This year's cars at the 2016 North American International Auto Show were all made to turn heads, boasting amazing designs and ideas. Practically every kind of vehicle was present – from hatchbacks to luxury sedans.
Now that the curtains of the event have been rung down, it's time for everyone to settle down and think about what the carmakers showcased at the show. Here are some that held the spotlight a bit longer than others:
Acura Precision Concept
Acura showed off the Precision concept, revealing that it's in fact a four-door with rear suicide doors. It attracted a lot of attention at the show, and the car will surely draw eyes on the road.
Audi A4 Allroad
Audi unveiled the A4 Allroad, which could be considered a more capable version of the A4 Avant. Possessing the perfect combination of comfort and off-road, the A4 Allroad has the upper hand for being better in handling tough conditions.
Seeing that the Chrysler Pacifica is a minivan, it might seem unusual for it to have an edge over other sporty and luxury vehicles. However, it gained the appreciation of many viewers for all the right reasons.
To begin with, it has a plug-in hybrid option, but what's more striking about the Pacifica is the innovations packed with it – one can even open the sliding doors by passing a foot below them. On top of that, it's designed as a family car, where the occupants at the back – presumably kids – can get an estimated time of arrival to the destination.
Aside from the awesome face, the BMW i8's interesting feature is the lack of mirrors. The carmaker intends to replace mirrors with cameras instead, following the mirrorless concept car demonstrated right outside CES 2016.
Of course, it still has glass for cover, and to be precise, it's Gorilla Glass. To keep the ball rolling, the component has a heating capability to keep snow off, which makes it even safer to drive.
General Motors took the wraps off the Buick Avista, revealing yet another incredible concept car this time around. Under the hood is a twin-turbo charged V6 that can reach 400 horsepower mated with an eight-speed auto transmission.
Lexus LC 500
The Lexus LC 500 is a sports coupe that can go toe-to-toe with other big players in the car industry. It has a V8 engine that can notch up to 467 horsepower, just like the one found in the Lexus RC-F. What's more, it'll come with a price tag of less than $100,000.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the 10th member of the family, and it features a ton of technological benefits.
Equipped with Drive Pilot, it can follow other cars and even automatically switch lanes at speeds of up to 130 MPH. It can also follow the signposted speed limit on its own by using built-in GPS and cameras.
In other words, it's a semiautonomous car that offers comfort and class, not to mention that it can even communicate with presumably other E-Classes via Car-to-X technology.
Volvo exhibited the S90, a luxury sedan that can compete with vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the BMW 5 Series, to name a few.
It sports a similar engine, chassis, design and infotainment features as the XC90 SUV all crammed into a sedan with the help of the Scalable Product Architecture. An exemplar of power and safety, it comes with the City Safety technology, which makes use of sensors at the front and rear to prevent collision or reduce impact as much as possible.
Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept
The Volkswagen premiered the Tiguan GTE Active concept, touting a plug-in version of the Tiguan SUV. It's the carmaker's first SUV that'll have the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) along with a slew of safety technology, including autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring.
There you have it. These are some of the cars that made the headlines at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, while others such as the Nissan Titan Warrior concept gained traction for having an out-of-place kind of feel. Nevertheless, it was a great event made up of vehicles and innovations that left a lasting impression.