NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW FAVORITES
The Nissan Rogue received the “2017 Family Car of the Year” award by Cars.com during the auto show. There is a good reasons for that. The Rogue has a sleek style wrapped in steel which will keep your family safer, plus it has all the bells and whistles we love on cars. Driving aids include High Beam Assist headlights, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Prevention and Lane Departure Warning, and Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection. NissanConnect Services offers customizable alerts via email, text message or automated phone call and so much more. The list of all the awesomeness that is included with the Nissan Rogue is too long to include here, but jump over to Nissan and click on the feature details link to read an in depth review.
NISSAN VMOTION 2.0 CONCEPT CAR
When Nissan unveiled the VMotion 2.0 I was seriously impressed. The newest sedan to the Nissan family has sharp edges, perfect angels and let’s admit, it’s just looks stunning. If you aren’t really ready to trade in your sports car for a family car the VMotion 2.0 is the way to go and I really hope these go to production.
This car is so slick that is won the EyesOn Design award for best concept vehicle at the auto show. Nissan said the “Vmotion 2.0 was created to showcase Nissan’s new sedan design direction – fresh, dynamic and cabin-focused.” If this is the direction they are going they are definitely a contender for my next vehicle purchase.
Genesis is the newest brand in the luxury car industry. There is something to be said about riding around in luxury and I’m not opposed to it. They tend to be quieter on the inside and they usually have a very smooth ride, both of which are important to an enjoyable driving experience. What I really liked about the Genesis G90 is its rigid body structure that is more than 50% Advanced High Strength Steel along with 650+ feet of advanced structural adhesives, similar to those used on jet aircraft. The more I learn about car body structures, the more I want my next car to have a solid steel foundation.
Of course, luxury cars are usually equipped with the best sound systems and that is a must for road trips. I really like the Genesis cars style and comfort. I’d love to see what they do on the open road and hope to set up a drive to share more with you soon. Oh, and I have to say I’m loving the analog clock in the Genesis, I think it gives it a nostalgic touch of class.
The Kia Stinger is a pretty five-passenger fastback sports sedan. I love the look of this car and think it is set to give other sedans a run for their money. Kia’s goal was to create a car that was “nimble and fast while also luxurious and quiet. It had to achieve the perfect balance of ride and handling and seat five comfortably with room for luggage.” It looks like they have succeeded on all accounts. These are slated to go into production later this year and soon after that I hope to give it a solid test drive.
VOLKSWAGEN I.D. BUZZ CONCEPT CAR
The Volkswagen Bus has been my dream car since I was a teenager. I keep saying that someday I’ll buy a vintage bus, turn it into a traveling camper and hit the open road for months. I’m sure the dream is much more romantic than the reality, but it sure sounds like fun. Of course, stumbling across the I.D. Buzz at the auto show renewed my need for a VW Bus. This is a concept car, but it sure did wow the auto show attendees.
The I.D. Buzz is an electric vehicle with “369 hp and a time from 0 to 60 mph of 5 seconds flat.” I do love a car with serious get up and go. VW estimates that the van could travel approximately 275 miles before needing a recharge which they anticipate happening in about 30 minutes. Perfect for road trips because it forces you to get out and stretch and explore something new while waiting for a recharge. Again, hopefully VW brings the VW bus back to life soon.
There are so many more cars to see at the show. The best way is to head over to Detroit for the show.