QOTD: What Do You Want From NAIAS?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
qotd what do you want from naias

The annual automotive soirée in Detroit is well underway, with a couple of manufacturer already showing their wares at offsite events before the party gets going at Cobo today. Members of the media won’t have to don their woolens going forward; next year, the whole shebang transitions into a summertime event.

There are plenty of rumours — but what do you want to see unveiled at this year’s Detroit show?

We’ve already seen the new Ford Explorer and Cadillac XT6, along with an image of what GM promises will be Cadillac’s first salvo into the all-electric crossover market. In case you haven’t heard, by the way, The General has decided that Cadillac will be responsible for leading the charge in EVs — pun intended.

For those not familiar, press conferences are held during show media days by various automakers who want to show off product and give out USB sticks. The schedule generally gives a bit of insight into what debuts one might expect.

In addition to the Explorer event last week, Ford has a conference slot Monday morning. Your author dearly hopes a Shelby GT500 breaks cover. Ram and Toyota both have time set aside as well, where the latter will finally pull the sheets off the new Supra after a gestation period longer than that of an African Bush Elephant.

With OEMs increasingly looking to unique venues for space in which to reveal their new cars — this allows them to own the news cycle — there is a good chance Chevy will show the ‘Vette elsewhere. A great spot would be to surprise all hands with a reveal at Daytona when the 24 hour race kicks off next weekend. GM takes Corvette Racing quite seriously — its pair of C7.Rs completed 341 laps and more than 1,200 miles this past weekend in practice.

Still, I’d love to see the new Corvette bow in Detroit. What would you like to see?

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  • Ajla Trucks and SUVs had taken over the consumer market by this time so these weren't quite to the risk level of the '85 Taurus but doing a nonpremium RWD tweener size car in the mid2000s was still a bold move as that kind of vehicle had been dead since the mid 1980s. Pulling it off with a unit cost comparable to a Panther or W-body was the biggest success though. The difference between what GM spent on RWD cars between 2004 and 2022 versus what ChryslerCo spent in the same period must be huge.
  • Tailpipe Tommy Ask Tyler Hoover, Jason Cammisa, Joe Raiti, Sreten @ M539 Restorations (he's really spectacular), and oh yeah, that Doug DeMuro cat. For better or worse, automotive journalism has moved to YouTube.
  • Ajla A lot of journos liked to sh*t on the NAG1 but I never had an issue with its performance and the forums don't really show it as a trouble spot by the time it got into these. It probably needed just a touch shorter gearing in base form (I think the Magnum offered that on a tow package and the Charger offered it with a performance package or Daytona trim).
  • Fahrvergnugen NA Miata goes topless as long as roads are dry and heater is running, windscreen in place.
  • 3SpeedAutomatic As a side note, have you looked at a Consumers Report lately? In the past, they would compare 3 or 4 station wagons, or compact SUVs, or sedans per edition. Now, auto reporting is reduced to a report on one single vehicle in the entire edition. I guess CR realized that cars are not as important as they once were.
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