The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is one of the biggest events of the year. It’s where automakers unveil some of their most exciting new cars and give us a sneak peek at what we may see in the years to come.
We traveled to the COBO Center, in the heart of Detroit, to take in the show. Here are some highlights of the top vehicles from NAIAS 2015.
It’s nearly impossible to keep a secret in this day and age, yet somehow Ford kept this one under wraps. The Detroit automaker rolled out a completely redesigned GT—a supercar that takes inspiration from the hallowed Ford GT40 race cars of the ’60s. Equally as surprising, though, was Ford’s intention to begin production of the new GT next year. It will sport Ford’s most powerful EcoBoost engine to date, a twin-turbo V6 capable of more than 600 horsepower.
This is one car people were waiting for. Acura had teased us with various concepts over the past few years, but they finally showed us the production model at NAIAS—and it was worth the wait. The new NSX is equal parts beauty and power. It will feature a unique sport hybrid setup, with a total of three electric motors paired with a twin-turbo V6 engine. That equals a lot of fun. Of note, Jerry Seinfeld was in the audience at NAIAS just to see the NSX up close.
This car wasn’t a surprise, but everyone was thrilled to see it in person. Alfa Romeo’s 4C Spider, outfitted with a canvas top, or optional carbon-fiber removable hardtop, hits dealerships this summer—just in time for a top-down drive.
Nissan was quite excited to show us the all-new Titan—and for good reason. The automaker finally has a light-duty pickup truck that can compete against the big names in the truck world. Nissan will offer an optional 5.0L V8 Cummins diesel engine with the Titan, a first for the automaker in North America.
Ram kept truck lovers happy with the Rebel—an off-road-style package that takes its 1500 pickup to a new level. The Rebel features a very aggressive look, complete with 33-inch wheels, an optional 5.7L Hemi V8 engine and seats finished with a tread pattern that mimics the truck’s tireprint.
Hyundai went in a different direction with this concept truck. Dubbed a “crossover truck,” the Santa Cruz is Hyundai’s attempt to fill a void they see in the market. Their research showed that many young urban consumers were looking for a vehicle with greater cargo versatility than a crossover—but there wasn’t a suitable option on the market. Enter the Santa Cruz—part crossover, part truck.
The all-new Volt took center stage at NAIAS. Chevrolet says the second generation of the electric car with extended range can travel 50 miles on a full charge—up from the 38 miles of the outgoing model. Chevy also unveiled the quirky-looking Bolt, a car they say is part of a vision to make electric vehicles affordable to the mainstream. It has a range of 200 miles and a projected price of $30,000.
Most people weren’t expecting this. Buick made a big splash at NAIAS with their Avenir concept. While it’s likely they won’t build this—design elements will be passed down to other Buick models—it proves that Buick is more than capable of crafting an elegant sedan that turns heads.
Audi showed off their new design language with the all-new Q7 SUV. It sports a prominent new grille and very strong bodylines. But you’ll have to jump inside to see just how special it is—the Q7 won the EyesOn Design Award at the Detroit show for its interior design.
After winning the 2015 North American Car of the Year for their Golf, Volkswagen captured our attention with the Cross Coupé GTE. The seven-seat mid-size SUV gives us a peek at the aesthetics of future VWs, as well as the automaker’s plug-in hybrid powertrain.
In the market for a new car? Or simply curious to see what others paid for a specific vehicle? Visit GEICO Car Buying Service to see how you can save on your next ride.
Today’s vehicles are jam-packed with so much tech, it’s hard to know what to look for in your next vehicle. If you’re shopping around for a new or used car, here are some new car technology options you might want in your next vehicle.