Ford made a big deal about its press conference this year. What we received was a letdown.
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.
Overpromised and (way) underdelivered.
GMC thought it would be neat to move the gear selector to a series of buttons at the bottom of the center stack. No.
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.
The rest of the car ain't bad, though.
Chrysler skipped a Detroit press conference and opted for CES instead.
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.
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.
Porsche, Bentley and a host of other automakers completely skipped Detroit this year. Porsche chose to unveil its 911 GTS lineup online, instead.
Bentley hosted some media to check out the new Continental Supersports in an alley the day before the show.
Land Rover wasn't here, either, which is a shame, because the Discovery is awesome.