While some of the production vehicles have stolen the show at the North American International Auto Show, there are a number of concepts that have been introduced. The 2012 Detroit Auto Show had several interesting concepts, and there seem to be fewer this year as the production models are more prevalent. Concepts can have a variety of purposes. Some are previews of future models, such as the Ford Atlas Concept – a preview of the next generation F-150. Others are just odd like the X-Truck. See all the 2013 concepts in the gallery below. As before, links will take you to the full article at Autoblog.
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The 2013 North American International Auto Show is well underway and all the latest models and concepts have been unveiled. Unlike last year, auto makers had relatively few concept vehicles. This year the focus was on production vehicles for the 2014 model year. The highlight of the show has been the 2014 Corvette Stingray, but there are plenty of other important new models. Check them all out in the gallery below. Please note: all links will take you to the full article by Autoblog.
Although the North American International Auto Show does not officially kick off until January 14, all eyes will be on Detroit tomorrow as one of the most anticipated cars of the show will be unveiled. Chevrolet will take the camo off the 7th generation, 2014 Corvette tomorrow evening. The event will not be exclusive to the media, however. Chevrolet will steam the event live online. Click here to visit Chevrolet’s 2014 Corvette website and to watch tomorrow’s event live.
The Detroit Auto Show is my favorite. Most of the auto industries new production models and concepts will be unveiled in the coming days. As always, the first week will be reserved for media, members of the auto industry, and various organizations. The show will open to the public on January 19. Although I am unable to attend the show, I will have a series of posts over the next few days highlighting the most important models and concepts. After all the models have been unveiled, I will post a gallery of all the production models and concepts.
Every year industry leaders choose the best of the Detroit Auto Show. I thought I would beat them to it. I am fairly confident, however, that my top choices will be similar to theirs. I will choose one production car and once concept car as the top of the show.
Top Production Car: 2013 Ford Fusion
This really should not be a surprise to anyone. The Fusion’s refresh has been the talk of Detroit. The facts that it comes in three versions (gasoline, hybrid, and electric) surprised a number of people. For the gasoline models, Ford is expecting MPG to range from 33 – 37 on the highway, depending on the engine you choose. The choices of engines for the gasoline models include a 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine (170 HP), a 1.6 litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine (179 HP), and a 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine (237 HP). The Fusion Hybrid will offer 47 MPG in the city and 44 MPG on the highway, while the Fusion Energi is expected to achieve over 100 MPGe, better than the Chevrolet Volt.
The other major story about the Fusion is its appearance. The new Fusion has been compared to a Jaguar and an Aston Martin. High praise indeed, but this should come as no surprise to those in the know. After all, Ford owns Jaguar and did own Aston Martin. Inside the Fusion, Ford has updated the seats, carpets, and just about everything possible. The big story is the amount of technology in the car. SYNC, of course, but an optional virtual dashboard, option park assist, and optional lane sensing technology, the Fusion is packed with the latest the 21st Century has to offer.
Overall, Ford has delivered a blow to its competition. By comparison the “redesigned” Toyota Camry, the stale Honda Accord, and the over-designed Hyundai Sonata are dull. It even challenges the handsome Kia Optima and Chevrolet’s upcoming 2013 Malibu. The mid-size car market has needed a shot in the arm for some time now, and Ford has delivered.
Top Concept Car: Acura NSX Concept
I was pleasantly surprised when Honda/Acura announced the NSX concept in Detroit, but was disappointed to learn that the car would be labeled an Acura, and not, as it had originally, a Honda. Disappointment in a name and disappointment in a car are two different things, and there is no way to be disappointed with Acura NSX Concept.
This Italian inspired beauty is mid-engined and promises impressive performance. This does not come as a surprise, but what does is when you learn the engine in this car is only a V6. Not just that, but its a hybrid! What does that mean? Well, Acura uses the V6 power along with the power from not one, but three electric motors. Add in a dual clutch gear box and we have the world’s first hybrid supercar. Acura has yet to say how much horsepower the four engines produce or what the MPG rating will be, but they have said one thing, that the car will be built, strangely, in Ohio. That would be like Lamborghini announcing they were leaving Italy for West Virginia!
Nevertheless, no matter where the NSX is built, it is going to change the supercar market place. Could the days of v10s and v12s be over? Can a hybrid supercar really compete with the Italian thoroughbreds? The Acura NSX has a chance, but it is not going to be a simple task.
You can see both these cars, and many more, in person by visiting the Detroit Auto Show. The show will be open to the public through January 22.
One of the trademarks of the Detroit Auto Show has always been the concept cars. While there are far fewer concepts than in years past, there are some very important concepts that may show us the future of some models. For example, the Toyota NS4 is a Plug-In Hybrid that looks stunning, unlike the current Toyota Pruis. The NS4 gives us a glimpse of the future for the Toyota hybrid line.
The Lincoln MKZ Concept and Honda Accord Coupe Concept show us what the future models for each may look like when the due for a refresh in 2013. The problem here though is that neither look quite right. The Lincoln MKZ Concept uses Lincoln’s new grille and the body from the new 2013 Ford Fusion, and they do not go well together. Clearly Lincoln needs to rethink its design of its grille. The Honda Accord Coupe Concept shows us that Honda is still struggling to find a grille design and does not offer much of a shape difference from the current Accord Coupe. Others that hind at future designs of vehicles include the Nissan Pathfinder Concept and Acura ILX Concept.
Some concepts are incredibly beautiful, such as the Lexus LF-LC Concept and Acura NSX Concept. Amazingly, both have hybrid engines while retaining sporty looks and performance. The Acura NSX is a comeback for the 1990s Honda NSX, and Acura insists it will build this car in the United States.
Chevrolet brought a pair of concepts, the Chevrolet Code 130R and Chevrolet Tru 140S, that do not appear to have any real purpose. Although, the Chevy Tru 140S is supposedly what the Chevrolet Cruze would look like as a coupe. Perhaps the biggest story on these concepts is the modified version of the Corvette badge they both feature.
Other concepts from the show include the electric (and ugly) Nissan e-NV200 and Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept. The Smart For-Us Concept shows us what a Smart off roader would look like, although an electric off roader would not be exactly brilliant. And the Chrysler 700C Minivan Concept is an attempt to cling on the minivans when everyone is switching to cross-over SUVS.
The selection of concepts this year was fairly slim. I believe there are fewer concepts in Detroit this year because the auto industry has learned to focus its funds on production models and back off the unnecessary concepts. While some of these concepts may become or inspire production vehicles, the majority are just for show.
If you get a chance to visit the Detroit Auto Show, the show will be open to the public through January 22. If not, check out the reviews of each concept car listed above by clicking the link (will take you to Autoblog). Also, be sure to check out the gallery below.
The North American International Auto Show kicked off this week with major product unveils from Ford, General Motors, and Toyota. This post, a first in a two part series, will explore the production models that were unveiled in Detroit this week.
The Sunday before the Auto Show, Dodge and Cadillac announced their much anticipated new models. Dodge unveiled the 2013 Dodge Dart with its Alfa Romeo platform and economic engine options. Cadillac, on the other hand, announced the 2013 Cadillac ATS, a car it hopes will compete head on with the BMW 3-Series. This is a lofty goal as the 3-Series is hailed as the ultimate sports sedan.
Ford began Monday morning’s show with the all new 2013 Ford Fusion. Ford surprised the crowd by announcing that the Fusion would be available in 3 models: standard gasoline (with three engine options), hybrid, and electric. The design of the Fusion incorporates Ford’s new, agressive, grille and the Fusion is a major part of the current “One Ford” strategy. This car is my favorite from the show and is likely to shake up the mid-sized car segment with its range of engine options and its impressive technology packages.
Other production models unveiled at the show included the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL, Dodge Charger Redline, 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS, 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 2013 Lexus LX 570, 2013 Acura RDX, 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Bentley Continental GT V8, 2013 Mini Roadster, Audi A4 Allroad, Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid, Buick Encore, Toyota Prius C, and the 50th Anniversary Edition Shelby Mustangs.
Unfortunately, I do not have the space to give my impressions of all of the models, but I will highlight a few. The major unveils from list include the all new Buick Encore. A small SUV from Buick (who wants that?!). In addition, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe received a facelift and a series of new engines, but it is still not powerful enough to compete with Mustang or Camaro. The Toyota Prius C is expected to cost less than $19,000, being the cheapest hybrid on the market.
From the production models, however, we see that the auto industry is, once again, very healthy. Tomorrow I will post an article on the concept models from Detroit.
If you get a chance to visit the Detroit Auto Show, the show will be open to the public through January 22. If not, check out the reviews of each car listed above by clicking the link (will take you to Autoblog). Also, be sure to check out the gallery below.
Tomorrow begins the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The show is being hosted by the COBO Center and will run from January 9 – 22. If you are in the area, you should really check it out. One day passes are only $12 for adults.
Throughout the upcoming week, automakers from around the world will unveil their latest models and concepts. Sure to be favorites at this year’s show will be the 2013 Ford Mustang, 2013 Ford Fusion, 2013 Dodge Dart, 2013 Cadillac ATS, and the 2013 Bentley Continental GT / GTC V8. All the major auto manufacturers from around the world (that sell cars in the United States) are expected to attend. Expect entries from Toyota, BMW, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, and just about everyone else!
I love the Detroit Auto Show for its concepts and upcoming model reveals. I will try to keep up with the major unveils on the blog, or perhaps I will review each day with the major models added with a photo gallery. Nevertheless, Monday is back to school for me, so my time may be limited, but I will certainly provide all the coverage I can.