NAIAS Gallery, Day Two

Images courtesy NAIAS

Images courtesy NAIAS

Day Two at the North American International Auto Show did not have as full a schedule as Day One, but it was filled with much ballyhooed introductions that for some (yours truly included) were the most exciting of the show.

In addition to foreign and domestic automakers bringing their wares to the Detroit Show, there are many third-party companies demonstrating their contributions to the automotive industry that are present as well such as DENSO, ZF Group, Johnson Controls, Panasonic Automotive, PPG, etc.

The day two lineup of automakers included Nissan, Ford, Lexus, Cadillac, Acura, Kia, Tesla, Shelby American, and Guangzhou Automobile Group. Despite being a huge Shelby fan, my favorite debut of the day (and the show for that matter) was the surprise unveiling of the Atlas Concept pickup by Ford.

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The Atlas most likely signals the next-generation of the best-selling F-150 light duty pickup and it features a few goodies to enhance highway fuel economy including grille shutters, wheel shutters (powered by batteries charged by wheel motion), power front lower air dam, and power running boards. While these boost mpg numbers on the highway they do little for fuel economy around town. Ford did not offer any specifics in that arena (pun intended as the program was held in the Joe Louis Arena) but they do mention EcoBoost quite a bit and it would not surprise me one iota to see the next F-150 with an EcoBoost four as a powertrain option.

Here is the gallery for Day two at NAIAS:

2014 Nissan Versa Hatchback

2014 Nissan Versa Hatchback

Nissan Resonance Concept

Nissan Resonance Concept

Ford Transit Concept Wagon

Ford Transit Concept Wagon

Ford Atlas Concept

Ford Atlas Concept

2014 Lexus IS

2014 Lexus IS

2014 Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR

Acura NSX

Acura NSX

Acura MDX Prototype

Acura MDX Prototype

2014 Kia Cadenza

2014 Kia Cadenza

Tesla Prototype Model X

Tesla Prototype Model X

Guangzhou Automobile Group NEV E-Jet

Guangzhou Automobile Group NEV E-Jet

Shelby American GT500 Super Snake Mustang

Shelby American GT500 Super Snake Mustang

Shelby American Focus ST1

Shelby American Focus ST1

VLP Automotive Destino

VLP Automotive Destino


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David Goodspeed
David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.