By on January 10, 2013

As I gear up for NAIAS (read: do laundry, look for my passport), I am scanning the schedule for what press conferences are worth going to and what’s worth skipping? If you have any special requests, speak now in the comments or forever hold you peace. Personally, I’m most looking forward to seeing the new GM full-size trucks. I liked the old GMT900 pickups, but the bar has been moved forward consecutively by both Ford and Ram. The old formula of a simple, honest no-frills truck may not be enough – and that could be a disastrous miscalculation by GM, leading to a Civic/Malibu-esque need for a mid-cycle refresh.

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78 Comments on “QOTD: What Are You Looking Forward To At NAIAS?...”


  • avatar
    jaydez

    Unfortunately with all the advance attention that all new cars get between “leaks” spy shots, and guesses, nothing is a surprise when it is revealed with smoke and fireworks on a stage. I’m bored with it all. I wish at least one company would use the Apple model for revealing new products. Don’t release ANY information and make sure your employees abide by that too. Reveal it on stage at a big event, like the NAIAS, and follow it with, “you can build it online tonight. Order it at your dealer tomorrow. Production is already underway and deliveries will begin in 2 weeks.

    THAT would be worth tuning in for. Until then I will just look at the pictures with the same unenthusiastic manner I have been in the last few years.

    • 0 avatar
      Beerboy12

      Firstly there is a big difference between blurry spy shots and the real thing all shiny for the press to photograph. Second cars, unlike a small electronic device, need to be tested on the open road making it that much harder do hide the car from a sharp individual with said previously secret electronic device.

    • 0 avatar
      dwford

      I agree. Lately there are always internet “leaks ” followed by a midnight internet reveal ahead of the autoshow reveal. We never get the surprise of the cover being pulled off a new model anymore.

    • 0 avatar
      Quentin

      In all fairness, the last few iPhones have pretty much been known prior to the big events.

    • 0 avatar
      MeaCulpa

      It makes car shows boring yes, but it makes all the sense in the world to leak a car a couple of years before launch, firstly the manufacturer can tweak the car in response to public reaction, secondly it’s free advertising, thirdly – and probably primarily – it might keep existing customers within the brand (if you’re getting a bit bored by your 5series and contemplating a switch to an e-class all those leeks and spyshoots might make on wait for the 5er) and attract new customers to the brand that’s not totally satisfied with your current offering.

      A car constitutes a significant investment for the customer whereas a phone doesn’t, in the same vein a car requires significant development time. So a consumer wont put of a purchase for 6 months hoping for a new iPhone, but the same consumer might wait for a new car model.

    • 0 avatar

      [sarcasm]
      I’m most looking forward to all the auto-bloggers trying to scoop each other with rapid fire, exaggerated commentary of every forgettable consumer appliance and generally unobtainable to 99% of the population superwhizzbangs.
      [/sarcasm]

      On second thought, thanks for the head’s up, Derek. 14-27 January sounds like a good time to log out of Twitter and avoid the RSS reader. As the world churns…

  • avatar
    danio3834

    As I’m sure many others are as well, the C7 Vette and the SS sedan I’m excited for.

    I’m sure ther’ll be some surprises as well.

    • 0 avatar
      KalapanaBlack

      Isn’t the SS just a refreshed Pontiac G8? Why wouldn’t someone just buy a used one of those…? IIRC more than half were V8 GT models. Is the SS going to have an equivalent to the GXP?

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        When it comes down to it, yes, it’s a warmed over G8, which was an awesome car. I’m excited to see it back. There might be some powertrain, appearance and trim changes.

        I imagine a person would buy one over a used G8 for the same reasons people buy new over used current models. The newest G8s are ~ 3 years old.

      • 0 avatar
        corntrollio

        I believe the SS is *only* going to be a GXP (or better) equivalent, per the reports I’ve read.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        Chevy SS = too expensive. It’s a bone thrown to the fanboys.

        I’ll keep my eye on the Charger Hemi R/T. When GM sells a V8 RWD family sedan for approximately $30,000 I’ll pay attention again. When Ford sells a V8 RWD family sedan with the 5.0 Coyote for approximately $30,000 I’ll do cartwheels in the Ford dealers lot.

        When all three of them sell a wagon version of said cars, I’ll wake the f*&$ up because I’ll be dreaming.

  • avatar
    ott

    Will the C7 Corvette be unveiled there? If so, that!

  • avatar
    carlokiii

    Well, C7 Corvette is a given. I guess the two Japanese BMW 3 fighters, the Infiniti Q50 and Lexus IS, are also worth looking at. Tons of SUV concepts from Nissan, Honda, Acura etc. From the luxury makers: ELR, CLA, E-class, just to name a few.

  • avatar
    fredtal

    Audi A3? But last I heard it was going to at the LA show.

    • 0 avatar
      hreardon

      Sadly, not in the cards for Detroit, either. Rumors have the A3 introduction at Shanghai in April. I’d be surprised if we don’t get a US reveal before autoshow season ends, but as things stand now it doesn’t appear to be so.

  • avatar
    BunkerMan

    There are rumours on the Ford boards about the next F-150 being previewed at NAIAS this year to steal some of GM’s thunder. I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Why tip your hand early? How often to pickups need to be revised anyway? The design cycles are getting shorter for trucks than for cars. I’m very happy that my old F150 shares body panels with trucks built from 1996 to 2003.

      • 0 avatar

        And likely 2004 as well; As the new models rolled out, Ford was still building and selling the tenth-generation F-150 as the “Heritage” model, and it was sold in Mexico until 2010. Ford sure got its money back on the tooling for that generation…

      • 0 avatar
        Onus

        As above me the trucks date back to 2004.

        If you want to talk about platform payoff look at the ford Super Duties. Most of it debuted back in 1998 as the 1999 model year. Still using most of it to this day.

        Before that they ran the same platform from 1980-1996.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        Yeah I know, I’ve got a 2004 Heritage model, but so many places are confused when you try to order parts for it unless you call it a 2003 instead. (eye roll)

  • avatar
    KalapanaBlack

    I’m actually most pumped to see what the Chinese will bring, now that they’re displaying again. All the US model cars are either already revealed (or mostly, anyway), or according to another post this morning, not-for-America Korean world Chevrolets.

    I was at NAIAS the first two years Chinese companies displayed (in the entrance hall and in the basement with the tunerZ). The offerings were pretty terrible. But that was 5 years ago, and at the rate the Chinese auto industry is moving I’m expecting to see some vehicles more closely resembling early 2000s Hyundai and Kia offerings than late 1980s Eastern Bloc imports. Maybe even better…

  • avatar
    Shipwright

    I’m interested in what the next generation (2015?) Mustang will look like. So far all we’ve seen have been various artist renderings of the new design. Of particular interest to me is the size and weight of Fords new Pony Car offering.

  • avatar
    mikey

    My dream truck has an 8ft box and a standard cab. I would like to see GM offer something more than the W/T or the bare bones Silverado in the reg cab configuration. Leather,upgraded sound and a less in your face chrome package.

    • 0 avatar
      TEXN3

      I had a truck similiar to that, it was my grandfathers until he passed away in 2001. It was a 98 F150 Lariat reg cab, long bed, 5.4l V8, upgraded stereo, 5-speed manual, 2WD with locking rear. By 2000 and more internet “ordering” or configuring, the ability to make the vehicle you wanted starting coming to an end.

    • 0 avatar
      Scout_Number_4

      Always wondered if “W/T” stood for anything. I once asked a guy that owned one and he said he wasn’t sure, but assumed it stood for “work truck.” If you know the answer, please share.

  • avatar
    celebrity208

    Any news of a replacement for the GMT600 platform. That’s right, I want a next gen Chevy Express 3500 to tow my toys and carry my family. And no, an Americanized Monvano isn’t going to cut it. It’s 6600lbs tow rating isn’t enough for my boat.

  • avatar

    the “Only” reason I’m going is the Vette. ‘ya buddy!

    • 0 avatar

      You don’t want to see what Buick has to offer?

      I personally think that, with the sporty and RWD Camaro, Corvette, and CTS, there’s room at GM for a comfortable, FWD coupe with plenty of room and luxury. Something a bit larger and more upscale than the Chrysler 200 convertible, on some iteration of the Epsilon-II platform. Buick should do another Riviera…

  • avatar

    Renee and Caroline.

    I’ll be at the C7 Corvette reveal on Sunday night and that should be interesting but the aforementioned product specialists have better lines and proportions than any Corvette.

  • avatar
    Beerboy12

    I would be interested in the oddities and the new. Small trucks, hatch back versions were before there was only sedans and diesel versions of mainstream previously gas only vehicles. Anything really were the sheep aren’t herding off to, to go Bhaaa! at.

  • avatar
    Quentin

    The family truckster… er… Silverado!

    I can’t not see the Grizwald’s ride when I look at the new nose.

  • avatar
    sckid213

    Really looking forward to the Caddy ELR. Would be awesome if they also had the next-gen CTS there, but I feel they will save that for NYC or Chicago.

    Also interested in what the base IS250 looks like. Somewhat interested in the Q50, but I was lukewarm to the G37 (loved the G35), and the overnight abandonment of a nameplate they worked so hard to build is so dumb it actually pisses me off.

    • 0 avatar
      xflowgolf

      Agreed, I’ve heard no rumblings about the next-gen CTS being unveiled there but I was hoping it might be. The current model since ’08 is long in the tooth, and the next gen is already rumored as a 2014 model, so I was hoping it’d be available to buy before the end of this year. The ATS is eating into the old model CTS sales, and the updated and slightly larger CTS will right this balance and move the car up where it needs to be.

      • 0 avatar
        sckid213

        Pretty sure the next CTS will indeed be a ’14 that will go on sale in fall. There’s been lots of spy photos of what looks to be late-in-development testing on the upcoming model.

        I currently drive an ’08 and think the ’14 will correct the current car’s shortcomings, mostly in terms of feature content and back seat room.

      • 0 avatar
        corntrollio

        People on this site constantly complain about back seat room in cars. Was there some magical fountain of very roomy back seats that all car manufacturers visited when some of you were growing up? Or did you guys all grow up riding full-size cars?

        My impression is that modern cars dwarf older cars in terms of providing more interior room with a smaller exterior shell. For example, the BMW 7-Series many many years ago was considered a compact car by the EPA due to small interior volume, despite being considered a large car.

  • avatar
    madman2k

    Mazda diesels.
    New ford transit for US market, ford 3-cylinder ecoboost, hopefully not in same vehicle.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Mazda diesels, yes please, still keeping my fingers crossed for a diesel AWD version of the CX5. (I don’t even care if it’s manual trans, I’ve given up on the AWD, manual trans, station wagon in North America, other than the occasional VW offering.)

      • 0 avatar
        1998redwagon

        that awd manual trans station wagon from vw has not been offered since 2005 with the passat wagon. it is no longer occasional. why they dont put the 4 motion system in the jsw is beyond me. it would kill subaru outback/forester sales.

  • avatar
    tbhride

    Definitely Corvette! If they are going to show the Colorado/Trailblazer then those as well? The GM stuff definitely has me most excited for this particular show.

  • avatar
    suspekt

    - Acura MDX concept… which we all know, and to Honda’s credit, will be a thinly veiled preview of the production unit.

    - Corvette C7 reveal

    - Possible Acura TLX concept

    - Toyota Furia reveal

    - Possible reveal of next gen Tahoe/Yukon

    • 0 avatar
      corntrollio

      I don’t quite understand what Acura is doing with the TLX intro. The TSX is a Euro Accord, whereas the TL is an American Accord. It makes sense to dump the former entry-level Acura TSX, since the ILX is available, but supposedly they are keeping the V6 TSX going for some reason according to AutoGuide: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/10/acura-tlx-badge-trademarked.html

      Also, what will happen to the TSX wagon/estate?

      Funny, I don’t usually think of commenters on this site being excited about a car like the MDX.

    • 0 avatar

      I would think they’d also be unveiling a new TL (since its platform-mate, the Accord, saw a redesign for MY2013), but they might be saving that for a summer or autumn reveal. But I am excited about the 2014 MDX Concept, as the MDX is one of my favorite vehicles.

      And speaking of SUVs, I’m strongly hoping that Lexus will dump the current (irrelevant) 4Runner-based GX 460 and put out something on a unibody platform, more akin to the Acura MDX, BMW X5 and Mercedes GL. For one thing, the new spindle-grille treatment is going to look horrible on the current design. For another, it would give them something that seats seven or eight passengers, but isn’t the monstrous LX. It should be reasonably rugged, but it should also be more relevant to current market trends…

      • 0 avatar
        corntrollio

        The TLX is a TL/TSX merge/replacement, and the new TLX is to be based on the MY2013 Accord.

        Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t the Acura debut the new platform, and shouldn’t the proletariat Accord follow behind?

        The Honda Accord being such a good seller is a blessing for Honda, but a curse for Acura, because it means that Honda has to spend more time and money on engineering the Accord than it does the Acura version of it. It’s the same for Civic/ILX. You’d think it’d be the other way around, because the fancy luxury marque should get the new platform first.

      • 0 avatar

        I would agree; the luxury automaker should get the new platform first. But it so rarely works out that way. The most recent example I can think of is that the Lexus ES (which is now based off of the Avalon, not the Camry) was released before the Avalon. But had the ES been directly based off of the Camry, the latter would have debuted first. And of course the Avalon is essentially a lengthened Camry…so that isn’t a very good example…

        Oh, here’s one! The Lincoln MKS was released before the new Taurus was.

      • 0 avatar
        Quentin

        I hope the GX isn’t dumped. It is a great used buy for those of us that still want a BOF SUV. I do agree that Lexus needs a 7 pass luxury vehicle that isn’t BOF.

      • 0 avatar
        Bimmer

        @ Kyree,

        more resent example is Infiniti JX35 was released ahead of Nissan Pathfinder.

  • avatar
    NotFast

    Easy: new Corvette. Everything else there is just transportation.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    New Impala – of course! Oh, and the new Corvette.

    We’ll be going to the Cincinnati Auto Show in February even it doesn’t hold a candle to the biggies, but you make the best of what you have…

    • 0 avatar
      sckid213

      Saw the new Imapala in person on the turntable at the San Diego auto show over the holidays. My dad drives an ’03 Impala and really, really liked what he saw of the new Impala in person.

  • avatar
    FJ60LandCruiser

    Not as much excited, but since I’ll wind up buying one or the other…

    New/old Chevy Holden/Pontiac RWD V8 sedan… whatever they intend on calling it.

    New full sized GM trucks. I like that they aren’t going the Ford way of gadget heavy toys for urban cowboys. If I can get one with a bench seat and no touchscreen/LCD display I’m sold.

  • avatar
    tjh8402

    Is this when Ferrari is debuting the F70?

  • avatar
    Slow_Joe_Crow

    I’m looking for anything involving vans, although I think there won’t be anything at NAIS since the Transit and new Transit Connect are billed as 2014 models and the Ducato is expected in Chicago,

  • avatar
    TrenchFoot

    I’d like to see Jeep’s redesigned Grand Cherokee with a Fiat diesel. Sergio Marchionne said a while back that Jeep would resurrect the Grand Wagoneer name as an upscale option to the GC for 2014, but no rumors of it lately.

  • avatar
    -Cole-

    Those new GMTs are a big deal.

    Better than the next F150? Better than the current Ram?

    Or better than neither of them?

  • avatar
    Onus

    I’m waiting to hear about the new Jeep Liberty / Cherokee. The last one stopped production over the summer, and the new one is in production by now by my guess.

    They have been really quiet about it. Not even a single spy shots other than mule’s with alfa bodies on them.

  • avatar
    TrailerTrash

    Hoping to see if any new wagon(es) cars come about.

    I am hearing about a Lexis IS wagon/sport thing.
    Expecting the latest CX5 with diesel and 2.5.
    Hoping a hint of the next Mazda6 wagon coming to the US.
    Will th next Mazda3 show up soon?????
    Hoping to see if the next anything Lincoln shows up in concept form.
    Things like that…

    • 0 avatar
      Quentin

      Lexus best not be trolling with those IS sportcross comments. I could definitely get over the looks if I could get a RWD, V6 wagon. I can’t see myself buying another German vehicle, so that knocks out the new 3 wagon and an A4 Avant. As far as I know, there are no plans for an ATS wagon.

  • avatar
    86SN2001

    The new Vette and the SS sedan for sure.

    And on the comical front, whatever Ford rebadge Lincoln is going to introduce to save that trim-line of a brand.

  • avatar
    needsdecaf

    Definitely MDX – since I own one and am in the market for a replacement.

  • avatar
    jckirlan

    Pictures of the new Suburban/Yukon XL if they are being revealed would be nice.

  • avatar
    Bimmer

    Chevy SS, Mazda6 diesel and Lincoln Focus (seen spy shots). I wish they would offer wagon versions or at least a hatchback of Fusion and Mazda6.

  • avatar
    akitadog

    Please find out as much as you can about (in no particular order):
    -Chevy Corvette and SS Sedan
    -GM midsize trucks
    -If anything will come of that GM concept from last year that looked like a BMW 1-series (you know what I’m talking about)
    -Caddy ATS-V and ATS wagon
    -Buick GN/GNX
    -Upcoming Mazda Skyactiv-D and 2.5-G applications (and when)
    -Next Mazda3 and MX-5
    -MkVII Golf/GTI
    -Any 3-row smaller MPV-type vehicles (think Mazda5 and Chevy Orlando) and new wagons from anyone
    -Ford Coyote engine getting DI?
    -Find out where Honda left its mojo

  • avatar
    Johnny Canada

    Sorry D-Rock, but this QOTD stuff is looking like lazy Jalopnik content. It’s all about content quality at TTAC, or it used to be.


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