Which photos capture the best moments from the Des Moines International Auto Show?
More than a dozen photographs of the Des MOines auto show took place in the two days leading up to the show.
One of the highlights was the arrival of Toyota’s new C-HR supercar, the Corolla, which the company said would be the first car in the world to be built at the MOines.
Toyota’s Corolla is powered by a 1.5-litre twin-turbocharged engine which makes 310bhp and 332lb ft of torque.
The car is the first production car in Europe to have a six-speed automatic transmission and a new range of fuel-saving technology, including a range-extending airbag system, a front-facing airbag, a heated rear spoiler, and rear spoiler extensions.
The Corolla has a new powertrain, a 6.5L V6 engine and a 1,400kg curb weight, which Toyota says will give it an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 30mpg.
A Toyota executive said the new model was the most fuel-efficient car on the planet.
However, some photographers have criticised Toyota’s use of its Corolla in the photo.
“If you’re looking for the absolute best of Toyota, this is not it,” one photograph captioned “This Corolla makes no sense”.
“You’d expect a car to look more like a car than a photo.
Toyota has done a lot to improve the Corollas interior, and I’d expect that to continue,” said another photograph.
The cars were also criticised for being overly-lit.
According to Reuters, the MOinsis had its best show in years, with an average of 1,000 visitors a day.
Reuters photographer Tom O’Brien said he took some shots that “seemed like they were taken from a plane”.
He said he had to be careful with his lighting as he did not want to create a scene that resembled a movie set.
“It’s very important to take good lighting to give a true impression of the car and of the show,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The Corollans show was so big and it was so crowded it’s easy to lose perspective.”