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2014 Detroit Auto Show Preview

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Another year is upon us and that means another 12 months of auto show fun, plus all the new model and concept unveilings that come with it. First off the ranks is the annual Detroit Auto Show, or North American International Auto Show as it’s officially known, and while the industrial city’s streets are typically cold during this time of year, things will be very hot inside the halls of the Cobo Center this coming week.   

Last year’s Detroit Auto Show saw 61 world debuts, making it one of the biggest years in the event’s 107-year history. This year’s event, which starts Monday, January 13, is set to be just as big, with already more than 50 world debuts, both concepts and production cars, confirmed.

Over 5,000 journalists will also be attending, including our own crew, which will be bringing you all the breaking news in addition to live photos and video footage. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect, and don't forget to bookmark our dedicated Detroit Auto Show hub, as well as follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.

CONCEPT CARS

Alleged teaser for Toyota Vision Gran Turismo concept - Image via AutoPlus

Alleged teaser for Toyota Vision Gran Turismo concept - Image via AutoPlus

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Toyota Vision Gran Turismo: Toyota is expected to reveal a striking sports car concept in Detroit previewing the design of a spiritual successor to the Supra. It’s also possible the concept is the same Vision Gran Turismo concept car that Toyota designers have come up with for the 15th anniversary celebration of Gran Turismo, a single teaser image of which has already hit the web.

2015 Acura TLX Prototype: Acura plans to roll out a thinly-veiled concept version of its 2015 TLX mid-size sedan in Detroit. The car will serve as a replacement for both the TSX and TL, and according to our own spy shots will be more closely aligned with the TL than the TSX. The design, which is said to be “emotional” and featuring “sports sedan proportions,” was handled by Acura's Los Angeles design studio, while most of the engineering took place at the automaker’s Ohio R&D center. Sadly, there won’t be a wagon variant like the soon-to-be-discontinued TSX Sport Wagon.

Volvo Concept XC Coupe, 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Volvo Concept XC Coupe, 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Volvo Concept XC Coupe: Volvo is joining the coupe crossover brigade and will be offering a glimpse of its first attempt at the genre with a striking concept car at the Detroit Auto Show this week. Importantly, the vehicle also previews many of the elements due on the 2015 Volvo XC90 due out at the end of the year. This is because the concept, called the Concept XC Coupe, is the second in a trio of concepts being launched by Volvo that preview the automaker’s future design language. The first of these was the Concept Coupe shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year.

Audi Allroad Shooting Brake: Audi’s concept for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show is a stylish shooting brake that hints at a future production model from the brand with the four rings, most likely the 2015 TT. In addition to Audi's new exterior design theme, the concept also gives us a look at the brand’s new high-tech cockpit in a full installation (a partial installation was shown at the recent Consumer Electronics Show). The concept is 13.78 feet long, and rides on 19-inch wheels. Other than that, there are no further official details so stay tuned.

Kia GT4 Stinger Concept

Kia GT4 Stinger Concept

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Kia GT Stinger: Kia has released a few images of a striking sports car concept it plans for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The concept is the GT4 Stinger, a rear-wheel-drive 2+2 coupe powered by a 315-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four. We’re not sure if it previews a future production model, but we certainly hope it does. Is the new Kia sports car concept a hint that the brand is moving toward a sports car? Or is it just tease, pretty and promising, but ultimately amounting to nothing? We’ll find out soon.

Nissan Sport Sedan: Nissan will present a new concept in Detroit this week that’s likely to preview the styling of its 2015 Maxima. The concept’s official title is Sport Sedan Concept, and according to Nissan it showcases a new design direction for the automaker where sports car principles are applied to regular models like sedans and crossovers. The automaker also confirms that it offers an advanced look at a future production model.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept

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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge: Infiniti’s Formula One-inspired Q50 Eau Rouge concept car has been revealed ahead of its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. Exterior wise, the concept shares only its doors and roof with the regular Q50. The result is a car that's much lower and wider than a stock Q50, and slipperier. Completing the redesign is a set of 21-inch forged alloy wheels, a dual sport exhaust system, and an integrated rear spoiler. Hopefully the drivetrain has been worked over too

MINI John Cooper Works: MINI will preview the styling of its next-generation of John Cooper Works performance models with a concept car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show next week. The concept features all the typical JCW cues, including many performance-enhancing items. These include 18-inch light alloys, aerodynamic aids and a sports exhaust system. The tail-pipes of the concept’s exhaust system also features a special chrome finish which we bet will be offered as an option to buyers of future JCW products.

Hit the next page to see the performance cars that will be on display at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and remember to follow our dedicated show page for all the latest updates.

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