Updated from Jan. 8 with new photos
Even with the black cloud hanging over the auto industry that is President-elect Trump's Twitter feed, the Detroit Auto Show has been able to shine since kicking off Sunday evening.
The showstopper by far is Waymo's self-driving minivan (pictured below) in partnership with Fiat Chrysler (FCAM) . Waymo's ultimate mom-mobile, coming from a business that was spun-off from Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) last month, is equipped with self-driving sensors and vision systems.
Executives on hand at the event didn't give a timeline for when the minivan of the future would hit the market for consumers.
And yes, the van has a steering wheel mostly because some states, such as California, require one during testing on public roads and highways.
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Aside from Waymo's van, here are several other things from the show that have caught TheStreet's attention while policing Instagram.
The Awesome Acura NSX, in Racing Form
Here is the NSX in race car form.
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Hey Mom, Look at Your Hippie Bus
Volkswagen has undoubtedly tapped into the memory banks of the babyboomers walking the floor at the show by unveiling the I.D. Buzz concept. The electric van draws its main inspiration from the Volkswagen Type-2 Microbus, a favorite of the hippies from the '60s and '70s. It boasts 201 horsepower, and can go 0 to 60 mph in about 5 seconds. Top speed is a decent 99 mph.
The bus has a self-driving mode, a heads up display and the interior is fully customizable. Talk about Volkswagen coming a long way since the weed-smoking days of 1970.
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Fastest Bentley Ever Made
Although we are in love with the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur we just reviewed, the new Bentley Continental GT Supersports certainly has caught our eye. At 700hp and a top speed of 205 mph, it's the fastest Bentley ever made.
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It's a Bugatti
When a car costs $3.5 million such as the below Bugatti, it deserves space on a page.
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Life-Size Lighting McQueen
With "Cars 3" hitting theaters on June 16, why not make a life-size version of the movie's star Lightening McQueen. The movie has been a cash cow for The Walt Disney Company (DIS) : the previous two "Cars" flicks earned more than $1 billion globally at theaters, according to Box Office Mojo.
A Kia That Makes Over 300 Horsepower
Who would have thought this day would come. Introducing the 2018 Kia Stinger, which puts out up to 365hp.
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