Report from Detroit: Day 2 of the North American International Auto Show

By Christian Stampfer on 14 January 2014
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The new Cadillac ATS coupe

The new Cadillac ATS coupe

DETROIT— The 2014 North American International Auto Show, one of the most significant auto shows of the year, entered its second day on Tuesday.

After hearing from Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen among others on day one, the stream of launches continued with new and shiny cars from Cadillac, Lexus, Toyota, and Volvo.


After much speculation on one particular design element, Cadillac debuted the all-new 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe.   The ATS coupe targets European and Japanese competitors including the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes C-Class coupe, and Lexus RC coupe, and is expected to go on sale first in the U.S. in the summer of 2014.

The ATS coupe comes with a choice of the same engines as its sedan sibling, ranging from a 2.5-liter four cylinder to a sporty 3.6-liter six-cylinder powerplant. A high performance ATS-V model is likely to follow.  As for the design element: the ATS coupe is the first Cadillac since 1982 to not have a wreath surrounding the Cadillac crest.  The crest itself was redesigned for a more modern look as well.


Lexus revealed the Lexus RC F performance coupe, which builds on the RC coupe with its own version of the Lexus spindle grill.  It also sports a unique hood with a hood air vent that is reminiscent of the Lexus LFA supercar and used for the car’s cooling system.  The RC F’s engine develops 450 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.

Lexus includes a variety of gauges including a digital and analog speedometer, a tachometer display that changes based on drive mode, differential torque vectoring monitor, G-Force meter, oil and water temperature gauges, and a stopwatch.

The Japanese automaker designed a special elliptical cross-section steering wheel that promises greater control during performance driving.


Volvo took the stage to make the world premiere of the Concept SC Coupe.  The Concept SC Coupe is the second of three Volvo concept cars that illustrates the Swedish automaker’s future design plans.  Volvo is introducing what it calls its Scalable Product Architecture that will be the underpinning of all future Volvo cars, including the XC90, which will make its debut later this year.

Suspended in the air next to the vehicle, Volvo displayed a life-size white satin sculpture to illustrate the design and functionality of the car’s interior.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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