Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer greets Pontus Fontaeus, executive design director for China's GAC Motors, left, and Yu Jun, president of GAC Motors, right, during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Tuesday.
SHOW NOTES: Live from Detroit
Nathan Khalsa on Tuesday demonstrates how the public will able to walk in the "Ford Scramble Net" above the Ford Truck display at the North American International Auto Show.
Yu Jun (right), president of China's GAC Motors, tells reporters that the automaker plans to enter the U.S. market in the first half of 2020.
Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Hackett, left, met briefly with Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, right, at the Ford stand on Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The two automakers are expected to release details of a budding partnership on Tuesday.
Carlos Ghosn wasn’t the only thing missing for Nissan Motor Co. at the Detroit auto show this week. A new concept from its luxury division failed to show up for a moment, too.
Infiniti’s QX Inspiration, a precursor to the brand’s first fully electric crossover, failed to roll out after a splashy video introducing it to journalists on Monday. Karim Habib, Infiniti’s executive design director, pictured above, stuck to the script as though the vehicle had emerged, but it stayed backstage.
Afterward, an announcer suggested Infiniti had stuck to the design concept of ma: Japanese for empty space. Technicians worked feverishly behind a curtain to get the QX Inspiration fixed before surrendering and covering it with a black, stretched tarp.
Ghosn, 64, the company's ousted chairman, has been in a Tokyo jail since his arrest on Nov. 19. He was indicted last week for a second time by Japanese prosecutors and is accused of understating his compensation for years and transferring personal trading losses to Nissan.
Akio Toyoda flew to Detroit to excitedly introduce the 2020 Toyota Supra, which he called “lit.” And though the car won’t be in dealerships for several months, Toyoda may want to invite a few of his fellow top-level auto execs over for a spin, because they’re definitely interested.
New General Motors President Mark Reuss took a long, lustful look at a pair of Supra race cars parked on the Toyota stand. Asked if he would like some time behind the wheel, Reuss didn’t hesitate: “Yes.”
A short time later, well after Toyota’s press conference was over, an unescorted Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen Group, walked onto the Toyota stage to give the Supra the once-over, and did so from several angles.
Diess didn’t say much, and walked away before anyone could ask him any questions.
-- Larry P. Vellequette
Workers at the Ram display start spreading the news of the Ram 1500’s selection as 2019 North American Truck of the Year, announced just a few hours earlier on Monday.
Media days are not just for the media. Toyota officials, briefing books in hand, get a rundown on Nissan's product lineup.
The last NAIAS in January has avoided any weather alerts. Warnings did come in another form.
Penske Automotive Group CEO Roger Penske and Jim Farley, Ford's president of global markets, have a discussion on the sidelines of Ford's press event premiering the new Explorer at the Detroit auto show.
Some automakers may have abandoned the Detroit show. But Monday's media-day turnout appears strong.
"It really got packed here in the last few minutes," said one woman as the crowd spilled out of the Toyota display, just before Akio Toyoda showed the new Supra.
Reid Bigland, CEO of Ram, poses with the award for North American Truck of the Year for the Ram 1500 pickup, which beat out the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, on Monday at the Detroit auto show.
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford drew audible murmurs on Monday when he told a packed press conference: "We're not built on bailouts or hype."
William Lee, CEO of Hyundai North America, poses with the award for 2019 North American Utility of the Year for the all-new Hyundai Kona/Kona EV, a subcompact crossover, at the Detroit auto show on Monday.
It appears virtual reality goggles will play a supporting role Monday at the Ford press conference, where the automaker will introduce the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500, and hybrid and ST variants of the redesigned Explorer.
Cadillac President Steve Carlisle did the honors Sunday in introducing the all-new 2020 Cadillac XT6, a three-row crossover, in Detroit.
Workers prepare Kia's special display -- dubbed a Torque Track -- for the Telluride, a new three-row crossover, on Sunday on the main show floor.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra, middle, chats with Tenn. Governor Bill Haslam, left, and Tenn. Governor-elect Bill Lee, right, before the introduction of the 2020 Cadillac XT6 crossover on Sunday at a special event in Detroit. The XT6 will be assembled at GM's Spring Hill, Tenn., plant.
Infiniti's executive design director, Karim Habib, made a freehand sketch of the new QX Inspiration electric crossover concept during a reception for journalists ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Sunday.
The nine finalists for North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards on Sunday at Cobo Center, awaiting Monday's announcement of the three winners. The three car finalists for 2019 are the Genesis G70, Honda Insight and the Volvo S60. There was only one offering from Detroit 3 automakers — the Buick Regal Tour X — among the 14 car semifinalists this year. The utility finalists are the Acura RDX, Hyundai Kona and the Jaguar I-Pace, which beat out the Jeep Wrangler, Cadillac XT4 and BMW X5. The truck award will be a battle between full-size pickups from General Motors and Fiat Chrysler: The Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500, all redesigned for 2019.
A Golf R is prepped at the Volkswagen brand stand. VW plans to introduce a freshened midsize Passat sedan on Monday at the show.
The engine of a Falcon Motorsports F7 supercar draws an admirer during The Gallery event at the MGM Grand Detroit on Saturday ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show.
A Lamborghini Aventador, second from right, on display during The Gallery event at the MGM Grand Detroit on Saturday.
A Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. vehicle remains under cover on Saturday ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. GAC is the only Chinese automaker participating in the latest edition of the show.
A Navigator on display as workers prepare the Lincoln exhibit ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show on Saturday. The 2019 show, which opens to the press on Monday, marks the end of a long tradition: the last time the event will be held in January. In 2020, the show will be staged in June, as organizers try to revive and re-imagine the event with more dynamic and engaging displays, including some outdoors. Germany's top luxury brands -- Mercedes, BMW and Audi -- are skipping the show this year, joining other former exhibitors such as Porsche, Jaguar, Land Rover, Tesla and Mazda.
-- David Phillips
Matt Colson, of Lapeer, Mich., top, and Carlone English, of Detroit, prep a Chevrolet Silverado RST on Saturday in preparation for the North American International Auto Show. The show opens for media previews on Monday and some 4,500 credentialed journalists are expected, down slightly from just over 5,000 in 2018, show organizers say.
Kia plans a major marketing and media push for the all-new Telluride, a 3-row crossover, at the 2019 Detroit auto show at Cobo Center, including a separate, indoor display called the Kia Telluride Torque Track. The Telluride, Kia's largest crossover, will square off against the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Traverse and other large crossovers when it is expected to go on sale later this year.
-- David Phillips
The display for the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, one of the nation's top schools for automotive design, is readied on the concourse at Cobo Center on Friday. The 2019 Detroit auto show opens to the media on Monday Jan. 14 and to the public on Jan. 19.
-- David Phillips
The three finalists for North American Utility Vehicle of the Year -- the Acura RDX, Hyundai Kona and Jaguar I-Pace -- are prepped Friday at Cobo Center in Detroit before the winner is revealed Monday, Jan. 14. The RDX, Kona and I-Pace -- new or substantially redesigned -- beat out other candidates such as the Jeep Wrangler, Cadillac XT4 and BMW X5 to become finalists. The winner will succeed the Volvo XC60, 2018 Utility of the Year. The roughly 60 jurors that decide the winner are automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. They include Automotive News' Richard Truett, an engineering reporter, and Sharon Silke Carty, mobility editor.
-- David Phillips
Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of product development and purchasing at Ford Motor Co., from left, Bill Ford, executive chairman; Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford; and Jim Farley, president of global markets, with the sixth-generation, 2020 Ford Explorer crossover after it was introduced at Ford Field in Detroit on Jan. 9, 2019.