I would like to thank She Buys Cars for sponsoring this post. I’m sharing some of my favorite take aways from the Detroit Auto Show, plus upcoming car trends, and why steel matters. 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

The North American International Auto Show is currently poppin’ all around Detroit. I had the pleasure of attending the media preview, and I want to share a few highlights happening at the show and up and coming car trends. 

This was my first time attending the NAIAS in Detroit, and I had a thrilling good time. If you’ve been a reader here on the blog for a while, you know we talk about cars quite often. We like to review some of the latest models and pass on our feedback to the brand and you, our awesome readers. I’m a girl that loves the following things in my cars:

  • cameras (rear and now the ones on the side and front are ah-mazing!)
  • heated seats and heated steering wheels (living in Michigan, this is a MUST)
  • Improved safety features (with the newer models, they have pulled out all of the stops on upgrading and adding more ways to keep us safe. Including Parking Assist with Front and Rear Sensors, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning which is a great safety feature that tells you when you drift into a new lane, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rain-sensing Windshield Wipers, and the list goes on and on. 
  • A good sound system 
  • panoramic sunroof (this makes a car feel so much bigger)
  • numerous outlets throughout a vehicle
  • leather seats (or dark cloth seats)
  • enough room for each child to have their own space
  • curb appeal (I want a vehicle that looks luxurious or high quality but with a budget-friendly price tag)
  • steel matters (this is a new one for me. Something I learned about cars while at the auto show)

Let’s talk about steel matters. I’m not one to really think about what a car is made out of, just as long as it looks good and will last me a long time. Which is one of my number one priorities when buying our brand new vehicle in 2011. I wanted safety, but also an SUV that would last for a long time. 

During the Auto Show, you will learn a lot about how steel plays an important part in our vehicles. First of all, did you know that many cars are made out of steel? I had no clue. But yes, there are many vehicles, many at the show, that are made out of steel. Many cars depend on the advanced high-strength steel. “In fact, AHSS is not only proven and trusted, but it’s also the fastest growing automotive material for four years running. AHSS delivers exactly what consumers and automakers need. No other material matches its performance, value, and sustainability. Since the 1970’s, the number of automotive steel grades has grown from a few to more than 200 – and it’s not stopping there. Accelerating innovation in the automotive industry, steel leads the way in performance as a result of its superior strength, lightweight, durability, and repairability. Today’s steels are as much as six times stronger than steels of a decade ago and three to four times stronger than the latest aluminum alloys on the market. Combining AHSS with evolving manufacturing processes enables engineers to apply thinner steels to produce lighter-weight parts while maintaining or improving structural performance.” {source}

Using steel in vehicles has also proved to be the lowest greenhouse gas emissions making this a sustainable choice for automakers. “At the end of a vehicle’s life, steel still beats aluminum. Its physical properties allow products to be continuously recycled into any other steel products without loss of quality, saving vital resources for future generations.”

Now that we know a little more about why steel matters in our vehicle, let’s talk about some of my favorite ones from this year’s auto show. 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

I was able to attend the Toyota press conference and learned about the new 2018 Toyota Camry, America’s favorite sedan. During the press conference, CEO Akio Toyoda spoke of the mid-size sedan still being the #1 selling sedan for the past 15 years, despite trends showing Americans were abandoning mid-size sedans. 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

Trust me; this 2018 Camry is all eye-candy. This Camry will offer three drivetrains: a 3.5L, V6, 2.5L four-cylinder, and hybrid. It’s also available in a two-tone version (with red leather seats y’all), which seriously wicked. All the safety features we have come to expect will be carried throughout the 2018 model, which will be available for sale towards the second half of this year. And yes, this Camry will carry a new platform that makes use of more ultra-high-strength steel and new molding techniques to increase structural rigidity. 

Yes, this beautiful eye candy is ready to take us places. {learn more here}

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

While attending the Kia Party and press conference, I learned about their newest model coming to markets near you. This is also another eye-candy vehicle while screams “race me.” I don’t know if I have ever shared this with you guys, but I used to love racing when I was a teen. Back in Jackson (where I grew up), you could find me on a Saturday night in my little hoopty blue and purple station wagon, racing down Michigan Ave against big monster trucks. I won some, lost some, but had a blast doing it. Thankfully, I never got caught racing, but I racked up enough speeding tickets during my teen years. What can I say? I loooooove to push it to the limits and have a need for speed. Over the years I have toned down that lead foot because of my little passengers in the backseat. 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

The 2018 Stinger makes me want to take it for a run down Michigan Ave. Yeah, let those big monster trucks try to keep up with this! This sweet baby was conceived from the GT Concept Car and now born with rear- or all-wheel drive, luxury amenities, and head-turning design. Kia expresses they have never made something quite like this, and they are excited to share this with their consumers and get the stinger out on the road. This showstopper’s base model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo with 255 horsepower, and the GT model is powered by a twin-turbo 3.3 liter V-6 with 365 horsepower. Talk about vroom-vroom.

And did you know BMW’s former head of the M division had a hand in the Stinger’s engineering? Yes, which gives Kia’s first sedan with available AWD, it has a new Dynamic Stability Damping Control suspension that adapts to your driving. I cannot wait to take this baby for one thrilling ride! 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

Moving on to a new brand (at least for me). Have you heard of the brand Genesis (under the Hyundai umbrella)? Another eye-candy on display at NAIAS is the Genesis G-90. When you think about luxury, technology, safety and functionality, the G-90 comes to mind. This is the second luxury brand made in the 21st century. The concept behind the Genesis brand is respect.

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

  • Respect for your time. With each G-90 you will have complimentary valet service.
  • Respect for your life. The G-90 provides the top of the line safety feature. 
  • Respect for loyalty. 
  • Respect for comfort. 
  • Respect for the lure of attraction. {this car is nothing short of gorgeous!!}

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

With each G-90 purchased, each new car owner will receive complimentary maintenance and valet service for three years. They will also receive 24 roadside assistance for three years, as well as Genesis connect and Sirus XM for three years. And with their partnership with Amazon, each car owner will receive Amazon Prime free for 12 months, as well as an Amazon Echo. With the Echo, you can tell it to start your car without even lifting a finger. How about that for respect of your time? 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

I was thoroughly impressed with the Genesis G-90. They also did not forget about the person in the back seat. I find that many cars don’t include any outlets or features for the backseat passenger. It’s fine when you’re driving, but if you ever find yourself in the backseat of your car, you will soon discover all of the missing necessities. Not with the G-90. The backseat is fully functional with its own outlets, controls to adjust windows, music, and heat/air conditioner. Plus, heated seats! Now, that’s what I call a win-win! 

Thank you Genesis for respecting your consumer and making a car that will cater to the needs of everyone. Respect is the new black! {learn more about it here}

Here are a few more of my favorite, oh-my-gosh-I-love-these-cars:

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

One big takeaway from this year’s Auto Conference is this: Autonomous. Several automakers, including Hyundai, Volkswagon, and Google (with Waypo and Chrysler) have prototypes on display. Most of the automakers already have adaptive cruise control and self-park steering.

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

Google introduced their self-driving minivan at the auto show and stated they have 100 that will be on the streets in California and Arizona soon. Google is partnering with automakers versus building their own vehicle. Their goal is to build a better driver, not a better car. Whether we are ready for autonomous driving remains to be seen, but within the next 5-10 years it will be a given. Ready or not, here it comes! 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

The Detroit Auto Show was not only informational for me, but I loved seeing all of the beautiful cars. From sports cars to trucks, I loved it all. There are also quite a few hands-on activities to do (including a Virtual Reality ride at the Ford booth, PlayStation games at the Hyundai booth, 180-degree experience at Michelin Tire booth, and don’t forget to check out Disney’s Cars Lightning McQueen on display!)

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

Yes, a whirl of an experience, but a lot of fun! I’m glad to see the automaker industry still buzzing and alive here in my state- Michigan! 

Detroit NAIAS: Upcoming Car Trends + Eye-Candy+ Steel Matters

 

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