Random Photos From the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

At AutoGuide.com we pride ourselves on bringing you the most up-to-date news from around the world in addition to insightful vehicle reviews and thought-provoking commentary.

Naturally auto shows form a major pillar of our coverage and it’s no surprise we thoroughly reported on the latest from this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Detroit’s annual vehicular soiree is one of the most important motoring events in the world and the 2015 installment was particularly momentous. Hyundai revealed a compact pickup concept, the production version of Acura’s NSX supercar took a bow, Buick knocked our socks off with its swanky Avenir show car and Ford’s reborn GT totally rocked our world. It was a good year for Motown.

But there’s so much more to auto shows that big debuts; there’s so much at these events we simply don’t have time to share. To give you a more complete view of this year’s NAIAS here’s a batch of random photos from the show. We sure hope you enjoy them.

Editorial director and AutoGuide.com editor-in-chief Colum Wood gives the Michelin Bibendum a well-deserved high-five. The French tire-maker sponsors the Detroit auto show’s media room, the place where journalists slave away getting the latest content to you. Without brisk internet connectivity, complimentary meals and LOTS of hot coffee we wouldn’t be able to do our jobs.

Here’s another shot of the media room, a candid photo of AutoGuide.com’s managing editor, Luke Vandezande and our road-test editor, Mike Schlee. Luke seems genuinely surprised by the picture but Mike appears lost in thought; he was probably fantasizing about the new Mazda MX-5.

It’s quite unlike Audi to have bright colors on display at their auto-show booths but that’s exactly what happened this year. All the primary hues were on stage at once, which made for an arresting photo, either that or a vehicular recreation of the Romanian flag.

Features editor Sami Haj-Assaad and Colum Wood check out this preposterously purple drop-top Bentley Continental. Bonus points if you can spot Mike Schlee.

Once again Sami and Colum ham it up for the camera, this time with a weird Segway-like robot at the Volkswagen display. This iPad on a stick was quite a trip, even if it was human controlled.

Regrettably the roasted-almond and fudge booths were closed during press days. We’re still devastated about it. But interestingly, several years ago there was a major dustup between the almond hawkers and pistachio vendors. Ultimately the former won Detroit’s nut-selling contract and the latter was relegated to lesser events on the auto-show circuit. Look for pistachios in abundance at the Akron, Ohio Regional Motor Extravaganza.

According to their display, Maseratis are “the absolute opposite of ordinary.” But if that’s the case why do their product specialists look so deathly bored? People hanging out at the smart booth were much more excited.

Dodge had a nifty driving simulator at its booth. You could virtually pilot a Charger sedan without leaving the relative comfort of COBO hall. Adding a dash of excitement to the experience, the entire car would bounce and vibrate as you followed the race circuit.

Ford rocked the world with the introduction of its all-new GT supercar but that’s not all. The company also unveiled its reborn F-150 Raptor and another too-hot-for-its-own-good Mustang, the ultra-high-performance GT350R model. This ‘Stang features a high-winding 5.2-liter V8 engine and “more than” 500 horses. But as a tip of the hat to its rich heritage the automaker also had a flathead V8 block proudly on display. Henry’s venerable side-valve engine was the first mass-produced V-type engine and arguably the first affordable performance powerplant. It was a staple of the blue-oval’s lineup from 1932 to ’53 and adored by scofflaws like Bonnie and Clyde as well as John Dillinger. Plus it single-handedly spawned the hot-rod movement. How’s that for history?

We’re not 100 percent certain who this fella is but we’ve heard his name is Christopher Bridges. Apparently he’s kind of a big deal, some sort of Hollywood type. Maybe he hosted that MTV program Pimp My Ride. In any event he attended a private Acura event on the eve of the Detroit auto show where they revealed the production version of their hot new NSX supercar. Apparently he owns a 1993 Acura Legend coupe that he drives all the time. That’s a nifty parlor trick!

Ever wonder how TV crews get beautiful, sweeping shots? Neither have we, but they do it with gigantic pieces of equipment called jibs. Think of them as mechanical giraffes with castors instead of hooves.

Here boss-man Gollum Wood stands next to his precious, the new Acura NSX. It took a crew of three and a couple tranquilizer darts to pry him away from this car. The bite-marks on my forearms are still healing.

Road-test editor Mike Schlee puts the Honda Uni-Cub personal mobility device through its paces. Think of this motorized bar stool as a Segway for your backside. After his brief test ride Schlee vowed to never use his lower extremities again.

Yeah, we have no insight about this particular photo. What exactly is going on here? Is that a yak riding on a golf cart?

Perhaps because they didn’t have anything exciting to exhibit the folks at Honda decided to show off a scale model of their new plane, the Honda Jet. They also had one of the aircraft’s turbofan engines on display, a pretty unexpected item to see at an auto show but still cool nonetheless.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Dave Foley Dave Foley on Jan 18, 2015

    One day, when I grow up, I want to play with a hoove-less mechanical giraffe. I bet it's fun!

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    • Dave Foley Dave Foley on Jan 20, 2015

      I promise I'll get my all my shots up to date first. You never know how much 'wild' is left in these things! Haha!

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