Trends take shape at Detroit Auto Show
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Jan 13, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Trends take shape at Detroit Auto Show

Sports cars get jazzed up, muscle's back in, luxury SUVs are everywhere at the North American International Auto Show


Two days in, and the trends are coming into focus. The North American International Auto Show has tipped its hand: zippy sports cars are getting face lifts, trucks and muscle cars are back, luxury SUVs are hip, and self-driving capsules are looming down the road. Here’s a look at 7 of the most intriguing new models trotted out in Detroit this week.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider: Fiat Chrysler says only 3000 of these will be built (in Italy, by hand) — and fewer than half of those will be hardtop convertibles.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS: This updated Targa will get you from 0 to 60 in a fraction less time (4.1 seconds) than the current model — 430 horsepower in a sports car will do that.

Lincoln MKX: One of a spate of luxury SUVs unveiled in Detroit. Here, luxury means massaging seats and a 19-speaker sound system. The MKX goes on sale in the U.S. this fall.

Infiniti Q60: Call it a sports coupe or an “elegant lifestyle” vehicle — Infiniti’s phrase — this concept car, set to be built in 2016, is meant to rival BMW’s 4-Series and Audi’s A5.

Shelby GT 350R Mustang: This is vintage American muscle: chunky, brutish, and fast. Its V8 engine will churn out at least 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, Ford says.

Cadillac CTS-V: A shark of a sedan — 640 horsepower with a sleek, stylish body. And a heart transplant: its 6.2-litre V8 engine is borrowed from the Corvette Z06.

Mercedes F015 Luxury: A self-driving car for the 1 per cent. The futuristic capsule features high-resolution touch screens and rotating chairs.

- with files from Toronto Star News Services

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