The consumer has spoken, and the auto industry has responded. Americans want SUVs and crossovers, and you'll see them at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Lots of them: Big ones, small ones, whatever size or shape you like.
All-wheel-drive, front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive -- they are all at the show. V-8s, V-6s, 4 cylinders, but not many diesels. Turbos, yes, but few diesels. Volkswagen ruined that for many. Diesels seem to belong in trucks. You'll be able to find an electric or two, and hybrids are around.
The industry likes SUVs and crossovers. They are modern station wagons.
If your company missed the boat and failed to make sure that your brand has plenty of pickups and SUVs and crossovers, beware. We know what happens. Kill the messenger.
Meanwhile, electric vehicles are popping up like rabbits. It doesn't seem to matter that gasoline isn't six dollars a gallon. With emissions rules facing every company, electrics are a certain solution -- even if the public isn't clamoring to buy them. There are plenty of choices and lots of sizes and shapes.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is the North American Car of the Year, and it is going to be a watershed product. It has a reasonable price and a huge range. It's got everything going for it. No excuses for that one.
And you can't have a car show these days without autonomous vehicles. The public doesn't seem to be screaming for those vehicles, and we don't know what they really will be and how much they'll cost and whether they are really safe. But what's an auto show without a bit of tomorrow?
That's the nice thing about this show. It has something for everybody.
And for the cherry on top of the sundae, let's add a few supercars. (And you don't qualify if your car can't go at least 200 mph.) Whether the tops are up or down, they take your breath away. Acceleration and speed -- what more could you want?
It's all there at the auto show, and it is quite a display. Today and tomorrow, realistic and a bit of Buck Rogers.
But just wait until next year.