If you live in the Metro Detroit region, it’s pretty hard to miss the North American International Auto Show. So you’ve likely read the news articles, heard the buzz and seen the pics detailing all of the hot new cars coming off the line. One vehicle in particular, the Ram 1500, is garnering a lot of attention – and it’s made right here in Macomb County.
On Monday, January 14, the 1500 was named North American Truck of the Year, one of the most prestigious awards of the show. The truck is built at the Sterling Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights and it’s loaded with style, comfort and technology features like a 48-volt motor-generator and a lithium-ion battery hidden in the rear wall of its spacious cab. Price range is between $31,795 and $56,895 and according to FCA, the vehicle saw a 40 percent increase in sales in December – a clear sign that the Ram 1500 resonates with consumers.
Of course, there were more cars than just the Ram truck at NAIAS and several received extensive media coverage. They include:
- The Hyundai Genesis G70, which took home the North American Car of the Year. The luxury vehicle is priced between $34,900 and $50,250 and according to reports, it packs a value while costing far less than its German competitors.
- The Hyundai Kona, which won the North American Sport Utility of the Year. The Kona bested the Acura RDX and Jaguar I-Pace to receive this accolade, and with the cost somewhere between $19,990 and $34,650, this subcompact makes for a solid investment. Currently, the Kona is available in two versions – gasoline powered or electric. The gasoline version comes with standard touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, forward collision alert, braking assist, lane-keeping assist and drowsy-driver alert. The electric has an EPA-rated range of 258 miles and a charging time of 9 hours, 24 minutes at 240 volts.
A number of other vehicles drew attention and praise during the last week and we’re certain many of you have taken down notes of what you’d like to test out and/or buy. To help you in this effort, MCPED has compiled an easy-to-use map of 50 local dealerships here in Macomb County. Whether you’re in the northern, eastern, southern or western parts of the region, we’ve got dealers for all locales. Click here to access the resource and let us know in the comments what you plan to go see. And if you’re interested in checking vehicles out at NAIAS, click here to find info on tickets. Happy driving!
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.