Luxury and sports cars shine at Detroit auto show16 january 2014, 13:14
The Detroit auto show opened with a renewed optimism as confident carmakers forecast more growth and unveiled powerful new trucks, sexy sports cars and an abundance of luxury.
After years of mass layoffs and painful restructuring which brought the US auto industry to its knees, the darkest days of the recession are receding into the rear-view mirror amid booming sales.
Automakers paraded their newest models, many with more horsepower, more aggressive profiles and ever-swankier cockpits, almost in celebration of the US market, now close to its pre-crash highs and girding for more solid growth this year. With some four dozen new models on offer, consumers were spoiled for choice -- if not overwhelmed.
Luxury vehicles and powerful sports cars stole the spotlight on the second day of the Detroit auto show Tuesday.
Here are the highlights of what was unveiled in the Motor City at the premier US auto show.
+ Toyota's luxury Lexus brand introduced a performance version of its powerful RC coupe -- the RC F -- fitted with a V8 engine that brings 450 horsepower, 383 pounds of torque and an attention to styling and detail that includes a F pattern in the mesh of its grill.
The 2015 Lexus RCF is revealed at the press preview at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan on January 14, 2014. ©AFP
+ Nissan's luxury Infiniti brand showed off a high-performance prototype of its Q50 Eau Rouge featuring carbon fiber bodywork, Formula One-inspired aerodynamics, and an aggressively hunkered stance.
The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge on display during a press preview at the North American International Auto Show January 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. ©AFP
+ GM unveiled its first compact luxury coupe with the Cadillac ATS, which has a wider and more aggressive stance that the four-door version and a lighter build that allows for a more powerful pickup.
The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe is unveiled during a press preview at the North American International Auto Show January 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. ©AFP
+ Honda's luxury Acura brand revealed a prototype of the TLX performance sedan that is set to hit showrooms mid-year that it described as a "red carpet athlete" infused with a race car spirit.
The new Acura TLX prototype is unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 14, 2014. ©AFP
+ Subaru unveiled a flagship performance model, the WRX STI, which will be limited to just 1,000 models and incorporates elements from the now defunct Impreza WRC rally car.
The new Subaru WRX STi is introduced at the press preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show January 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. ©AFP