ESD At The Auto Show: Day 2 Photos

DETROIT — It was time for a final spin around the North American International Auto Show Tuesday, the final day of Press Preview Days. Check out these pictures snapped by Matt Roush, director of communications and public relations at The Engineering Society of Detroit.

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The TV reporters I hung out with earlier in my career used to say of press conferences, “If you don’t feed us, you don’t need us.” Not sure that not feeding the journalists is too smart on Ford’s part.
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The very expensive Mercedes Maybach. A very nice car to be chauffeured around in.

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Hey, it’s not only the Italians, it’s also the Germans.
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Here’s a Cadillac in that brilliant blue color you’ve been hearing about. It’s yet another vehicle I might get if I hit that Lotto pot.

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Or maybe this one. Same car, only bigger.

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I have to say this for Honda. Their tiny Fit feels a lot bigger inside than my current commutermobile, a Ford Fiesta.
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I’ve liked the Camaro ever since the late 1960s, and I still like it now. Sweet.
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The cockpit of the new Camaro.
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The Ford exhibit has huge video screens front and back.
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Part of the Ford exhibit is blasting man made hailstones at the Gorilla Glass that will be used on the new Ford GT. Finally, a windshield I can’t break.

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The social media center in the Ford exhibit. I’m betting this space will be taken up by cars for the public show.
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They’re hiding the Ford GT upstairs at the Ford exhibit. Maybe the best looking car in human history.

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The Ford exhibit from upstairs.

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Or maybe I’ll buy the Ford Raptor 4X4 when I hit the Lotto. Jeez, I’m gonna need a Jay Leno-sized garage. Fantastic truck, though.

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Or maybe this stretch Jeep Wrangler Sahara. Definitely makes you feel like you could go anywhere, road or no road.
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And you could go anywhere while blasting the tunes loud enough to make a dead man’s ears bleed. Note the subwoofer in the wayback.
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Our friends at Denso with a big safety and technology exhibit.
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And here’s the safety and technology exhibit from ZF, which recently purchased TRW. All the airbags!

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A new supercar from Lexus.

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The Robb Report’s exhibit includes this 1960s supercar from Lamborghini, now worth upwards of $1 million.
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Check out the lovely wood interior of this Rolls-Royce.
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I believe this used to be Lord Grantham’s ride.
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Very inexpensive sports car looks from Scion.

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A reporter does her standup from a Toyota concept car.

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The Volvo that won Truck of the Year. Not very trucky, in my book, but what the heck, Range Rover won it last year, and the only off-roading Range Rovers in these parts do is the dirt path to the horse barn.
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A nifty concept future car interior from Volvo.
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This is not your grampa’s Buick. Wow.
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Sigh. Another day drooling over the BMW i8.
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How convenient. I turn 69 in 2025, and if there is autonomous driving by then, that’ll be great — that’s about when my driving skills will start falling apart!

 

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