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Auto Show Revs up Excitement With Action-Packed Press Preview Days

Technology and design are the name of the game for today’s automakers, and this year’s North American International Auto Show does not disappoint. With more than 70 percent of the showroom floor brand new, this year’s action-packed NAIAS got off to a strong start with more than 5,000 state, national and international media during Press Preview Days on Monday and Tuesday. Highlights from the show include:

  • Acura unveiled its concept Precision luxury sedan featuring a longer body, touch pad interface, lounge chair-style rear seats, rear-swinging doors and speaker grills made from hand-crafted wood. Read more.
  • Audi unveiled its hydrogen-powered h-tron Quattro concept. The vehicle is powered by two electric motors with 110 kWh of performance. Read more.
  • Buick unveiled its two-door Avista sports coupe concept car. It boasts a 3.0-liter Twin Turbo v6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, 20-inch aluminum wheels, touch screen technology and rear wheel drive. Read more.
  • Chevrolet unveiled its electric 2017 Bolt EV, which offers an estimated 200 miles per charge. The vehicle gets over 200 horsepower and includes a “regenerative braking system” that allows for one pedal driving. In certain conditions, the vehicle can slow down and stop without using the brake pedal. Read more.
  • FCA US LCC unveiled its 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. The eight-passenger vehicle features a lighter body, added storage space and V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower. An electric hybrid version planned for release in the second half of 2016 can travel up to 30 miles on a full battery charge. Read more.
  • Ford Motor Co. unveiled its FordPass mobile platform that allows consumers to talk to personal assistants to help solve issues like finding a quicker route to destinations, reserve and pay for parking in advance, book a ride sharing reservation, and book maintenance appointments at local dealerships. Read more.
  • Ford Motor Co. also introduced its 2017 Lincoln Continental full-size luxury sedan. The sedan includes spacious rear seating, automatic doors, a 19-speaker audio system and full-length moonroof. Watch the unveiling.
  • Mercedes-Benz introduced its new E-Class vehicle. The new model boasts an extended wheelbase length, shorter overhangs and larger wheels. In addition, consumers can enjoy touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel, similar to a smartphone interface. Mercedes also unveiled its special edition 130 convertible, SLC and SLC 43. Watch the unveiling.
  • Volkswagen AG debuted its Tiguan GTE concept plug-in hybrid SUV. Powered by two electric motors and a gasoline engine, the Tiguan GTE can cover up to 20 miles in all-electric mode. The vehicle’s gasoline engine produces 150 horsepower and more than 180 pounds per feet of torque. Drivers can switch between front, rear or all-wheel drive. Read more.

The NAIAS opens to the public on Jan. 16. Click here for additional news coverage from the NAIAS. Coverage of the auto show will continue in next week’s eDetroiter.