The Detroit auto show opens for the press on Monday, but won't be accessible to the public until Saturday, Jan. 18. It runs through Sunday, Jan. 26. Admission is $13 for adults. (Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)
Foreign automakers will unveil more than a dozen new cars and concept vehicles during press previews at the North American International Auto Show next week — amid growing competition to snag sales.
Many of the new models boast more powerful engines, faster acceleration and improved fuel efficiency.
Daimler AG will unveil its all-new C-Class with a newer lighter weight model at a Sunday press preview ahead of the Detroit show. The German automaker’s C-Class is the biggest-selling Mercedes-Benz and the current version launched in 2007 has sold more than 2.4 million vehicles worldwide.
Volkswagen AG will unveil the concept Beetle Dune — billed as the sportiest Beetle ever. VW raised the body by 2 inches and the designers bolted a pair of skis to the roof. The “all-terrain look hark back to the VW Bugs that conquered beaches and dunes in times past. In the summer, simply swap the skis for a sandboard,” the German automaker said. It’s an update on the New Beetle Dune concept, presented in Los Angeles in 2000.
VW’s newest Golf R will get its U.S. debut in Detroit. The fourth-generation Golf R is the most powerful version to be sold here and will go on sale early next year. With an estimated 290 horsepower, the new Golf R has 34 horsepower more than the previous version and will have a faster 0 to 60 time. It also will be more fuel-efficient than its predecessor — with an estimated highway fuel economy rating of 31 mpg, up from 27 mpg.
VW’s Audi unit will show off the North America debut of the 2015 A8 and the 2015 Audi Q3. The Q3 is a compact SUV and joins the Q5 and Q7 Audi SUVs on the U.S. market. The A8 sedan has new styling and new driver-assistance systems, a quieter cabin, a redesigned trunk for better storage and the V-8 version has more horsepower.
Three BMW AG models will have their world debuts in Detroit: the BMW M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe and 2 Series Coupe. The 2 Series is a significantly larger successor to the 1 Series Coupe and an entirely new model series — and will be offered as both a 228i and M235i, the first BMW M Performance automobile to be offered here.
Its Mini unit will show a concept of its next John Cooper Works model and the 2014 Cooper Hardtop.
Toyota Motor Corp. is not disclosing what it will show. Its luxury Lexus unit — which made its global debut at the Detroit show 25 years ago — will unveil the RC F, a low-slung coupe billed as the most powerful V-8 performance car ever developed by Lexus.
Toyota and BMW AG announced last year that they will jointly develop a sports car —and some analysts have speculated that Toyota will show off a concept Supra sports car in Detroit, reviving a prior nameplate that was last built in 1999.
“Most people consider Lexus a refined luxury brand, but there is a bit of grit in some of our new offerings,” said Joe Howard, Auto Shows and Dealer Events Manager at Lexus. “We will definitely raise a few eyebrows this year.”
Hyundai Motor Co. will unveil its 2015 Genesis sedan, while Kia Motors will show its 2+2 concept GT4 Stinger sports car.
Nissan Motor Co. and its Infiniti unit will show off several concepts, including the Sports Sedan concept, making its world debut — along with two other Nissan concepts first shown in Tokyo last year.
Volvo will show off its XC Coupe concept and Subaru will show its Legacy concept.
Honda Motor Co. will show a new third-generation 2015 Fit subcompact. The Japanese automaker has sold nearly 5 million Fit cars worldwide. Its luxury unit Acura will show a TLX concept sedan. Honda plans to start production of the new mid-size TLX sports sedan in the second half of 2014.
Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche and VW chairman Martin Winterkorn are among the top auto execs that will be in Detroit to highlight new vehicles.
VW’s Porsche unit will unveil the 911 Targa, which echoes the 911 Targa of 1965 and includes a movable center roof section and a wrap-around rear window. Porsche will also show its new Cayenne Platinum Edition and Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition for the first time at an auto show.
VW’s Bentley unit is showing off its Continental GT V8 S in North America for the first time. It has a lower, improved suspension, faster, more powerful and new styling.