The North American International Auto Show, much like the Emmys, kicks of the next calendar year for production cars. Here you won’t find many exotic concepts, but rather street-ready new metal and new innovations for existing models. Having already blown their technology load at the Consumer Electronics Show in the week before, it’s really all practical stuff. At the centre of the fanfare is the resurgence is the blue oval brand.
Having successfully emerged from the motor-industry meltdown, Ford are now armed with technologies and sourced primarily from their European arm and are making efficient, powerful, world-class cars. With the Ranger overthrowing the Hilux’s 34-year reign as SA’s number one bakkie and Fords Kuga and EcoSport numbers swelling on local roads, it seems like big blue has turned the corner. The man who established the Detroit car industry - Cadillac and Dodge were founded by Henry Ford’s associates – would be proud.
New in North America will be an impressive line-up including the new flagship Ford GT, the track-ready Mustang GT350R and the new F-150 Raptor performance truck. There are also subtle updates to the Focus ST and Fiesta ST shown at the unfortunately-acronymned 2015NAIAS.
Ford’s growing to never-before-seen global strengths and Naias was the perfect debutant ball for the high-performance machines that are surely going to shake the world. Look out for our review of the new Ford Fusion after the local launch next week.