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Top 11 videos from the Detroit auto show

The Detroit auto ahow, officially known as the North American International Auto Show, is the first car show of the year. Held each January in the home of US car culture, it brings shiny new models, new car technology, and loads of automotive eye candy. CNET’s Car Tech team was hard at week in Detroit over the last three days to cover the show and we’re happy to show you the video highlights below.

1. 2015 Ford F-150 An all-aluminum body frame, a fuel-efficient engine, and some new body styling cues are highlights of the 2015 Ford F-150.

2015 Ford F-150

2. 2015 Ford Mustang The new Mustang isn’t an entirely new story, but we’re seeing it in the flesh as a convertible. It’s more global looking, less parodic.

2015 Ford Mustang

3. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 For when 460 horsepower just isn’t enough, Chevy unleashes the new Corvette Z06 with at least 625 horsepower and some exotic styling cues as well.

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Sport rules the Detroit auto show

Toyota's FT-1 concept car suggests a new direction in design for the automaker.

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With the global economy on a rubber band for the past couple of decades, automakers circled the wagons, taking a conservative approach to their model line-ups. But at the 2014 Detroit auto show, it looks like we can have fun things once again.

Toyota, that hallmark of sensible cars, showed off an exciting new concept called the FT-1. Although not meant as a production prototype, it shows that Toyota is letting its designers have fun, and hopefully presages new models with a more emotional appeal.

Likewise, Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus gave its new RC coupe its North American debut, and took the wraps off the RC F, a high-performance version of the RC. It’s been some years since Lexus had a coupe, and the RC fills this niche nicely. It’s a GT-style car that partially resembles the Scion FR-S, Toyota’s joint project with Subaru. The RC also comes with a new infotainment interface for Lexus, a touchpad, something we’re seeing from other luxury automakers.

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Lexus teases possible IS-F coupe for Detroit auto show

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Lexus just released the first teaser photo for a new model set to debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in just a few weeks.

The shape of the fender seems to indicate an IS-F replacement.

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From the looks of the closely cropped teaser photo, the so-called F Performance Coupe appears to be based on the automaker’s IS sedan, largely sharing its styling. The photo also reveals a slight hood bulge, into which is inset what appears to be a functional hood scoop. We expect that the rest of the body will also receive a round of “more aggressive and sporty” updates — not that the 2014 IS 350 F-Sport‘s already overly-aggressive fascia needs any help.

The automaker says that the new model will have “Half the doors, twice the roar”, presumably when compared to 2014 IS sedan, indicating that it will be a coupe and a powerful one. Just how powerful remains to be seen, as no engine specs were released with the image.

Will this be a 416 horsepower, 5.0L V-8 powered challenger to the M3, the C36 AMG,… [Read more]


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Top car tech from CES and the Detroit auto show: CNET On Cars Episode 10

Top car tech from CES and the Detroit auto show: CNET On Cars Ep. 10


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We open the year with a double header from what I think are the two biggest car events in the U.S. each year: The Consumer Electronics Show and the North American International Auto show in Detroit. The latter makes total sense in a show like this, but CES has also taken its ranks as a major moment for car tech. I mean, … [Read more]

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Efficiency is key at the 2013 Detroit auto show (roundup)

The 2013 North American International Auto Show–simply, the Detroit auto show for those familiar–was the stage for quite a few debuts that ran the gamut of vehicle types, classes, and feasibility. Chevrolet pulled the wraps off of the next great American supercar, a dueling pair of luxury sedans were debuted by Infiniti and Lexus, Ford showed off a very thinly veiled look at the future of one of the best selling vehicles in the world, and glossy concept sedans and crossovers could be found around every corner.

Among this wide range of vehicles, one theme was shared: fuel efficiency. Of course, it’s no surprise that the next generation of vehicles will need to sip less fuel than the last, but we found the variety of fuel-saving techniques for these concepts and production cars to be almost as interesting as the cars themselves. We’ve rounded up a few highlight below:

Ford Atlas Concept

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Ford Atlas concept Giving us an early peek at the future of the Ford F-Series pickup, the Atlas concept doesn’t deviate much from Ford’s established formula–it doesn’t have to, Ford’s large pickups are among the best selling vehicles of all time. Rather than focus on more muscle, the automaker has taken a look at improving efficiency wi… [Read more]

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VW shows off new hybrid system, engine, in Detroit

VW used this mild-looking Passat sedan to showcase its new engine, a 1.8-liter producing 250 horsepower.

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Volkswagen has been much better known for its high mileage diesel models than hybrids. Yet at the 2013 Detroit auto show, VW showed a concept featuring a new transmission which will let it turn almost any car in its line-up into a hybrid. The company also showed a new, more efficient direct injection 1.8-liter engine making 250 horsepower.

The CrossBlue concept, a diesel hybrid, relies on what VW board member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg referred to as an eDSG in an interview with CNET. The eDSG is a new version of VW’s Dual Shift Gearbox (DSG), a transmission with two computer-controlled clutches, that incorporates an electric motor for hybrid car operation.

The transmission includes six fixed gears, and the electric motor provides torque to turn the driveshaft. Combining the electric motor with the transmission makes for a more easily implemented component. VW’s recently released Jetta Hybrid uses a six speed DSG and a separate electric motor.

Dr. Hackenberg said that the eDSG would fit into any VW model using the company’s MQB platform, which means every model except the Touareg. VW could offer almost any of its models as a hybrid by swapping the eD… [Read more]

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Honda readies small SUV for Detroit

Honda's new SUV concept will appear at the 2013 Detroit auto show.

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Today Honda sent out a sketch of a new concept vehicle the company intends to unveil at the Detroit auto show in January. Honda calls the concept an Urban SUV, and it looks like the predecessor to a new, small SUV in the line-up.

The sketch shows the profile of a car with lines similar to the latest CR-V model. However, Honda updated the CR-V for 2012, so the concept is not likely to be a new version of that car.

More likely would be a smaller SUV, similar to the Subaru XV Crosstrek and BMW X1, a type of vehicle that seems to be growing in popularity. The word Urban in the name, automaker shorthand for small, suggests an SUV coming in below the CR-V in the line-up.

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All-new Lexus IS to debut in Detroit, what should we expect?

The next-generation Lexus IS will feature design cues debuted on the LF-CC concept.

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Lexus has announced that it will be pulling the wraps off of the all-new IS at the 2013 North American International Auto Show–better known to we car guys and gals as the Detroit Auto Show. The automaker has stated that the new model “has been completely redesigned, inside and out” and will be inspired by the LF-CC Coupe Concept (which we saw make its own debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show) and the brand’s LFA halo car.

Does this mean that the third-generation IS will be offered as a coupe?

(Credit: Wayne Cunningham/CNET)

Beyond that, the automaker hasn’t said anything else about the new IS. So, exactly what should we expect to see on January 15th?

  • Let’s start with the simple stuff. Don’t expect many changes in the power-train department. The new Lexus IS will definitely retain its RWD configuration and optional AWD. It will also still likely be powered by the same 306 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that currently also powers the … [Read more]

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