The 2011 Detroit Auto Show is in full swing until January 23rd, unveiling daring new designs of tons (literally) of vehicles, from the low-budget family cars right on up to luxurious supercars.
American-made cars are making a good impression, particularly Ford Vertrek and Ford C-MAX. The Vertrek is a crossover design meant to take the place of the Escape. It’s less boxy in body design, and features Ford’s new 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder engine. The C-MAX Energi is Ford’s first plug-in hybrid, and it will be able to fully recharge overnight with an ordinary 120-volt outlet. It’s designed to hold up to five people, and will be available in 2013.
Another American-made highlight at the show is the Chevrolet Sonic. It will be available in sedan as well as hatchback, and will feature a turbo-charged engine with approximate 135 horsepower.
The Verano is Buick’s competition for foreign sports sedans. It will come with a 2.4-liter engine, 4-cylinders, 180-horsepower, and will get 31 MPG (highway miles.)
Other good showings are the 2011 Chrysler 300, and the Jeep Cherokee. The Chrysler 300 has been rebuilt and features, among other things, a touch-screen interface system. The selling price starts at around $28,000. The Jeep Cherokee is celebrating its 70 th year, and has a mid-thirties starting price.
Some of the hottest and most economical foreign cars include the 2012 Fiatt 500, and the Volkswagon Passat. The Fiatt 500, which has been absent from the U.S. Market for 30 years, is aiming to make a competetive comeback. It will get 37 MPG on highway miles, and will start at only $16,000. The Volkswagon Passat has had a complete makeover, and will return in 2012, after taking a year off, as exactly the car consumers have grown to love, but with better gas mileage than its previous model (which averaged 25 MPG). It starts at $20,000, instead of $29,000, for its base price.
Of course, no report could be complete without mentioning the Lexus LFA Superecar. Besides being able to go from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds, it would appear that the high-end price of $375,000 (on up) is also a membership fee for an exclusive club. They are only making 500 of these babies worldwide , and each one will be made specifically to order.
The Detroit Auto Show is not just an event that gets the midwest’s motors going. It is a worldwide event, anticipated by all levels of auto-appreciators. With so many fabulous cars to mention, it’s obvious that these are just a few.