2007 Detroit Auto Show: Last Round of Day 1

190326692 1425510821476 jpeg automatic-content-migration

I just returned to the media room from my last trip downstairs, where I found some more interesting tidbits between the scheduled press conferences.

There was finally time to shoot the Volt concept, complete with its plug hanging out the side, and I of course noticed a lot more slices of Detroit auto show life from paint colors to which concepts drew big crowds.

Can you guess the hot car color this year?

1945742550 1425510840512 jpeg automatic-content-migration

Color of the year has to go to purple. Lincoln used it on the Navigator, above, and the MKZ sedan. Hyundai also used it on the Azera.

1403702812 1425510804608 jpeg

The Ford concepts looked better in person, especially the Airstream.

815575518 1425510822146 jpeg

The Ford Interceptor concept drew a huge crowd as it readied itself for the trip to the podium. Hearing the E85-fueled V-8 live made me appreciate the car a lot more.

375735039 1425510840378 jpeg automatic-content-migration

Here’s another purple car, the Ford Edge.

1656213894 1425510828703 jpeg

The big surprise of the day was the Chevy Volt and the masses of attention it got. Hours after it debuted, interviewers and crowds of onlookers still lingered.

412687817 1425510811486 jpeg

Few people seemed that interested in the Camaro Convertible concept. It looked lonely all dressed in orange.

254273559 1425510826116 jpeg automatic-content-migration

Even GM got in on the purple act, with the Australian brand Holden’s concept.

1941037316 1425510822617 jpeg automatic-content-migration

Ford’s redesigned Focus sports an emblem that protrudes quite a bit from the grille.

447754155 1425510835308 jpeg

The Lincoln MKR concept could’ve used a purple paint job. In person, its red exterior looked pale. Not by comparison, just plain pale.

574948707 1425510812904 jpeg automatic-content-migration

Check it out: They finished the checker roof of that Mini from earlier.

OK, I’m a bit loopy from breathing recycled air and running on little sleep. There will be plenty of news coming later tonight, and even at the midnight hour. Make sure to check back.

KickingTires’ Coverage of the Detroit Auto Show

Photo of David Thomas
Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

Latest expert reviews