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

January 12, 2012
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

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

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

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

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

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.

2012 Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept

2012 Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept

If you want a look at what the next-generation Toyota Camry could look like, we suggest strolling over to the Toyota booth and checking out the NS4 Plug-In Hybrid concept. Using the next-generation Toyota Hybrid Synergy drive, we know it is a plug-in hybrid, but beyond that, Toyota was coy with powertrain details. Styling both on the exterior and interior is more aggressive than the current Toyota models. We especially like the way the roof melts into the rear-end similar in fashion to the Audi A7.

2012 Chevrolet Code 130R and Tru 140S concepts

2012 Chevrolet Code 130R and Tru 140S concepts

Chevrolet is displaying not one, but two concept cars at the Detroit Auto Show. Said to be design studies, Chevrolet is testing the waters to see which design younger drivers are more interested in. The white one, known as the Tru 140S, is based on the front-wheel drive Cruze platform with supercar-like styling. The red one, dubbed Code 130R, is more BMW 1-Series meets Camaro. We believe the Code 130R is riding on the new Cadillac ATS platform since it is rear-wheel drive. Both concepts feature a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder with eAssist and a six-speed transmissions. Drop by the Chevrolet booth and tell the bowtie team which concept you are more smitten with.

2012 Toyota Prius C launch, Detroit Auto Show

2012 Toyota Prius C launch, Detroit Auto Show

The new 2012 Toyota Prius C sub-compact made its debut earlier in the week at the Detroit Auto Show. The newest, and smallest model to sport the Prius name will have a 53 mpg city rating, which is the highest of any non-plug-in car sold in the U.S. With a price tag of $19,000, the Prius C is sure to find its way into the garage of plenty of consumers. We highly recommend checking it out while at the show.

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