I had a whirlwind trip to Detroit, Michigan, thanks to Ford Canada, for a sneak peek at the North American International Auto Show (runs Jan 16-24, 2016). I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I knew it was going to be a jam-packed experience. There is so much that myself and a group of fabulous online influencers experienced with Ford. The best way will be to put it down in multiple posts. I will share all the news about all the cars, trucks, and upcoming innovations but I also want to make sure that I share all that the experience was and that includes the fun. Make sure you watch for upcoming posts!
First up – dinner and conversation
Our first night in Detroit we were whisked away to Ford Field for some dinner and conversation. Fords head of global consumer trends and futuring, Sheryl Connelly, was on hand to chat about “the most compelling movements across the globe that are shaping how we live, work and engage with the world around us.” This forward thinking is a big part in what Ford comes up with next. Forward thinking led to Ford using Coca Cola PlantBottle materials to make the seats in the 2014 Fusion Energi. Future thinkers from Ford and H.J. Heinz Company are hoping to use leftover tomato fibre to create a bio-plastic to use in the vehicles wiring. You can read the Ford Trends Book of 2016 in PDF here, there are some exciting trends on the way!
A tour of Ford Field – home of the Detroit Lions was next
Our first stop was the visiting team and Detroit Lions locker rooms. NFL rules state that the visiting teams’ locker room has to have the same amenities as the Lions’ locker room. Both of the locker rooms have televisions, carpeted floors, oak lined and metal lockers for the players, the only difference is the size. The home team definitely has room to stretch out, compared to the generous but cramped visiting teams locker room.
Next we were off to the field. The actual NFL field. We took the same tunnel that the athletes use. What a treat and what a feeling to walk out of a dark tunnel to the bright lights of the field. I can only imagine running out to a filled stadium! I have to say that the experience of -ahem- kicking a field goal (with official NFL balls) on an NFL field was quite exciting.
What a great start to our Ford NAIAS experience! Stay tuned for more!