Innovative vehicle design and green technologies are major focal points this year at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Vehicles unveiled during the NAIAS 2008 Press Preview reinforced current trends toward fuel economy, environmental impact, sustainability and the impact of those movements on vehicle design.
"Manufacturers are definitely paying attention and adapting their designs to reflect the environmental concerns," said Carl Galeana, senior co-chairman of the NAIAS 2008. "We are proud that the NAIAS is once again on the forefront featuring the advancement of these important changes relative to the global automotive industry."
Preview Week featured several design events recognizing the integral part design plays in the automotive industry; events included the Eyes on Design awards, AutoWeek Design Forum, the Michelin Challenge Design, the "My Other Car Is..." student project and the PPG Design Challenge awards.