Detroit Auto Show: Day One highlights15 january 2014, 13:58
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is one of the largest auto shows in North America, held annually in Detroit, Michigan at Cobo Center, in January.
The first day of the 2014 Detroit auto show served up a host of new cars for a US market that shows no sign of slowing, or moderating its taste for power and glitz.
But one of the sharpest talking points was about aluminum -- and how Ford is introducing it to the body of its iconic F150 pickup truck.
Here are the highlights of day one of the US's leading auto exhibition:
+ General Motors' Chevrolet division swept the car of the year and truck of the year honors, awarded to the Corvette Stingray and the Silverado pickup.
The GM Chevrolet exhibit is seen at the press preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show January 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. ©AFP
+ Not resting on all the kudos of the past year, Corvette introduced two new hyperpowered models, the 625 horsepower street-legal Z06 and, for its GT racing team, the CR.7, which will see its first test at the January 24-25 Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona.
A visitor looks over engine options on display next to a 2015 Chevrolet ZO6 Corvette at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. ©AFP
+ Ford dared to change its long market-dominant F150 truck by cladding it in aluminum, cutting up to 700 pounds to conserve fuel while not sacrificing, Ford says, body strength. That saw every other maker of cars and trucks quizzed on whether they would take up the aluminum challenge.
Ford introduces the new F-150 pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show on January 13, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. ©AFP
+ Honda found ways to make the inside of its Fit subcompact larger without lengthening it, and only adding a little to width. The body became slightly sleeker, power was upped to 130 horsepower and the ride smoothed out, and hot features like the right-side Lane Watch, Blue tooth, rearview cameras, upgraded smart phone connectivity, and --optional -- leather seats have migrated from more upmarket Hondas.
The 2015 Honda Fit is introduced during a press preview at the North American International Auto Show January 13, 2014 in Detroit. ©AFP
+ Toyota shows a "spiritual pace car": the FT-1 sports concept hit its aim of generating excitement, a concept car reflecting the push to take more risks of Akido Toyoda, grandson of the company's founder.
Members of the media get a look at the Toyota FT-1 concept car during a press preview at the North American International Auto Show January 13, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. ©AFP
+ Chrysler, now a wholly-owned unit of Fiat, added Italianate lines and Alfa Romeo components to midsize 200 sedan, taking aim at the more stately competition.
The Chrysler 200s is introduced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, January 13, 2014. ©AFP
+ Kia unveiled its GT4 Stinger concept, a hotly sculpted pocket-rocket for the youth market with a turbocharged 315 horsepower 2-liter engine.
With members of the design team projected behind it, Kia introduces the GT4 Stinger concept sports car at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 13, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. ©AFP
+ The future of Maxima?: Nissan's new sport sedan had some of the Rogue's exaggerated haunches over the front wheels, sweeping across the side for a brassy but still elegant and sporty ride. This could turn into something hitting the streets in 2016.
Shiro Nakamura, Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, introduces the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept vehicle at the press preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show January 13, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. ©AFP
+ BMW hat trick: a wealth of choices with a new 2 series to replace the 1, and a new M3 and M4.
The BMW M 235i is presented during the press preview at the North American International Auto Show January 13, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. ©AFP