2013 Detroit auto show

| Thursday, January 17, 2013
There may not be any flying cars at this year's North American International Auto Show, but 2013 promises huge innovations on behalf of many automakers displaying their new concepts in Detroit. For those making hybrid and electric vehicles, their flashy presentations only added to the buzz generated by their fresh green-friendly designs.

Volkswagen broke fresh design ground with a new type of electric vehicle -- a plug-in hybrid SUV featuring two electric motors and a diesel engine. The midsize CrossBlue SUV, which is still a concept vehicle, can drive 14 miles in electric mode before shifting to its diesel engine. VW said it would have 305 horsepower and get about 35 miles per gallon while in hybrid mode. In in electric mode, that number would jump to the equivalent of about 89 miles per gallon.


The Batman-decorated Kia Optima is displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. The comic inspired auto at the South Korean automaker's exhibit was created to promote an effort to fight hunger in Africa. Features include Batman symbols inside and outside on the Optima and was created as part of a partnership involving DC Entertainment. The "We Can Be Heroes" effort is promoted in part by the use of Justice League characters.

In this photo provided by the Ford Motor Co., William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company, sits in a 1903 Ford Model A, the oldest surviving Ford product at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. The Ford Motor Company was created June 16, 1903 and car production started in July. This car is the third vehicle assembled on the first day of production. It was built at the Mack Avenue factory in Detroit and is owned by Mr. Ford.

Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer, Tesla Motors talks about the doors on the Tesla Model X at media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Hot Wheels edition of the Chevrolet Camaro sits on an oversized track that appears to swoop down from the ceiling. General Motors Co. last year announced it would sell the vehicle with Hot Wheels logos and other toy-inspired touches such as red-lined wheels.

The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is displayed at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 6000 members of the media from 68 countries are attending the show this year

The Lexus IS 300h

Shelby shows off their turbocharge engine in new Focus ST

Shelby Super Snake Wide Body
The Shelby takes a stock GT500 Mustang, and increases power from 662 hp to 850 hp. For 2013, a wide body kit gives the Super Snake an appropriate amount of visual muscle. The flared fenders cover massive 10-inch front and 13-inch rear wheels. 

The full 850 hp package adds $39,995 to the cost of a stock 2013 GT500 Mustang, and the wide body kit costs $14,995. That means someone could almost buy another stock GT500 (base price: $55,445) for the cost of the Shelby add-ons.

A Fisker Karma with the plug-in hybrid system yanked out in favor of a frugal Corvette V-8. In a piquant irony that auto shows live for, the Destino is brought to you by Bob Lutz, the ultimate Car Guy and retired GM vice chairman who championed the plug-in Chevy Volt.

Several generations of Chevrolet Corvettes on display

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Easily the most anticipated debut of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show is the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette. It looks like the years of press leaks and speculation were worth the wait: The new 'Vette should be the best one yet, a rolling paragon of American patriotism that sets new sports car standards for it price range.

With pricing close to current base Corvette, the new car should have a 0-to-60 mph time of less than four seconds, skidpad grip greater than 1 g, and braking performance on par with the outgoing Z06 model. Even better is that the Corvette finally has an interior that's as world-class as it's performance.

The phrase "all-new" gets thrown around a lot in the automotive business, but on the Corvette it's appropriate—only two parts carry over from the old car. The new frame, built in-house, is aluminum, saving 99 pounds over the outgoing hydroformed steel while improving torsional stiffness by 57 percent. A carbon fiber hood and roof panel provide more weight savings, although overall curb weight will be up slightly of the sixth-gen 'Vette because of improved creature comforts, tougher crash-test standards, and fuel-saving technology, all of which pack on the pounds.

Lincoln's uphill battle to be relevant in the luxury segment once more continues with the MKC concept. The MKC will be the second of four new vehicles Ford's luxury brand is producing in the next four years (the first being the 2013 MKZ). With sales of small luxury SUVs taking off, Lincoln sees potential to capture market share in the growing segment. In both styling and design, the MKC falls in line with the MKZ, with a modified version of its split-wing grille, push-button shifting, lots of leather, programmable drive control, a capacitive center stack, MyLincoln Touch, and a high level of customization—one example of which will be the ability to personalize and program the interior lighting. The MKC's squat stature, clean lines, and suite of technology should make it an attractive vehicle for consumers shopping for a small luxury SUV. At least, that's what Lincoln is hoping.

Transportation of the two-wheeled variety is sharing the floor at the Detroit auto show with the latest cars, trucks and concept vehicles, a nod to the potential marketing boost that bikes may offer for automakers.
Some, such as those at Subaru's display, are shown just as accessories on vehicles. Subaru has bikes with its Outback wagon, which is aimed at outdoor enthusiasts. Others, such as the electric-powered bicycle displayed by minicar maker Smart display, are for sale.


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