2014 Detroit Auto Show What You Missed: Day One

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We're live from the Motor City for this year's North American International Auto Show, where the media continues to be wowed by impressive new production vehicles and some out-of-this-world concept cars. Ford showed us the newest generation of its best-selling F-150 truck, Toyota got our adrenaline pumping with the arrest-me red FT-1 Concept car, and Mercedes-Benz revealed its top-tier, V-12-powered S600 flagship.

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Other highlights include the new, racetrack-ready Corvette Z06, the redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a Targa top model of the 911 Carerra and a hyper-tuned, high-performance variant of Infiniti’s new Q50 sport sedan called the Eau Rouge concept.

By Robby DeGraff | January 13, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Photo Gallery

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Just when you thought the next-generation C7 Corvette couldn't get any more wicked, Chevrolet pulls the wraps off the new 2015 Corvette Z06. Packing a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that makes a whopping 625 horsepower and 635 pounds-feet of torque, the high-performance Z06 shares much of its blood with a close relative, the victory-lapping Corvette C7.R that races in the famed American Le Mans Series.

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From aggressive, aerodynamic styling cues like a menacing front splitter, lightweight carbon fiber hood with functional heat extractors, rear spoiler and unique opening spats before the front wheels, the new Z06 has serious looks to support its serious racetrack manners. Check off the optional Z07 Package that adds goodies like carbon ceramic brakes, larger winglets and a larger, intimidating rear spoiler. Check out the photos below.

By Robby DeGraff | January 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: Jaguar XJ, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8
Looks like: The redesigned S-Class with V-12 badges
Drivetrain: 523-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 engine; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive only
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

Joining the S-Class lineup for 2015 is the all-new S600, which is back after a year off. Mercedes introduced the redesigned S-Class and S550 first and is now showing off a bigger, more-powerful signature V-12 engine in the S600. The S-Class had six variants when the 2013 model exited to make way for the 2014, and the new version is catching up quickly. The new S600 joins the redesigned V-8-powered S550 and S63, and the also-V-12-powered S65.

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Since 1991 the S600 got power from an engine with three times the cylinders of your typical four-banger economy car. For 2015, the 6.0-liter V-12 and its 523-horsepower and 612 pounds-feet of torque make up the most significant difference between it and the S550. The numbers are also up half a liter and 13 hp from the 2013 version, and horsepower is up 74 hp from the S550.

By Joe Bruzek | January 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Detroit Auto Show: What to Expect

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No word on dogs, but there's certainly going to be a pony show next week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. That's when the world will get an up-close look at the 2015 Ford Mustang, unveiled last month with much fanfare.

2015 Ford Mustang: First Look

Show attendees making the acquaintance of the redesigned muscle-car icon will find a sleeker, more sculpted exterior design harking back to the 1965 fastback style and boasting new signature tri-bar taillights, as well as appropriately retro interior cues. Visitors to the Detroit show, of course, won't yet be able to experience the joys of the more than 420 horsepower that comes courtesy of the Mustang's beefiest powertrain option, a 5.0-liter V-8, nor the improvements to ride and handling promised by its new independent rear suspension. But a closer look should tide over enthusiasts until it hits dealerships later this year.

The new Mustang will join 71 vehicle debuts, 61 of which are said to be worldwide introductions, at the Detroit auto show, often touted as the "most important" exhibition of auto-show season, attracting more than 5,000 journalists from 62 countries and more than 795,000 visitors in 2013. Organizers promise "more than 500 vehicles on display, representing the most innovative designs in the world."

By Matt Schmitz | January 8, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Honda Fit Will Be Unveiled at 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Honda announced that it will unveil the new 2015 Fit subcompact at next month's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The redesigned model will make its North American debut at the show and go on sale later in the year.

The new Fit is indeed an all-new vehicle; it rides on a new platform and features new engines that Honda says are both more powerful and efficient. The 2015 model is slightly more spacious inside than the outgoing one, but keeps the Fit's tidy overall dimensions and innovative interior seating and cargo flexibility. Exact details of the Fit's specifications will be made public when the model is officially unveiled, but until then Honda has released a teaser photo of the car's taillight.

In the past, Honda has been constrained in its ability to sell Fits partly due to the subcompact's global popularity and partly due to the unfavorable exchange rate that made every imported, made-in-Japan Fit a barely profitable sale for the company. That changes this year as 2015 Fits will be made at a brand-new factory in Celaya, Mexico. The opening of the plant means that 95 percent of Hondas sold in North America will also be built in North America, according to the company.

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By Aaron Bragman | December 19, 2013 | Comments (4)

2014 BMW 2 Series: First Look

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Competes with: Audi A5, Infiniti G37 coupe

Looks like: The BMW 1 Series coupe

Drivetrain: A 240-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i) and a 322-hp, twin-turbocharged  3.0-liter six-cylinder (M235i); six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions

Hits dealerships: Early 2014

BMW is continuing its confusing numbers game and will welcome the 2 Series to its lineup in early 2014. The rear-wheel drive coupe seats four and replaces the 1 Series coupe. The 2 Series will be available in 228i and M235i trims starting at $33,025 and $44,025, respectively; prices include a $925 destination fee. That's slightly more than the 2013 i28i, which starts at $32,425, including destination.

Powering the 228i is a 240-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; BMW says it's good for a zero-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds with the eight-speed automatic; a six-speed manual is also available. Preliminary fuel economy estimates for the eight-speed are 23/35/27 mpg city/highway/combined and 22/34/26 mpg for the six-speed manual.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 25, 2013 | Comments (6)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Our video featuring PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' introduction of the Ford Atlas at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit refused to budge from the top spot on the list of this week's most-watched videos. The concept truck was in good company this week as another video of the Atlas finding its way to the show floor in Detroit entered the list at No. 3. Yet another heavy-duty pickup truck from the Detroit auto show, the 2013 Ram HD 3500, joined the list in fifth place. Check out the top video above and see which others were popular this week:

1. Ford Atlas Concept
2. 2014 Kia Sorento
3. Ford Atlas Concept at the Detroit Auto Show
4. 2014 Lexus IS

5. 2013 Ram HD 3500

By Matt Schmitz | February 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Chicago Auto Show: What to Expect

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The Windy City is considered one of the fan-friendliest destinations during auto-show season, and to that end the 2013 Chicago Auto Show is unlikely to disappoint. This show will give visitors a first glimpse of a few new vehicles along with a closer look at a host of exciting cars that made flashy debuts at the Detroit auto show.

The 2013 Chicago show — the 105th time the event has been held since 1901, according to organizers — will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 9-17 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18, with media and charity previews Feb. 7-8, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Organizers promote the Chicago show as the largest in terms of exhibit space used, as it occupies 1 million square feet of floor space and hosts about 1,000 vehicles.

For those most interested in the latest thing, the Chicago show will host the world debuts of the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck and the Kia Cross GT Concept. That's in addition to the North American reveal of the new Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. The 2014 Ram ProMaster van and the custom Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid also are expected to be unveiled.

By Matt Schmitz | January 31, 2013 | Comments (6)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

It's the Ford Atlas' world this week, and our other most-watched videos are just living in it. The video, featuring PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' introduction of the Atlas concept truck at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit hauled straight to the top of the heap. The rest of the top five videos also are from the Detroit auto show, including last week's lone holdover — the show-stealing 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray; it moves up one spot to third place this week. Check out the top video above and see which others were popular this week:

1. Ford Atlas Concept
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50
3. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
4. 2014 Lexus IS
5. 2014 Kia Sorento
By Matt Schmitz | January 26, 2013 | Comments (2)

2013 Detroit Auto Show: A Photo Gallery

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Cars.com photographer Evan Sears has collected 25 of his favorite shots from this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit for a unique gallery.

"Photographing auto shows can be tricky," Evan says. "There can be any combination of questionable lighting, bad shadows, color casts and greasy fingerprints all over everything. Not to mention it's often difficult to get a clean shot when you're jockeying for space with scores of other photographers and journalists. But if you're patient and can anticipate the gaps in traffic, you'll often come out with great shots."

If you're heading to the show, we've posted a photo by Evan on the Cars.com Facebook page to see if anyone can duplicate it. Check it out here.

Evan's entire photo gallery is below and, as always, just click on a photo to enlarge it.

By David Thomas | January 19, 2013 | Comments (5)

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