What to expect from this year's Detroit auto show

Jan 13 2014, 16:01 IST
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Chrysler will roll out a new 200 midsize sedan, a crucial vehicle in the company's plan to keep its sales growing. (AP) Chrysler will roll out a new 200 midsize sedan, a crucial vehicle in the company's plan to keep its sales growing. (AP)
SummaryHonda is expected to unveil a redesigned Fit subcompact.

powertrain that keeps it quieter on the road and gives it better mileage. Critics had complained about freeway noise from the outdated five-speed automatic transmission. And the 35 mpg (14.9 kpl) highway fuel economy was lower than most competitors and even some bigger vehicles.

NISSAN: Will unveil a Maxima concept car with hints of what the next generation full-size sedan will look like.

TOYOTA: Expected to roll out a new sports car as it tries to show that its cars are fun to drive. Also likely: a new sporty Lexus F car.

SUBARU: A souped-up version of the WRX pocket rocket small car is a possibility.

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EUROPE:

MERCEDES: Fresh off taking the crown as the best-selling luxury brand in the U.S. for 2013, Mercedes unwraps a new C-Class, the company's lowest level of luxury car.

BMW: Finished a close second to Mercedes in luxury sales. Debuts the 2 Series, a small sports coupe.

VOLKSWAGEN: Unveils a Beetle Dune Buggy concept car, a high-mileage concept car version of the midsize Passat, and the high-performance Golf R. But will the cars help turn around VW's sagging sales?

PORSCHE: Rolls out the 911Targa sports car, and upscale and diesel versions of the Cayenne SUV.

VOLVO: A concept version of the XC 90 large SUV is expected. Could give hints of new model to come.

KOREA

HYUNDAI: The company best known for the midsize Sonata and compact Elantra will unveil a new version of the Genesis luxury car.

KIA: GT4 Stinger concept sports car that likely will find its way into production. Company describes it as a ''low wedge'' with a 315 horsepower engine. 

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