One of the things the exit of Nissan did for this year’s North American International Auto Show was free up a bunch of exhibition space. A lot of companies that had been in the Cobo basement came up to the main floor, which left the basement open to become…
…the Enchanted Hybrid Forest!
You come down the escalator, and the first smell you get is mulch, an odd thing to smell in the iron grip of winter around these parts. And then you step around the corner, and there it is: A little test track winding through a grove of real trees, flowers, a fountain. In the pit area, a number of vehicles available for drives:
That’s a Ford Escape. Must be a prototype.
The Enchanted Hybrid Forest has everything but hemp-wearing fairies and magical squirrels. And, at the moment, drivers — the show’s just getting underway. More in a bit.