Report from Detroit – The 2014 North American International Auto Show

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The unveiling of the Bentley GT V8 S

The unveiling of the Bentley GT V8 S

At the start of production, Mercedes will offer three engine variants, the Mercedes-Benz C220 BlueTEC, the Mercedes-Benz C180 and the Mercedes-Benz C200. Further engine variants will include the sporty AMG version as well as a diesel-hybrid model that is to follow later this year. The new C-Class will go on sale in Europe and in the North American market in March 2014.

Visitors to the Mercedes-Benz stand were also able to take a first look at the newest additions to the S-Class. The S600 made its world premier with a V12 biturbo engine and a long wheelbase.  The S-Class Coupe Concept foreshadows the upcoming S-Class Coupe, a car that, when introduced, will sit at the top of the Mercedes-Benz lineup.

VOLKSWAGEN, AUDI, AND PORSCHE

Bentley unveiled the Continental GT V8 S for the first time in North America at the show.  Available as both a coupe and convertible, the new V8 model is able to go from zero to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 192 mph (309 km/h), thanks to an engine that develops 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.

Volkswagen presented the first glimpse of two upcoming models with the  Beetle Dune Concept and the  Passat BlueMotion Concept. The  Beetle Dune Concept is a production-ready concept car with a sporty offroad design.  It serves as a homage to the VW dune buggies of past years.  The second concept car presented by Volkswagen is the fuel efficient Passat BlueMotion Concept. The Passat is powered by an all-new turbocharged 1.4-liter TSI engine that develops 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet (250 Nm) of torque .

Another fuel-efficient car on the Volkwsagen stage was the all-new VW e-Golf, the electric version of the company’s best-selling car. The e-Golf offers a driving range of 118 miles (190 km) and develops a power output of 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. The second Golf variant that saw its debut in Detroit was the sporty Golf R with a 300-horsepower TSI engine and 4Motion all-wheel drive.

On the eve of the motor show, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG, also confirmed the development of an upcoming midsize seven-seater SUV exclusively for the American market with a planned launch in 2016.

Audi presented a compact crossover show car that might offer a preview of the new design language of the upcoming Audi TT. According to Audi, the show car embodies the next evolutionary step of the Quattro design language that was presented with the Audi Sport Quattro Concept at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt last year.

Porsche presented the latest version of its 911 series, the Porsche 911 Targa. The Targa has not been offered by Porsche since 1994.  Although 20 years after its production end, the Targa version can easily be recognized by its aluminum safety bar.  The Porsche 911 Targa can be ordered with all-wheel drive as a Targa 4 or 4S or with rear wheel drive as a 911 Targa or Targa S. The Porsche 911 Targa is expected to hit the showrooms within the first quarter of 2014.

GENERAL MOTORS

The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was one of the most awaited premieres at this year’s show. With a power increase of 108 horsepower to 620 compared to its predecessor model, the Z06 offers now 650 pound-feet of torque (880 Nm) and defends its ranking as one of the top sports cars in the world.

FORD

The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang coupe and convertible made their world premieres in their hometown. Both base models are powered by turbocharged four-cylinder engines, engineered with Ford´s EcoBoost direct-injection technology. The engines offer at least 305 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque (406 Nm) while the V8 top model is to produce 420 hp and 396 pound-feet of torque (536 Nm).

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