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2012 Detroit Auto Show: Debut Roundup

By Automotive Staff | January 13, 2012
Dozens of new vehicles are debuting at this year's Detroit Auto fact, some of them already have. Our main coverage is here, but you can get a roundup of what's coming and what's already shown up, right here. Paragraphimage 2013 Acura RDX The Acura RDX is based on the Honda CR-V, so it's no surprise that hot on the heels of a new CR-V we're seeing a new RDX. However, details on the new RDX are about as sparse as they are for the NSX. It'll be about the same size and shape as the current one, retaining a softened version of the (in)famous Acura "beak," and with it ends Honda's brave experiment with turbochargers—instead of the boosted four-cylinder of the current model, the RDX will get a 3.5-liter V-6 with 273 horsepower. Read more... 2013 Acura ILX Paragraphimage What's old is new again at Acura. This time, it's the ILX, a new, small sporty sedan based on the Honda Civic. It's not the first time that Acura has mined the Honda parts bin for a sporty car, as one of its most successful models -- the Integra -- was heavily based off the compact. The ILX follows the same basic formula of restyling the Civic while giving it more power and features, but this time it retains its sedan form. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Acura NSX The Acura NSX Concept is possibly the most anticipated car of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Acura's attempt to recapture the magic of the original was shrouded in mystery, but a few scant details managed to leak out: A hybrid drivetrain, lots of horsepower, and stunning styling were a given. But what wasn't expected was what Honda president and CEO Takanobu Ito said next: The next NSX will be developed in the United States, and built in Ohio. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Audi Q3 Vail Audi announced that the Q3 compact SUV will begin production in late 2013. Best of all, Audi confirmed the sport ute would be coming to the United States as sales of the larger Q5 and Q7 continue to surge. Under the hood, we saw images of TFSI, Audi's direct injection turbo engine, which we're guessing will be the 2.0-liter four-cylinder. If so, it would probably rate close to the 200-hp threshold seen in the A3/A4. As for drivetrain, the Vail is equipped with Audi's quattro all-wheel drive, rugged tires, and a ski rack. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Bentley Continental V-8 GT The 2013 Bentley Continental will continue to be one of the more expensive cars on the market. However, with the addition of a new, V-8 powered "base" model, it will be slightly less expensive, and get much better fuel economy as well. A response to the recession, perhaps? Regardless, Bentley says the 500-hp V-8 powered Continental will hold up well against the W-12 powered Supersports, while still offering up all the luxury and road presence of, well, a Bentley. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 BMW 3-Series The BMW 3 Series is one of the automaker's best-selling vehicles and both car enthusiasts and automakers use it as a benchmark for the ultimate driving machine. The 2012 BMW 3 Series, to the chagrin of fans, undergoes another teen growth spurt and adds three inches in length and nearly half an inch in height, for more room overall. The biggest change, though, is the availability of a four-cylinder engine, which puts out 240 horsepower and potentially more than 30 mpg on highway. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Buick Encore The 2013 Buick Encore is all-new but the idea of a small Buick ccrossover as been around for a few years. The first Encore concept was originally shown off at an private General Motors press event back in 2009, but the poor reception it got sent designers back to the drawing board. This Encore is classified as a small luxury crossover and is built on on a set of underpinning by the same name. It's only 168.5 inches long which is tiny when it comes to SUV's. By comparison with other GM models the Verano is 183.9 inches, the Cruze is 181 inches long, and the subcompact Sonic checks in at 159 inches long. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Cadillac ATS The 2013 Cadillac ATS is all new, in a couple of ways. First, it is a new vehicle for the brand, and a new nameplate. Second, it has a new target in its sights, one that Cadillac has never seriously tackled: The BMW 3 Series. While half-hearted small Cadillacs have come and gone without fanfare, this is the first time that Cadillac has taken the fight to the Germans, developing its car right in their backyard. From what we've seen so far, it looks as though Caddy is serious about taking on this German standard bearer with a combination of technology, features, and engine choices to rival the class leader. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS General Motors hit the subcompact car market with the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, replacing the long-in-the-tooth Chevrolet Aveo, but has also hinted at various press events that the Sonic would herald a slew of models all aimed to fill the growing subcompact market. Now Chevrolet follows up on that promise for a sportier model with the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS. Reflecting Chevy's SS performance heritage, it builds on the Sonic's global chassis and targets fans looking for a sporty ride but without sacrificing the comfort and conveniences of the standard Chevrolet Sonic. Read more... Paragraphimage Chevrolet Code 130R Concept The Chevrolet Cruze, Sonic, and upcoming Spark are not only General Motors in the growing compact and subcompact markets, but are also aimed at the youth segment (40 years and older). The Chevy Code 130R and Tru 140S concepts represents the automaker's latest foray into that market which is usually associated with Scion but also dominated by vehicles like the Honda Fit and Toyota Corolla. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Dodge Dart The 2013 Dodge Dart is an all-new compact car, and is Dodge's latest attempt to enter a segment that commands around 21 percent of the market. Making its world debut in Detroit, the 2013 Dodge Dart offers three engine choices: A 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine; a 2.0-liter "Tigershark" engine; and a 2.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine. The Dart shares its underpinnings with the Europe-only Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a vehicle known for its handling, nimbleness, and safety. The Dart is made up of 68 percent high-strength steel to reduce weight, in turn boosting fuel economy. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Ford Fusion Just about everything is new for the redesigned, 2013 Ford Fusion, and though there are loads of features and improvements to highlight, perhaps the most noticeable change is the sporty styling cues borrowed from the Evos Concept and Ford's European Mondeo. Yes, that means no more boring sedan, and to back up that assertion, Ford will launch the Fusion with four engine options, including the range-topping Titanium trim with a 237-hp, 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Read more... Paragraphimage Honda Accord Coupe Concept The 2013 Honda Accord is on its way, and we got our first glimpse of it at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show thanks to the Honda Accord Coupe Concept. Until the reveal, Honda had kept a tight lid on what exactly the car would look like, taking the path of saying nothing to ensure that the Accord Coupe Concept's details didn't leak before the show. But as expected, the Accord Coupe Concept is very similar to what will appear in showrooms in a few months. But beyond the new sheetmetal, there's a lot in store for the new Honda Accord. Honda will debut new engines and transmissions, striving for best-in-class fuel economy, and it will also debut a plug-in hybrid version of the Accord. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe There's no question the Genesis Coupe was a looker when it was first unveiled, and it was an able performer, too. But for 2013, Hyundai tweaked the front end, revising the grille, headlamps, foglights, and hood for a more pronounced image. Fortunately, Hyundai also saw fit to tweak what's under the hood, too. That means more power for both engines, and an optional eight-speed automatic transmission that further raises fuel economy. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo This is the car that Hyundai should have built all along. It's similar to 2012's Veloster, except that it has the power to back up its sporty looks. Not to be glossed over, however, is that Hyundai ditched the fuel-saving base car's transmission for two new six-speed', including a close-ratio manual. That's some serious potential for fun, and yet the Veloster Turbo returns a healthy 27 mpg city/38 mpg highway fuel rating. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Lexus LX570 The 2013 Lexus LX570 rolls into the new model year with a facelift and some interior tweaks. Lexus is looking to revamp its large SUV, giving it a sportier exterior and shedding its dowdy exterior styling. A 5.7-liter V-8 engine powers the full-size Lexus, and all of the usual accessories will now come standard as well. Technology as always plays a major role inside and out. The electronically controlled suspension is revamped, and the new headlight design uses automatic xenon headlights, fog lamps, and LED daytime running lights. Inside, four-zone climate control, heated seats, and a power-folding third row of seating for eight will be present. Read more... Paragraphimage Lexus LF-LC Concept The Lexus LF-LC Concept coupe was leaked two and a half weeks ahead of its scheduled debut at the North America International Auto Show, yet aside from the looks still not much is known. We do expect the LFA-look-alike to have a leather-stitched interior, and the body is clearly adorned with scoops and vents galore. Read more... Paragraphimage Lincoln MKZ Concept This is Lincoln's make-or-break car. Being all new, it shares its platform with the Ford Fusion and overseas Ford Mondeo midsizers. But as the Lexus ES is to the Toyota Camry, the Lincoln MKZ Concept is a blinged to the hilt with leather, wood, and technology. Lincoln officially calls the MKZ a concept, but aside from the 20-inch wheels, four-seat interior, and other small details, this is pretty much what the production version will look like. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is all new, losing weight, gaining styling, and producing more power. Long a staple in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the SL-Class is a two-seat convertible and one of the flagship brands for the company. Over the years though, the car has grown in size and weight, transforming from a sporty convertible into more of a luxury convertible cruiser. With a choice of new engines and a 275-pound weight loss, Mercedes-Benz looks to be pushing the SL back to what its initials once stood for: "Super Light." Read more... Paragraphimage 2012 Mini Roadster The 2012 Mini Roadster is the second convertible to join the diminutive brand, which now includes the quintessential hatchback, the Clubman “wagon”, the larger Countryman “crossover”, and the original Mini Cooper convertible. Both the Mini Coupe and roadster models are based off the standard Mini two-door hatchback. The Mini Roadster is the drop-top version of the Coupe, replacing the former's hardtop with a soft one, retracts manually. Both Mini Coupe and roadster models are strictly two-seaters with trunk space in the Mini Roadster shy of nine cubic feet in size. Read more... Paragraphimage Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van Concept The Nissan e-NV200 concept is the electric version of its all-new commercial van. Nissan, apparently, is already testing the EV overseas with plans to potentially sell it here in the U.S. and India. Nissan, not surprisingly, taps its Leaf electric car in developing the e-NV200 concept van's powertrain and even borrows some styling cues from the diminutive EV. Read more... Paragraphimage Nissan Pathfinder Concept An all-new Nissan Pathfinder is on its way and speculation has it that the automaker is making it a crossover like Ford did with the Explorer. Nissan drops its traditional boxy SUV design for a sleeker design, as hinted at by the upscale 2013 Infiniti JX crossover. The concept is powered by a V-6 mated to a continuously variable transmission which, combined with the crossover's lighter weight, will improve fuel economy by 25 percent to 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway, according to Nissan. Read more... Paragraphimage 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Convertible With the debut of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, it's no surprise that Porsche would quickly follow with the 911 Cabriolet -- that's "convertible" in snooty Euro-speak -- for 2012. Guests at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show will discover the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S convertible models will, in addition to the soft drop top, all the same characteristics of the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 coupe including lighter construction, larger size, and more powerful and fuel-efficient engines. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Scion FR-S Everything. The 2013 Scion FR-S makes its second stop on its North American introductory tour after being unveiled to the media shortly after the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The FR-S is one of three variants of the same vehicle, the other two wear badges for Toyota and Subaru and are known as the GT-86 and the BRZ, respectively. Scion says its version's name means Front-engine, Rear-wheel-drive Sport and is slated to be launched in the spring of 2012. Scion's latest two-door coupe is of rear-wheel-drive configuration and packs 200 ponies under the hood while only tipping the scales at around 2700-2800 pounds. Read more... Paragraphimage Smart ForUs Concept We're not quite sure exactly why the folks at Mercedes-Benz division Smart decided to have Saturday Night Live alum Jon Lovitz introduce the Smart ForUs Concept. Maybe they thought a small, funny looking concept car needed a small, funny-looking comedian to stand on the podium. But for whatever reason, the car itself is also a little hard to understand. On one hand it's a Smart, which means it's tiny and only seats two people. On the other, it's an electric pickup truck, which can carry not much more than the electric Smart ebike bicycle, and even then you have to open the bed to make it fit. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Toyota Prius c The 2013 Toyota Prius c is the latest of the expanding Prius lineup, which includes the all-new Toyota Prius Plugin Hybrid, larger 2012 Toyota Prius v, as well as the standard Toyota Prius hatchback. While all Prii emphasize fuel economy and being "green" as their primary selling points, the 2013 Toyota Prius c, which slots under the standard Prius, may beat its larger sibling's EPA-estimated 51 mpg figure due to its smaller size and engine. As before, the Toyota Prius c and the entire lineup's current competitor is the Honda Insight, though Ford plans to debut production versions of its hybrid and electric-only C-Max lineup at the Detroit Auto Show as well. Read more... Paragraphimage Toyota NS4 Plug-In Hybrid Concept Toyota is expanding its hybrid beyond the Prius with the debut of the Toyota NS4 Plug in Hybrid Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. According to the automaker, the sedan represents its design, powertrain, and infotainment directions through 2015. Toyota says the NS4 Plugin Hybrid concept exemplifies a potential future model which will be driven by its next-generation plug-in hybrid powertrain; a more "emotional" design to appeal to consumers; and infotaiment connectivity through devices like smartphones. Read more... Paragraphimage 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid After years of telling us diesels were the best way to go for fuel efficiency, Volkswagen is actually releasing a Jetta hybrid. Volkswagen hit a homerun when it first introduced the Jetta as it's now one of the best-selling vehicles of all-time. Will the Jetta hybrid go the same way its gasoline sibling has? It's much to early to tell, but one thing is for sure: Volkswagen says that this will be the most fuel efficient Jetta you can buy, including the diesel versions. The Jetta hybrid also boasts a few firsts for the hybrid world as its turbocharged engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. New technology always draws in an abundance of eyes and Volkswagen hopes that translates to more rear ends in seats. Read more... Paragraphimage Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept The Volkswagen E-Bugster concept takes technology from today and combines it with one of the most iconic vehicles to ever roll up on American shores. The name is strange to say the least, but Volkswagen breaks it down for us and it goes as follows. "E-Bugster" is a combination of a few things, "E" standing for electric, "Bug" for the nickname of the American Beetle, and a part of "speedster" was used to reference the speedster's low-roofline profile. That sets the tempo for the rest of the E-Bugster, serving as a frame for the rest of the concept's accents. Inside, an array of EV gauges can be found just like in EVs on the road today. Read more... Paragraphimage Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept When the Volvo XC60 was introduced back in 2009, it effectively challenged the Lexus RX, one of the most successful mid-sized luxury crossovers currently in the U.S. market. Now the Swedish automaker looks to match the Lexus RX model by model with the Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid concept, which lines up against the Lexus RX 450h. No, not match, but exceed: According to Volvo, the XC60 plug-in hybrid has similar fuel economy as the Toyota Prius. Read more...
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