News Roundup: North American International Auto Show

This week was the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. NAIAS is the place where most automakers choose to unveil their most exciting, mainstream vehicles and concepts. This year was no different and there are several unveils worth noting.

Audi unveiled a near-production-ready prototype of the Q8 concept, a plug-in hybrid sport utility. The full-sized SUV has 330 kW of system output and over 102 mpg-equivalent in estimated fuel efficiency. Audi promises a production model in 2018.

Honda announced a new dedicated hybrid model will be coming to their lineup for 2018. A two-motor hybrid system will be used in a light truck vehicle and more than half of the company’s new models to be unveiled in the next two years will be electrified vehicles.

Volkswagen unveiled a new electric I.D. Buzz van concept. The vehicle focuses on futuristic technologies, including autonomous driving, and an interior made for variable uses. All housed in a nostalgic vanagan exterior.

Finally, for those interested, I compiled information from Nissan’s presentations at CES and NAIAS to create a look at what autonomous driving will look like in th near-future. You can read that at iSeeCars here.