Notes from the Detroit auto show

Supplier days

Posted 3:52 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 15
Supplier days
(Philip Nussel)
 
Auto suppliers invaded Cobo Center on Thursday to check out the new products ... in great detail. 
-- Philip Nussel

Candy striped

Posted 8:34 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Candy striped
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
A 2016 Challenger SRT Hellcat, packing 707 hp, undergoes a special beauty treatment from a specialist on the showcase team at Redline Dodge.

Auto show swag: Volume I

Posted 9:54 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Auto show swag: Volume I
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 

Calm before the storm

Posted 6:16 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Calm before the storm
(BLOOMBERG)
 
The Porsche stand receives another cleaning on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, hundreds of engineers and supplier representatives will descend on the show floor.

Mercedes-Benz 101

Posted 6:11 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Mercedes-Benz 101
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Product specialists take notes during a training session at the Mercedes-Benz booth on Tuesday.

A final appearance?

Posted 9:05 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
A final appearance?
(REUTERS)
 
A Dodge Viper ACS draws a few admirers on the show floor. This may be one of the last years the Viper, first hatched as a concept in the late 1980s, appears at the show. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to end Viper output in 2017, citing a lackluster return on investment, as well as safety and regulatory requirements, and sales that forced price cuts of $15,000 in 2014. But on Monday, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne offered a glimmer of hope, telling reporters a new Viper is a possibility. It would be based on a new, modern platform that will support a lineup of Alfa Romeos and Dodges. "Given the architectural development within the brand, there is a possibility that a new version of the Viper may surface," Marchionne said at his annual press conference. "Whether it will surface in time [to replace the current Viper] is unclear to me.” He indicated that other FCA nameplates will have priority over a new Viper.
 
 
 

A bad TP job?

Posted 2:53 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
A bad TP job?
(LESLIE J. ALLEN)
 
No, this is not a poorly executed TP job or a case of bullying on the show floor. Nissan suffered a minor glitch Tuesday while introducing the Titan Warrior concept truck when the white cover was pulled off and snagged on a corner of the bed, just as the turntable was fired up to do its thing.  

A blue oval inspection

Posted 1:21 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
A blue oval inspection
(JENNIFER VUONG)
 
Raj Nair, second from right, Ford Motor Co.'s product development chief, checks out the Buick Envision crossover on the show floor.
-- Jennifer Vuong

How many junior hockey players does it hold?

Posted 2:35 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
How many junior hockey players does it hold?
(REUTERS)
 
Navdeep Bains, Canada's minister of innovation, checks out the interior of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan on Tuesday. Bains made a point to check out all the vehicles on the show floor that are assembled in Canada. The Pacifica will be built at a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles factory in Windsor, Ontario, where production of the first minivan was launched more than 30 years ago.

Lutz and Fisker

Posted 11:47 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Lutz and Fisker
(REUTERS)
 
Henrik Fisker, right, and Bob Lutz, second from right, introduce the 2016 Fisker Force 1, a V-10 supercar, during the launch of VLF Automotive at the Detroit auto show. Fisker said he will star in an "Apprentice"-style show on Esquire TV focused on car design. "I'll probably have to fire some designers," he said.
-- John Irwin

Detroit power

Posted 10:16 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Detroit power
(JOHN IRWIN)
 
Businessman Dan Gilbert, one of the key players in the revival of downtown Detroit, gives an interview in front of a Lamborghini roadster. Gilbert, who owns Quicken Loans, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and many other ventures, in 2014 bought the Robb Report, which has an exhibit at the Detroit auto show.
-- John Irwin

A visit from the governor

Posted 10:34 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
A visit from the governor
(REUTERS)
 
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, left, along with Gilbert Villareal, right, and Bob Lutz, takes a sneak peek at the 2016 Fisker Force 1 during the official launch of VLF Automotive at the Detroit auto show. 
-- Reuters

Lincoln reveal

Posted 11:08 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Lincoln reveal
(REUTERS)
 
Lincoln chief Kumar Galhotra introduces the 2017 Lincoln Continental sedan on Tuesday. 

Back on stage

Posted 9:40 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Back on stage
(REUTERS)
 
Honda Motor Co. CEO Takahiro Hachigo was back at the show Tuesday to introduce the Acura Precision Concept, a car aimed at reviving the luxury brand's sedan sales. His appearance Monday to help unveil the Honda Ridgeline pickup marked Hachigo's first visit to the show since his appointment to the company's top executive post in 2015.

Wait 'n' see

Posted 7:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Wait 'n' see
(JOHN IRWIN)
 
The Force 1 sits under wraps at the VLF Automotive display on Monday ahead of its unveiling Tuesday morning at Cobo Center. The supercar, designed by Henrik Fisker, in background, is the subject of a legal tussle between Aston Martin and Fisker. Aston Martin claims the design is too close to the DB10 car. We'll find out soon enough.
-- John Irwin

Ditching the 'dish'

Posted 2:13 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Ditching the 'dish'
(REUTERS)
 
Shigeki Tomoyama, senior managing officer for Toyota Motor Corp., with a research vehicle based on the Mirai fuel cell car that could aid in the company’s wider consideration of satellite communications in vehicles. Toyota has partnered with Kymeta, a U.S. maker of flat-panel antennas, to provide antennas for data transmission to cars. Toyota says satellite communications can benefit the auto industry by distributing key data to vehicles, deploying connected vehicles and providing stable and secure communications in emergencies. But conventional satellite technologies traditionally required a “dish” antenna on the ground. Kymeta’s satellite antennas remove the need for mechanical components by using software and liquid crystal technologies to electronically track and steer toward satellites. “For several years, Toyota met with emerging companies around the world to investigate new technologies,” Tomoyama said. “We were very excited to learn about Kymeta, because their flat antenna technology could solve the challenge of vehicle-based satellite communications.”

Do I hear $100?

Posted 1:14 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Do I hear $100?
(RICHARD TRUETT)
 
It didn’t take long for press kits from the auto show to land on eBay. Last year’s hot ticket was the Ford GT press kit. This year the Alfa Romeo Giulia and the Mopar kits from Fiat Chrysler are commanding top dollar. The Giulia kit is a lushly bound book with an Alfa Romeo key chain embedded in the last page. It's listed on eBay for between $75 and $120. The Mopar kit comes in the form of a touch-up spray paint can and has a flash drive shaped like a gearshifter knob. It's listed for around $20.
-- Richard Truett

Kid at work here!

Posted 1:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
Kid at work here!
(JAMES B. TREECE)
 
If you're a millennial unhappy about baby boomers holding onto their jobs and thus blocking the rise of younger folks, be careful what you wish for. Note the girl -- maybe 7 years old-- with the Cars.com video presenter's microphone behind the wheel.
-- James B. Treece

4-ring reunion

Posted 5:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
4-ring reunion
(RICHARD JOHNSON)
 
Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen visited old friends at the Audi stand on Monday. From left are Reinhard Fischer, director of strategy for Audi of America; de Nysschen, who once ran Audi of America; and Chris Consiglio, COO of Eitel Dahm Motor Group, a luxury dealership group near Detroit.
-- Richard Johnson

Kia revives a big SUV

Posted 4:31 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Kia revives a big SUV
(REUTERS)
 
Michael Sprague, COO of Kia Motors America, right, and Tom Kearns, chief designer for Kia Design Center America, introduce the Telluride concept on Monday.

A high-level statement

Posted 2:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
A high-level statement
(REUTERS)
 
Hyundai Motor Co. tapped several executives to help introduce the G90, the flagship sedan planned for the Genesis luxury brand, on Monday. The official, high-level contingent included Chung Eui-sun, Hyundai's vice chairman and the only son of Hyundai Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo.

'Lexus IS my middle name'

Posted 1:30 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
'Lexus IS my middle name'
(HANS GREIMEL)
 
Akio Toyoda unveiled the Lexus LC 500, touting it as unbelievably true to its gorgeous LF-LC concept forerunner. And it was. Among the more fanciful flourishes that carry over are the cool 3-D jet afterburner taillights. Toyoda took the stage riffing on his love for cars and determination to make Lexus sexy. Concluded the Toyota Motor Corp. president: "Toyoda may be my last name. But believe me, Lexus IS my middle name."
-- Hans Greimel

The latest Infiniti

Posted 2:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
The latest Infiniti
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, with the all-new 2017 Infiniti Q60 sport coupe on Monday. Infiniti posted record global sales of 215,250 vehicles in 2015, up 16 percent from the previous year.

Special appearance

Posted 2:04 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Special appearance
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., makes a rare appearance at the Detroit auto show as he introduces the Lexus LC 500 sport coupe and other models on Monday. Toyoda was introduced as chief branding officer and master driver for Lexus ahead of the unveiling.

'Very sugoi'

Posted 1:28 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
'Very sugoi'
(HANS GREIMEL)
 
Is the new Lexus LC 500 coupe "sugoi?"  Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda thinks so.  He introduced the huge audience to the Japanese word at the car's packed unveiling. What does it mean? "Awesome." And Toyoda knows. He helped fine-tune the ride by test driving the car. Said Toyoda: "I can personally assure you it is very sugoi."
-- Hans Greimel

Audi gets a lunar assist

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Audi gets a lunar assist
(BLOOMBERG)
 
American astronaut Gene Cernan, right, the last man to walk on the moon (in 1972), with Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America and the Audi A4 2.0 T Quattro on Monday. Cernan is helping Audi build a lunar rover and joked that the rover might not have an easy ride in space. The moon, he noted, is "full of potholes" and its gravity, which is weaker than Earth's, can leave rovers on three wheels. Audi is assisting a Berlin engineering group, Part-Time Scientists, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a space travel competition.

Genesis in good company

Posted 1:52 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Genesis in good company
(JAMES B. TREECE)
 
If you're known by the company you keep, Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand should be delighted with the placement of the stand. To the right, behind the Genesis counter, are the Robb Report and Lexus.
-- James B. Treece

Tough as glass

Posted 3:35 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Ford shoots a 2-inch diameter ball of ice into a pane of Gorilla Glass to demonstrate the glass' strength. Use of Gorilla Glass -- Corning Inc.'s tough, lightweight, scratch-resistant glass -- in the windshield of the Ford GT reduces the supercar's overall weight by 11 pounds.
-- Shiraz Ahmed

Textbook styling

Posted 5:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Textbook styling
(REUTERS)
 
A visitor receives a quick, personal lesson in exterior design from Tadao Mori, chief designer for Lexus, after the unveiling of the 2017 LC 500 luxury sport coupe on Monday.

Honda CEO in the house

Posted 7:09 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Honda CEO in the house
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Takahiro Hachigo, making his first visit to the Detroit auto show as CEO of Honda Motor Co., greets a visitor after the world debut of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup on Monday.

Eyes of the rival

Posted 3:39 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Eyes of the rival
(DAVE VERSICAL)
 
Nissan Motor Co.'s global design chief, Shiro Nakamura, checks out Hyundai’s Genesis G90 flagship sedan.
-- Dave Versical

Any color, as long as it's red

Posted 8:27 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Any color, as long as it's red
(DAVE VERSICAL)
 
The Mazda display gets a touch-up. 

Barra buzz

Posted 10:51 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Barra buzz
(MIKE COLIAS)
 
Reporters gather around General Motors CEO Mary Barra and GM global product chief Mark Reuss after the reveal of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Bolt goes into production by year end.
-- Mike Colias

Snakeskin Viper

Posted 1:58 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Snakeskin Viper
(LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE)
 
Video game-based drive experiences have become all the rage on the floor of the Detroit auto show. It seems automakers have finally realized that lines of people waiting to virtually drive their vehicle might be a valuable use of marketing dollars. Dodge has taken this year’s track experience a step beyond last year’s Challenger Hellcat-based game, using a real snakeskin-painted Viper with haptic responses -- the car shakes violently during acceleration and when it leaves the track -- to boost interest in the low-volume sports coupe.
-- Larry P. Vellequette

Ghosn touts Titan

Posted 10:40 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Ghosn touts Titan
(RICHARD JOHNSON)
 
Nissan CEO‎ Carlos Ghosn, right, and Andy Parkin of Nissan Design answer questions about the Titan Warrior concept.
-- Richard Johnson

Genesis settles in

Posted 12:36 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Genesis settles in
(KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN)
 
The Genesis brand's first ever stand at the Detroit auto show features the Vision G concept, foreground, which was unveiled in August, and the renamed G80 sedan, background, formerly the Hyundai Genesis. A G90 sedan, successor to the Equus nameplate, is to be unveiled at 1:45 p.m..
-- Krishnan M. Anantharaman

The latest Buick's millennial roots

Posted 11:49 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
The latest Buick's millennial roots
(RICHARD JOHNSON)
 
The sporty style of the Buick Avista coupe concept is the work of millennials, according to General Motors design exec Bryan Nesbitt, center. Says Nesbitt: ‎"A young team worked on the Avista."
-- Richard Johnson

A (mostly) familiar face

Posted 10:23 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
A (mostly) familiar face
(DAVE VERSICAL)
 
Now-bearded Google car guy John Krafcik, formerly of Ford and Hyundai, checks out the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan. 

North American Car and Truck of the Year

Posted 6:56 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
North American Car and Truck of the Year
(JOHN IRWIN)
 
The crowd gathers for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. 
-- John Irwin

Smiles under the blue oval

Posted 1:00 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Smiles under the blue oval
(REUTERS)
 
Bill Ford, left, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., and Ford CEO Mark Fields, share a laugh ahead of the Ford press conference on Monday.

Quick change

Posted 12:41 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Quick change
(KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN)
 
Looking for the Toyota exhibit? You're in the right spot. It just hasn't been built yet. Lexus is occupying the space now with its "Lexus Theater" for the unveiling of the LC 500 coupe, featuring an appearance by Toyota President Akio Toyoda. After the show floor closes at 6 p.m, carpenters will begin tearing down the theater, assembling the Toyota display and getting its 40 vehicles (now hidden behind the curtains) in place. They have 13 hours before the floor reopens on Tuesday. 
-- Krishnan M. Anantharaman

The 911's new turbo

Posted 12:12 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 11
The 911's new turbo
(REUTERS)
 
Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche, introduces the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S on Monday.

Senate hearing

Posted 11:18 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Senate hearing
(RICHARD JOHNSON)
 
FCA quality czar Mark Chernoby, center, shows the Chrysler Pacifica to Michigan's U.S. Senators, ‎Debbie Stabenow, right, and Gary Peters, both Democrats.
-- Richard Johnson

A debut from Sweden

Posted 11:55 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
A debut from Sweden
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson handles the honors as the Volvo S90 sedan makes its auto show debut on Monday.

FCA's top brass

Posted 8:38 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
FCA's top brass
(REUTERS)
 
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, center, enjoys a laugh at Monday's unveiling of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. At left is FCA Chairman John Elkann and at right is Olivier Francois, chief global marketing officer for FCA and head of the Fiat brand worldwide.
-- Philip Nussel

Chevy's Cruze family grows

Posted 9:10 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Chevy's Cruze family grows
(REUTERS)
 
General Motors North America President Alan Batey with the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback.

Happy Honda days, indeed

Posted 8:22 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Happy Honda days, indeed
(REUTERS)
 
John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., with the North American Car of the Year award for the 2016 Honda Civic. The redesigned compact car edged the Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda MX-5 Miata for the award.

North American Car of the Year vote was close

Posted 8:16 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
North American Car of the Year vote was close
 
Final vote counts for North American Car of the Year were 203 for the Honda Civic, 181 for the Chevrolet Malibu and 146 for the Mazda MX-5 Miata. For North American Truck of the Year, the vote was 310 for the Volvo XC90, 111 for the Honda Pilot and 109 for the Nissan Titan XD. 
-- John Irwin

Waiting in the wings

Posted 7:30 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Waiting in the wings
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
The College for Creative Studies' exhibit in Cobo Center's concourse, where the latest concepts (and their student designers) hope to someday bask in the spotlight on the main show floor.

Sweden (and China) make the podium big time

Posted 7:48 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Sweden (and China) make the podium big time
(REUTERS)
 
Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo's senior vice president for the Americas region, accepts the award for North American Truck of the Year for the Volvo XC90 on Monday. The XC90 is the first vehicle Volvo has developed independently under Chinese owner Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. The XC90 cruised to gold, easily outscoring the Honda Pilot and Nissan Titan XD.

History lesson

Posted 8:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
History lesson
(MIKE COLIAS)
 
Ahead of the introduction of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, Chrysler reminded the crowd which automaker created the segment -- along with the sliding door and the modern cupholder -- way back in the 1980s.

Another nice surprise from Buick

Posted 8:08 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Another nice surprise from Buick
(REUTERS)
 
General Motors President Dan Ammann, from left, GM global design boss Ed Welburn and Buick chief Duncan Aldred pose with the Buick Avista coupe concept after the car was introduced Sunday in Detroit. Jalopnik was quick to call it "the sex" and said the purple "is the best thing Buick has done in a long, long time."

Another Tiguan concept

Posted 4:33 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Another Tiguan concept
(RYAN BEENE)
 
Klaus Bischoff, head of design for the Volkswagen brand, gives reporters a preview of the Tiguan GTE Active Concept on Sunday at the VW stand, ahead of the concept's formal show debut on Monday.

Holding court

Posted 10:12 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Holding court
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Mark Reuss, General Motors' head of global product development (and a big fan of fun, fast, rear-wheel-drive cars), was in the house when Buick showcased such a vehicle -- the Avista concept coupe, packing a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 400 hp -- Sunday in Detroit.

In the spotlight, again

Posted 9:41 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
In the spotlight, again
(BLOOMBERG)
 
General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses members of the media after Buick showcased the Avista concept coupe at a special event Sunday.

On the hot seat

Posted 9:25 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
On the hot seat
 
Embattled Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller, in his first appearance in the U.S. since the company's diesel emissions scandal erupted in September, addresses journalists Sunday night in Detroit. Facing multiple challenges -- broken trust with customers, criminal probes and frayed relations with regulators and dealers -- Mueller and VW are using the Detroit auto show to help win back consumers and, also this week, persuade regulators that VW has found a way to fix the emissions problems. “We know we deeply disappointed our customers, the responsible government bodies and the general public here in the U.S. I apologize for what went wrong at Volkswagen. We are totally committed to making things right,” Mueller pledged, adding, "we are now creating a different and better company, a new Volkswagen.”

On stage

Posted 10:17 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
On stage
(REUTERS)
 
Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, takes a turn with the microphone during VW's reception Sunday night.

Rolling ice

Posted 3:13 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Rolling ice
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
They arrived at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit on Wednesday as big chunks of ice but, like an assembly plant that would make Henry Ford proud, they've been transformed into a 2017 Bugatti Chiron, a 1966 Ford Mustang, a 2017 Audi R8, a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G and two Lamborghinis -- a 1969 Miura and a 2017 Aventador. The sculptures, carved by Ice Creations of Napoleon, Ohio, are featured in the 12th Annual Quicken Loans Season of Winter Magic.

Storm clouds?

Posted 2:48 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Storm clouds?
(TOM WOROBEC)
 
The Society of Automotive Analysts opened its annual outlook conference Sunday with an ominous theme: the challenges -- and opportunities -- brought by disruptors. Among the speakers: Marta Blue, senior vice president of CarGurus; Justin Fishkin, chief strategy officer for Local Motors; David Johnson, president of Achates Power; and Steve Kiefer, head of global purchasing and supply for General Motors.

Technical assist

Posted 11:55 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Technical assist
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Thomas Weber, head of group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development at Daimler AG, helps introduce the latest E-class sedan on Sunday.

Testing the waters

Posted 7:15 am U.S. ET, Jan. 10
Testing the waters
(BLOOMBERG)
 
General Motors will use the Detroit auto show and others to determine whether enough people might buy a sporty Buick such as the Avista concept coupe introduced Sunday. “It’s a concept car and it has styling intent,” Buick chief Duncan Aldred said when pressed about the car's prospects. “We’ll see about building it. If it gets great customer reaction at the auto shows, then we’ll have a job to do to see if we should build it.”

The new E class bows

Posted 8:57 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 10
The new E class bows
(REUTERS)
 
Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche introduces the redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz E class sedan Sunday night in Detroit.

Toyota looks 'back'

Posted 9:12 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 9
Toyota looks 'back'
 
The “Back to the Future” Tacoma, a re-creation of Marty McFly’s dream truck in the popular film series, is making a special appearance at the 2016 show.
Toyota designed the one-of-a-kind pickup truck to mark October 21, 2015 -- the futuristic date first introduced in Back to the Future Part II -- with a number of changes to the redesigned 2016 Tacoma.

'I'll take it in Pine Green'

Posted 10:15 am U.S. ET, Jan. 9
'I'll take it in Pine Green'
(JOHN IRWIN)
 
A ballroom at downtown Detroit's MGM Grand casino drew more than 500 people Saturday night for The Gallery, an annual showcase of high-end luxury vehicles and supercars worth a combined $8 million. The intimate gathering, which helps kick off the Detroit auto show, featured 27 high-end luxury cars and supercars from 16 brands, including Acura, BMW, Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, Rolls Royce and Range Rover.

Towering billboard

Posted 9:01 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 9
Towering billboard
(REUTERS)
 
The top of the towers of Detroit's Renaissance Center, which serves as General Motors' world headquarters, are wrapped with images of Chevrolet vehicles on Saturday.

Another wrap

Posted 1:53 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 9
Another wrap
(GM)
 
A 2016 ATS-V is placed under cover at the Cadillac stand as preparations for the show continue Saturday.

Special delivery

Posted 10:45 am U.S. ET, Jan. 9
Special delivery
(GM)
 
A 2017 Buick LaCrosse is hoisted into the air and placed in position for mounting on a swirling wall in the Buick exhibit. The redesigned LaCrosse debuted last month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. In addition to the LaCrosse, Buick will showcase the new Envision, the brand's third crossover, and a coupe concept aimed at helping draw younger eyes and buyers to the brand. Bloomberg reports the sporty concept will be Camaro-sized.

Taking shape at Lexus

Posted 9:21 am U.S. ET, Jan. 9
Taking shape at Lexus
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Lexus is among the luxury brands using the 2016 show to unveil an all-new model: the LC 500 luxury coupe, a rival to the Mercedes-Benz SL. It was reportedly approved for production in 2013 but has been held for years. Toyota Motor Corp. has filed copyright applications for "LC 500" and "LC 500h," suggesting there will be a hybrid version as well, Bloomberg reported.

A big lift

Posted 5:16 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 8
A big lift
(BLOOMBERG)
 
A Sierra truck receives a lift as preparations at the GMC display continue Friday. GMC will showcase the redesigned, 2017 Acadia crossover on the second day of press previews on Tuesday. GMC tweeted on Friday that the retooled Acadia is coming in Spring 2016.

Shiny wings

Posted 5:02 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 8
Shiny wings
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Mazda's flying wing badge receives a polish on Friday inside Cobo Center. It's a quiet show for the Japanese automaker this year with no special product introductions planned.

Riding high

Posted 4:54 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 8
Riding high
(BLOOMBERG)
 
An F150 Platinum truck sits on a scissor lift at the Ford exhibit Friday as preparations for the 2016 Detroit auto show continue. Press previews for the show open Monday.

GMC lifts veil (partly) on Acadia

Posted 3:45 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 8
GMC lifts veil (partly) on Acadia
 
GMC took to Twitter on Friday to take the wraps off the back end of the redesigned, 2017 Acadia crossover. Stay tuned for more details on Tuesday.

Rolling VIP

Posted 1:12 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 8
Rolling VIP
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
A heavily shrouded R8 receives a special escort on its way to the Audi stand.

Handle with care

Posted 9:15 am U.S. ET, Jan. 8
Handle with care
 
It took two special handlers to uncover a famous 3-pointed star in the Mercedes-Benz display.

Light check

Posted 8:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 8
Light check
 
The lighting at the Volkswagen exhibit undergoes fine-tuning.
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