2016 Detroit Auto Show Opens With Hydrogen Power and Pre-Loaded Entertainment
From minivans to sleek coupes to full-blown performance cars, no vehicle category was left untouched or unchanged
It’s January and time for another North American International Auto Show. There are two media days during the 2016 NAIAS with a slew of new concept and production car reveals. PSFK is on hand to capture all the news, spotlighting automotive trends and design. Here’s a quick look at the significant debuts from Press Day 1.
The long-awaited minivan debut from Chrysler, the company that invented the vehicle category. The new model adopts the former Pacifica crossover name. Chrysler says it incorporated 37 innovative features, one of the quirkiest being pre-loaded video games and an animated trip tracker for kids that Chrysler says will forever end the ‘Are we there yet?’ cries.
Audi h-tron Quattro concept
Audi has been exploring electrified concepts under the e-tron moniker for a few years now. A member of the Volkswagen group also contaminated by diesel gate, Audi chose to debut a new zero-emission hydrogen-powered concept at Detroit. The company says that in contrast to the long recharge time of EVs, the h-tron will refill in four minutes.
Lexus LC 500
After debuting the concept a year ago to much praise, Lexus decided to produce a sports coupe for the brand, which hasn’t had a full-blown performance car since the LFA. This production version looks very close to the concept, a point Toyota president Akio Toyoda said was critical to the development.
Buick Avista Concept
Still trying to shed its sedate image, Buick unveiled a concept for a two-door performance coupe called the Avista. It could be potentially share some DNA with the Chevy Camaro if it got produced. The sleek coupe would be a surprising departure for the brand.
Kia Telluride Concept
Kia offered a glimpse at what a large SUV for the brand might look like. It took inspiration for the Telluride from futurist designer Syd Mead. While not much of a visual translation from Syd’s illustration work, the Telluride incorporates 3D-printed parts in the interior and other nods to the future.