The unveiling of the first new Corvette model in nine years a day early was the first surprise, but it wasn't the last.
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Infiniti and the Cirque du Soleil teamed up to introduce a new sports car model for the brand, the Q50. The brilliant Toyota Furia concept car ignited speculation that the Japanese automaker might overhaul design for its popular Corolla automobile. Thomas Edison even showed up at downtown Detroit's Cobo Center to school GM CEO Bob Lutz on the future of electric vehicles. It seems like somebody in the crowd was listening to the hologram -- Nissan announced it will drop the price on its Nissan Leaf EV to compete in the hybrid market.
Expect Day Two to turn up the notch on luxury -- after all, that's the buzzword for this year's car show in Detroit. Ford will reportedly present a concept car for a redesigned F-150, while GM's first luxury hybrid, the 2014 Cadillac ELR, will make its public debut at the show. Lexus, Acura, Kia and electric car designer Tesla Motors will all present new storylines on Tuesday morning. We've also heard Counting Crows and FUN. will be in town to play an auto show party tonight downtown. Early last evening, Ben Folds performed live for press at the Panasonic Conference at Cobo. And of course, Danny Glover is in town, but he's actually supporting a group that's protesting what they call Nissan's unfair treatment of labor in Mississippi. Let us know if you see any other celebrities around town for this year's NAIAS spectacular!
More than 6,000 journalists are expected to attend the two day media preview of the auto show. The show will be open to the public from Jan. 19 to 27. The North American International Auto Show's website has more information, and we've compiled a guide of the best things to do around Detroit if you're in town for the event.
See below for live updates and photos from the auto show throughout the day.
01/15/2013 4:56 PM EST
Have FUN. Tonight
Auto show journos and industry types will be headed to the Fillmore Detroit tonight. FUN. will open for Counting Crows at an invite-only party hosted by Cars.com.
Are you going? Tweet your pics to @HuffPostDetroit .. and hopefully we see you there!
01/15/2013 4:44 PM EST
@ NathanBomey :
BREAKING: GM projects profit will rise "modestly" in 2013 as new products hit showrooms and European losses start to fall. #NAIAS
01/15/2013 4:43 PM EST
@ DetroitUnspun :
#Detroit designed Corvette Stingray: “We can take on the world and win.” http://t.co/IabsjSxg #NAIAS
01/15/2013 4:42 PM EST
Chrysler Seals The Deal With Chinese Automakers
Chrysler, Fiat and a Chinese automaker will be building Jeeps in China.
But hold on there, Mitt Romney.. representatives from both Chrysler and Fiat (which owns Chrysler) say that the deal inked with Guangzhou Automobile Group and announced at today's NAIAS 2013 will only produce Jeeps for the Chinese auto market.
Jeep already sells several models in China, including the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Compass, but they are imported. Jeep has said volume would be incremental to start.
"This agreement is another milestone of our partnership with Fiat and Chrysler Group," Zeng Qinghong, general manager of GAC Group, said in a statement. "It definitely creates the basis for our JV to reach very ambitious objectives in Chinese market."
Guangzhou Automobile Group President Xiangdong Huang talks with reporters at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
01/15/2013 4:31 PM EST
@ MichelinMedia :
Check out this sweeping 360 degree video tour of the latest and greatest from #Corvette #stingray #NAIAS http://t.co/q80ferXk
01/15/2013 4:31 PM EST
Kia Saves The Day
We're not sure these "heromobiles" from Kia will ever be for sale, but massive props to whoever dreamed up the Green Lantern-themed Kia Soul and the Batman-inspired blacked-out Optima on display in Detroit, as chronicled on the New York Times' Wheels blog.
The Justice League-styled Kias were made in collaboration with DC Comics to raise awareness for its “We Can Be Heroes” campaign, a relief effort to combat hunger in the Horn of Africa.
The two noble automobiles are part of Kia's comic-inspired dream team, which also includes detailed designs for the Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman in you.
More pics available at the Kia Motors global site. Photos from Kia Buzz.
01/15/2013 4:08 PM EST
@ FIATUSA :
Last day of the #NAIAS Preview- it was fun but, now it's time to bring #FIAT style & ingenuity to the people! Retweet if you'll be there
01/15/2013 3:38 PM EST
@ imnewjack :
These heels ain't made for walkin'. #naias #detroit #detroitautoshow http://t.co/YmxMkv1U
01/15/2013 3:37 PM EST
And The Award Goes To..
In case you were wondering, one automaker impressed DallasNews.com with its speaker system so loud it rustled his pants. Sounds like an average Saturday night.
Toyota may have the best sound system at the Detroit show. When the music got cranked up for the introduction of the Furia concept car, the bass pouring out of the speakers was so strong it appeared to be rustling the legs on my jeans. I am pretty sure I was not dancing, but, then, I’m over 60. Anything’s possible.
01/15/2013 3:17 PM EST
We're not sure about that moniker, but the Shelby Focus ST four-cylinder, four-door compact car sounds pretty nifty.
Reports MLive: "'It's something small with big power,' teased Shelby American President John Luft."