Editor’s Note: This guide and its links will be updated regularly during the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
No slight intended, but there aren’t many things that can fill the hotels, restaurants and conference centers of Detroit in the middle of winter – nothing, that is, like the annual North American International Auto Show, which is underway this week at Motown’s Cobo Center.
The annual event is a veritable candy store for automotive aficionados, bringing in most of the world’s largest manufacturers, from Acura to Volvo, and an estimated 10,000 automotive journalists and industry insiders, including top executives from all the major manufacturers.
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TheDetroitBureau.com’s team has already begun pulling together the latest new and product reveals and we’ll be rolling out more by the hour over the next several days, so keep coming back for the latest.
Here’s a thumbnail guide to all the various products you’ll be seeing unveiled this week (Click on the highlighted names for the latest updates):
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Acura. The maker will cover both ends of the luxury spectrum with the all-new entry-lux ILX and the return of the NSX supercar with a unique performance-oriented hybrid powertrain. The maker also updated its RDX crossover.
Chrysler/Dodge. The smallest of the U.S. makers hopes to gain ground in the fast-growing compact segment by bringing back an old name for the new Dodge Dart – its first offering jointly developed with Italy’s Fiat. Chrysler also showed off the 700 minivan concept that could redefine the classic “people-mover.”
Maserati. Fiat’s sporty brand comes to Detroit with the Kubang, the new crossover that will share the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Nissan. The Japanese maker comes to town with an all-new concept version of its popular sport-utility vehicle, the Pathfinder, which migrates to a lighter, more efficient crossover design. The maker also wants to double sales of its Leaf battery car in 2012.
Scion. Toyota’s youth-oriented brand enters the affordable roadster segment with the new FR-S, Scion’s take on the joint venture between Toyota and Subaru – which market its own version, the BRZ. Scion also showed a 600-hp racing version of FR-S.
Smart. The microcar maker is two years from launching a replacement for the struggling fortwo but will give a hint of what it has in mind with the for-us micro pickup concept developed with Renault’s help.
Toyota. The Japanese giant launched an all-new family of Prius-badged hybrids, including the big Prius v shown in Detroit last year. Now comes the downsized Prius c, with a Prius plug-in coming this year. One big surprise: the NS4, a dedicated plug-in hybrid concept.
Via Motors. With former GM car czar Bob Lutz on its board, no surprise this little start-up is focusing on a performance electric pickup — it claims to be the world’s first.
Volkswagen. The “people’s car” brand will come to Motown with a hybrid of the Jetta, along with an all-electric concept vehicle.