The 2016 Detroit Auto Show is on the horizon, and with it the best and brightest in auto making showing off what they have planned for the new year. Whether you’re going yourself to get a look at the new stock or simply can’t wait to see what the auto blogs will say, here’s everything you need to know for this year’s auto show.
Not All Tech Will Be New
While the Auto Show is still the place for manufacturers to come show off the cars as vehicles, CES has become the hotspot to show off the cars as pieces of technological innovation. By the time of the auto show, Chevrolet’s new Bolt models will have already premiered at CES 2016, along with a Volkswagen electric concept vehicle. Toyota will have brought their new mapping technology to the show, as well, and a number of tech providers for the automotive industry will have shown what they’re rolling out for the upcoming year. With all this known from CES, there will be a lot time for research and reporting prior to the Auto Show, hopefully driving the amount of information about this tech to greater lengths in Detroit.
Luxury Will Dominate
That can be said pretty much every year – everyone is always on the watch for what will be shown by some of the world’s most elite car makers. There will be no change to that this year, with Porsche bringing the newest version of its 911 family to the stage, Mercedes with the newest SLC, and BMW bringing in two new models for people to gawk at or mock as they see fit. The premier list doesn’t have the same high concentration of ultra-luxury models or concepts as has been seen is some previous eras, but what will take the stage is nothing at which to scoff.
The Displays Will Be Big
It’s not just some sparkling new cars that are coming to town, there will be some serious effort put into attention-catching displays. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be putting on a video-heavy multi-media display they are calling “gears,” telling the individual history of the Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram brands and weaving a story about how they all work together. Since the city has completed renovations on the convention center, a lot of space has opened up for automakers to not only show their cars, but devise new and clever ways to get passers by interested in what they’re saying.
Kids Will Be Welcome
It’s never too early to start building brand loyalty, and the auto industry knows that. Ford will be offering a free build it yourself Ford GT snap kit at their stand. It will be cheap as ever for them to get in, too, and with plenty of age appropriate automotive goodness once they’re in. Just make sure to keep an eye on them – it’s a big space with a lot of cool stuff to check out, after all.