North American International Auto Show Preview

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Detroit. Rock City. Motown. Motor City. Home of the North American International Auto Show and that is where GearDiary is taking you this week as we cover media days at the granddaddy of motor shows in the U.S. Over the next two days, automakers from around the globe will be showing off their newest, coolest, current, future and concept vehicles.

Image courtesy Buick

Image courtesy Buick

Some, however, have already broken cover in order to generate some pre-show buzz (and press). Buick has sent out images and information on a new compact convertible dubbed Cascada that brings an Opel model to North America.

Image courtesy Mercedes-Benz

Image courtesy Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has already broken cover on its newest member of the luxury crossover segment in the form of the GLE (crossover based on the E-Class platform).

Image courtesy Toyota

Image courtesy Toyota

And Toyota recently delivered the first images of its next-generation Tacoma mid-size pickup that has led the segment in sales in recent years, a segment that has seen familiar names returning this year as well.


The press conferences kick off early Monday morning with the announcement of North American Car and Truck of the Year. The three finalists for the 2015 North American Car of the Year are the Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Golf. The three finalists for the 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year are the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford F-150 and Lincoln MKC.

Check back with GearDiary often as we cover the 2015 North American International Auto Show from the inside out.

Update: Volkswagen Golf named Car of the Year and Ford F-150 wins Truck of the Year in Detroit this morning at NAIAS.

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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.