2016 Detroit Auto Show Highlights

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We've wrapped up two days at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit seeing all the new vehicles and listening to many presentations, and we're exhausted. Although there wasn't a ton of pickup truck news, we did hear that both Jeep and Hyundai have been given the go-ahead to produce a midsize pickup. And we have no doubt these two models will be different in design.

We saw another version of the 2017 F-150 Raptor, this time the SuperCrew version with a longer wheelbase and four full-size doors. Likewise, Nissan showed an impressive, desert-running Titan Warrior Concept that looks about as close to a production model as you can get. We're guessing the 37-inch mud-terrain tires and 3-inch lift aren't likely to translate, but this could be a home run trim package slotting above the PRO-4X if Nissan makes the right choice. Lastly, we finally saw a production version of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, and it has a much more conservative look than the previous model. There's no doubt Honda shoppers will like it.

The 2016 Detroit auto show opens to the public Saturday and runs through Jan. 24 at Detroit's Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day except Jan. 24, when hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults, and $7 for seniors age 65 or older and children 7 to 10 years old; kids younger than 6 are free with a parent or guardian. Discounted rates of $9 per person are available for groups of 30 or more. Go to NAIAS.com for more information.

To find out what other vehicles were revealed in Detroit and what we thought, check out Cars.com's Winners and Losers story.

Here are a few other pickup truck highlights from the show:

 

2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition:

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Beyond the normal new-truck fanfare, Honda also gave us a look at its latest top-of-the-line trim package called the Black Edition. It includes high-gloss black paint and blackout rims, smoked headlights and taillights, a uniquely accented interior and special-edition badging. Where the 2016 Honda Pilot added the Elite trim, the 2017 Ridgeline will have the Black Edition.

 

Ram 3500 Commercial:

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Little was said about the commercial side of the auto industry at the show, but Ram Commercial just had the biggest sales year in its relatively short six-year history, thanks in large part to the Warren Truck and Saltillo Truck Assembly plants' versatility. The plants produce several different versions of the 6.7-liter inline-six Cummins for the 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis-cab models. The full-size ProMaster and compact ProMaster City vans are beginning to see sales traction as well.

 

Hendrick Jeep Commando:

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A division of Hendrick Motorsports (think NASCAR), Hendrick Dynamics outfits Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4x4s for the military. The four-door Wranglers are converted into cargo-carrying pickups called Hendrick Commandos and also can be converted into nine-passenger troop carriers. The Commando is built at Hendrick's North Carolina headquarters and is designed to provide capable, agile transport for mobile military units. The Jeeps are heavily modified for difficult desert terrain and equipped with recovery gear and unique storage racks; some test units also are equipped with robotics.

 

Brute Double Cab at Robb Report:

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Unique this year was the inclusion of select magazines such as Esquire, Road and Track, and the Robb Report. Each had a booth where they displayed their media products along with some impressive vehicles. Luxury-minded Robb Report boasted an American Expedition Vehicle four-door Brute Double Cab, which we assume the folks at Jeep saw. Jeep just officially announced it will produce a new pickup. We hope the new Jeep is pretty close to this existing AEV model.

 

Ford Trailer Backup Assist Game:

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By far, the most impressive display area of the auto show was the newly remodeled Ford booth. Not only did Ford have interactive electronic displays with just about every model in its portfolio, but it also had a brand-new F-150 on an 18-foot scissor jack to give eager truck lovers a chance to test out their new Pro Trailer Backup Assist technology and run a boat trailer through a maze of 3-D digital obstacles, all projected on an 80-foot screen. If you have any anxiety about backing up a trailer, this is the place to get over your fears.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

 

Comments

Best part is the military grade F-150 lifted high above for all to copy....I mean see. HAHA come on its a joke GM fans

Nice work PUTC! Thanks for all the info and hard work you do.

A Ford on a vehicle lift, that's the norm. The lift doesn't experience as much stress lifting military grade. Over the lifts lifetime, it can lift a lot more fords.

I just know, if you put a set of wings on that MGA Ford F150 with the 3.5 Ecoboost she would do Mach 1. I think RedBull should use that truck in there wings commercials.LOL

what is military grade aluminum? It's the aluminum that was developed in secret for the japanese military during world war 2. Its first use was in the japanese military for building airframes for navy warplanes at the end of the war.

They are referring to the 7075-t6 hardened aluminum that is used extensively in military aircraft, weapons, and vehicles today. Its sometimes used for armor plating, but is actually stronger than the aluminum alloy more commonly used as armor plating. It's used when increased abrasion resistance is needed such as in tools and guns like the m16. It is used when the strongest aluminum is needed such as in aircraft. It is more expensive than most other grades of aluminum. Most of the time even in the military lower strength aluminum alloys are used because the extra strength of 7075-t6 is not needed. It has a 76 percent HIGHER tensile strength and 80 percent higher yield strength than the 6061 t6 aluminum used for the body of the humvee. It is closer in strength to steel alloys than the "beer can" aluminum people talk about. If you held a beer can made of 7075 t6 aluminum you probably would not be able to crush it with your hands. You'd probably think it was steel.

A Ford on a vehicle lift, that's the norm. The lift doesn't experience as much stress lifting military grade. Over the lifts lifetime, it can lift a lot more fords.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jan 18, 2016 10:02:17 AM

I agree! With all the trouble free miles put on the F150 they do need the oil changed a lot and tires rotated. It is much easier to lift them up in the air to do these PM services.

Personally, I like that 'military grade' Jeep Commando. Ok, so it doesn't have a ton of armor, when you need an off-road capable quick scout car, that Jeep could well be the better choice.

@gmsrbad, Beebe, you guys are too easy, there you go trying to convince yourself what to pick apart on the Ford. Military grade means(like the commercial states) battle tested, and why Ford F series is again the number 1 BRAND truck sales.

Wheres the popcorn when you need it?

Very impressive lift, I wonder what type of metal was used in its construction?

Jeep should make the pickup in a regular cab too so it would be good offroad

"Likewise, Nissan showed an impressive, desert-running Titan Warrior Concept that looks about as close to a production model as you can get."

Just goes to show all the Ford kids are really scare of even little old Nissan. All we heard from them is it will be nothing like this if it go to production. Seem that people with more then 10 brain cells says other wise.

Oh forgot this is the real johnny doe to, but I'm sure that no good POS LMAO welfare kid will start saying that to. The jobless, lifeless POS!

Your the welfare boy johnny welfare doe. Don't worry I will keep paying my taxes to pay for your section 8 housing and Obama phone.

bebee,
7075 alloy is used extensively in aviation and in most any industry. It is not a "military" material as such.

The military uses Heinz Beans.

Are they military grade beans?

I do think the two biggest highlights in order are the Titan Warrior and Honda Ridgeline. These two are the most significant pickups on display.

The Warrior has shown that Frod isn't really a leader in the "look at me" pickup department and Nissan can design an even more eye popping vehicle that will more than likely be a better and more flexible off road option.

The Ridgeline will be a very good product for Honda. It will attract more sales than the old.

The Ridgeline styling is more attuned to fit into suburban life and still ride and handle like a car.

Good work from Nissan and Honda.

Nissan/Datsun--Chevy/Government Motors--Ram/Fiat or whatever BS make can never match 39 years of #! selling trucks in America.

Yeah okay LMAO Kid you pay taxes? You have to get off this site longer then 24/7 first, then pay the government back for all your phone data usage first. Simple minded useless f$%k! I got work to do, when the government fails that supports your good for nothing tit sucking a@$, maybe you will know what real work is.

The Ridgeline Black a highlight? Come on. The Ridgeline itself is a highlight but with a black paint/wheel/tire package?

A bunch of custom one off stuff like the Jeeps... Might as well be talking about SEMA.

Shocking to learn that Fiat has only had trucks in the commercial business for 6 short years. There are decades of lost sales there for Chrysler and all of its various owners/partners/names. Glad they are finally in it though. Choices are always good.

Why does the F150 gotta be all the way up there? It is visually impressive and it works with that huge screen, I guess in a way it makes some sense.

So these are the highlights? Black Honda, Fiat work trucks, Customized Fiat Jeeps, and a big ride for Ford.

Stick with stories on the Titan Warrior, The Raptor, The New Superduty, The New Ridgeline, they concept Hyundai...

"The military uses Heinz Beans."

BARFo - that explains your posts........... you are full of military grade flatulence.

maybe you will know what real work is.


Posted by: johnny doe | Jan 18, 2016 12:38:59 PM

Remember Biff, I want 2 coats of wax on my truck not 1 like last time. LMAO

The Titan XD Warrior is just a one off show piece. Not a production vehicle. That fact is lost upon most of the bloggers.

the Ridgeline is MORE significant than the Warrior since it is an actual production vehicle. It is another sign of a growing small truck market. i've said all along that if there was new stuff in that segment that it would grow.

The significance of the Raptor is not so much the fact that it is Ford's premier truck but the fact that it has a new "zero lag" turbocharging system and a different EB 3.5 engine than the one in other F150's. The engine has more in common with the new Ford GT supercar than the F150. The Raptor will also be the first truck to market with the new 10 speed that was co-developed with GM.

Lou_BC,
I do think you are confused with the difference in definition between "highlight" and "significant".

A highlight would be regarded as a well received and popular feature for the show.

Significance in the market place is totally different.

Better go and buy some military grade beans!

I'm going to make some military grade toast in my military grade toaster, off course using military grade butter and honey.

What is detracting from the looks of the black Ridgline is the grey used on the lower panels of the vehicle and the ridiculous blakc rims.

A better colour for the bottom of the Ridgline would of been a primary colour, ie, red, yellow or blue, with a deep hue.

Used polished alloy rims accented with black with chrome door handles, mirror and rear step.

Now, that would be pretty.

BeBee,
I'm quite conversant with 7075. In the industry it's pronounced "seventy, seventy five".

Statements and the use of "military grade" is quite misleading. This is just marketing from Frod.

Of greater significance is the use of high tensile steels in the military. High tensile steel is used in a wider range of applications.

The bed of the F-150 is just aluminium, like thousands or even millions of other products manufactured.

The Eiffel Tower is made using iron, yes iron. It was a technological breakthrough of it's day. Yet back then they had high carbon steel and even gun metal.

So, anything made of iron must be good too.

What about Teflon? This was created by NASA. When I cook my bacon and eggs I'm using Space Tech! Of course made in China.

So, what's better a space age Chinese Teflon or cast iron fry pan?

Remember the military use Heinz beans, just like Ford.

I just poached my eggs in the my military grade microwave.

This is an extension of WWII tech, from the British.

How many items and devices do we use that have originated from military applications, or better still how many military items have been adapted from society?

Oh, Ford, I can have a field day with your marketeers.

Like the Eiffel Tower with it's significance in it's engineering design and not material it's constructed from, the aluminium F-150 wonder truck significance is in the manufacturing processes to build it and not the aluminium.

The manufacturing technology is of more importance to Ford than the aluminium.

Ford like any company will beat it's chest to prove aluminium is better than steel.

But, as can be seen the new aluminium F-150 is not some wonder truck. It is just a competitive pickup.

Is the Eiffel Tower any better than a concrete and high tensile steel tower, like the Stratosphere in Vegas?

Hardly.

Two different materials and engineering concepts. The Eiffel Tower is good for tourism because of it's history.

This is why the aluminium Ford has been challenged with testers and reviewers and other pickups have been selected as better vehicles.

The aluminium F-150 is no game changer, it's just another pickup no different than a aluminium/Teflon vs cast iron fry pan. They are just frypans.

Want more of those military grade Heinz beans, anyone?

Will the real BAFO please stand up? which BAFO is on here today? and which name will he post under?

The aluminum f150 is a game changer, and its obvious by its awesome sales this year that BAFO and his many other names he uses fail to admit. So yes I'l take some military grade any day of the week.

Looks like BARFo is up to his military grade dissemination of bean byproducts. I'm sure engineering latrines is part of his specialty.

Im going to drive my COMBAT proven in the MILITARY Power Wagon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAsM5mFfhfo

"Looks like BARFo is up to his military grade dissemination of bean byproducts. I'm sure engineering latrines is part of his specialty."

I should of said, "I'd like to highlight the significant amount of military grade bean byproducts disseminated upon PUTC by BARFo.

maybe you will know what real work is.
Posted by: johnny doe | Jan 18, 2016 12:38:59 PM

Remember Biff, I want 2 coats of wax on my truck not 1 like last time. LMAO

Posted by: LMAO | Jan 18, 2016 12:56:39 PM

Only wax you'll ever get from me if we happen to ever meet, is some spit in your face, and a good knock out punch between your coward keyboard warrior eyes. Useless POS Obama tit sucker.

Only two coats of wax you'll ever see is when your dad beats your a@# for being the lazy mouthy punk you are.

I think Al has some anger issues. I like the Honda but I prefer white.

Chevy had nothing to show?? No wait they had a ugly little thing called the Bolt. Wonder what idiot thought that one up?? Wait, do I have a Bolt or a Volt!

Johnny Doe too!

The aluminum f150 is a game changer, and its obvious by its awesome sales this year that BAFO and his many other names he uses fail to admit. So yes I'l take some military grade any day of the week.Posted by: nitro | Jan 18, 2016 2:00:18 PM

What the hell are you talking bout dude! The only time Ford was in the green all year was Nov and Dec. Them two months happen to be the biggest months on Incentives and sale deals of the year! Plus Ford was way in the red that time last year. You need to go back at least 3 years and look at the numbers.

Truck Crazy - Volt............. Bolt....................... Dolt

There is a definite pattern.

Military Grade is not exactly synonymous with quality or durability. Message to Ford fans it's not even correct terminology. -see MILSPEC

F-150 is a very nice truck, it's not any more military than a GM or RAM pickup.

"Black Edition"

Are they trying to ride on AMG's coat tails?

black is a poor colour for a truck. It is the worst colour for showing up dust and scratches.

Gino Vanelli summed it up rather nicely, "Black cars look better in the shade"

AllAmerikan - agreed. It is a case of PR departments allowed to run rampant.

Just like the stupid use of "Eco" as a prefix.

We have:

"Eco"Tec at GM
"Eco"boost at Ford
"Eco"diesel at Fiat


Yeah that eco prefix is tired and senseless. Sounds like something tree huggers could embrace

Posted by: roadram | Jan 18, 2016 5:17:24 PM

It is all marketing. But remember the current generations in their 20's and 30's for the most part do think of the environment because of this whole "global warming" thing. So if manufactures throw in "ECO" they may feel better buying a truck that will achieve 20 mpg instead of a hybrid. But to be fair all manufactures have made leaps forward in engine and transmission technologies to give way more performance than just 10 years ago with even better MPG.

Me personally hate these slogans for engine names. I much prefer to call the engine by its size aka 3.5L GTDI, Ram 5.7L GM 6.2L. I hate even worse when people refer to their truck by the engine AKA "I have a 2015 Cummins". I was at a stereo place last summer and some guy came in and said " I need a radio for my 05 Duurrrrrrrrrrrmax" The sales guy looked at him puzzled and asked if it was a GMC, Chevy, Truck or van.

So, Mark, does that crack or space in the Honda Ridgeline actually represent the separation of a REAL bed from a REAL cab, or is it just some stupid design element?

I'm sure others would want to know too, because if you heavily load a REAL pickup and go around a curve, you can look back and see the slight motion of the bed as separate for the cab. In other words, the detached bed can relieve stresses. Is that also true for the Ridgeline?

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Only wax you'll ever get from me if we happen to ever meet, is some spit in your face, and a good knock out punch between your coward keyboard warrior eyes. Useless POS Obama tit sucker.

Only two coats of wax you'll ever see is when your dad beats your a@# for being the lazy mouthy punk you are.

Posted by: johnny doe | Jan 18, 2016 2:24:45 PM

Maybe I misspoke about your section 8 housing. Since your a Camaro fan you must be a section 8 trailer park renter. Remember to catch up on your Karate Kid movies so you can practice your waxing......wax on----wax off. Sweep the floor, paint the fence. LMAO.


What about Teflon? This was created by NASA. When I cook my bacon and eggs I'm using Space Tech! Of course made in China.


Posted by: Big Al from Oz | Jan 18, 2016 1:35:08 PM

Teflon really is not good for you. There are much better pan options for cooking food. But they do tend to cost more.

LMAO - true. friends of ours got some sort of fancy and pricy "mini" parrot and were told to ditch all of the teflon coated pans since using them would kill their $1.5 k bird.


LMAO - true. friends of ours got some sort of fancy and pricy "mini" parrot and were told to ditch all of the teflon coated pans since using them would kill their $1.5 k bird.

Posted by: Lou_BC | Jan 18, 2016 5:42:10 PM

I have heard there is some off gassing with Teflon. My wife and a few friends of ours has some weird reactions to Teflon pans. It really sucked but we spend around 4K on new stainless steel pans. So did our friends. No issues since. Camping we still like cast iron. Big Gal from oz should like that since it is Eifel tower material.


"Likewise, Nissan showed an impressive, desert-running Titan Warrior Concept that looks about as close to a production model as you can get."

Just goes to show all the Ford kids are really scare of even little old Nissan. All we heard from them is it will be nothing like this if it go to production. Seem that people with more then 10 brain cells says other wise.

Posted by: johnny doe | Jan 18, 2016 12:10:28 PM

This really emphasizes your 4th grade reading level. With the exception of some Gmfanbots tro!!!L!LL!!ing about GM sales the overall thread was positive. From everyone! I would strongly suggest you have your mommy read the thread to you so you are able to grasp the details of the thread.

@beebe
Take it down a notch. Nobody knows what aluminium ford is using. I mean what grade and properties.
I wouldn't call raptor a military grade. You are exaggerating too much. It's regular aluminium with extra coating for easier gluing and some other properties to achieve press shaping repeatability. Alcoa needs to get the recipe exact all the time, because if just little miss, the sheet will bounce back more or less after pressing and it won't have the shape needed or glue or paint won't stick. Too many variables to get it right and I won't be the guinea pig for ford.
BTW: Is my 2010 RAM aluminium hood military grade too ? Eh ?

Ford doesn't use grade 7 aluminium but 6 like some other person who we don't speak about mentioned already.

http://www.muziford.com/2015-F-150/why-the-aluminum-f150-is-better-than-its-steel-counterpart.htm

@beebe
Take it down a notch. Nobody knows what aluminium ford is using. I mean what grade and properties.
I wouldn't call raptor a military grade. You are exaggerating too much. It's regular aluminium with extra coating for easier gluing and some other properties to achieve press shaping repeatability. Alcoa needs to get the recipe exact all the time, because if just little miss, the sheet will bounce back more or less after pressing and it won't have the shape needed or glue or paint won't stick. Too many variables to get it right and I won't be the guinea pig for ford.
BTW: Is my 2010 RAM aluminium hood military grade too ? Eh ?

Ford doesn't use grade 7 aluminium but 6 like some other person who we don't speak about mentioned already.

http://www.muziford.com/2015-F-150/why-the-aluminum-f150-is-better-than-its-steel-counterpart.htm

@beebe
Take it down a notch. Nobody knows what aluminium ford is using. I mean what grade and properties.
I wouldn't call raptor a military grade. You are exaggerating too much. It's regular aluminium with extra coating for easier gluing and some other properties to achieve press shaping repeatability. Alcoa needs to get the recipe exact all the time, because if just little miss, the sheet will bounce back more or less after pressing and it won't have the shape needed or glue or paint won't stick. Too many variables to get it right and I won't be the guinea pig for ford.
BTW: Is my 2010 RAM aluminium hood military grade too ? Eh ?

Ford doesn't use grade 7 aluminium but 6 like some other person who we don't speak about mentioned already.

http://www.muziford.com/2015-F-150/why-the-aluminum-f150-is-better-than-its-steel-counterpart.htm

Need more then a nice display to sales truck,,,

@LMAO:"I have a 2015 Cummins". I need a radio for my 05 Duurrrrrrrrrrrmax" The sales guy looked at him puzzled and asked if it was a GMC, Chevy, Truck or van.

Posted by: LMAO | Jan 18, 2016 5:27:04 PM

That stereo guy would not have known what vehicle he was talking about if the guy had said he needed a radio for his Powerbroke. Unfortunately, the Powerbroke guys couldn't enjoy a great stereo because all their money was wasted on keeping their Powerbroke running. Can you say EGR cooler leaking, head gaskets blown, injectors leaking, etc,etc,etc. Hahaha!!! LOL!



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