It's preview week at the first North American International Auto Show since the Carpocalypse and federal bailouts bridge loans for two of the big three.
The tone down at Cobo Hall has been less extravagant than previous years, but it's certainly not the funeral some were expecting. GM and Chrysler have bare-bones exhibit spaces consisting primarily of carpet, but both rolled out sexy extended range EV concepts to cheers. Ford held the line with understated confidence and a strong portfolio of new products, while the Germans showed up with brand new displays and more efficient vehicles which refuse to compromise on style and power.
Look for show highlights and a big ol' photo gallery right here.
>> View Core77's NAIAS photo gallery here.
Michael Doyle is a Detroit-based experience designer and amateur cultural critic. He is interested in the spaces between design, art, music and culture, and has contributed to a variety of design blogs for more than a decade. Michael is a co-founder of the hackerspace OmniCorpDetroit, as well as DJ collectives Dethlab and Dorkwave. When not designing interactive environments for o2, record covers for Ghostly International, or collaborating with the likes of the Hypothetical Development Organization, he may be found playing music at sushi bars or organizing croquet socials in abandoned factories.