars from private collections just to fill the space in the huge Cobo Hall exhibit area.
We still enjoy the auto show and the drive into historic Detroit. It always has some interesting attractions and amazing displays that are fun for the whole family.

Ford had a rope tunnel elevated 10 or 12 feet in the air for adventurous people to climb through and was using Virtual Reality gear while giving rides on an indoor track to show off their new Explorer.
The 2020 Mustang GT500 makes it's debut.
Chevrolet made a life size Silverado entirely out of Lego building blocks and it's new 755 HP Corvette ZR1 is bold and beautiful.
Chrysler/Jeep have some of the best displays in the business.
Jeep finally gets back into the growing truck market with it's new Jeep Gladiator. Looks pretty nice.
Be sure and check out the GAC TrumpChi line.

The Detroit Auto Show has always been held in January for as long as I have been going but in another bid to change it's persona NAIAS has announced that starting next year in 2020 the show would be scheduled for the week of June 8th.
In my humble opinion, the January venue was one of the best things the NAIAS had going for it.
Maybe the change to summer will be a great thing for NAIAS, time will tell.
Enjoy the photos.

-Show Times-
-The Gallery Event January 12, 2019
-Press Preview January 14-15, 2019
-Industry Preview January 16-17, 2019
-Charity Preview January 18, 2019
-Public Show January 19 - January 27, 2019

- Adults $14
- Seniors: $7
- Children: $7 (7-12 years old)

Cobo Center
One Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226

Public Show dates for 2020
-The Gallery Saturday, June 6
-Press Preview June 9-10
-Industry Preview June 10-11
-AutoMobili-D June 9-11
-Charity Preview Friday, June 12
-Public Show Saturday-Saturday, June 13-20

2019 World Motor Media

2019 North American International Auto Show

The all new 2020 Jeep Gladiator
Outside the show a Ford GT from the top.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe
The 755HP 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Chevy Silverado Made from over 334,000 Lego bricks.
Ranger Scramble Net. A fun family activity at the Ford display.
Inside Fords, Ranger Scramble Net
A 2019 Ford Transit Quigley Conversion 4x4
The 2019 Ford Ranger
2020 Ford Shelby GT500
The New Ford GT500
2020 Ford Explorer
The 2020 Ford GT500 will have over 700 HP by a 5.2 Liter Supercharged V8
The 2019 Ford F150 SVT Raptor
2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition in the Gulf Oil color scheme
2019 Series 1 Mustang RTR. 1 of 500 made for 2019
2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
2020 Jeep Gladiator. A very serious Off-Road Truck
2019 Ram Power Wagon
2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Edition
1320 feet. 1/4 Mile club. Lots of rubber stuck to the fender/bumper area.
2019 Challenger Hellcat in a matte finish w black two-tone
RK Rally private collection.
2019 GAC Trumpchi
Aston Martin Vantage S from the Envy Auto Group private collection
McLaren from the Envy Auto Group private collection
The Nissan Prototype IMs
Nissan all electric FIA Formula E race car.
Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
The new 2020 Toyota Supra
Toyota GR Supra auctioned for 2.1 million at Barret Jackson for charity.
Infinity Prototype 10 concept
No. 31 Whelen Engineering IMSA Cadillac DPi-V.R Race Car
Inside the '19 NAIAS at the VW exhibit.
2019 Volks Wagon GTI, Jetta and Pasat
Acura NSX GT3 carbon fiber race car
2019 Acura NSX
The view of Windsor, Canada from across the Detroit river inside the Cobo Hall river view area.

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