What a year it was…and what a year it is likely to be. As the 2017 North American International Auto Show gets ready to roll into the Motor City for its annual run, the auto industry is at what Waymo CEO John Krafcik likes to call “an inflection point.” Mary Barra, General Motors’ chief executive, puts it another way: “The auto industry is likely to change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50.”
Skeptical? Just spend a day at Cobo Center, where more than 40 new cars, trucks and crossovers will be making their North American or global debut – with scores of other recently launched models on display. With many of those new models, what seemed like science fiction just a few years ago is about to become reality.
Krafcik, the head of the recently renamed Google autonomous vehicle unit, will preside over one of the first big events during the three-day NAIAS media preview. He’ll pull the wraps off a specially modified version of the new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid capable of running autonomously.
What new cars, trucks and crossovers will follow? Here’s TheDetroitBureau’s sneak peek: