DETROIT — Beginning Monday, FOX 17 will be among 5,000 journalists from media outlets across the globe covering what has been dubbed the 'Super Bowl' of the automotive world.
The two-day press preview for the 2016 North American International Auto Show will begin early Monday with the ceremonial awarding of the Car and Truck of the Year. From there, it's a mad dash as more than two dozen automakers from around the world plan to debut roughly 40 never before seen vehicles.
The new metal will join the nearly 800 other vehicles on the show floor which are already available on the market. Last year more than 800,000 people attended the show in downtown Detroit.
WHAT TO WATCH:
- Lincoln, signaling the return of big, American luxury, is expected to follow up the Continental concept car last year with the unveiling of a road-ready production version this year.
- Chrysler plans to unveil the long-awaited update to the company's bread-and-butter Town and Country minivan. Expect a dramatically new design and the option to drive it on more than just standard gasoline.
- Buick will likely try to outdo itself from last year with another surprise concept unveiling conjuring up 'that's not a Buick!' reactions. But also look for the debut of a road-ready crossover utility vehicle to heat up the entry level luxury segment.
- Honda will keep things rugged with an anticipated debut of the company's latest iteration of the next-generation Ridgeline pickup truck.
- Porsche is expected to keep things sleek and sexy will debut a pair of 911 turbos with amp'd up power and styling.
- Chevrolet will cruise into town with debuts of a hatchback variant of the popular Cruze sedan.
- Hyundai, but don't call it a Hyundai, plans to pull the wraps off the first model in its new Genesis luxury car brand.
Look for coverage both on air and online and live reports from COBO Center in Detroit beginning Monday on FOX 17 Morning News.