Consumers who have fallen in love with one of the 50-plus new vehicles being debuted at NAIAS this year may be in for a disappointment.
Find out what prompted one aftermarket dealer to make this statement.
“On the show floor, you’re seeing the top of the top of the line, with the largest wheel and tire package possible,” said Keith Alinder , Technical Director for Wheel Pros, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of aftermarket wheels.
These options fill out the wheel wells and can make the show vehicles look more aggressive and more balanced than the base model available for purchase at a dealership, which can sometimes seem a little anemic by comparison.
“You’re going to see a lot of optional equipment at the show: the sport package, the upgraded brakes, the wider wheels for the back of the car,” said Alinder. “Sometimes you’ll see wheel and tire sizes that were never even made to sell.”
But by the time that vehicle has progressed from a creative sketch through countless rounds of revision and put into production, design compromises have been made.