QOTD: Feeling Any Anger From NAIAS?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
qotd feeling any anger from naias

It’s Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show, and already the big, splashy reveals are fading into the past. The Cobo Center’s parking garage has switched back to monthly pass holders, workers have swept up the errant shrimp tails from the media room, and buzzwords have stopped echoing through the streets of Detroit.

We’ve introduced you to a bevy of new vehicles over the past few days. Now that you’ve had time to process what you’ve seen, it’s time to focus on what you feel. Tell us — is there anger welling up inside you?

Despite the show’s theme, “innovative synergistic future mobility” or some such thing, NAIAS 2018 was all about trucks. A new Ram 1500, next-generation Chevrolet Silverado, and reborn Ford Ranger all graced the various stages at Cobo, ready to tempt hard-working Americans with enormous grilles and accommodating beds. And yet, despite this, automakers seem more intent on selling us not cars or trucks, but a car-less future. Well, a future with cars you don’t need to own or drive.

Doesn’t that sound nice? Jim Hackett’s speech on Sunday ruffled more than a few feathers among the TTAC crew, as his company’s city of the future seems pretty low on human autonomy and tire-shredding performance. Does the heavy focus on autonomous driving leave you upset? Are some automakers in danger of losing the plot and alienating loyalists as they barrel down the road to self-driving utopia?

Maybe, and we expect more than a few of you might feel this way, the last thing you want to even think about is “mobility” and autonomous driving and other things that seem determined to ruin your way of life. You want to criticize design. You’re potentially still steamed over the Ram redesign. You’re possibly still perturbed over the Ford Ranger’s four-cylinder engine. Or maybe you just hate the Avalon’s grille and wonder why Toyota still sells the thing.

Let it all out. Share all of your NAIAS frustrations in the comfy couch that is the comments section.

[Image: Bozi Tatarevic/TTAC]

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  • 427Cobra 427Cobra on Jan 16, 2018

    ... not a fan of the "cat's cradle" grill on the Chebby... and the Ford front end looks like a Japanese anime character that got punched in the face... and I'm a Ford fanboy!

  • Kurtamaxxguy Kurtamaxxguy on Jan 16, 2018

    Not really angry, but tired of seeing ever more angular prototypes on huge rubber-banded wheels, huger grilles to get shattered by minor parking accidents, ever more "street legal" track cars in disguise that can never use their potential on public roads, and ever more lifted, expanded "luxury" trucks clogging malls and highways. I'm not particularly advocating boring econo-boxes or self drivers, but whatever happened to auto practicality?

  • Bd2 Other way around.Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the Pony Coupe during the early 1970s and later used its wedge shape as the basis for the M1 and then the DMC-12.The 3G Supra was just one of many Japanese coupes to adopt the wedge shape (actually was one of the later ones).The Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan 300ZX, etc.
  • Tassos I also want one of the idiots who support the ban to explain to me how it will work.Suppose sometime (2035 or later) you cannot buy a new ICE vehicle in the UK.Q1: Will this lead to a ICE fleet resembling that of CUBA, with 100 year old '56 Chevys eventually? (in that case, just calculate the horrible extra pollution due to keeping 100 year old cars on the road)Q2: Will people be able to buy PARTS for their old cars FOREVER?Q3: Will people be allowed to jump across the Channel and buy a nice ICE in France, Germany (who makes the best cars anyway), or any place else that still sells them, and then use it in the UK?
  • Tassos Bans are ridiculous and undemocratic and smell of Middle Ages and the Inquisition. Even 2035 is hardly any better than 2030.The ALMIGHTY CONSUMER should decide, not... CARB, preferably WITHOUT the Government messing with the playing field.And if the usual clueless idiots read this and offer the tired "But Government subsidizes the oil industry too", will they EVER learn that those MINISCULE (compared to the TRILLIONS of $ size of this industry) subsidies were designed to help the SMALL Oil producers defend themselves against the "Big Oil" multinationals. Ask ANY major Oil co CEO and he will gladly tell you that you can take those tiny subsidies and shove them.
  • Dusterdude The suppliers can ask for concessions, but I wouldn’t hold my breath . With the UAW they are ultimately bound to negotiate with them. However, with suppliers , they could always find another supplier ( which in some cases would be difficult, but not impossible)
  • AMcA Phoenix. Awful. The roads are huge and wide, with dedicated lanes for turning, always. Requires no attention to what you're doing. The roads are idiot proofed, so all the idiots drive - they have no choice, because everything is so spread out.