Car manufacturers revealed more than 50 new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. So which ones made the most waves?

Eric Lyman, vice president of Industry Insights at TrueCar, said the five most important reveals at this year's show were: Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the BMW M2, Ford's (F - Get Report) Lincoln Continental, the Fiat Chrysler (FCAU - Get Report) Pacifica and the Honda  (HMC - Get Report) Ridgeline.

"Mercedes is known for their technology, and they keep raising the bar and they've done it again with the E-Class," said Lyman.

Lyman said he was impressed by the vehicle's "Car-to-X" communications technology, which is able to warn drivers of dangerous conditions before they are seen.

Mercedes competitor BMW also had a solid showing with its new M2. "What I love about the M2 is that it really personifies what BMW is all about, the ultimate driving machine," said Lyman. The M2 goes from zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds, and has a 365-horsepower engine.

"All of the BMW enthusiasts are going to be chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel of this car," he added.

Lyman believes the Lincoln brand had success with its throwback to an old school favorite. It revealed a new Lincoln Continental, which was a nameplate it discontinued well over a decade ago.

"It's the vehicle that's going to come to redesign the next chapter in Lincoln's story,"  explained Lyman. "Whereas a lot of the other luxury manufacturers have skewed more towards the performance aspects, Lincoln has given that share of the market to those competitors and is going to full ownership of quiet luxury."

Lyman also liked Chrysler's Pacifica , which includes plug-in hybrid technology that will greatly boost gas mileage.

In the truck category, Lyman is a fan of the Honda Ridgeline, which has updated styling over the previous model.

"They've adapted some additional fun features, such as speakers to the truck bed, so you can take your tailgating to a whole new level," said Lyman.