Near the top of the must-see list for this show was the all-new Buick LaCrosse. I was so excited to see them, then get to walk up to them, then get to interact with them I got caught up in the moment and forgot to look at any other Buicks on display. Meaning, no 2016 Cascada pictures. Oh the lessons I learned this first time around.

   2017 LaCrosse


Topping my list of must-see brands was Cadillac. Not only was the all-new XT5 on display but also their first-ever, range-topping CT6. To be blunt, though, I was a little disappointed by Cadillac’s exhibition area which was flooded with warehouse-white lighting. It was monotone and lacked energy, sort of low-rent. By comparison, Chevrolet’s was Lucasfilm-quality.

Nevertheless, Cadillac’s impressive and expanding product line had no problems drawing a crowd, making it hard to take photographs without people in the shot. The comments and conversations around the XT5, in particular, were positive. I overheard a few people discussing others they knew that were “guaranteed” to be driving one.

   2016 XT5

   2016 CT6

   2017 CT6 Plug-In Hybrid


Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Lexus hater but I’m also not interested in the brand like I once was. Their latest styling direction not only doesn’t appeal to me but it’s to the point that it’s looking more forced than finessed. I shared this panoramic shot of their display area to sum up the sentiment.

   2015 Lexus exhibition area


I don’t have much first-hand experience with Alfa Romeo’s but I have been following this one in the news. The display area was relatively dark with sharp lighting, making quality pictures difficult (being an amateur). In any event, this Italian 3-Series fighter looked every bit as nice in person as prior images have suggested. Questa è una macchina bellissima! (Is that right Paolo?)

   2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio

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