Five to drive


First Posted: 1/14/2015

DETROIT — It can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the flashy, shiny new cars and technology at the North American International Auto Show.

The show is now open to the public 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Boulevard, Detroit. Tickets are $13 for adults or $7 for seniors 65 and older and children 7 to 12. Children under 6 are free with a parent or guardian.

Here are tips on five things you have to see at the show:

1. Honda’s UNI-CUB

OK, so, it’s not a car, but it is cool.

It’s Honda’s personal mobility device, a seat on wheels that takes the user around as they lean in the intended direction. It uses balance control technology and showcases Honda’s robotics work, said John Mendel, executive vice president of the company’s automobile division.

“These technologies allow the rider to move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally as freely as walking, simply by shifting body weight and leaning toward the intended direction,” Mendel said.

2. Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion

This is a sleek, futuristic-looking and fully autonomous car that the company is describing as “close to production.”

Go check it out. It seems to be the company closest to a self-driving car, and it looks awesome.

3. Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck

It’s a crossover, it’s a truck, it’s a crossover truck?

The bed expands, it seats five people and it’s “designed to accomodate everything an urban adventurous lifestyle calls for,” said Mark Dipko, director of corporate planning at Hyundai.

Aimed at millenials, the company is trying a fresh approach with this vehicle. It’s interesting, so go take a look.

4. Supercars, Sports cars, Oh my!

Ford, Honda and Alfa Romeo all revealed highly-anticipated next-generation sports cars.

The Ford GT, Honda NSX and Alfa Romeo 4C are all must-sees at the show.

5. Mini Superleggera Vision

Mini Cooper does it again, this time with a sleek convertible. It’s light blue, it’s cute and it’s mini.

Go see what it has to offer.

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