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New cars debut at Detroit Auto ShowTuesday, January 15, 2013

Category:Car Enthusiast Talk

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit had its press days on January 14-15, giving automakers a chance to reveal their latest models to the world.

Kelley Blue Book recently created a list of the most highly anticipated vehicles being released from days leading up to the show. While the actual auto show is not open to the public until January 19, media coverage has given auto enthusiasts a chance to look at some of these new cars.

The list of cars chosen by expert editors at KBB include the 2014 Acura MDX prototype, Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible, Cadillac ELR,Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Lexus IS, Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as well as the Honda Urban Vehicle Concept, BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe, Hyundai HCD-14, Nissan Resonance Concept and Toyota FuriaConcept.

"The 2013 Detroit auto show could be the most exciting auto show of the year," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "Car fans worldwide are eager to catch a good look at the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, and the 2014 Cadillac ELR Coupe, based on the Chevrolet Volt, will become the first extended-range electric vehicle from GM's luxury division. Meanwhile, Infiniti will debut its new Q50 replacement for the G37, and Lexus will add a new IS into the entry-level luxury mix."

Nerad added that as for concept vehicles, the Honda Urban Vehicle Concept should offer an insight on what the future small crossover vehicles might look like, while the BMW 4 Series gives another look into how production might one day look.

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Ram 1500 given award at auto show

The Ram 1500 was recently named the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year by a panel of automotive experts at the North American International Auto Show.

"For the Ram Truck Brand, this ranks as one of the proudest days in our history," said Fred Diaz , president and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. "Every truck-maker aspires to win the North American Truck/Utility of the Year. I tip my hat to the folks who worked behind the scenes to make the 2013 Ram 1500 a technological triumph."

Diaz added that no other truck offers best in class fuel economy, with the performance of the vehicle's Pentastar and HEMI engines.