The best of NAIAS 2016
Emre Özpeynirci - DETROITDetroit’s world famous North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opened to the public last week for the 27th time. Daily Hürriyet picked the best of the show, which runs through Jan. 24.
The most popular
Lexus LC 500
At this year’s NAIAS, undoubtedly the most popular car was Toyota brand Lexus’s LC 500. The car which stands out with its L-grip and technological features gained the “EyesonDesign” award given to the most outstanding designs of the show.
Mini Electric car
IChevrolet introduced its new enhanced range electric model Bolt. The car, which has a range of 320 km when completely charged, can fill up 80 percent of its battery in 60 minutes via its fast charger.
Acura Precision Concept
Honda’s luxury brand Avura introduced its brand new “face of future designs” car the Precision Concept. The vehicle gained huge credit for its “Diamond Pentagon” grille.
The best design
Buick Avista Concept
Buick ended its long-time isolation by showing itself off in with the model Avista. The American producer’s model has a double-turbo-fed V6 engine. Its 400 horse power (hp) base engine is supported by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The best comeback
Pasifica is Chrysler’s new MPV (minivan) generation. The brand had gained huge success with the previous MPVs Grand Voyager and Town&Country in the past. The model will seek a new chance in the markets with its new face at a time when SUVs continue to play havoc with Minivan sales.
After Honda’s Acura, Toyota’s Lexus and Nissan’s Infiniti brands, South Korean Hyundai made a grand entrance to the luxury markets with its brand Genesis, the first model of which will be called “EQ900” in South Korea and “G90” in the rest of the world.
The most tenacious
Honda entered mightily into the U.S.-hegemon pick-up class with its re-designed Ridgeline. The car whose previous generation was not successful in U.S. sales was designed, developed and produced in the U.S. The car’s V6 engine which has 3.5 liters of direct injection is combined with the new nine-speed automatic transmission.
The most realistic concept car
Kia’s technology, comfort and power merging SUV, Telluride, was also introduced in the show. The market-ready seven-seated SUV stood out with its panoramic roof, 90 degree opening doors and wide internal volume. Its tilted middle seats, which are longer, wider and higher than the Sorento’s, were striking.
Nissan Titan Warrior
Nissan introduced its Titan Warrior, designed to compete with Ford’s F-150 and Ram 1500. The model, which strikes with its warrior appearance, has a stronger and well-built look thanks to its clear cut design.