I am in Detroit this week for the NAIAS (or Detroit Motor Show) - first press day is tomorrow. Motown is bitingly cold right now, but trucks are hot - SUVs and pickups look like being something of a focus. SUVs on show include the Lexus LF-1 and BMW X2. Mercedes-Benz probably wins the prize for SUV visual impact though, with the 1979 G-Wagen encased in a giant amber resin cube at the entrance to the Cobo. The new G-Class has been made to look like its venerable ancestors. Why re-invent a classic?

The new Chevrolet Silverado should be interesting to see in terms of its construction and use of materials to lower weight. Ford has set the pace there with its very successful aluminium bodied F-150.

I'm also looking forward to seeing  the BMW i8 convertible in the flesh - it certainly looks very good in the pictures I have seen. And as well as the big stands from the major players, the smaller stands - for example, from the Chinese OEMs (GAC will be there) - can be fascinating. The US may have a smaller market than China now, but it is still a huge market that offers great commercial opportunities and high margins for the OEMs who get things right.

2018 may well see a cyclical market contraction, but a 16m plus light vehicle market is still a pretty good one by historical standards. And the US economy is looking pretty strong.

DETROIT SHOW - 2019 Ford Ranger premiere

Keep an eye on our show coverage in the hot topic area - where you can also see our CES coverage this week.

CES and NAIAS 2018

Until next time..

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I am in Detroit this week for the NAIAS (or Detroit Motor Show) - first press day is tomorrow. Motown is bitingly cold right now, but trucks are hot - SUVs and pickups look like being something of a focus. SUVs on show include the Lexus LF-1 and BMW X2. Mercedes-Benz probably wins the prize for SUV visual impact though, with the 1979 G-Wagen encased in a giant amber resin cube at the entrance to the Cobo. The new G-Class has been made to look like its venerable ancestors. Why re-invent a classic?

The new Chevrolet Silverado should be interesting to see in terms of its construction and use of materials to lower weight. Ford has set the pace there with its very successful aluminium bodied F-150.

I'm also looking forward to seeing  the BMW i8 convertible in the flesh - it certainly looks very good in the pictures I have seen. And as well as the big stands from the major players, the smaller stands - for example, from the Chinese OEMs (GAC will be there) - can be fascinating. The US may have a smaller market than China now, but it is still a huge market that offers great commercial opportunities and high margins for the OEMs who get things right.

2018 may well see a cyclical market contraction, but a 16m plus light vehicle market is still a pretty good one by historical standards. And the US economy is looking pretty strong.

DETROIT SHOW - 2019 Ford Ranger premiere

Keep an eye on our show coverage in the hot topic area - where you can also see our CES coverage this week.

CES and NAIAS 2018

Until next time..

Dave LeggettDave Leggett
Managing Editor


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