You may have to do a bit more homework when it comes time to buy your next new vehicle. That's because there will be a record number of cars, trucks and crossovers offered in 2015 as manufacturers fragment the market like never before.
Whether you're searching for a compact hybrid, a full-size pickup or a high-performance muscle car, you'll have a better chance of finding precisely the right product as the number of new models rapidly grows in 2015.
Expect to see at least 40 introductions when the North American International Auto Show rolls into Detroit's Cobo Center later this month. Detroit showgoers also will be the first in the U.S. to see several new models that made their debut in Europe last year.
Manufacturers will be putting a premium on performance with products like the new Cadillac CTS-V and two new muscle cars that Lexus has promised to unveil. But a number of new green machines also will be revealed. Hyundai, in fact, will have two with the debut of both hybrid and plug-in versions of its popular Sonata sedan.
Ford's new F-150 was one of the stars of the 2014 NAIAS. And there will be pickups aplenty again this year, with Nissan set to reveal its all-new and much-delayed Titan, while Toyota takes aim at the midsize market with its next-generation Tacoma.
Other significant debuts are expected to include the second-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, the new Gladiator pickup from Jeep, and an all-new version of the Lincoln MKX utility vehicle. Ford has been tight-lipped about its planned launches, though rumor has it a new high-performance supercar, a successor to the Ford GT, could be in the works.
While Detroit makers will have plenty to talk about, so will European and Asian makers, who are expected to stage more than half of the 2015 show's introductions. Imports also will dominate at a special pre-show gallery of luxury models.
Among foreign brands, Mercedes-Benz will debut the midrange AMG Sport performance line, while the Infiniti Q60 Coupe concept will preview both the maker's new two-door model and its updated design language.
If preliminary numbers hold, this year's NAIAS should see more than 5,000 journalists descend on the Motor City — and they are likely to be in for some big surprises as they attend previews and afterglows that will highlight the rapid changes reshaping downtown Detroit.
Attendance is all but certain to top last year's 803,000, marking the best turnout since the U.S. economy sank into the Great Recession. Initial ticket sales for the annual black-tie Charity Preview, meanwhile, are already heading toward the $5 million mark. Known to many as "prom night," it's the region's single-largest charity event and will feature a performance this year by the rock legend Steve Miller Band.
The schedule for the 2015 North American International Auto Show
Jan. 10: The Gallery, a dinner and luxury car preview at the MGM Grand Detroit. Dinner at 7 p.m., gallery opens at 8:30. Tickets are $1,000 per person, $900 of which is tax deductible. Purchase online.
Jan. 12-13: Media preview
Jan. 14-15: Industry preview
Jan. 16: Charity Preview gala, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $400, $390 of which is tax deductible. Call (888) 838-7500.
Jan. 17-24: Public Days. Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for seniors, $7 for children 7-12, with younger children admitted free.
Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m., except a 7 p.m. close Jan. 25.
Tickets: Call (248) 283-5173 or order online.
Auto show floor plan:Download it here.