What was new at the Detroit auto show

Detroit auto show
The Infiniti QX Inspiration shows where that brand is going - electrical. No need for a radiator and cooling system so no grill.
The magic number is 1,000 – as in lb. ft. of torque from the turbocharged diesel in the new RAM HD pickups.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has lost some of its international flavour n the last few years. So much so that in order to remain in the game it is switching to June as of 2020. Noticeably absent this year were the German luxury brands – Audi, BMW, Jaguar/Land Rover and Mercedes. Mazda was a no show, along with Mitsubishi and a few others others.

Lots of power on display

But that did not mean there were no introductions. In fact there were a raft of them, ranging from pickups and SUVs, to sports cars and concept vehicles.

The most powerful Ford production vehicle to ever wear the blue oval – the Shelby GT500, with more than 700 horsepower.

Toyota finally unveiled the new Supra at the Detroit show. Developed in partnership with BMW it has an in-line six cylinder engine from the German company.

The 2020 Toyota Supra was driven on stage in Detroit by Fernando Alonzo.

A couple of new SUVs made their entry at the Detroit show, including the three-row Kia Telluride and the next generation Ford Explorer. The ST version of the Explorer will be available with up to 400-horsepower.  

The new Explorer is based on a rear-drive platform, but will also be available with all-wheel-drive.

New Explorer rear-drive platform may serve beneath next Mustang

Nissan and Infiniti both showed new concept vehicles strongly hinting at where the respective brands are heading. The company plans on eight entirely new, purely electric vehicles on new platforms by 2022.  

The IMS is Nissan’s take on the next generation of sedans. Taking advantage of the power and low mounting of the batter pack these vehicles will couple high performance with amazing interior space.
This trio of RAM HD trucks was introduced at the Detroit auto show. From right to left – 2500 Laramie Black, the 3500 Mega Dually, and the new HD PowerWagon
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At the age of five I was already obsessed with all things automotive being able to identify the make and model of car by just the sound of its engine going down the street in front of our house in the small town on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Although I have been covering and writing about the automotive scene for more than 40 years and the light still grows brightly.