This year's North American International Auto Show was full of compelling auto stories, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
and Mercedes CLA
among the most intriguing. In addition to the big debuts, the show was stocked with plenty of other glistening fiberglass and aluminum conveyances that, while they didn't quite make our best of Detroit
coverage, did smile brightly in front of the camera.
"America's smallest, newest and most expensive car company" – that's how Bob Lutz describes his new venture VL Automotive. Lutz, a former General Motors Vice Chairman, earned a name for himself as the "father of the Chevy Volt." It's interesting, then, that his latest venture involves taking the electricity out of a plug-in hybrid. Together with industrialist Gilbert Villereal, Lutz has designed the Destino, a restyled Fisker Karma
that trades the hybrid powertrain in for something more potent.
Unveiled the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS
) in Detroit, the HCD-14 Genesis is intended to showcase Hyundai's future design direction for rear-wheel drive premium cars. For a premium-sport, four-door coupe, the HCD-14 concept presents a surprising mixture of style choices, along with the inclusion of some interesting interactive technologies such 3D gesture tracking navigation control.
While big names like Corvette
hogged the spotlight, one of the most visually attractive vehicles at this year's Detroit Auto Show
came from a name that may be completely unfamiliar to the western autophile. China's Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) had the E-JET concept perched in the hallway of Cobo Hall, providing a warm welcome to those that entered through the doors feet beyond. The concept combines eye-capturing styling with green engineering.
You'd have to go back in time a long way to find the very first rumor about the C7 Corvette; the next-generation Corvette has been one of the most anticipated and talked about new car debuts of the past several years. At the Detroit Auto Show, Chevy finally ended the speculation and opened the seventh chapter of the Corvette, a chapter that's driven by a story of past meeting future. Like it or leave it, the new 'Vette is officially here.
BMW’s Concept 4 Series Coupe has made its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS
) in Detroit. The fourth generation of the company's mid-range coupe line presents a slightly larger and more sporty version of the earlier Series 3 that manages to show a good deal of originality while retaining the BMW identity.
Mercedes is touting its new CLA-Class as "a real Mercedes. But not as you know it." The new mid-size four-door coupe is designed to bring the three points into a new demographic of garages, broadening Mercedes' appeal to a younger generation of buyer. The CLA is essentially a baby CLS, which Mercedes says is Germany's best-selling luxury car. The four-door, based on last year's Concept Style Coupe
, was revealed at a preview event on the night before this year's North American International Auto Show
Cadillac unveiled the ELR at this week's North American International Auto Show. Essentially a Chevy Volt
in upscale Cadillac dress, the ELR brings plug-in hybrid technology to the consumer that simply isn't willing to give up luxurious appointments for fuel economy gains.
Last November, we looked at the preview of the new Maserati Quattroporte
, but Maserati was a bit coy about the technical specifications then, so we had to be content with looking at the outside. Now with the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) underway, the company has opened the bonnet and we've a better idea of what the new sedan has to offer when you put the pedal to the metal.
A year after impressing auto enthusiasts with the original NSX Concept
, Honda's Acura division unveiled the next evolution of its hybrid sports car at NAIAS 2013
. While the exterior is largely the same with the exception of some tweaks here and there, Acura opens the doors and provides a look at one possible direction for the coupe's interior.