Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2016 North American International Auto Show
DETROIT— The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Every year the show kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia.
The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press days on January 11 and 12, followed by two industry preview days and a charity day.
The public starts being admitted on Saturday, January 16, giving visitors the opportunity to get a hands-on first look on all new cars and technologies.
Here’s a look at key announcements and premieres this year.
BMW presented the all-new BMW M2. The entry model for BMW M cars is a performance-oriented compact sports car with its roots dating back 40 years to the earlier BMW 2002 turbo and BMW M3 (E30).
The M2 is powered by a reworked, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 370 horsepower. The maximum torque of 343 pound-feet is transferred to the rear-wheels via a six-speed manual transmission (standard) or an optional M DCT dual clutch transmission. It takes the M2 only 4.3 seconds to zip from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h).
The top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) is electronically limited and can only be exceeded, to 168 mph (270 km/h), with the optional M Driver’s package. According to BMW, fuel economy is 29.7 mpg (7.9 l/100 km) with the M DCT automatic transmission.