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Thousands of people have been flocking to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, not least President Obama, who made a special appearance to underscore the recovery of the U.S. auto industry since the 2008 financial crisis. Public attendance has been building in recent years, and this year’s event, running until Sunday, is offering a new set of innovative and inviting vehicles to check out.
John McCormick rounds up some standout models in Detroit including the Buick Avista, “a coupe that any brand, including the mighty German luxury automakers could be proud of,” the Lexus LC 500, “with a finely executed flagship luxury coupe design,” the Chevrolet Bolt, described as “the world’s first affordable production electric car with a decent range,” the sleek Chrysler Pacifica minivan, from the inventors of the minivan market, and the “petite but powerful” BMW M2 that “promises giantkiller performance.”
The Honda Civic and Volvo XC90 claimed the North American Car and Truck/Utility honors at the start of the show, edging out U.S. automakers. The compact Civic beat General Motors’ Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda’s MX-5 Miata to be named best car, and become a two-time winner. The Civic last won the accolade in 2006. The XC90 SUV won the truck and utility category ahead of the Nissan Titan and Honda Pilot. The award will help Volvo re-establish itself in the U.S. market, reports ABC News.
“FCA emphasizing family fun of new minivan at NAIAS,” The Detroit News
If your automotive needs revolve around children, take a closer look at the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan. It features technology that Fiat Chrysler is firmly hoping will win over the kids, like the backseat entertainment center with touchscreen displays. Fiat Chrysler got creative with a “Pacifica Play Zone” at the Detroit auto show to highlight the vehicle’s family appeal. The Pacifica replaces the existing Town & Country minivan model.
So what is weird, different and unusual at this year’s Detroit auto show? Well, MLive introduces us to eight different new car smell colognes from Ally (Pickup Truck is apparently 57 percent bonfire, 21 percent axle grease, 16 percent flannel and 6 percent beard); a classic $600,000 Rolls-Royce; the U.S. made Elio three-wheeler, which clocks 84 mpg; a 1969 Lamborghini Miura and much more besides.
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