2016 Detroit Auto Show: A Recap for Auto Mechanic College Students
February 9, 2016
The North American International Auto Show, or the Detroit Auto Show, occurs once a year in the month of January. This year’s show took place at Detroit’s Cobo Arena, from January 11th to the 24th. The event featured a wide variety of vehicles to please all auto-lovers—from muscle cars and electric vehicles, to high-performance supercars, full-size trucks, and unbelievable concepts.
Not only did the event showcase many cars, but it also previewed some of the latest technology developed by automakers all over the world. Additionally, attendees were able to partake in a range of design contests and other small events over the course of the auto show’s two week run.
If you’re planning to enroll in auto mechanic courses, the Detroit Auto Show displayed great examples of some of the cars and technology you might see once you graduate and start your career. Read on to learn about a few of this year’s highlights.
The VLF Force 1 V10: A New Favorite Among Classic Car Fans
What’s perhaps most impressive about the all-new VLF Automotive Force 1 V10, is that it features absolutely no hybrid technology. Straight from the mind of legendary automotive designer Henrik Fisker, this car’s design was inspired by the recently discontinued Dodge Viper. With no engine assist, the Force 1 is powered by a massive 8.4 litre V10 that would impress any professional auto mechanic.
The vehicle’s engine is optimized to deliver 745 horsepower and 638 lb-ft of torque. It can go from 0-97km/h in 3 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 351km/h. Unlike the Dodge Viper’s smooth contours, the VLF Force 1 features a body design that boasts aggressive angles and vents.
See it for yourself in this video:
2017 Chevy Bolt: Any Auto Mechanic Will Be Impressed by This EV’s Range
Today’s auto mechanic college courses are focusing more and more on hybrid and electric technology. As EVs become recognized as an affordable and environmentally friendly mode of transportation, automakers are always looking to improve electric vehicle technology. And, Chevrolet seems to have done just that, with its all-new 2017 Bolt.
Chevy’s compact EV is equipped with a brand-new battery, which provides the car with more range than other vehicles in its class. It will be able to drive about 321km on a fully-charged battery—nearly double what the Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Bolt’s competition, can achieve.
Here’s a look at the 2017 Chevy Bolt:
Buick Avista Concept: Why Any Auto Mechanic Will Want to Work on This Car
Buick—one of General Motors’ luxury brands—showcased the stylish new design of its sporty Avista concept at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.
The Avista was built with GM/Cadillac’s new twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre V6, which gives it a solid 400 horsepower. The rear-wheel-drive car boasts an eight-speed transmission and sits on 20 inch wheels. However, what really drew attention at the auto show is the Avista’s sleek body design. From its wing-shaped headlights and taillights to its powerful, head-turning grille, it’s no surprise that both auto-lovers and industry experts are hoping this car makes it to production.
Additionally, the Buick Avista concept also features advanced aerodynamics that may even popularize the luxury brand amongst sports car enthusiasts.
Get a glimpse of Buick’s Avista concept here:
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