Day Two at the Detroit Auto Show | #FordNAIAS and more

Day Two at the Detroit Auto Show | #FordNAIAS and more

The excitement continued today at the Detroit Auto Show/#FordNAIAS. Although we were stuck in traffic for a while thanks to the pretty snow I was admiring yesterday, we were still able to catch a meet-and-greet with Ford President and CEO Mark Fields (thanks to Ford for adjusting the program schedule). As mentioned in this tweet, Mark mentioned that “Ford considers bloggers a prime, vital voice to get messages out, not an afterthought.”

Ford and XBOX

During the “Art of Performance in Gaming” session, we heard from XBOX’s Major Nelson, Ford Chief Designer Jeff Nowak and Turn10 Studios’ Creative Director Dan Greenawalt. The panel discussed the process of designing the XBOX exclusive Forza Motorosports series, including how cars in the game need to be made perfectly imperfect in order to look realistic. I’m a PlayStation girl but I have to say that Forza 5 looks amazing, so I might have to borrow someone’s XBOX when Forza 6 is released with the Ford GT as the cover car.

Lincoln Unveils the MKZ

I actually got a seat at the Lincoln press conference but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t feel crowded. I was lucky enough to get a video of the unveiling of the MKZ – excuse the selfie sticks and other cameras =).

Lincoln unveils the MKX at #NAIAS2015 #fordnaias

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Michelin Press Conference

I had a great experience last year at Michelin’s Women and Tires event in South Carolina, after which I developed a greater appreciation and awareness of the importance of tire safety, so I ventured off to the press conference today. Bib alone made it worth it – I thought he was a stand until he moved while I was trying to take a picture!

Among several announcements today, Michelin revealed their partnership with FIA in launching a $100,000 grant program to increase teen awareness of tire safety.

Rouge Factory Tour

It was so cool to tour the Rouge Factory – the historic facility opened by Henry Ford himself.

After learning a bit more about Ford’s manufacturing process, we got to tour the Dearborn Truck Plant and see the production of F-series trucks first-hand.

Is it really over?

Even though I’m already back home in Orlando, I think I’ve yet to grasp all the excitement and learning that happened at the show. I’m glad NAIAS was my first major auto show and can’t wait to attend the next one!

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Melanie Batenchuk founded Be Car Chic in 2009 as a way to help consumers make smart decisions when buying and selling their cars. Her prior work at the dealership, trade association and manufacturer levels has provided her a deep understanding of the complex facets within the auto industry, making her a leading woman in her field.