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Motor City madness: Cars of the 2018 Detroit auto show

Motor City madness: Cars of th...
Exotics all lined up outside the Detroit media room
Exotics all lined up outside the Detroit media room
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Chevy Camaro ZL1 
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Chevy Camaro ZL1 
Heart of the beast: Chevy ZR1 supercharged LT5 6.2-liter V8
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Heart of the beast: Chevy ZR1 supercharged LT5 6.2-liter V8
Chevy's new ZR1 looks intimidating from the palm tree-lined streets of LA to the snow-dressed streets of Detroit 
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Chevy's new ZR1 looks intimidating from the palm tree-lined streets of LA to the snow-dressed streets of Detroit 
Chevy's 755-hp Corvette ZR1 
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Chevy's 755-hp Corvette ZR1 
Ford brings Bullitt back with new special edition Mustang 
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Ford brings Bullitt back with new special edition Mustang 
Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition
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Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition
Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition
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Ford celebrates the 50th anniversary of the movie Bullitt, showing both the 1968 Mustang and its latest special edition
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Ford celebrates the 50th anniversary of the movie Bullitt, showing both the 1968 Mustang and its latest special edition
A reveal of its own, the 1968 Bullitt hero car had been off the radar for decades but resurfaced in time for this year's Detroit show
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A reveal of its own, the 1968 Bullitt hero car had been off the radar for decades but resurfaced in time for this year's Detroit show
No modern auto show is complete without a self-driving prototype or two
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No modern auto show is complete without a self-driving prototype or two
Ford announced a partnership with Postmates at CES, exploring self-driving delivery systems
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Ford announced a partnership with Postmates at CES, exploring self-driving delivery systems
Kia Stinger driving simulator
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Kia Stinger driving simulator
Kia premieres the 2019 Forte in Detroit
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Kia premieres the 2019 Forte in Detroit
Kia promises the new Forte is a more refined compact with styling influenced by the Stinger
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Kia promises the new Forte is a more refined compact with styling influenced by the Stinger
The new Kia Forte features an in house-designed Intelligent Variable Transmission designed to help push fuel economy to an estimated 35 mpg
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The new Kia Forte features an in house-designed Intelligent Variable Transmission designed to help push fuel economy to an estimated 35 mpg
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Denso shows an electric tricycle
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Denso shows an electric tricycle
Denso electric trike
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Denso electric trike
Koenigsegg Agera RS, the fastest production car in the world
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Koenigsegg Agera RS, the fastest production car in the world
Michelin shows off the Koenigsegg Agera RS and its Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires
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Michelin shows off the Koenigsegg Agera RS and its Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires
The new Hyundai Veloster will appear in the movie Ant-Man and the Wasp
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The new Hyundai Veloster will appear in the movie Ant-Man and the Wasp
The 2019 Veloster N becomes the first "N" performance vehicle offered in the US
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The 2019 Veloster N becomes the first "N" performance vehicle offered in the US
China's GAC Motors edges closer to the US market, showing a lineup of vehicles that includes this GA8 sedan
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China's GAC Motors edges closer to the US market, showing a lineup of vehicles that includes this GA8 sedan
GAC GA8
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GAC GA8
GAC Motors shows the new GA4 sedan
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GAC Motors shows the new GA4 sedan
Easily the highlight of GAC's Detroit exhibit, the Enverge electric crossover concept
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Easily the highlight of GAC's Detroit exhibit, the Enverge electric crossover concept
GAC Motors Enverge concept
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GAC Motors Enverge concept
Inside the GAC Motors Enverge concept
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Inside the GAC Motors Enverge concept
GAC Motors Enverge concept
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GAC Motors Enverge concept
GAC Motors Enverge concept
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GAC Motors Enverge concept
GAC Motors Enverge concept
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GAC Motors Enverge concept
Honda shows off Takuma Sato's 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner
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Honda shows off Takuma Sato's 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner
Acura at the 2018 Detroit auto show
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Acura at the 2018 Detroit auto show
Honda shows the new Insight Prototype
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Honda shows the new Insight Prototype
Honda expects the new Insight to get 50 mpg+
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Honda expects the new Insight to get 50 mpg+
The new Honda Accord took home the 2018 North American Car of the Year award at the show
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The new Honda Accord took home the 2018 North American Car of the Year award at the show
Honda Accord
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Honda Accord
Inside the Honda Civic Type R
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Inside the Honda Civic Type R
The Civic Type R is always one of the more aggressive-looking cars on the floor
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The Civic Type R is always one of the more aggressive-looking cars on the floor
Honda Civic Type R
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Honda Civic Type R
The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 looking as large and luxurious as ever
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The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 looking as large and luxurious as ever
Mercedes-Maybach S 650
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Mercedes-Maybach S 650
Polaris shows off its Slingshot three-wheeler
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Polaris shows off its Slingshot three-wheeler
Polaris shows off its Slingshot three-wheeler
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Polaris shows off its Slingshot three-wheeler
After its debut in LA, the all-new BMW i8 Roadster struts through Detroit
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After its debut in LA, the all-new BMW i8 Roadster struts through Detroit
Lincoln at NAIAS 2018
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Lincoln at NAIAS 2018
We're liking Lincoln's new design language much better than the outgoing styling
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We're liking Lincoln's new design language much better than the outgoing styling
BMW i8 Coupe
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BMW i8 Coupe
BMW i8 Coupe
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BMW i8 Coupe
BMW i8 Coupe
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BMW i8 Coupe
Polaris at NAIAS 2018
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Polaris at NAIAS 2018
Audi A7 quattro
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Audi A7 quattro
Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition
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Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition
Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition
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Cadillac CTS-V Glacier Metallic Edition
Cadillac ATS
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Cadillac ATS
Inside the all-new Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe
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Inside the all-new Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe
Mercedes-AMG debuts three new 53-series models featuring a new electrified twin-turbocharging system for the 3.0-liter engine, combining an exhaust gas turbocharger and an electric auxiliary compressor. Each model also has an EQ Boost starter-alternator and 48 V electrical system
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Mercedes-AMG debuts three new 53-series models featuring a new electrified twin-turbocharging system for the 3.0-liter engine, combining an exhaust gas turbocharger and an electric auxiliary compressor. Each model also has an EQ Boost starter-alternator and 48 V electrical system
Mercedes-AMG E 53 Cabriolet
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Mercedes-AMG E 53 Cabriolet
Mercedes-AMG CLS 53
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Mercedes-AMG CLS 53
The 53-series inline-six engine in the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 (shown) and E-Class 53 models develops 429 hp
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The 53-series inline-six engine in the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 (shown) and E-Class 53 models develops 429 hp
The Mercedes Concept EQA debuted at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show
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The Mercedes Concept EQA debuted at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show
Mercedes Concept EQA
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Mercedes Concept EQA
Genesis shows its ideas about American luxury with the G90 sedan
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Genesis shows its ideas about American luxury with the G90 sedan
Genesis G80 Sport
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Genesis G80 Sport
Genesis G80 Sport
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Genesis G80 Sport
Genesis at NAIAS 2018
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Genesis at NAIAS 2018
Alfa Romeo at NAIAS 2018
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Alfa Romeo at NAIAS 2018
Infiniti shows off the electrifying Prototype 9
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Infiniti shows off the electrifying Prototype 9
Thanks to its beautiful retro design and prototype electric powertrain, the Infiniti Prototype 9 was one of our favorite concept cars of 2017 ... and it still looks cool in 2018
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Thanks to its beautiful retro design and prototype electric powertrain, the Infiniti Prototype 9 was one of our favorite concept cars of 2017 ... and it still looks cool in 2018
Infiniti Prototype 9
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Infiniti Prototype 9
Buick Regal GS
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Buick Regal GS
Buick Regal GS
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Buick Regal GS
Buick Lacrosse Avenir
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Buick Lacrosse Avenir
Subaru's Crosstrek loaded up for adventure
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Subaru's Crosstrek loaded up for adventure
One of the more aggressive cars on show: Subaru WRX STI Type RA
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One of the more aggressive cars on show: Subaru WRX STI Type RA
Subaru WRX STI Type RA
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Subaru WRX STI Type RA
Hyundai's new Veloster N has a 275-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine
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Hyundai's new Veloster N has a 275-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine
A look at the turbo engine that makes the Veloster N 
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A look at the turbo engine that makes the Veloster N 
Hyundai Veloster close-up
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Hyundai Veloster close-up
The Veloster Turbo is powered by a 201-hp 1.6-liter turbo four
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The Veloster Turbo is powered by a 201-hp 1.6-liter turbo four
Hyundai debuts the all-new Veloster line-up in Detroit
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Hyundai debuts the all-new Veloster line-up in Detroit
The Veloster comes in base, Turbo and N performance trims
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The Veloster comes in base, Turbo and N performance trims
Lexus at NAIAS 2018
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Lexus at NAIAS 2018
A look inside the Lexus LC 500
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A look inside the Lexus LC 500
Lexus LC 500
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Lexus LC 500
Lexus LC 500
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Lexus LC 500
Inside the Lexus LS 500h
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Inside the Lexus LS 500h
Lexus shows the new LS 500h
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Lexus shows the new LS 500h
Lexus shows the fifth-generation LS sedan at NAIAS 2018
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Lexus shows the fifth-generation LS sedan at NAIAS 2018
Lexus LS 500h
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Lexus LS 500h
Lexus prepared this Black Panther Inspired LC for SEMA 2017
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Lexus prepared this Black Panther Inspired LC for SEMA 2017
Lexus Black Panther Inspired LC
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Lexus Black Panther Inspired LC
Toyota Concept-i Ride
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Toyota Concept-i
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Toyota Concept-i
It's striking from the outside, but the Concept-i was designed to highlight the interior and artificial intelligence
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It's striking from the outside, but the Concept-i was designed to highlight the interior and artificial intelligence
Toyota first showed the Concept-i at CES 2017
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Toyota first showed the Concept-i at CES 2017
Toyota gets ready for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games
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Toyota gets ready for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games
Audi at NAIAS 2018
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Audi at NAIAS 2018
Audi A8L quattro
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Audi A8L quattro
Audi R8 V10 plus Spyder
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Audi R8 V10 plus Spyder
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
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BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
BMW 7 Series
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BMW 7 Series
Volkswagen joins old and new Jettas
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Volkswagen joins old and new Jettas
The all-new 2019 VW Jetta R-Line makes its debut
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The all-new 2019 VW Jetta R-Line makes its debut
Inside the new VW Jetta
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Inside the new VW Jetta
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 VW Jetta
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2019 VW Jetta
Nissan shows the ever-imposing GT-R
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Nissan shows the ever-imposing GT-R
Nissan GT-R
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Nissan GT-R
Nissan GT-R
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Nissan GT-R
Toyota debuted the all-new Leaf last September and shows it here in Detroit 
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Toyota debuted the all-new Leaf last September and shows it here in Detroit 
Nissan Leaf
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Nissan Leaf
Nissan Leaf
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Nissan Leaf
New Hyundai Veloster
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New Hyundai Veloster
Kia debuted the sporty Stinger at last year's Detroit show
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Kia debuted the sporty Stinger at last year's Detroit show
Kia Stingers on show at NAIAS 2018
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Kia Stingers on show at NAIAS 2018
Kia announced Stinger pricing in November; base prices for various trim levels range between US$31,900 and $49,200 before $900 destination
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Kia announced Stinger pricing in November; base prices for various trim levels range between US$31,900 and $49,200 before $900 destination
Kia debuts the all-new Forte in Detroit
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Kia debuts the all-new Forte in Detroit
2019 Kia Forte
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2019 Kia Forte
The new Forte features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with expected 147 hp and 132 lb-ft
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The new Forte features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with expected 147 hp and 132 lb-ft
Kia expects the new Forte to deliver an extra 3 mpg or so over the current Forte
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Kia expects the new Forte to deliver an extra 3 mpg or so over the current Forte
2019 Kia Forte
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2019 Kia Forte
The new Lexus LS 500 starts at US$75,000 before $995 delivery
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The new Lexus LS 500 starts at US$75,000 before $995 delivery
The new Lexus LS 500 sits on a new premium rear-wheel platform derived from the LC 500 and is driven by an all-new 416-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6
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The new Lexus LS 500 sits on a new premium rear-wheel platform derived from the LC 500 and is driven by an all-new 416-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6
NAIAS 2018
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NAIAS 2018
Is Toyota going even bigger with its grilles than Lexus? The 2019 Avalon suggests it might
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Is Toyota going even bigger with its grilles than Lexus? The 2019 Avalon suggests it might
Toyota debuts the new 2019 Avalon
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Toyota debuts the new 2019 Avalon
The new Avalon is available with a 3.5-liter V6 or 2.5-liter four cylinder-based hybrid system
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The new Avalon is available with a 3.5-liter V6 or 2.5-liter four cylinder-based hybrid system
Toyota Prius C
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Toyota Prius C
The 2019 Avalon gets a Toyota-first Adaptive Variable Suspension with real-time damping control
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The 2019 Avalon gets a Toyota-first Adaptive Variable Suspension with real-time damping control
The 2019 Toyota Avalon mid-premium sedan will be coming to US market in late-spring 2018
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The 2019 Toyota Avalon mid-premium sedan will be coming to US market in late-spring 2018
Inside the new Toyota Avalon
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Inside the new Toyota Avalon
Strolling through the halls, this 2014 Triumph Thruxton Ace catches our eye
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Strolling through the halls, this 2014 Triumph Thruxton Ace catches our eye
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
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1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
University of Michigan Mcity automated research grounds vehicle
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University of Michigan Mcity automated research grounds vehicle
The lower level of the Detroit show highlights autonomous driving hardware, smart city mobility and other cutting edge areas of transportation technology
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The lower level of the Detroit show highlights autonomous driving hardware, smart city mobility and other cutting edge areas of transportation technology
A pretty impressive high school project
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A pretty impressive high school project
Veemo electric-assist velomobile
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Veemo electric-assist velomobile
Veemo electric-assist velomobile 
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Veemo electric-assist velomobile 
Chevy Camaro ZL1
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Chevy Camaro ZL1
Chevy Bolt
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Chevy Bolt
Karma shows off its Revero 
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Karma shows off its Revero 
Karma's Revero is powered by a 403-hp hybrid powertrain with 50 miles (80 km) of all-electric range
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Karma's Revero is powered by a 403-hp hybrid powertrain with 50 miles (80 km) of all-electric range
Ferrari 812 Superfast on show in Detroit
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Ferrari 812 Superfast on show in Detroit
A Maserati in the hallway of NAIAS 2018
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A Maserati in the hallway of NAIAS 2018
Ferrari 812 Superfast on show in Detroit
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Ferrari 812 Superfast on show in Detroit
1963 Superperformance Grand Sport Corvette from Lingenfelter
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1963 Superperformance Grand Sport Corvette from Lingenfelter
1963 Superperformance Grand Sport Corvette from Lingenfelter
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1963 Superperformance Grand Sport Corvette from Lingenfelter
Will 2018 be the year the Bugatti Chiron beats the Koenigsegg Agera RS' recently-set record to become the world's fastest production car? 
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Will 2018 be the year the Bugatti Chiron beats the Koenigsegg Agera RS' recently-set record to become the world's fastest production car? 
Lamborghini Aventador
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Lamborghini Aventador
Bugatti Chiron on show at NAIAS 2018
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Bugatti Chiron on show at NAIAS 2018
Lamborghini Huracan
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Lamborghini Huracan
Rolls Royce on show
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Rolls Royce on show
Aston Martin Vanquish S
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Aston Martin Vanquish S
Aston Martin Vanquish S
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Aston Martin Vanquish S
The Kia Stinger negotiates what looks like the tight streets of a European city center in this demonstrator
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The Kia Stinger negotiates what looks like the tight streets of a European city center in this demonstrator
The 1968 Bullitt  Mustang is a big highlight of Ford's booth and one of the show's overall highlights
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The 1968 Bullitt  Mustang is a big highlight of Ford's booth and one of the show's overall highlights
The new limited-edition Mustang Bullitt gets a performance boost to 475 hp
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The new limited-edition Mustang Bullitt gets a performance boost to 475 hp
The Infiniti Q Inspiration showcases new design language
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The Infiniti Q Inspiration showcases new design language
Probably the most conspicuous new car of the show, the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept
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Probably the most conspicuous new car of the show, the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept
The Q Inspiration features Infiniti's Variable Compression Turbocharged engine tech
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The Q Inspiration features Infiniti's Variable Compression Turbocharged engine tech
Inside the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept
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Inside the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept
Inside the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept
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Inside the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept
Infiniti Q Inspiration concept
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Infiniti Q Inspiration concept
Not a bad little collection
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Not a bad little collection
Exotics all lined up outside the Detroit media room
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Exotics all lined up outside the Detroit media room

The new year is fully underway, and with the start of the North American International Auto Show this week, another year of auto shows and advancing auto tech is also officially out of the blocks. New Atlas roamed the floor of the Detroit show to bring you a look at everything from brand-new concept cars, to custom-tuned classics, to revived Hollywood hero cars. We present you the cars of Detroit.

A few Detroit cars turned our heads more than the rest:

Future of design and technology: Infiniti Q Inspiration

Probably the most conspicuous new car of the show, the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept
Probably the most conspicuous new car of the show, the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept

The newest in Infiniti's line of smooth, curvaceous concept cars, the Q Inspiration is a head-turner wearing new design language developed around advanced powertrains. The snow-white mid-size sedan's styling comes across as effortlessly sleek and sexy. The Q Inspiration is also a high-tech powerhouse, featuring Infiniti's Variable Compression Turbo engine tech, ProPilot autonomy and a simple but focused interior with plenty of digital screen space.

Number one from a Bullitt: 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback

The new-car news here is the limited edition Mustang celebrating Bullitt's 50th anniversary, but the real draw is the original 1968 Mustang GT fastback that is appearing alongside it. The car, which was driven by Steve McQueen in the movie's famous chase scene, appeared hopelessly lost forever, but recently popped its head above ground.

The 1968 Bullitt  Mustang is a big highlight of Ford's booth and one of the show's overall highlights
The 1968 Bullitt  Mustang is a big highlight of Ford's booth and one of the show's overall highlights

"Sean Kiernan, owner of the vehicle, inherited the car in 2014 from his late father, Robert, who had purchased the vehicle in 1974," explains Ford. "To fulfill his family's lifelong dream, Sean contacted Ford and the two parties worked together to reveal his movie star car alongside the all-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit."

Such a backstory just makes the appearance of an iconic movie car that much cooler.

World record speed machine: Koenigsegg Agera RS

Michelin shows off the Koenigsegg Agera RS and its Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires
Michelin shows off the Koenigsegg Agera RS and its Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires

Koenigsegg isn't necessarily a brand we expect to see at the North American International Auto Show. In fact, this year marks its Detroit debut. Michelin is showing a special Koenigsegg at its booth, the very Agera RS that boosted the Swedish hypercar-maker back up to the top of the production world speed record charts. The 1,360-hp Agera RS hit a two-way average of 277.87 mph (447.19 km/h) on November 4, beating Bugatti's 2010 record by a full 10 mph (16 km/h). It did it on a piece of (closed) public road in Nevada. The same car also set four other records, including a 33.29-second 0-400-0 km/h.

It's always cool to see an exotic hypercar and especially cool to see one hot off of rewriting the record books.

These were a few of our favorite sights of show, but you can find your own by browsing through the full fleet in our 2018 Detroit Auto Show photo gallery.

7 comments
f8lee
Interesting that none of these cars are electric...ICE will be around for a while after all, I take it.
Mark K.
Yep, just like there are horse and buggies, bicycles, scooters and sleds are still around ... ICE will remain, as a novelty.
Mr T
I wouldn't count on ICE vehicles staying around once EVs start to take over. The only thing that makes it economically viable to produce petrol/diesel is that scale of the process. When demand drops dramatically and most refineries have closed, these fuels will be much harder to obtain.
Martin Hone
Madness ? Where's the 'madness' that the headline promised ? ;-)
CAVUMark
Glad to see some color coming back into the world.
Old J Hawthorne
Is it just me, or are these cars getting uglier and uglier? Seems they ran out of ideas; and the only thing they know how to do now is make the grill opening hideously large...and ugly. What happened to the art of the automobile? Remember the XKE? That was automotive art.
LakeeshaGobeatcha
Agree about the ugliness of many of the standard cars ... only the Kia Stinger looks good to me, and at Lexus the designers seem to be on magic mushrooms or some such ... they win the ugly contest.