2016 Detroit Auto Show: Day One Recap

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At a time when the auto industry has just come off its biggest sales year in history (17.47 million units in 2015) as well as wrestled with some ugly and challenging safety issues (think Volkswagen, Takata and GM's continuing ignition crisis), the 2016 North American International Auto Show is the first opportunity for automakers to shine in the new year. If the first day of the show is any indication of what we have to look forward to in 2016, this will also be an interesting, if not amazing, year. Here's what we saw Monday.

The First Awards: The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards kicked off the 2016 NAIAS. The 2016 Honda Civic took the car category and the 2016 Volvo XC90 won Truck/Utility award. Sadly, the only pickup truck that made the final cut, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD, came in third.

Presidential Visit: For the first time in his tenure, President Barack Obama will visit the Detroit Auto Show. Scheduled for Jan. 20, the president's visit is likely to cause quite a stir. You can bet the vehicles he sits inside will be watched closely. If you're visiting the show that day expect huge traffic delays.

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Nissan Titan Warrior Concept: Nissan revealed what it has in mind for its all-new full-size pickup; this time giving it a desert-runner twist. Although this is the first diesel-powered desert runner we've ever seen that's not based on a military vehicle, there is plenty to like about this concept pickup (including both a first-aid kit and tool chest in the center console). We're hopeful this will become an option package in the future.

Ford Raptor: There's nothing really new with the 2017 F-150 Raptor with the exception of the longer wheelbase of the SuperCrew, which allows for four full-size doors. The SuperCrew is likely to again be the volume player for Raptor sales when it debuts later this year. The big news is that by saving almost 500 pounds when compared to the previous-gen Raptor SuperCrew, and with the addition of a new high-output EcoBoost, acceleration off the line is likely to be rocket-ship fast.

2017 Honda Ridgeline: A funny thing happened on the way to the newest version of Honda's pickup truck. To look more like a conventional pickup, Honda designers incorporated a "pretend" cutline down the middle of the body to make it look like there's separation between the cab and bed. Of course, the Ridgeline's unibody chassis based off minivan and SUV platforms provides no distinct separation between the bed and cab. It's all one unit.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

 

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Comments

Why would comrade barry visit a car show? Who cares what he sits in or looks over? He should be sitting in a prison cell

Why would comrade barry visit a car show? Who cares what he sits in or looks over? He should be sitting in a prison cell


Posted by: roadram | Jan 12, 2016 11:47:48 AM

This just may be the best post I have read on this blog!

Obama just wants to confirm the junk being built by GM so they no longer get bailouts.

So Hondas going to keep having their silly little trunk are they?

So in the event you put something in the bed, you have to unload it all to get to it.

It also has a little tiny donut spare I see.

Hopefully there's some mention of the Nissan Frontier....

Man that titan warrior concept looks great!

I have to say, it is probably one of the best looking trucks out now IMO.

That Honda Ridgeline shares a profile with the 2015 Korean Ssanyong Pickup
http://www.inautonews.com/ssangyong-korando-sports-is-now-a-pick-up-too/2012-ssangyong-korando-sports-pick-up-2

Titan Warrior is the only really interesting vehicle so far. Too bad it is a concept.
The Ridgeline in some respects is more significant since it is an actual production vehicle.
The Raptor was already revealed.

It is odd that there hasn't been any big reveals at Detroit.

So far the biggest impression from the pickups at the show has been Nissan with the Warrior. What a fantastic pickup.

I would think it would outsell Rams PowerWagon. The pity is most who would buy the Warrior would use them like most of your Raptor owners. They would use them like hairdresser cars, never exploring the vehicles potential.

But, hey, don't I look cool in one!

The Nissan Concept looks great, too bad the Production (if it will ever be) model will look nothing like it, in addition, it has a lot of homework to do if it ever wants to compete with the Raptor.

Only junk being made on the government AKA tax payers dime is the sh^%ty Ford junk on loans they well never pay back.

Shh don't let the Ford cry babies know they own the US government almost more then GM and Ram combined!

http://jalopnik.com/5704575/ford-bmw-toyota-took-secret-government-money

Moron's like Frank and his other Ford nut slapper buddies voted in the dumb a##es that sold GM and Ram stock for a lost. Thank dumb dumb's like Frank for selling stock a lot a low cost. The US TAXPAYERS COULD OF MAKE A PROFIT, but once again retards like Frank and LMAO Welfare kid voted in Morons! They still can't hide the true though, Ford owe's US taxpayer more money, almost more money then they lost to both GM and Ram! On some bull s%^t Loan they will never pay back like the taxes Ford had got out of since 2006

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2011-03-03/ford-s-accounting-revision-may-add-13-billion-to-profit-tax-expert-says

Big Al from Oz - hairdressers can't afford 70k pickups. What is it with your fascination with them anyways? Traumatized by a toupee or got a bad comb-over some time in your life?

Maybe his wife ran off with a hairdresser in an f-150

@johnny blow, you need to sit back and re-read your stories before making your usual ignorant comments. Read the stories and the comments that go with them. Just please stop being so ignorant.

The Nissan Concept looks great, too bad the Production (if it will ever be) model will look nothing like it, in addition, it has a lot of homework to do if it ever wants to compete with the Raptor.

Obama just wants to confirm the junk being built by GM so they no longer get bailouts.

Truck Crazy, I know I am reading that article and even looked at another one. He is a clueless welfare boy. He just looks at the headlines and pretty pictures and thinks "this will show them"! Some people are just ignorant.

He also too stupid to understand what he even says. For one he keeps using my welfare line. He cannot even come up with anything on his own. Two he says I am a kid but some how I am able to vote? Again pure stupidity. third you can tell he is loosing it because he is not capable of using coherent words anymore. He has to use cuss words to express himself. What a complete tool.

Hello TRVLLS,

Can a TRVLL decipher what this TRVLL is saying? I have no clue and lost faith in humane society.

Thanks in advance.

"Only junk being made on the government AKA tax payers dime is the sh^%ty Ford junk on loans they well never pay back." - TRVLL,


Run on sentence after run on sentence, these little kids these have no speech ethic. Sad, it only happens GM nuthuggers and some Rambots.


Run on sentence after run on sentence, these little kids these have no speech ethic. Sad, it only happens GM nuthuggers and some Rambots.

Posted by: Frank | Jan 12, 2016 5:51:03 PM

Very common in kids with a 7th grade education. They think they know it all and try so hard to be big. At least I hope Welfare doe is a kid. It would be a terrible shame if he was an adult. Then we would know for sure he is taking our tax money for food stamps. Hopefully he does not loose his food stamps next to his work boots. He would surely die from starvation.

Of course one good thing about section 8 housing is the govt makes on time payments to the landlord. Rental housing to section 8 people is not to shabby of a second income. At least in my area. Still have to do some screening though.

Yup Lou, another fantastic contribution you've made for PUTC.

Keep up the good work!

Please! I have had enough of Oh No Bama! I bet he does not even look at the domestic offerings! The most anti-American president we have ever had!

One of comrade barry's bootlickers told him there is a windmill powered tricycle there and he just had to see it. He'll eschew all trucks as they are kryptonite to him.

That titan warrior is sharp! They should have made the new titan xd look more like this instead of the ugly look they have.
What's with having a fake line down the side of the Honda ridge line. Goofy and dumb idea.

Here's a note to Mr. Williams who wrote this Recap . . . . . You are COMPLETELY WRONG about the ONLY thing that you wrote about the Honda Ridgeline.
Bed and cab are separate pieces. The demarcation line is REAL. Talk to the Honda people and learn and understand what you are talkling about. Unibody? Yep. Separate Cab and Bed? How about understanding what you are writing about next time????

@roadram & old gm guy

Be prepared to stand up and salute Madame President Hillary Clinton.

If someone took my wife hostage and told me they won't give her back until I buy a new pickup I would choose the Ram 1500

Since Nissan has already had their press event, we won't be seeing anything more about a new Frontier or standard Titan.
Same goes for Ford- Nothing about the SD, nothing from the Ranger.
The Tundra might get a new trans yet- The Land Cruiser just received a new 8speed , but it only goes with the big 5.7 V8. That engine is exclusive to the US/Canada and the middle east. Fuel econ isn't a concern over there, so it really only benefits the 6-8k units they sell here. Nobody is going to develop a transmission for those numbers.

Ain't gonna happen David.

Please let the political commentary to someone else. We come here because we're gear heads. As a member of the defense community the disrespect we show The President is embarrassing. Love him or hate him he is still POTUS. Lastly, before being POTUS he drove Hemi powered 300C. That's makes him a MOPAR guy if nothing else.

Comrade barry's a Mopar guy? Hahahahaha hahahahaha. I'm a USAF veteran and this marxist deserves zero respect.

Please let the political commentary to someone else. We come here because we're gear heads. As a member of the defense community the disrespect we show The President is embarrassing. Love him or hate him he is still POTUS. Lastly, before being POTUS he drove Hemi powered 300C. That's makes him a MOPAR guy if nothing else.


Posted by: Diesel_Dice | Jan 13, 2016 8:27:09 AM

I respect to Office, but not the traitor that occupies it!
You can idealize him all you want, but don't act like your are better then others just because you love the scumbag!

Handshake hdmax


Please let the political commentary to someone else. We come here because we're gear heads. As a member of the defense community the disrespect we show The President is embarrassing. Love him or hate him he is still POTUS. Lastly, before being POTUS he drove Hemi powered 300C. That's makes him a MOPAR guy if nothing else.

Posted by: Diesel_Dice | Jan 13, 2016 8:27:09 AM

Excellent Post!!! You Americans are normally patriotic, show respect for your POTUS!

We are patriotic. If we weren't comrade barry would have our support. Why don't you invite him and his regime to your country and lead you people into a banana republic. Why wait, take him now

@MarkWilliams Please refrain from posting anything politically related. I come to this website for auto news, not to read through lines of ignorant racist who after eight years can't except a POTUS of color, the idea of a female president, or that Bush did nothing wrong. I support the President because the Flag on my Naval base flies for everyone, not just the people who think they somehow deserve more because of their "rights" or "heritage". Any veteran that feels differently is a traitor to their country and themselves.

Ignorant racist. You have outed yourself. I am not concerned with anyone's ethnicity or genatalia. You brought up the subject so that must be your criteria for electing a president.
A leader must love his country not try to fundamentally transform it into some social utopia, or drive it deeper into debt, or overrun it with illegal and /or diametrically opposed aliens, shut down industries because he doesn't like them, or promotes a proven phony climate movement, and kisses the butts of enemies of freedom while turning his back on traditional allies. There's more and none of it has anything to do with the color of his skin, but has everything to do with his marxist ideology.
This veteran believes anyone who supports comrade barry is a simpleton and in denial. GW was no prize either. And the word is accept

Reading comments on these car sites it appears the media is more hyped over the Raptor than the B&B.

The readers and contributors of comments appear to be more amazed at the Titan Warrior than the media.

I do hope Nissan build this Warrior, as is and not skimp on it. Any skimping will detract from this concept.

I would like to see a Navara/Frontier Warrior.

Maybe Nissan could register the Warrior name and make all off road orientated pickups under the Warrior badge. This name will make for a future iconic "brand", so long as Nissan can deliver the goods in off road prowess.

Warrior makes the name Raptor sound limp and weak.

Great naming convention from Nissan.

Warrior is a good name and I hope Nissan tells the PC crowd to stuff it when they complain about it.

Ignorant racist. You have outed yourself. I am not concerned with anyone's ethnicity or genatalia. You brought up the subject so that must be your criteria for electing a president.
A leader must love his country not try to fundamentally transform it into some social utopia, or drive it deeper into debt, or overrun it with illegal and /or diametrically opposed aliens, shut down industries because he doesn't like them, or promotes a proven phony climate movement, and kisses the butts of enemies of freedom while turning his back on traditional allies. There's more and none of it has anything to do with the color of his skin, but has everything to do with his marxist ideology.
This veteran believes anyone who supports comrade barry is a simpleton and in denial. GW was no prize either. And the word is accept


Posted by: roadram | Jan 13, 2016 5:40:14 PM

Now there is a man that understands!

That trash in the Oval Office is trying to destroy America with illegal executive orders. And blaming ISIS on global warming, refuses to call them Radical Muslims.

So Diesel_Dice, if you want to be blindly led down the road to total destruction by a communist dictator, be his guest, but don't try and convert real Americans! We still have to most of the Bill of Rights, no thanks to him. However if/when the 2nd Amendment fall so will America.

Gun control is 100% about controlling the people and has nothing to do with guns.

I am very dissapointed with the new Ridgeline. It looks like its late 5 years for its debuit.

Many times I will check this site out when I am sitting on the toilet making a statue of Johnny Welfare.



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