Detroit Auto Show
Its official name is the North American International Auto Show, but most know it as the Detroit auto show. It happens every year in early January and with as many as 50 new production and concept cars making their debut, the Detroit auto show is the premiere car show in the world. The first Detroit auto show, sponsored by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, was held back in the days of the Model T, in 1907 at a beer garden in Detroit. A total of 33 vehicles was shown by 17 exhibitors.
The 2006 Detroit Auto Show looks to be yet another display of high-powered cars from the Big Three(Chrysler, Ford and GM). Rumors are floating around indicating that Chevrolet will roll out a Camaro concept car. It’s about time. Dodge has gone one step further by releasing a sketch of its Challenger concept coupe. It’s a dead ringer for the classic ’70 R/T and packs a 6.1-liter Hemi and a six-speed. Ford will have yet another heritage vehicle with the addition of the Shelby GT500 convertible to the lineup.
Crossovers are the fastest growing segment in the industry and there will be no shortage of them in Detroit. Ford will have two while GM will have a Buick concept crossover that’s sure to become a production model shortly. They’ll be joined on the GM stand by the 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT and ESV sport-utes, and a hybrid version of the Saturn Vue SUV.
There will be more than just domestics crowding Cobo Hall. Toyota will be showing off the fully redesigned Camry, FJ Cruiser SUV and flagship LS sedan from its Lexus division. Nissan will show its Versa subcompact, while Mitsubishi plans to debut the Eclipse Spyder. We hear Mazda is planning to debut a new concept that’s a cross between the Miata and the RX-8, and Hyundai has already confirmed another new concept coupe called the HCD-9.
All the speculation will be wiped away starting January 8th.