Ford's empty stage

Ford made a big deal about its press conference this year. What we received was a letdown.

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Ford's empty stage

There was a 10-second teaser for the 2019 Ranger, a similar teaser for the 2020 Bronco, no actual vehicles and what amounted to a scripted panel talk at the end.

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Ford's empty stage

Overpromised and (way) underdelivered.

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2018 GMC Terrain's shifter

GMC thought it would be neat to move the gear selector to a series of buttons at the bottom of the center stack. No.

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2018 GMC Terrain's shifter

It looks dumb, those white letters are probably going to come off after years of use and -- perhaps worst of all -- there's a manumatic function in there.

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2018 GMC Terrain's shifter

The rest of the car ain't bad, though.

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Chrysler's lack of press conference

Chrysler skipped a Detroit press conference and opted for CES instead.

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Chrysler's lack of press conference

It did bring the Portal concept to Detroit, but it's tucked far away in a corner of Chrysler's booth, like the automaker doesn't even want it there.

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Chrysler's lack of press conference

I get it, Chrysler wants to act like it's tech-forward, but ditching your hometown auto show isn't the way to do it. Same goes for Chevrolet and the Bolt EV.

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Multiple brands skipping the show

Porsche, Bentley and a host of other automakers completely skipped Detroit this year. Porsche chose to unveil its 911 GTS lineup online, instead.

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Multiple brands skipping the show

Bentley hosted some media to check out the new Continental Supersports in an alley the day before the show.

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Multiple brands skipping the show

Land Rover wasn't here, either, which is a shame, because the Discovery is awesome.

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