North American International Auto Show - Detroit
11th January 2011
Detroit is playing host to the fourth biggest motor show in the world over the coming weeks and as you can expect of an event of that size, there’s a hell of a lot going on between the 10 – 23 January.Unfortunately not all of us will be able to...
Detroit is playing host to the fourth biggest motor show
in the world over the coming weeks and as you can expect of an event of that size, there’s a hell of a lot going on between the 10 – 23 January.Unfortunately not all of us will be able to jet over to sample the newest and most innovative additions to the motor industry so we thought we’d bring what’s going on over there, over here.From unveilings, to premiers, facelifts, to concepts, there’s a lot going on so we’ve collected some of the more interesting events and unveilings.Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai has been teasing the Veloster concept for a few weeks now and it finally got its debut at Detroit as a production model.The Veloster was originally debuted at the LA auto Show in 2007 as a concept, unusually Hyundai has made the production model slightly more unusual than its concept predecessor.The Veloster has one long door on the driver’s side and a more conventional two-door layout on the passenger side of the sport-coupe.Porsche 918 RSR road racer
Porsche marked its first appearance in four years at the NAIAS by unveiling a new racing concept inspired by the Porsche 918 Spyder concept.To that end the RSR will house a modified version of the 555bhp V8 one used on the Spyder as well as a flywheel accumulator that will be able to power two electric motors for the front wheels – as seen on the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car.The latest Porsche concept has brought the reality of the 918 Spyder a step closer; despite Porsche refusing to confirm the details.Kia KV7 concept
Kia has followed up the supremely popular Pop concept – unveiled at Paris – with an MPV concept that is a futuristic reworking of the iconic camper van, says the Korean manufacturer.That translates into a less sporty design and a preference for space, comfort and a ‘social environment’.That’s also Kia’s reasoning behind the impressive-looking ‘gullwing’ design of the rear doors, four individual swivel chairs and a three-seat bench right at the rear.Ford Vertrek concept
Ford has used Detroit to reveal a further development of the popular Kuga crossover.The SUV concept is nailed on for production with Ford beginning assembly later in the year before hitting the American market badged as the Escape and the next generation of Kuga in Europe.The Vertrek is a slightly bigger reworking of its Kuga forebear with a revised front bonnet with a sleeker profile.Unfortunately the glass roof of the concept is expected to be replaced by a more conventional panoramic one while the American manufacturer has also ruled out a hybrid or electric model be made version.Ford Electric-Focus
Ford has unveiled an all-electric Focus hatchback at the NAIAS.The five-door EV hatchback will go straight into competition with the Nissan Leaf and Vauxhall Ampera when it finally hits UK roads sometime before 2013.The Focus will be powered by a lithium-ion battery system with Ford previously hinting at a range of 100 miles for the popular hatchback.Chrysler 300C
The mid-size saloon is a pivotal model for the American manufacturer having been charged with the task of beginning a revamp of the brands image across all markets.Chrysler hasn’t rung too many changes to the technology inside the saloon but has instead stuck to mainly superficial changes to the model.When it is released in the UK it will house the same 3.0-litre V6 diesel that its 2005 predecessor did.The front grille has been restyled while chrome has been slapped across the majority of the 300C’s exterior.BMW 6 Series
BMW has revealed the next generation of 6 Series at Detroit.The new cabriolet is powered by a potent 400bhp 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 which requires an electronic limiter set at 155mph.The new 6 Series is far more muscular in appearance than its predecessor thanks to a revamped bonnet with more angular lines.It has also been rumoured that the 6 Series could be the next Bond car if one blog is to be believed.Volkswagen Passat (US version)
It has been a busy couple of months for the Passat with a European version being unveiled at the end of September at the Paris Motor Show, however Volkswagen has done the same with an American version.The EU Passat was criticised for its conservative styling however the American model has so far avoided such comments.VW is promoting the affordable nature of the Passat that retains the technology and size you’d expect of a mid-sized saloon, according to the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer.In appearance the latest Passat looks similar to the Jetta saloon.Toyota Hybrid MPV
Toyota has expanded its hybrid line-up at Detroit by unveiling a Prius-MPV.The new model has been a relatively simple one for Toyota with the Japanese manufacturer using exactly the same drivetrain as the standard Prius with a much larger body.The Prius MPV has been unveiled under the moniker Prius V.MINI Paceman
MINI is using the NAIAS to mark the ten years since the brand’s re-launch in America.The Paceman has been heavily influenced by the five-door Countryman but adds a coupe-like roofline to the design.It also features transparent C-pillars creating a ‘floating roof’ on the three-door concept.The overarching theme of the Paceman is its muscular stance and outlook generated by the wedge-like shape of the hatchback, flared wheel arches and widened rear lights.