DETROIT ( TheStreet) -- To me, the most important vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show was the 2014 Silverado, except it wasn't because GM (GM - Get Report) chose to roll out the new version of this long-established pickup truck on Dec. 13.
So by consensus, the top car of the auto show was the 2014 Corvette Stingray. This seemed puzzling because Corvette sold just 14,132 Corvettes in 2012 and the customer profile leans heavily to aging baby boomers seeking to recapture their lost youth. During the year, Silverado sold 418,312 units and was the second best-selling U.S. vehicle.
Furthermore, 2013 seems to be the year of the pickup truck, with a recovery in housing construction expected to boost sales and new trucks either on the market or coming to market from Chrysler, Ford (F - Get Report) and GM.
We asked Chevrolet spokesman Michael Albano why GM rolled out Silverado a month before the auto show, and he responded: "The Corvette was the star of the show and we suspected it would be and didn't want to compete with ourselves."In addition, unveiling the Silverado at a standalone event allowed us to take the time and explain the technical details of the truck to media," Albano said. "It's a sophisticated machine and the capabilities require explanation." Last week, in advance of the auto show, TheStreet reported on the outlook for the six hottest cars. This week we are making one change in that list, adding the Honda (HMC - Get Report) SUV concept. Plus this week, we have pictures of all the vehicles; few photos were available in advance of the show. Here is our list: