The 2017 North American International Auto Show pulls into the mighty Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit next week, with media preview days commencing on Monday.
We’ll be on the ground in Motown to bring you all the exciting news — the concept cars, the high-tech machines, the big reveals — but until then, here’s a rundown of all the hot rides we’re looking forward to checking out.
NAIAS is the biggest car show in the world and represents the midpoint of the global auto-show circuit, which will wrap up in New York in a few months. It runs until Jan. 22.
Detroit is riding high in 2017, seven years after the financial crisis and sales downturn that cratered the US market. In 2016, the US sales record of 17.5 million new vehicles set in 2015 was beaten by about 50,000 cars and trucks. December was particularly bonkers, with a pace that would have delivered well over 18 million in annual sales.
Suffice it to say that there’s going to be joy in Detroit this year, although the industry is far from certain about what the Donald Trump administration will mean for the car business.
But enough about politics. Let’s check out some hot cars!
The Corvette ZR1. Speculation is rampant that Chevy will pull the cover off a more super version of the already superlative 650-horsepower Corvette Z06. Speculation is also rampant that the C7 generation Vette could be the last the have the engine up front — a mid-engine Vette is rumored to be in the works as the C8 car.
2018 Toyota Camry. The all-important Camry sedan is getting an update and making an appearance in Motown. We expect a sexier ride that what the familiar four-door has given us in the past.
2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe. Two version of the two-door will go on sale in mid-2017, each harboring a 329-horsepower twin-turbo V6 under the hood. We’ll get our first look in Detroit.