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Top 20 most interesting cars at North American International Auto Show.

Posted: January 19, 2016 at 8:36 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The US is moving more to SUVs, crossovers and trucks, even if this week’s Detroit auto show didn’t reflect the shift. The majority of important new car introductions at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) were more traditional sedans and coupes.

Here are the top 10 cars of the 2016 North American International Auto Show:


10. Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica

For typical daily driving, the PHEV Pacifica won’t burn any fuel at all. It gets Chrysler into the hybrid business in a serious way. Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey have more tech incorporated but the Caravan / Town & Country accounted for 4 in 10 minivan sales.


9. 2017 Volvo S90: luxury sedan with tech, safety, self-driving


The sibling XC90 is the best upscale SUV on the market and the S90 is the sedan version. It is on the leading edge of available self-driving capabilities.

8. 2017 Lincoln Continental


Lincoln needs a better flagship. The Continental name is an attention-getter. The Continental sedan would get more attention with a modern SUV counterpart, something other than the Lincoln MKT or Navigator.


7. Acura Precision Concept

Acura precision

Acura builds solid cars already. They handle well. People are finally on board with six-cylinder (or less) engines. The new Acura NSX (this spring) and the Precision Concept might forge more emotional bonds between owner and car.


6. 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class


The E-Class will pace (via adaptive cruise control) a car in front at speeds up to 130 mph & center itself in the lane at speeds up to 81 mph in other words, pretty much beyond any speeds you can legally drive. It will change lanes automatically, left or right, after a two-second delay to make sure the coast is clear. It will stop if an oncoming car turns left or right across your path, it will steer around pedestrians. From a parking space or garage, it can be summoned to pull out and only then do you get in. When you do, you’re presented with a panel of glass stretching two-thirds the width of the dash and holding dual 12-inch LCDs, one being the instrument panel, the the other the center stack display.

The E-Class will also talk to other cars via Car-to-X (car to anything) communications, a subset of which is V2V (vehicle to vehicle) This much technology puts the E-Class at the center of discussions about the most advanced car in the world.

5. 2017 Genesis


The current Genesis / Equus models are incredible values and with modest enhancements to cockpit quality and handling will take on the world’s most premium vehicles.


4. Kia Telluride concept


The world has more than enough SUVs, just not enough non-behemoths capable of carrying four comfortably, plus luggage. At 197 inches, the Telluride fits the bill perfectly. Fast-growing Kia needs this as much as it needs the already shipping K900, twin to the Hyundai Equus twin.

3. BMW M2


Nobody needs this much performance in a street car (except you and me). The smaller size and lighter weight vs. a 3 or 4 Series M car make the M2 a blast to drive on country roads or at track days. But it’s no smaller than 2002 that started the craze 50 years ago.

2. 2017 Ford Fusion


The Fusion is a serious challenger to perennial sales leaders Accord and Camry. It only gets better with a Sync that works and onboard telematics. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi (plug-in hybrid) accounted for 35,000 sales, or one in every nine Fusions sold last year.

2018 Lexus LC 500


To regains US sales leadership from Mercedes (just passed them) and BMW (just behind), Lexus needs a halo car with serious performance chops. The LC 500 gets the call.


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