The 2016 Detroit Auto Show opens to the public Saturday, January 16th.
The week leading up to the public show was filled with dozens of new car, SUV and truck debuts. All in all, we’d call it a great year for the show which had lacked some luster during the recession years. But with the economy getting better and new car sales at a record high since 2000, the Detroit Auto Show is officially back.
Sports cars, sedans and trucks stole the show, with some new SUVs and even a minivan thrown in.
Some of our favorites would have to be the surprise Buick Avista Coupe Concept, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Lincoln Continental, the Ford Fusion V6 Sport, the Honda Ridgeline, the Chrysler Pacifica minivan and the Lexus LC 500.
- Expect the 2017 Lexus LC 500 to be around $100,000 (and worth every penny.)
- While the Buick Avista concept was certainly the star of the show, and won an EyesOn Design award, don’t expect Buick to build it as is. Although it will likely use some design elements in new vehicles.
- The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class is a car we’d happily live in. It’s arguably the most technology-packed sedan out there today.
- Meanwhile, the Lincoln outfitted the new 2017 Continental with a lot of technology, too, as it prepares to do battle with Cadillac.
- Ford didn’t go as big at the show as it did last year, when it launched the Ford GT. But it did roll out a new 325-hp Fusion V6 Sport along with a Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew.
- Honda officially arrived back on the truck scene with its new more, mainstream-looking Ridgeline that it hopes with lure more buyers.
- As for Chrysler, it brought back the minivan. But it dropped the iconic Town and Country nameplate and renamed it the Pacifica.