The 2013 North American International Auto Show held at Detroit, Michigan saw a record number of attendees – 795,416 people to be precise. Out of these, 217,000 came in just during the final two days. NAIAS Chairman Jim Seavitt claimed that this was the highest total of attendance since the 2004 show, which boasted of 808,833 people. The economic impact of the show to Metro Detroit is estimated to be at around $365 million. Seavitt aligns the Detroit show with a vibrant, confident and stronger auto industry – one that realizes the value of this platform as a globally significant one.
The Press Preview days are always among the biggest highlights of the show, when manufacturers debuted their best products. About 60 auto premiers were showcased in that part this year and covered by over 5,2000 journalists from 60 countries. The Cadillac ATS Sports Sedan bagged the prize of best car, followed closely by the Ford C-Max. Other popular cars include the new Acura NSX concept 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, 2014 Cadillac ELR and Ford Atlas (F-150) concept. Overall, trucks also attracted a large number of eyeballs and came across as one of the most talked about categories in the auto show.
Judged by a panel of 46 journalists, the Chrysler Ram 1500 pickup truck won the Best Truck of The Year Award. This was a particularly proud moment for the company that often finds itself in third place, behind Ford’s F-series trucks and Chevrolet Silverado. The Mazda CX-5 was the runner up for best truck. Apart from these stars, there were three newly refined trucks that had everybody talking – the Chevrolet Silverado, the Ford Transit Connect and the Ford Transit.
The 2014 Silverado and GMC Sierra saw a remodel for the first time in 2007, so their first glance at the Detroit Auto Show was quite exciting. Coming in with three engine choices – 4.3 L V6, 5.3 L V8, and 6.2 L V8 – they are showing off a sturdier and bolder body, with significantly enhanced interiors. The 2014 Transit Connect has a work van and a passenger version. Both will have two wheelbase lengths, six-speed automatic transition and the option to add My Ford Touch. The wagon is reminiscent of Ford’s Freestar days. The Ford Transit is targeted at giving Chevrolet Express, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Nissan NV a tough time. And with the features its packing, it most likely will!
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