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January 16, 2015 Washington Post Real Wheels

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

Good Morning Warren and friends

Warren and I were in Detroit most of this week at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

The winners of the car and truck of the year (NACTOY) were the Ford F-150 and your hometown favorite, The Volkswagen Golf series.

It was nice to see a convergence of beautiful, smartly designed performance cars interlaced with fuel efficiency. Honda brought out a fuel cell vehicle, along with the new Honda Jet. Across the hall, their sister, Acura, brought out the Acura NSX. Stunning

Ford surprised everyone with the Ford GT. Mercedes brought the F 015 futuristic concept fuel cell from the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to Detroit along with a gorgeous GLE450 AMG SPORT COUPE/AMG GLE63 coupe and a C350 PHEV. Volvo unveiled its 7-passenger XC90 plug-in hybrid too. BMW unveiled its new 6series.

Jaguar Land Rover unveiled a clean-diesel Range Rover HSE Td6 and Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 debut in the U.S.; on sale in 2015. The Jaguar F-PACE performance crossover will join the Jaguar lineup in 2016 and the Jaguar XE was brought out at NAIAS 2015.

Bentley will have a crossover that will compete with Porsche. Porsche brought out the 911 TARGA 4 GTS and the Cayenne Turbo S.

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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.