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Trucks Took the Lead (and 3 Other Highlights from the Detroit Auto Show)

Each year, automakers from around the world showcase their newest cars, trucks and SUVs (and some fun modified vehicles) at auto shows. One place to experience this is at the Detroit Auto Show (also known as the North American International Auto Show); one of the largest auto shows held in North America. If you didn’t get a chance to go, here are a few highlights:

  1. Trucks, trucks and more trucks. Trucks were front and center at the Detroit Auto Show. Here are some of the show’s standouts:
    • Ford showcased the Ranger, a mid-size truck, back in the U.S. market for the first time since 2011. The new Ranger offers a rugged, off-road design to appeal to younger, active buyers looking for something smaller than the F-150.
    • RAM unveiled the 2019 Ram 1500 featuring high-strength steel in the frame and 395 horsepower (if you get the HEMI ®). Options for this truck rival those of luxury sedans – an optional 900-watt stereo system, 360-degree view camera and crash prevention technologies including lane departure warning and forward collision mitigation.
    • Chevy showed off the 2019 Silverado, highlighting improvements like a wider bed floor (the “Rock Box” as they’re calling it) and more tie-downs in the truck bed. These improvements were a direct result of customer feedback. Plus, it’s up to 450 pounds lighter from using mixed materials for improved performance.
  2. A new competitor. Chinese automaker GAC Motor (aka Guangzhou Automobile Group Co.) announced that it’s entering the North American market in 2019. The automaker is currently establishing its dealer network. GAC Motor featured its all-electric, compact SUV, the Enverge, during the show. The concept car is the automaker’s latest exploration into the electric crossover vehicle market.
  3. Futuristic concept cars. Like GAC, three other automakers – Lexus, Infiniti and Nissan – all took the opportunity to showcase their concept cars. The cars featured sleek, clean lines, minimalist designs and cool concept ideas (like removing side mirrors in favor of side cameras).
  4. A wagon frozen in time. Mercedes-Benz encased their G-Class SUV in bright, orange resin (44.4 tons of it to be exact). The classic 1979 Mercedes-Benz G-Class was hard to miss, set at the entrance of Detroit’s Cobo Hall for all to see (and photograph). Inside the show, spectators got a first look at the redesigned 2019 G-Class featuring a new interior and suspension.

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