Trucks aplenty at Detroit auto show – MLive.com

Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2016

DETROIT, MI – Americans love trucks.

Last year, new vehicle sales in the U.S. hit an all-time record of 17,470,499 units sold in 2015.

But within that total, sales of passenger cars in 2015 actually declined 2 percent to 7,740,912 units. Total sales were wholly driven by light trucks, which grew 13 percent to 9,729,587 units, according to Autodata Corp.

Automakers domestic and foreign alike understand where Americans’ tastes are, and as such there are plenty of SUVs, crossovers and pickup trucks at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 

For pickups, the Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew was one of the premier products unveiled by Ford on Monday. Ford’s F-150 remains the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

Rounding out the top three sellers are the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500, both of which of course can be seen at the Detroit auto show. 

Japanese automakers also have some of their wares featured. Perhaps most important is Honda’s all-new, second-generation Ridgeline, which was revealed Monday. It enters a hot mid-size pickup truck segment.

And the Nissan Titan XD was in the running for 2016 North American Truck of the Year after bowing at the 2015 Detroit auto show, though it lost out to the Volvo XC90. Nissan did however double down on its commitment to the pickup segment with the unveiling of its Titan Warrior concept on Tuesday. 

The 2016 North American International Auto Show opened to the public Saturday. It runs through Sunday, Jan. 24 at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and children between 7-12 years old, and free for children 6 and under.

Check out our guide to the show. 

David Muller is the automotive and business reporter for MLive Media Group in Detroit. Email him at dmuller@mlive.com, follow him on Twitter or find him on Facebook.

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