The latest creations from the auto industry roared into this week’s Detroit Auto Show, where sports cars stole the spotlight.
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Automakers unveiled an onslaught of high-performance vehicles at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The horsepower wars are certainly back in high gear, with Ford, BMW and Acura all showing off new models.
The auto show also marks another change for the truck market, with Nissan ramping up efforts to grab a bigger share of U.S. sales.
Here’s a look at five of the hottest cars in Detroit:
1. Ford GT
The Ford GT, which last appeared in showrooms for the 2005 and 2006 model years, features a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine that generates more than 600 horsepower. It goes on sale in late 2016. Ford hasn’t announced a price tag, but Chairman Bill Ford said the GT will likely compete with other exotics like the $200,000 Lamborghini Gallardo.
Ford is in the midst of a renewed focus on performance cars. The company plans to launch 12 new performance vehicles, including the GT, by 2020. In Detroit, Ford also showed off the Shelby GT350R, a track-ready Mustang that will go head-to-head with the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 from General Motors.
2. BMW M6
BMW introduced a facelift for its 6-series lineup, which is headlined by the M6. The automaker, which reclaimed the U.S. luxury sales crown from Mercedes-Benz in 2014, said the M6 Coupe, Gran Coupe and Convertible will have a 560-horsepower V8 under the hood. Dealers will get BMW’s 2016 6-series vehicles beginning with the second quarter of this year.
3. Chevrolet Bolt
GM introduced the Chevrolet Bolt, a concept for an all-electric car that offers a range of at least 200 miles. Mark Reuss, GM’s head of global product development, said the Bolt will change the “value equation” for customers, given the price tag of around $30,000. It has a launch date of 2017.
With the Bolt, GM is putting itself in direct competition with Tesla. The electric car maker plans to begin selling a mass-market vehicle, the Model 3, around the same time.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt also made its debut. The hybrid can travel 50 miles on a single charge, up 30%, and features five seats instead of the previous four.
4. Acura NSX
Acura is bringing back the NSX after a decade on hiatus. The two-seater sports car will be built at Honda’s plant in Ohio, and deliveries will begin later this year. Honda said it will take custom orders for the 2016 NSX starting this summer. Its price tag will be approximately $155,000.
5. Nissan Titan
The Detroit Auto Show wouldn’t be complete without a fresh lineup of pickup trucks. Nissan’s revamped 2016 Titan made its first public appearance, revealing a new rugged design. The Japanese automaker holds just 1% of the U.S. truck market. It sold just 12,527 Titans in the last year. CEO Carlos Ghosn said Nissan is targeting a 5% market share once the new Titan goes on sale.
The 2016 Titan will offer a V8 diesel engine, putting Nissan in competition with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram 1500. GM and Ford don’t offer diesel versions of their light-duty pickup trucks.
Toyota had a pickup truck of its own at the auto show. The all-new Tacoma will enter a rejuvenated segment for mid-size trucks that also includes fresh offerings from GM.
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