Four big stories from the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Here are a few of the major stories from the show floor at Cobo Center in 2014. Includes a big photo gallery, too—have a look.  

 

 

In no particular order, here are four key stories that emerged at NAIAS 2014—items that could make a lasting impression on the car biz throughout the year and beyond.

+  2015 Ford F-150 – The next-generation F-Series pickup will make extensive use of aluminum construction (and an advanced, robot-applied adhesive bonding process)  to shed 700 lbs. in the cab, doghouse, box, and tailgate. The lightness-adding program in turn allows smaller, more efficient engines, including a new 2.7L EcoBoost V6 that offers up to 23 mpg on the highway. This could be a game changer in the full-size truck market—and for the collision-shop business.

+   Porsche 911 Targa – The latest Targa has drawn considerable controversy with its automated roof-stowing function. Sports car purists are horrified by the additional weight, complexity and cost. But on the other hand, high-end car guys are gadget guys, and this is one heck of a gadget, mesmerizing to watch. On a luxury watch, it’s called a complication.

+   Cadillac ATS Coupe – General Motors is on a roll at NAIAS 2014, scoring Car of the Year with the Corvette Stingray and Truck of the Year with the Silverado. Expect some accolades as well for the new Cadillac ATS Coupe. The smallest Caddy two-door ever, the ATS Coupe could propel the brand into new regions of the luxury car market. And the new grille crest draws plenty of attention, too—it’s the size of Richard Petty’s belt buckle.

+   Corvette Z06 – The latest Corvette to wear the Z06 designation is also the first to wear a blower, an intercooled 1.7L Eaton TVS unit that boosts the LS V8’s output to 620+ hp and 635+ lb-ft of torque. This development, in turn, has generated speculation as to what a next-gen, C7-based ZR1 Corvette might be about. 850 hp twin turbo? JATO rockets?

 

Look for all these attractions and plenty more in the gallery below.

 

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe blue
Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept
Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe
Volkswagen Dune Concept
2014 Viper Mopar
2015 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa roof stowed
2014 Lincoln MKS Sedan
2015 Mustang GT coupe
2015 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa roof in place
Audi Allroad Shooting Break Concept
2014 Porsche Cayman S
Kia Stinger GT4 Concept
2015 Corvette Z06
2015 Acura TSX
2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
2015 Corvette Z06 engine
2015 Ford F150 pickup
2014 Mini Cooper S
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe white
2014 Kia Soul
2015 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa
2015 Honda Fit
2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept
2014 BMW M4 Coupe
Cadillac Crest 2015
2014 BMW M3 sedan

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe blue

Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept

Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe

Volkswagen Dune Concept

2014 Viper Mopar

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa roof stowed

2014 Lincoln MKS Sedan

2015 Mustang GT coupe

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa roof in place

Audi Allroad Shooting Break Concept

2014 Porsche Cayman S

Kia Stinger GT4 Concept

2015 Corvette Z06

2015 Acura TSX

2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

2015 Corvette Z06 engine

2015 Ford F150 pickup

2014 Mini Cooper S

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe white

2014 Kia Soul

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa

2015 Honda Fit

2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

2014 BMW M4 Coupe

Cadillac Crest 2015

2014 BMW M3 sedan

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