Considering the 1000s of journalists and industry leaders who descended upon Detroit this week, one is tempted to forget that things continue to happen in other parts of the industry. Indeed, there were several other significant auto shows occurring this week, some even making a bit of news.
Like the Montreal International Auto Show, where Honda decided to pull the wraps off the new Gear show car rather than bring it to Detroit – perhaps reflecting upon the fact that the Canadian market tends to be more favorable to urban-style minicars despite downsizing trends in the U.S.
Formally known as the Honda Gear Concept Study Model, the prototype is designed to show that small cars can be more than utilitarian econoboxes. The show car may be “simple and utilitarian,” the maker says, but it is “also customizable, connected and full of personality.”