Detroit Free Press Mark Phelan column
Jan 14, 2013 (Detroit Free Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Luxury, technology and fuel economy will rule opening day as the North American International Auto Show's vehicle unveilings begin in earnest at Cobo Center on Detroit's riverfront today.
Top newsmakers will include:
--2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Chevy didn't revive the hallowed Stingray badge lightly, and the seventh-generation model lives up to its name with stunning looks, a base engine that delivers 450 horsepower, improved fuel economy and still hits 60 m.p.h. in less than 4 seconds.
--Lincoln MKC crossover concept. This low, sleek concept looks a lot like a production model that's about a year away. The elegant MKC is key to Ford's plan to restore the Lincoln luxury brand to greatness.
--2014 Infiniti Q50. Radical new style and one-of-a-kind technology set the tone as Infiniti's best-selling sport sedan introduces a new naming system for the brand.
--2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Jeep enthusiasts should be ecstatic over engine and transmission developments that improve fuel economy and performance.
--Toyota Corolla Furia. Longer and roomier than the popular but aging Corolla, this concept showcases the increased room, new features and style that will make competitive compact sedans miserable when a new Corolla goes on sale later this year.
--Honda Urban Crossover concept. A futuristic-looking little SUV that's much smaller than Honda's popular CR-V. It's part of a big trend to small SUVs, and Honda will build a vehicle a lot like it.
--Volkswagen crossover concept. Europe's biggest brand is desperate to challenge mainstream models like Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Nissan in America. A family-hauling crossover that competes with models like the Ford Explorer is the next step.
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