1) coverage by the world's press, auto or otherwise, Detroit gets about 8000 reporters I believe
2) the manufacturers all try to have a dazzling concept car to show or a new intro, because of the extensive print, television and e coverage
3) more concepts and new car intros than at other shows
Here are a handful that I really liked........
Ford has been hitting homeruns lately, so the new Fusion is an important introduction. This car's a big seller for Ford, so it has to hit the ground running. I think they did it with this Euro update of a conservative but pleasant older model. Has some Focus lines and maybe a Hyundai Sonata line or two.
The Lincoln MKZ has been a Fusion clone, different front end and back lights, but overall the same car. Well take a look at this beauty. Sure it's based on the Fusion, but with plenty of differenation. I think Ford will sell a ton of them. Enough room for 2 sets of golf clubs?
Don't know whether this 700C van concept from Chrysler will ever see the light of day, but it sure sheds the old van look. Like a friend said, drop a Hemi in this thing and let's go!
clockwise from upper left.....Caddy ATS production, Acura NSX concept, Chevy coupe concept, Smart pick-up concept
Not near enough room here to outline all the goodies, but check out AutoWeek online (http://www.autoweek.com/) to see all the new stuff. A Smart car pick-up?? Just what the world needs most, a place to carry your toothbrush!
The downside about Detroit is the mid winter timing. I'm planning going next Friday, but the weather has to be perfect. Ever hit the 401 near London during a snow storm? Yeeeeeech!
Until next time.......