This year’s show was flashier and more exotic than ever. It’s another clear indicator the auto industry is back and ready to roll. Ford, Acura and Hyundai all made it into the Top 10. Can you guess who grabbed first, second and third place? Click on this video to find out!
Congratulations to Kia for achieving International Car of the Year status with the 2013 Optima! Road & Travel Magazine bestowed the honor at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. The award is one of ten given to new or existing model year vehicles sporting significant or impressive improvements. The winners are chosen by a panel of respected automotive journalists. “The Kia Optima rose to the top of the list as the most emotionally compelling vehicle above all others,” says Road & Travel’s Editor-in-Chief Courtney Caldwell. Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing and communications at Kia Motors America, responded by saying, “We are thrilled.”
For the complete KMA press release click here.
While auto shows are fun we always find them a tad bit disappointing because only a small percentage of what we see on the floor will make it to production. So our response to the debut of the Hyuundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept at the Detroit Auto Show is an odd mix of elation and frustration. I mean, we LIKE the suicide doors, you know? But there’s much about the HCD-14 Genesis that may actually wind up on the lot. Autoblog.com says those possibilities include new technology that reads the driver’s eye and hand movements (!!), along with “improved driving dynamics with a more rigid chassis, new driver-selectable settings for various driving conditions and, of course… the 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.” Okay, we’ll hold off on being bummed out.
For more on the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept click here.
For fans of the Acura sports car manufactured between 1990 -2005, the most exciting revelation at the Detroit Auto Show this week might not have been the unveiling of the new NSX concept … It might have been the announcement by the President and CEO of Honda Motor Co. that the NSX will go into production again within the next three years. Takanobu Ito laid to rest years of rumors regarding the sports car’s highly anticipated return. Not only that but he specified the car will be built in Ohio.
Okay, back to the concept. AutoGuide.com describes the new NSX design as “very much a classic supercar look, using low ground clearance, aggressive angles in the nose, a very low profile roof line and a windswept look running into a small rear spoiler to achieve its supercar style. Hard angles are all over the NSX which gives it a very rigid and serious stance.” It’ll sport a direct injection VTEC V6 engine, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), and a dual clutch transmission.
Honestly, we can’t wait.
For more information and photos visit http://www.acura.com/future/NSX#/1.