The Car Coach: Auto Show Rundown
At this year's North American International Auto show in Detroit, 40 vehicles were presented ranging from luxury to hybrid and performance. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, give's us an overview of the show.
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Small is beautiful in today's auto industry. At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, automakers presented 40 vehicles. Many were downsized vehicles with luxury and electronic features that shoppers crave. The show also showcased hybrid and performance cars designed to meet all your automotive wants and needs. Here is an overview of this year’s show.
Acura - Enthusiasts will appreciate the NSX concept, a high-performance hybrid that engineers hope to have on the road in less than three years. A V-6 will be mated to a lithium ion battery pack, with all-wheel drive bringing power to the pavement.
Audi - Audi showcased the new A4 and the small sporty Q3 crossover concept. The Audi Q3 Vail Concept features a permanent all-wheel drive system. This 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine delivers 314-horsepower, allowing for a 0 to 60 time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 163mph.
Chevrolet - Chevrolet presented the sporty RS version of the Sonic subcompact. The 2013 hatch-only RS will get a new front fascia and grille along with a six-speed manual to give the 1.4-liter turbo engine a sportier feel. Chevrolet also unveiled two concept cars for a younger generation: the Tru 140S and the Code 130R.
Dodge - The 2013 Dodge Dart, built on a Fiat platform, features a variety of powertrain options and Dodge Charger styling cues. The Dart will feature a 8.5-inch info screen and a 7-inch electronic instrument cluster surrounded by lighted color accents. The Dart is scheduled to arrive at dealerships during the first half of 2012.
Ford - The redesigned 2013 Fusion follows the trend of other cars in Ford’s new lineup with curvier lines, engines with direct injection and turbochargers, and a hybrid. The new Fusion claims to offer a diesel version, which would be fantastic. I also noted the Aston-Martin-like front grill - it looks great!
Mercedes-Benz - The redesigned 2013 Mercedes SL roadster is longer and lighter than the outgoing model and gets a new all-aluminum body. The new SL550 will be powered by a new 4.6-liter direct-injection V-8. Mercedes also launched two E-class hybrids. The E400 Hybrid sedan, which goes on sale in the second half of 2012, has a 27-hp electric motor and a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine. The E300 BlueTec Hybrid uses a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel and the same electric motor used in the E400 Hybrid.
Mini - The 2012 Coupé Roadster, a soft-top two-seater, goes on sale in February. The Roadster will be available with three variations of Mini’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and starts at $25,050.
Volkswagen - Volkswagen presented the new 2013 Jetta hybrid will get 45 mpg combined. Volkswagen is claiming that the Jetta hybrid will get a 45 mpg combined rating, which is around 20 to 30 percent more efficient than the standard Jetta. Powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine with 150-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the hybrid is combined with a 36-hp electric motor giving it a total output of around 170-hp.
These are just a few of the incredible vehicles that caught our eyes in Detroit. Look for them soon on a dealership lot near you.