NAIAS: the perfect place for car fanatics

Like a McDonalds play-pin to an energetic toddler, the North American International Auto Show is the greatest playland for anyone interested in cars.

(Jan 2013) Detroit, MI North American International Auto Show

Lingenfelter on Display at the North American International Auto Show in 2013

The show room contains over 70 new vehicles from car manufactures all over the world.  In addition to seeing new models, attendees can also take review to new car technologies and new findings within the car industry.

This show, held in Detroit,MI, is said to be one of the best car shows in the world featuring numerous popular manufacturers such as Ford and Lexus.

According to the NAIAS website, the nine-day show gains international fans and members each and every year. 795,416 visitors attended last year which included over 5,000 journalists from 62 countries.

“NAIAS is positioned along with shows in Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris, Beijing and Tokyo because of the number of journalists who attend, and the number of worldwide product unveilings we host,” Jim Seavitt, NAIAS 2013 vice chairman said. “We are traditionally very strong in both categories, which is why NAIAS remains an important part of the automakers’ global product launch strategies.”

This annual event is the best and easiest way to see new models and chat with auto professionals about some of the greatest car brands in the world.

For more information about the NAIAS, click here.

“LEXUS LOVE”

After a summer and fall filled with family trips and a few golf outings with friends, my husband and I decided to redeem some of our Marriott points and spend a long weekend in Newport Beach, California.

Lexus-Marriott-Hotel-Halloween-Shot-IS350

We planned this trip as a romantic getaway, combined with some work that could only be done at the beach or an outdoor café with a fancy French name. We figured it would be a nice break from our normal routine before the holiday season got too hectic. The only writing I was planning on doing was checking boxes in the American Girl catalog, signing for room service and completing this review.

lexus-san-franI requested a Lexus IS 350 to test-drive over to California and back. With two suitcases and two sets of golf clubs that fit easily in the trunk, we started our trip. The minute I sat in my firm-but-supple seat, I was hugged closely by the deep bolster construction. Now that’s the way to start a romantic weekend.

The ride was smooth, and the cabin was quiet, perfect for enjoying the Mark Levinson sound system that produced concert-quality entertainment. The separate temperature controls were awesome since I like to be “menopausally” cool and my husband is always hot. The legroom and headrest placement were perfect. Our conversations started to lighten up, so we turned off the phones, Facebook and emails for five hours and just relaxed.

I had the opportunity to test-drive the Lexus IS 350 sedan and the F Sport model in San Francisco earlier this year, both on a race track and through the streets of San Francisco. For this trip, however, we were simply taking a five-hour drive and in no particular hurry. Despite our laid-back driving decision, when we needed the speed to pass or merge, you could feel the power and hear the engine growl like a Barry White love song, leaving other vehicles in the dust.

The Entune navigation system was a welcomed comfort and comes standard on the IS. While getting navigation instructions, we were alerted to an accident and redirected off the freeway. We estimated that it saved us at least 40 minutes.

If you’ve never been to Newport Beach, it appears to be a town that is automobile-aficionado heaven. Wherever we went, a Maserati, Range Rover or Mercedes was in front of, next to or behind us. The nice thing about the Lexus vehicles, especially the IS 350, is that it fits in to any city or lifestyle. It is luxurious, sporty, performance savvy and family-friendly.

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