It was the “Greatest Show On Earth” for two days in January!
Wayne Gerdes, Jud Engels, Mike Sirach and James Davis - CleanMPG
- Jan. 15, 2011
The 5 best vehicles available or will soon be available within North America featured.
Over 5,000 journalists and up to 500 cars on the show floor created excitement and mayhem over two days in January.
The main event is most definitely in Detroit. Known as the world's automotive center, "Detroit" is the core of the American automobile industry and an important source of popular music legacies celebrated by the city's two familiar nicknames, the Motor City and Motown.
A few other tidbits you may not know about Detroit include:
- It was the first city with a paved concrete road.
- It is home to the Ice Cream Soda.
- It supplied 75% of liquor during Prohibition.
- It was home to the first ever news radio broadcast.
And one of the most interesting facts from a geographical perspective is that it is the only city in the US from which you have to look south to see Canada
Ok, while those fun facts describe Detroit in a way many may not have considered, let us get real. This is the home of the Big 3. That being GM, Ford and Chrysler. Even though Ford and Chrysler are not located within Detroit’s city limits, they are located within the 6 county Metro area so they belong too.
Detroit has hosted an auto show of one sort or another for over a century and for the first few decades of its existence, the show's focus was strictly regional. In 1987, that changed when a visionary group of auto dealers within the Detroit Auto Dealers Association asked a bold question: Why not make the event truly national in scope? For that matter, why not make it the best auto show in the United States? Achieving this objective within only a few years' time, the North American International Auto Show pursues a vision of continually redefining what it means to be the auto industry's indispensable North American event. To achieve this goal, the Auto Show continually introduces bold new ways to enhance attendees' experience and deliver exceptional value to media, industry and the public.
The 2012 NAIAS
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) press conference schedule for the 2012 was not only revealing but eye opening as vehicle stand after vehicle stand were revealing fuel efficient model after fuel efficient mode. Hybrids, electrics, diesels and even conventionally powered automobiles with 40 + in their name somewhere are becoming as commonplace in this second decade of the 21st century as fins were in the 50’s
The above video focuses on the 5 vehicles having what we believe will have the most impact over the remainder of this year. In alphabetical order, the Toyota Prius c, Dodge Dart, Ford Fusion, Volkswagen Jetta and of course the 2012 North American Car of the Year (NACOTY), the 2012 Hyundai Elantra.
Enjoy the vid as it was conceived, designed and constructed from the mind of one of the most creative individuals I know. That being Jud Engels of Frugal TV.