2019 Detroit Auto Show: In Pictures

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
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The Biggest Sights From the Motor City

For a few days each January, the automotive world is focused on Detroit. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) hosts the debuts of dozens of new and redesigned cars, trucks, and SUVs. Though this year’s show was a bit quieter than it has been in the past, there were still plenty of things to be seen.

While the debuts may not have been great in quantity, they made up for it with quality. The 2020 Toyota Supra finally broke cover. The new sports car shares a platform with the BMW Z4 and is expected in dealers later this year. In a dramatic display, Ford lowered the Mustang Shelby GT500 from the ceiling of the hall. It’s the most powerful street-legal car the company has ever produced.

Ford also brought the 2020 Explorer to the show, debuting new sport and hybrid versions of the midsize SUV. From Ram came new versions of their heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 pickups. The trucks are loaded with safety and trailering technology. Properly equipped, they can tow more than 35,000 pounds.

The North American International Auto Show is trying to navigate the new auto show landscape. Several manufacturers, including major German companies like Mercedes, Audi, and BMW, opted to skip this year’s show, as automakers reassess the importance of auto shows in their marketing efforts and budgets.

It’s also the last year of the winter Detroit Auto Show. In 2020, it will shift to June. The early summer 2020 show is expected to be unlike any auto show we’ve ever seen, with interactive driving experiences and entertainment.

Those in the Detroit area still have time to see this year’s show. Public days run from January 19 through 27 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

You can see many of the sights from the show floor on the following slides. To read more about the vehicles that debuted, see our slideshow on Detroit’s biggest debuts and the biggest American car debuts from Detroit.