NAIAS 2014 Highlights

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Yesterday I posted about The Best from North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2014. There are ‘The Big Nasty’ Chevy Corvette Z06, Ford F-150 with aluminum, ATS Coupe which becomes the first car with Cadillac’s new logo, latest Chrysler 200 with a lot of improvements, and Volvo XC Coupe Concept that previews next generation XC90.

But, there still some cool new cars and concept cars that make me interest. So, I make another list that contains 5 cars.

(Jan 2014) Detroit, Michigan North American International Auto Show

Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept. Are you desperate waiting for New Audi TT? Or are you wondering how New Audi TT look alike? Take it easy. Because in this year’s NAIAS Audi has unveiled Allroad Shooting Brake Concept. Audi says that this blue concept car previewed their new coupe. On the side, we can see ‘E-Tron’ badge that means it has a hybrid powertrain. Power’s source comes from TFSI engine 2.0L 4-cylinder. And there are 45 kW and 80 kW electric motors to handle low and moderate-speed. In the interior, we can see Virtual Cockpit Technology which includes 12.3-inch TFT screen.

(Jan 2014) Detroit, Michigan North American International Auto Show

2015 Ford Mustang. Yeah, I know that latest Mustang has been introduced before NAIAS. But, this pony car still interesting with nice exterior design which mixes retro and modern touch.Its cabin is inspired by an aircraft cockpit and the material quality is much better. And finally, MyFord Touch infotainment system appears for the first time. Ford offers 3 engines for New Mustang. First is EcoBoost engine 2.3L, 3.7L V6, and Coyote 5.0L V8. Those engines are fitted with manual 7-speed, automatic 8-speed, or dual-clutch transmissions.

(Jan 2014) Detroit, Michigan North American International Auto Show

Kia GT4 Stinger Concept. The curious is over after Kia officially unveiled its latest concept car in NAIAS which is named GT4 Stinger. Even though Kia has no plan to produce this car, but who knows it’s a preview of company’s first sport car. The exterior design is completely futuristic. In front, Kia’s designer put vertical headlights which is cool for a concept car, but not for a production car. Tiger nose, long hood, transparent A-pillar are other cool exterior elements. Overall, its dimension is slightly longer than Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86 and shorter than Hyundai Genesis Coupe. So, it could be a rival for trio Japanese. For the engine, GT4 brings 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged produces 315 hp.

(Jan 2014) Detroit, Michigan North American International Auto Show

2015 Mercedes C-Class. New Mercedes C-Class was officially introduced at this year’s NAIAS bringing a lot of improvement to tackle its sworn enemy, BMW 3-Series. Its exterior looks almost identical with latest S-Class from front to rear. Buyers are not only offered a wide range of body styles and engines, but also high-tech features, such as air suspension and head-up display.

(Jan 2014) Detroit, Michigan North American International Auto Show

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept. Nowadays, a Japanese car company, Nissan, is changing its design direction for the future. After introduced Resonance and Friend-Me, Nissan unveiled Sport Sedan Concept at 2014 NAIAS. Like its siblings, Sport Sedan has a distinctive design, such as leaf-like headlamps and a chromed bold line around Nissan badge. This newest concept car probably previews the next generation of Maxima. Unfortunately, Sport Sedan still has 3.5L V6 with 300 hp from current Maxima.

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