Published: Thu, January 12, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

North American International Auto Show

North American International Auto Show

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump's populist approach to trade has the world's carmakers on the edge of their seats, with the industry gathering in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show.

In some cases, automakers proactively trumpeted their US investments at press conferences and in interviews at the Detroit auto show.

Volkswagen (VLKAY) has revealed two electric concept vehicles at the North American International Auto Show as it attempts to move forward from its emissions scandal.

Barring any significant policy changes, the Center for Automotive Research projects that USA share of North American automotive production will fall to 58% by 2020, down from the previous all-time low of 63% past year. Replace those succulents with kind bud, and you have the future's most successful delivery company. And instead of wondering what the must-sees at the Detroit event are, the buzz has focused on what auto company Trump will target next. Whether you like it or not, though, there's no doubting it was the pointiest new vehicle announced this year.

As the hall opened to reporters January 9, it was clear that the auto industry is putting its best foot forward to show what it has planned for 2017 and beyond.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric auto, Honda Ridgeline pickup, and Chrysler Pacifica minivan were named the 2017 North American auto, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year, respectively. Judging by the current state of auto design, that still apparently counts for a lot. "The new US-23 work going on, they're actually embedding a lot of smart technology".

"Conventional pickup trucks have gotten more refined with each generation, but they don't come close to the quiet comfort of the Ridgeline", Joe Wiesendfelder of Cars.com said to the Detroit Free Press. GM has a number of redesigned SUVs for the 2018 model-year. Norris said that gradually those hurdles are being overcome and that is visible at the 2017 NAIAS. "We also approached it from a different design attitude".

Tesla is not the only company missing from NAIAS this year.

"When the president of the United States says something, everybody listens", Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Co., said in an interview last week at the CES 2017 trade show in Las Vegas. We eliminated the buttresses that sloped onto the sides of the truck bed from the cap and gave it a more traditional 90-degree angle where the back of the cab meets the bed.

As usual, it's a headlong rush into crossovers and SUVs that pose the main market trends, though with petrol so cheap, full-sized pickup trucks continue to sell and make solid profits.

The 2017 edition of the North American International Auto Show opened at Cobo Hall yesterday with the first of three days of the press preview. That conference is scheduled for 7:30 a.m.

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