Maurice's photos from media days during the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), held in Detroit, January 2012.
The big news from Chrysler was the launch of the new Dodge Dart (above).
Mercedes introduced the newest SL.
Mercedes emphasized the use of aluminum to save weight in the new SL.
Interior of the SL is up to the usual Mercedes standards.
Nicely detailed high-tech-looking gauges.
Media rushes on stage after the introduction to interview Dieter Zetsche and other Mercedes execs.
Classic '50's SL.
Mercedes SLS convertible.
Mercedes also introduced the SMART truck.
Dodge introduces the new Dart.
Dart is based on the Alfa chassis. FWD with 3 engine choices ranging from 160-184 HP. 6-speed manual transmission available. Price starts at $16K.
Dodge CEO Reid Bigland introduces the Dart to the media.
Huge media attendance at the press launch. CEO Sergio Marchionne is in the front row near the center.
Ralph Gilles smiles when Reid says, "The Dart has Pride in my Ride".
Dart has a Neon stance to it. It's like the Neon grew up into a hot 20 year-old.
The Dart's Interior Design Team.
Tim Doyle, exterior designer.
Interior designer, Winnie Cheung, is from Cupertino, CA.
The Dart's gauge cluster features a 7" configurable TFT display in the center.
Dart's premium interior.
Dart sporty interior.
Hana gives Klaus (Head of Interior Design) her honest assessment of the interior, European to European.
Her observation: Seats and upper door panel wow you. Molded plastic lower door panel looks cheap and takes down the rest of the interior.
Sizeable trunk is nicely finished. But no inside handle on trunklid.