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Heading To The Detroit Auto Show? Here's What You Must See

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2012 Detroit Auto Show

2012 Detroit Auto Show

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The team has just arrived back home from the Detroit Auto Show press days, but the show hasn't even opened for the public yet. Saturday those doors will open and the general public of Detroit can come and check out the latest metal sitting inside Cobo Center.

But there are many new vehicles sitting on that show floor, 54 of which were actually revealed earlier this week. We decided to make a handy guide for you in an effort to make sure you don't miss the best stuff at the show.

Below, in no particular order, are the vehicles you must see if you stop by the Detroit Auto Show.

2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Ford Fusion

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The new 2013 Ford Fusion is, simply put, beautiful. Everyone couldn't stop talking about the Aston Martin-like front-end and Jaguar-ish profile. With gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains all announced, there will be the freedom of choice when it comes to choosing how your Fusion is powered. There is no shortage of available technology, from the latest MyFord Touch and capacitive center stack to lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control, Ford is looking to set the bar in the mid-size sedan segment. This is one sedan we highly recommend checking out.

Acura NSX Concept live photos

Acura NSX Concept live photos

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The world has been waiting and it is finally time: Acura is ready to revive the NSX nameplate. A concept version of the upcoming supercar was unveiled at the Detroit Show earlier in the week. The concept features all-wheel drive and a hybrid drivetrain connected to a dual-clutch transmission. While we don't know final specs for the production car, we would be willing to bet the setup we just described is close to, if not exactly what we will see when the new NSX goes on sale in 2015. The concept car is definitely one car you should check out while you are at the show.

2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Cadillac ATS

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It was no secret that Cadillac has been working on a true BMW 3-Series competitor, but now it is finally here. Cadillac unveiled the new 2013 ATS sedan to the press earlier this week and overall impressions were positive. The exterior is terrific looking and with three powertrain options on tap, there's something for everyone. Cadillac is also offering its new infotainment system, dubbed CUE, in the new ATS. Set to go on spring later this year, this is one sedan we can't to drive. Make sure it's on your list for when you are at the show.

2013 Dodge Dart launch at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2012

2013 Dodge Dart launch at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2012

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We've all been waiting patiently and now it is finally here, the 2013 Dodge Dart. Revealed earlier in the week, the crowd gasped as the cars pulled out from behind the stage. It may be Italian underneath the sheet metal, but it looks all American to us. With the crosshair up front and LED ring-of-fire tail lights out back, the new Dart picks up right where the Neon left off. Forget about the Caliber like the bad memory that it was, and make sure to check out the new 2013 Dodge Dart while you are at the show. Hey, it's going to start at $15,995.

Chrysler 700C Concept - 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Chrysler 700C Concept - 2012 Detroit Auto Show

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One reveal we weren't expecting was the Chrysler 700C Concept minivan. While few details were given, this design is clearly a preview of what the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country might look like. With more style than the current model, we can appreciate the use of chrome and organic shapes for the windows--though we aren't sure we'll see such outside-the-box thinking when the production model hits. One can only hope as such a stylish minivan comes to try and shake up the marketplace. We highly suggest taking a look and telling the Chrysler representatives what you think about the design.


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  1. Joel, I enjoyed the article but am interested in what you personally liked and didn't like from what you saw. Any shockers? Pleasant or not-so-pleasant surprises, etc...

    A very good overview, I'd say, but it would be interesting to hear a bit more of what you thought as well.

    Just my personal thoughts, of course, thank you for the information.
     
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  2. Robok2,

    Thanks for the comment. It's on the list of things to do but there are only so many hours in the day. Right now we are trying to push out 27 videos from the show before EOD today.

    Thanks for your support.
     
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