The North American International Auto Show this year in Detroit is becoming huge! It’s one of the most significant car-show events of its kind in the world, bringing together all-new technology mind-bending concepts, hypercars and next-gen consumer electric vehicles from all over the planet

being showcased at the Detroit Auto Show this year.

The term “dead cars” isn’t really accurate. The term today is retro, and it’s been a trend for quite awhile in the auto industry.

You probably have seen quite a few modern Mini Coopers, VW Beetles, Jeep Wranglers, Ford Mustangs, Dodge Challengers, PT Cruisers, Plymouth Prowlers, Chevy SSR, Ford Thunderbirds, Chevy Camaros, Fiat 500, etc… The list goes on and on.

All of these are modern cars based on previous models, which have now become classics. It’s a modern car built to somewhat resemble a decades-earlier model.

The advantage to buying a retro model is primarily because of the styling. They look unique, classic and cool. They have a lot more character than many of the similar-looking sedans and SUV’s today. Their styling attracts more attention and admiration.

While no one ever confuses these modern retro versions with their original counterparts, many of them do come close. The Dodge Challenger is one example, where the styling closely parallels the original early 1970’s models. Also the Fiat 500, VW Beetle and Mini Cooper share many styling points with their ancient cousins. The Ford GT is a phenomenal supercar, which shares much of it’s styling with the original.

I’m inspired to buy one, not because they are technically any better than other more conventionally-styled models, but because their styling makes them more appealing to the eye, and more “fun.”