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Teaser for 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan

Teaser for 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan

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2014 Infiniti Q50: Just last month Infiniti took the bold step of completely renaming its lineup, choosing to discard the alphabet soup of names currently employed in favor of a new Q-based naming structure that mimics Audi’s strategy. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Infiniti’s new global president has been an Audi man for two decades.

The first of the new Q cars will be the 2014 Infiniti Q50, which is essentially the replacement for the aging Infiniti G37 sedan. It once again will be a spacious four-door sedan with V-6 engines and rear-wheel-drive dynamics, just this time around it’s a Q and not a G.

The new Q50 is a completely new design from Infiniti, though it is expected to share many elements with the next Mercedes-Benz C Class thanks to the alliance deal between Renault-Nissan and Daimler.

The teaser image above shows the new headlight design which incorporates an LED ‘eyebrow’ similar to Mercedes’ current headlight design trend.

2014 Lexus IS: One of the Q50’s direct rivals, the redesigned Lexus IS sedan, will also be on show in Detroit. It, too, gets a sleek new look and V-6 engines, though this particular model will be retaining its IS 250 and IS 350 nameplates. Overseas, a new hybrid model, the IS 300h, will also be launched.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) prototype in Gran Turismo 5

2014 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) prototype in Gran Turismo 5

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette: Easily one of the most anticipated cars of the show, perhaps of the whole year, Chevrolet’s seventh-generation Corvette will be bowing in Detroit. We’ll only be getting our look at the standard Corvette at next week’s show, though this will still be packing a brand-new 450-horsepower LT1 V-8 engine that promises to rocket the car from 0-60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds. In addition to brute power, the C7 ‘Vette will also herald a new level of quality never-before-seen on the iconic American sports car.

2013 Nissan Leaf: In its third year on the market, the updated 2013 Nissan Leaf will have a slightly longer range, a new and lower-priced base model, faster charging, a more efficient cabin heater, and, perhaps most important of all, a "Made In America" sticker. The battery electric car goes into production at Nissan's assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, this week.

Via Motors X-Truck: Electric vehicle startups come and go, but it's harder to ignore one fronted by “father of the Chevy Volt” Bob Lutz. Yes, we are, of course, talking about Via Motors, which last year in Detroit debuted a Chevy pickup converted to electric power.

Via has started taking orders for the truck but deliveries are yet to happen, though that hasn’t stopped the company from announcing several new models. One of these will be an extended-range electric pickup with more than 800 horsepower on tap.

Hit the next page to see the rest of the vehicles, including concepts, that we know are coming to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.


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