Twenty-eleven is rolling in and we'll be heading back to Detroit to check out the best of what the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has to offer. We've already been teased with the prospect of an all-new Toyota Prius
, concepts from Ford
and a new Benz C-Class
. So what else can we expect to see under lights at the COBO Center come mid-January?
As part of the latest update to its C-Class, Mercedes-Benz
has brought internet access to its COMAND infotainment system for the first time. Unlike some other in-car systems that use a built-in SIM card slot, the Mercedes system will use Terminal Mode – the proposed industry specification for the integration of mobile applications into car dashboard systems developed by Nokia and Consumer Electronics for Automotive (CE4A) – to duplicate the display of a smartphone on the in-dash display and allow control through the COMAND user interface.
The 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is rapidly approaching and the pre-show teasers
are racking-up. Toyota
is responsible for getting the hybrid ball rolling with the launch of the first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle back in 1997, so one of our first stops on the show floor will be the company’s unveiling of the first all-new edition to the Prius
If there’s one model of car that has generated more than its fair share of concept vehicles it’s the MINI. The 2008 Paris Motor Show saw the debut of the MINI Crossover
, the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show brought us the MINI Coupé
, and a year ago the MINI Beachcomber
was revealed ahead of its public debut at the 2010 NAIAS. A year on from the Beachcomber and ahead of its public debut at the 2011 NAIAS, MINI is unveiling the MINI Paceman Concept, a vehicle it calls “the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium small segment."
There's a new member of the racetrack-inspired BMW M club – the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. While the compact 2-door might be pitched at a broader "everyday use" market than its predecessors, fans who fear the diluting of the M series pedigree need not worry, as high-performance is still high-priority. The M Coupe packs a 250 kW/340 bhp punch from its in-line 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine (that's 25% more than the original M1 produced in the late 70's) and reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standing start in 4.9 seconds.
Ford Australia has released the first image of its new-look Territory SUV, set for release in 2011 along with what Ford promises will be an "unprecedented new-model onslaught." The SUV design is based on Ford's kinetic design language, and is expected to be a strong indication of the Ford Escape concept due to be shown in January at NAIAS.