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The biggest disappointments at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show

Both domestic and foreign automakers had their fair share of letdowns in Detroit this year. Let's go through a few of them.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
Andrew Krok
Ford's empty stage
1 of 12 Andrew Krok/Roadshow

Ford's empty stage

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

Ford's empty stage
2 of 12 Ford

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.

Ford's empty stage
Ford's empty stage
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3 of 12 Ford

Ford's empty stage

Overpromised and (way) underdelivered.

2018 GMC Terrain's shifter
4 of 12 Nick Miotke/Roadshow

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.

2018 GMC Terrain's shifter
5 of 12 Nick Miotke/Roadshow

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.

2018 GMC Terrain's shifter
2018 GMC Terrain's shifter
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6 of 12 Nick Miotke/Roadshow

2018 GMC Terrain's shifter

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

Chrysler Portal Concept
7 of 12 Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

Chrysler's lack of press conference

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

Chrysler Portal Concept
8 of 12 Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

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.

Chrysler's lack of press conference
Chrysler's lack of press conference
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9 of 12 Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow

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.

2017-porsche-911-gts-12.jpg
10 of 12 Porsche

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.

Bentley Continental Supersports
11 of 12 Bentley

Multiple brands skipping the show

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

Multiple brands skipping the show
Multiple brands skipping the show
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12 of 12 Nick Miotke/Roadshow

Multiple brands skipping the show

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

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