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There are some truly amazing rides on display at the North American International Auto Show and you'll have your first chance to see them when the show opens to the public this weekend. The automakers are all trying to grab your attention so some of them really get creative when it comes to showing off their latest models. Ford did something that's never been done before, by bringing part of an assembly line right to the show. The display looks like the inside of an assembly plant. Martin Kinsella is with the Comau Group which partnered with Ford to build the display, "On Monday this was a sea of TV cameras and everyone was going wow!"Kinsella says the display went from paper to reality in about 2 months and it was a top secret project that required security, "After working on it off site we transferred it here to Cobo in November. We built a wall around it and had curtains around it with 24 hour security."The display replicates part of the F-150 build process, a truck that's getting a lot of attention. When the 2015 F-150 hits showrooms late this year it will be the only aluminum pick up truck on the market. No word yet on the price or the stats but it is expected to be a market leader. When they switched the body from steel to aluminum they shaved 700 pounds off the weight which obviously translates to better gas mileage.

From vehicles you can actually buy to concepts. The Cadillac Elmiraj is turning heads. Cliff Marriott is a Cadillac product specialist,"This is a large, luxury coupe. There is a V8 in there and it is a turbo charged engine with over 500 horsepower. This is a big rear wheel drive platform that harkens back to the yesteryear of the Eldorado." While the outside of the Elmiraj has a retro feel the technology is cutting edge from ultra sonic sensors to high definition cameras on both ends. There are even Doppler radar sensors that stop the car if need be, "It will alert you if you are falling asleep or if you are weaving over the center line. The camera will alert the vehicle which in turn will begin vibrating your seat, if the car needs to brake or is braking." Marriott says public reaction to the Elmiraj will be a big part of the decision whether or not to produce it. So far its chances of becoming a reality look good. the technology is already available though  

Back to the Ford assembly line display, some of the parts used there will be moved to an actual assembly line once the show is over. The automation company that did the display does work for GM and Chrysler too. In fact they've done a lot of work on the lines at the Toledo Assembly Complex.

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