DETROIT ( TheStreet) -- No doubt the Ford (F) F-150 was the biggest, most important introduction during the Detroit Auto Show -- Ford executives even rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. But other things also were happening in Detroit.
The rollouts included luxury vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz C Class and new coupes from BMW, Lexus and Infiniti, a sports car concept from Toyota (TM), and new versions of the Chevrolet Corvette. New pickups included the GMC midsize Canyon as well as the F-150. The most important car was the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan. The North American truck of the year was GM's (GM) Silverado and the car of the year was the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
"The heavy emphasis on seductive high-performance machines confirms the level of confidence permeating the automotive industry," said Kelley Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer.
As far as small cars go, they were few and far between. Does anyone even remember when small cars were big news?Apparently, for this week at least, only Honda (HMC) does. Honda's new Fit, rolled out Monday, "definitely made a big splash," said Edmunds.com analyst Jessica Caldwell. "But it's an oddball here. "This show doesn't have that green feel we have had at every show for a while," Caldwell said. Kelley Blue Book analyst Eric Ibara also applauded the Fit, calling it "a mainstay for Honda that hasn't changed much, which may be a good thing -- it was such a great car to begin with." Ibara, who oversees residual value forecasting, said he expects the 2015 Fit to be near the top of the list for holding value, just as its predecessors have done, although he noted: "We will have to drive the car to assess the difference from the previous generation." Still, in assessing the top cars at the Detroit Auto Show, who doesn't love the oddball?
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