The in-car experience is where you’ll find the most innovation taking shape; design, technology, features and benefits, all under the roof of a high performance machine that’s built to thrill. That definitely rang true at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, where we went to see what’s next, smell lots of new car smells and dream of what’s to come for things withwheels.
Here’s a look at what we saw inDetroit.
Whether you buy into Elon Musk’s aggressive timeline predictions or you’re on the baby steps end of the spectrum, the future is here. Almost. Autonomous driving concepts were on full display in Detroit, but this is just the beginning. We’re waiting for Google, Amazon, Apple and the rest of tech to start dropping bombs so we can really get this party started.
Volvo Concept 26
Volvo put their Concept 26 cockpit demo on display front and center. Its dash has the ability to rotate back to display a large touch-display media center, while the front seats slide back to give commuters a spacious ride to the office.
Nissan IDS Concept
Their IDS concept put forward Nissan’s vision of the future of driving. When selected, The Pilot Drive would mimic the performance characteristics, from accelerating to cornering, of the driver’s style and preferences. Which is exactly what we want—a car that learns to drive as badly as people do.
While much of auto is about what’s on the inside and under the hood, there’s no denying the role design plays in creating connections between man andmachine.
Once a hallmark of custom paint jobs, matte, satin and iridescent finishes were on full display at the show. And they looked good. Realgood.
LEDs continue to raise the bar in adding expressive elements to auto. Playful or masculine, the lines of the lamp designs were literally on, and we found ourselves equating the vehicles to personalities on severaloccasions.
Outside of the trends and topics previously covered, here are few of our team’s personalfavorites.
Nissan Titan Warrior Concept
Yep, it’s a bit gaudy and over built, but we loved the Titan Warrior’s aggressive styling, especially around the tail andheadlamps.
The little things
Acura Precision Concept
Acura’s Precision concept looks like it is grinning, and with its design details, who wouldn’t? The headlights encased a fractal suspension and the lines of the super coupe carried over to the tail. Purr,kitty.
Lincoln crushed it. Their booth created an ambient, experiential vibe that at times made you forget you’re there to look at…Lincoln. From the hypnotic music with kaleidoscopic video wall, to the retail-like display booths to the amazing installation by Chuck Hoberman, we were transfixed and we weren’talone.
Our team was split on Mercedes going into the show, but they won us over with their killer brand and line-up presentation. They are likely working hard to shed the mantle of old luxury that they’ve been sporting for so long, and it looks like they might just pull itoff.