Next level innovation draws 1M auto enthusiasts to NAIAS in Detroit

Concept vehicle for Mercedes-Benz (Photo credit: Raquelle Harris for Steed Media)

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) drives nearly one million attendees to the Motor City yearly. This year will be one of the biggest yet with 750 different cars and trucks on display from nearly 50 exhibitors. Innovation and technology top the list of goals for the automakers as they appeal to global and local markets. Beyond the sleek exteriors and welcoming interiors that entice car buyers, the auto show is an opportunity for collaboration and networking among industry professionals.

With an elaborate floor plan that resembles a puzzle, some industry heavyweights occupy more floor space than others. Ford Motor Company’s 49,106 square feet shows they’re ready to “Go Further” with their Autonomous Vehicle Development. This next level in transportation features cameras and laser projectors that operate the vehicle without any human interaction. Its release is planned for 2021.

While some old favorites were revamped such as the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry, Crossovers and SUVs reigned with new releases from Nissan, GMC and Volkswagen. The Honda Ridgeline and Chevrolet Bolt earned North American Truck of the Year and North American Car of the year, respectively. Devoted sedan lovers may decide to switch it up once they see the new Equinox and Traverse from Chevrolet.

The NAIAS runs from Jan. 14-22 at the recently renovated Cobo Hall Center in Detroit. Relax and imagine yourself in the driver’s seat as you check out more stunning vehicles in the photo gallery.

Photo gallery credit: Raquelle Harris for Steed Media

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