|01/10/07: The Detroit Auto Show 2007 for the Big Three Automakers was the opportunity to tell the world that the kids are alright. All three American brands showed off some great new metal in the way of production cars and concepts. GM had a great many new production cars to show including the 2008 Cadillac CTS, 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and others. They debuted a sexy looking Camaro Convertible concept car as well. More on that later. Daimler Chrysler of rolled out some rakish concepts as well as some new production models. These included a face-lifted 2008 Dodge Magnum wagon, an all new 2008 Dodge Avenger sedan, and a set of rather stodgy looking 2008 Dodge and Chrysler minivans to replace the current styles.
Ford was of course our reason for covering the show, so we camped out at their press conferences and spent most of our time at their booth. We can tell you that while there was not much news this year at Detroit about the Mustang, there were a lot of Mustang related cars. This of course would be the mean sounding Ford Interceptor and svelte Lincoln MKR concept cars, both which rode upon a stretched Mustang’s chassis. Photos and information on both cars were released ahead of the show, taking away some of the surprise but seeing and hearing them in person was worth the trip. The Ford Airstream concept was this year’s “pie-in-the-sky” design trip that took inspiration from the Airstream travel trailers in its theme. It was cute and fun to look at, but not coming to a production line anytime soon.
More important for Ford were some of the production cars that they announced. The 2008 Ford Super Duty and 2008 Escape models were shown, but had debuted last year. The stars at Detroit were the all-new 2008 Ford Focus that was more than we expected, and the slightly redesigned 2008 Ford Five Hundred. We have full reports all of these vehicles below. Enjoy!