As I write this it is currently 7 degrees outside with a -15 degree windchill, making for an even more unseasonable January than usual. Alas, January is a time where such weather is to be expected and such temperatures are all but guaranteed.
When asked where you would go for a weekend should the option come around, what would you answer? Jamaica? Hawaii? Florida? I very doubt that you would say “Detroit”, but it 5 days, that’s just where I will be headed.
Yes, it’s January, which means it is time for yet another North American International Auto Show in the Motor City. Once a year in January, the world’s automotive press converge on the former manufacturing capital of America to talk cars in The Cobo Center, a gigantic convention hall just block from the General Motor’s Renaissance Center.
In previous years, NAIAS has been about the domestics, launching clever “Imported From Detroit” tag lines from Chrysler, new Trucks, and most recently, the new C7 Corvette from Chevrolet. This year looks to be quite different, with significant vehicle launches and sightings for luxury brands.
The Porsche 911 is easily the world’s most iconic sports car, which just happens to be 50 years old. While the 991 body style of this new 911 arrived over a year ago, Porsche blesses us with variants on a regular basis, with cabriolets and Carerra4s coming out over the past year. This year, Detroit marks the world debut of a very celebrated version of the 911: The 911 Targa. That coupled with promising hopes that a GT3 and Turbo both be on the show floor makes for a very exciting variety of new 911s that have not been together in public before this auto show.
Speaking of Porsche, you may recall that last year we took a Porsche Cayenne Diesel to NAIAS, in a gallant attempt to make it to Detroit in a single tank of fuel. On paper, the 28 MPG and 27+ gallons of Diesel allowed would have put us within sniffing distance of The Motor City. Unfortunately, due to poor weather and a couple of wrong turns, we were forced to get fuel approximately 25 miles south of Detroit, falling less than a gallon short of reaching out goal. This year we try again, and armed with a better route plan and a hopefully better forecast, we will see if the feat is possible.
Other notable Porsche vehicles rumored to be at the show are 918 Spyder, the near-million dollar hybrid-electric super car that has shocked the world with its 850+ horsepower figures and an astonishing 50+MPG economy figure. A special edition Cayenne, dubbed the Platinum edition, and the all-new Panamera E-Hybrid promise to round out a very exciting lineup from Porsche.
In addition to Porsche, NAIAS promises more vehicle launches for out other brands, with Mercedes-Benz debuting the all-C-Class. The C-Class represents the bread and butter of the Mercedes-Benz lineup and is rumored to be quite a bit larger than the previous generation, to give a more noticeable difference between the sedan and it’s new younger sibling, the all-new CLA. Interior refinements and styling all make this new C a vehicle that Mercedes-Benz dealers are quite looking forward to.
Jaguar comes to the party with some vehicles that have already been released, yet we have not seen in person. Most notably, the F-Type coupe comes as a hard-top Variant of the hit roadster. Photos circulating of this car show a gorgeous vehicle that takes Jaguar from the old time to the prime time in terms of styling. While it isn’t confirmed it sounds like we may also see the new Jaguar C-X17 SUV concept, which should be a pretty close preview to the upcoming Jaguar production sedan coming in 2015.
We are looking forward to all of these vehicles and more as we begin our journey back to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. Follow along on our blog, Facebook page, or via Twitter. Make sure to let us know if there is anything you want us to take photos of or if you have questions you would like answered by the product.
Wish us luck!
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