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Highlights from My Trip to NAIAS in Detroit with Ford

Aeryn Lynne

It seems like 2014 is the year of the automobile for Geek with Style!  I’ve been to a few car-related events already, which all began with an invitation to Detroit, MI for the North American International Auto Show thanks to Ford Canada.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it became one of those trips that I’ll remember for a long time coming. I think I wound up with only 8 hours sleep for the few days I spent in Detroit, because we had so much to see and do in so little time!

Honestly, I’ve tried writing this post out six or seven times, because I don’t know where to begin first.

Do I start with the lovely hotel, and how shocked I was with their sound-proofing tech? If not everyone, quite a number of us that were invited by Ford (which I believe was around 150 people from all over the globe,) stayed at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel and for the majority of the stay, I completely forgot there was an airport attached to it.  No cab required; you get off your plane and can be in your hotel room in less than half an hour if done right. The only time I did notice the airport, was when I was actively searching out planes out of my room’s window and when we passed by the airport on a bus to get into Detroit proper.

Westin Bedroom Suite, Detroit NAIAS

The Westin Detroit Airport Hotel – a truly comfy room, especially if you like soft fluffy beds, heh.

Westin Airport Hotel Lobby, Detroit NAIAS

Westin Detroit Metropolitan Aiport Hotel

Westin Airport Hotel Lobby, Detroit NAIAS

Westin Detroit Metropolitan Aiport Hotel

I’ve always disregarded airport hotels up to this point, thinking they would be noisy just from the general air traffic and the constant flow of traffic of people flying in and out, but wow, The Westin completely changed my mind on how beautiful and easily accessible they can be. It also had this fab instant access to get through airport security, from the lower lobby of the hotel, if you weren’t traveling with much more than a carry-on bag. Unfortunately I had my big Heys luggage with me, so I had to walk the extra 15 minutes through the hotel to the main doors for the airport. 😉

And I’m now the proud owner of SO many photos of high-tech pretty that I want to share with y’all.  It would take me another month to get every angle ready to share, but here’s some of my faves from Ford’s show (you can click on any image to get a full-sized slideshow):

Ford Vehicles at NAIAS

So much pretty shiny!

 

FORD NAIAS F150 Introducion/Reveal

Such a great introduction to the F150! Really enjoyed the integrated stage display. Almost as powerful as the truck itself.

 

Ford 1 - the very first concept car for the Mustang.

Ford 1 – the very first concept car for the Mustang.

Ford Mustang 2014

Ford Mustang 2015 – I think I took 100 photos of this sleek vehicle alone. So much love for this powerfully fast bit of awesome.

FORD NAIAS 2014 - CMax Energi Hybrid

I would love to have this C-Max Energi Hybrid in my life. Wonder if there is enough sunlight in Toronto (year round) to keep this baby running, if the solar paneled roof moves from concept to reality.

FORD Coca Cola Plant Bottle Vehicle

Ford/Coca-Cola Plant Bottle Interior – I truly love the idea of plastic bottles being recycled into interior fabrics!

FORD Coca Cola Plant Bottle Vehicle Interior

Ford/Coca-Cola Plant Bottle Fusion Energi Vehicle

Ford Flex - NAIAS 2014

Ford Flex – NAIAS 2014 – On the last day of our trip to Detriot, a few of us were given our own personal driver in a Ford Flex to go anywhere we pleased! We chose the Ford Test-Drive Fashion discussion at NAIAS, and our driver, Dave, gave us a fabulous scenic tour on the way back.

FORD NAIAS - Hot Wheels Edition, 2014

Anyone else had a younger sibling that was a Hot Wheels fanatic too? The nephew got his first set of wheels for his 3rd birthday, and we’re looking at making it a tradition. 😉

I can’t deny that despite geeking over all the cool tech showcased at NAIAS this year, I was really looking forward to the fashion panel!  Tech and fashion fused into something both inspiring and useful is my little piece of heaven, so getting a chance to listen to panelists: Anthony Prozzi, Amy Marentic and Jennifer Fleiss, on how they’re leading Ford in taking care to create the ultimate accessory for fashion-savvy customers.

FORD NAIAS Fashion Runway 2014

An inspiring discussion, lead by Ford’s Senior Interior Designer Anthony Prozzi, Marketing Manager Amy Marentic, and Rent the Runway’s Co-Founder Jennifer Fleiss, on how Ford aims to meet the needs of their fashion-loving customers for a stylish, yet comfortable ride.

Ford NAIAS Test-Drive Style

Ford NAIAS Test-Drive Style

As I mentioned in the beginning, I had only 8 hours sleep in total for the three day trip, and its all thanks to the fabulous people I met while there!  I don’t think there wasn’t a moment where someone wasn’t laughing, or sharing a cool tip/anecdote; Ford’s Canadian team of journalists/bloggers/influencers were simply all kinds of fun to be around. <3

Ford NAIAS 2014 Canadian Team

Most of the Rowdy Canucks that attended NAIAS thanks to Ford!

 

Christine discussing with Jamie Edmonds of Channel 4 on how fabulous it is to see beautiful models that represent more than just one tiny aspect of the appearance spectrum. #FabulouslyPlusSizedModels and there is even one lovely model who is due to have her baby this April!

Christine discussing with Jamie Edmonds of Channel 4 on how fabulous it is to see beautiful models that represent more than just one tiny aspect of the appearance spectrum. #FabulouslyPlusSizedModels and there is even one lovely model who is due to have her baby this April!

GingerMommy with Christine and Channel 4's Jamie Edmonds - a great discussion about breaking barriers on style, women and car models.

GingerMommy with Christine and Channel 4’s Jamie Edmonds – a great discussion about breaking barriers on style, women and car models.

Those pesky Canadians! (sorry for the uber blurry image, oops!)

Those pesky Canadians! (sorry for the uber blurry image, oops!)

Want to get to know these fab peeps?  Here’s they are! 🙂 (in no particular order, ’cause they’re all awesomesauce!) 

And then there was this….

Is a photo infamous if only three people know the story behind it? This is the 'not well known, but made a great story over dinner' shower photo that I took in my hotel room, lol.

Is a photo infamous if only three people know the story behind it? This is the ‘not well known, but made a great story over dinner’ shower photo that I took in my hotel room, lol. Hey, my DSLR was brand spanking new, and I wanted to get crazy!

Are you on Google+? Check out my #FordNAIAS 2014 Highlights Album.

Google+ Ford NAIAS 2014 Highlights

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Aeryn Lynne

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Living in Superman's Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, fights for fashion-equality, squees over comic art, and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction.
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6 Comments on “Highlights from My Trip to NAIAS in Detroit with Ford

Julia a.k.a. Mama MOE
February 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Aw, Aeryn! This is a fantastic post! We did have fun, didn’t we?! Wish we could do it again all together! Loved spending time with you and getting to know you better 🙂 You rock!

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Jennifer (@momvstheboys)
February 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Looks like a fun time, don’t you love the lobby of that hotel? it’s gorgeous! we stayed there last year too. Love all the photos! that silver mustang is soooooo sexy!!!! gah! the shower photo is awesome! love it!

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Gingermommy
February 21, 2014 at 8:57 am

It was such a fun trip. So much to do and learn. Such great people. And that pic made me think of you every time I had a shower there 😉

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Jen
February 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm

What an exciting trip!! looks like you were surrounded by great company!! I hope to one day attend this event! DH works in the automotive industry to I eat, sleep and breath cars! This would be a great experience!

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Christine
February 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Ohh! Aeryn! This post makes me miss everyone SO much! Ford NAIAS was such a great experience and I learned so much about the history of the company and the new vehicles! What an unforgettable experience. Above all, cherished moments with friends new and old.

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Randa
February 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I feel like I “know” some real celebrities now. It looks like a great time, I would love to attend this one year. I’m not a huge “car person” but I’m always interested in learning more. I can’t wait to hit up my nearest Ford and check out the new Explorer’s when they’re released! I want one so bad.

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