Detroit Auto Show

Detroit Auto Show

Displaying the kind of new technology they’re developing over there in Germany, Volkswagen is headed to the 2013 North American International Auto Show with an SUV concept that could very well be the peg for which VW bases their future production models on.

It’s called the CrossBlue Concept and by the sheer level of technology used on this SUV, you’d think that this is going to be all-conquering machine that can survive the apocalypse.

We’re not going to go that far because the CrossBlue is still, after all, a concept and any talk of production is still up for debate. Be that as it may, there’s plenty to like about the CrossBlue - and a few things not to like about it - a lot of which involves the highly sophisticated powertrain that makes use of a diesel engine, a hybrid system, and electric motors.

Find out more about the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept after the jump

The 2013 Detroit Auto Show brought another addition to the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup in the form of a new SRT version that adds an aggressive, upscale exterior appearance combined with a luxurious interior. The model is in fact an updated version of the now-famous Grand Cherokee SRT8 version, which will be put on sale later in 2013.

When compared to a standard Grand Cherokee, the SRT version will be featuring a more aggressive exterior look, with updates over the previous SRT8 version, including a new signature LED character lamp treatment, a brawnier grille, a new, one-touch liftgate and a new rear spoiler. On the inside, the model has received a new 8.4-inch touchscreen, a redesigned SRT-exclusive three-spoke and a few more other updates.

However, the most impressive update is the addition of a new 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers smoother, more refined shifting and improved fuel economy.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

Imagine the confusion when we discovered that a Fisker Karma was making its way to the Detroit Auto Show . Mind all of you, that’s not what really confused us; what did the trick was that this car isn’t actually a Karma, but it surelooked like one.

On top of that, it isn’t an electric car like the mustachioed Fisker; it’s a gasoline-powered sports car that comes with a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 powertrain. This, dear friends, is the Destino four-door performance sedan that’s being built as a collaboration between industrialist Gilbert Villereal and former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz. Yep, that Bob Lutz.

Not a whole lot is being made out of the Destino, presumably because it’s still in its relative infancy, although it is based on the electric Karma and will be built in Detroit under the auspices of VL Automotive with a retail date scheduled for the latter part of the year.

Find out more about the VL Automotive Destino after the jump

There’s no doubt that the most awaited car of the moment is the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette. Earlier today, Chevrolet unveiled the last teaser video for the upcoming sports car, now they announced that those of you interested can watch the unveiling of the new Corvette via live stream on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST.

What’s more, we have the link to said stream and you can see the unveiling on the above video feed, so you can watch the C7 `Vette unveiling without buying a ticket to Detroit.

The 2014 Corvette C7 has been teased for what seems like forever and Chevrolet has promised to offer us the best car ever. Teaser images and videos have offered us a first glimpse at the car’s new design language, and “unofficial” leaked images have given us some ideas on what to expect.

The only thing that we know for certain is that the new Corvette will be offered with an all-new LT1 6.2-liter small block V-8 engine that deliver at least 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

You can also watch it happen on the official Corvette C7 reveal website

Hit the jump for the official presentation.

The seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette will be making its world debut this evening at 7 PM , but we decided we can not wait that long and we’ve started to look online for the first images and, of course, we’ve found them. Apparently, the first images of the seventh generation Corvette have been unveiled thanks to the Road & Track magazine, whom accidentally leaked them online and the vigilant guys over Jalopnik found them.

As you can see from the first image of the front, the C7 Corvette will be featuring a new front grille, new headlamps with LED lights, a new hood of course the latest crossed-flag logo .

Everything else remains a secret until this evening, but you do know already the seventh generation Corvette will be offered with an all-new LT1 6.2-liter small block V-8 engine that deliver at least 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Source: Jalopnik

It looks like many automaker have used the 2013 Detroit Auto Show to preview their future design language, and Nissan is one of them. Their new Resonance Concept previews the "future direction of Nissan crossovers with smart, edgy design."

The exterior features a new V-Motion design language that includes the front grille, the hood and of course the new boomerang shaped headlights. What we really like about the new concept is that very cool Flare Orange exterior paint combined with the 22 aluminum-alloy wheels with Satin Chrome accents. The interior features a "VIP lounge" look and includes buttery leather and premium-stitched seats, an advanced instrument panel and a open glass roof.

The new Resonance is of course a hybrid vehicle: it combines a smaller displacement internal combustion gasoline engine with an electric motor

Updated 01/15/2013: This review has been updated with the full details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Resonance Concept.

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With nearly every detail, including extensive 3-D images of the final design, being leaked and featured, we have nothing to do but wait for the C7 Corvette’s official launch on January 13 at the NAIAS. Until that time, sit back and drool over this new teaser of the C7 that Chevrolet has posted online.

Dubbed "Creation,” this teaser focuses on the creation and assembly of the highly anticipated sports car. It shows the lighter, yet stronger, chassis, floor pan, and the marriage of the LT1 6.2-liter small block V-8 engine and transmission assembly into the chassis, a sight to behold...

With Chevrolet gunning for the top spot in performance, precision is a must throughout its build, an aspect Chevrolet is really proud of in the new `Vette.

We can’t wait for its official launch, which marks the dawn of a new era in American Performance. A car that sends chills down the spines of its European rivals and maybe even blow them out of the water (at least that’s what Chevrolet claims).

Toyota Corolla Furia Concept

Toyota has never been the flashy type when it comes to developing concept cars. Quite frankly, it’s been a while since a Toyota concept really caught our attention. There is, however, a modicum of interest on our part with the Furia Concept that the Japanese automaker has prepared for the Detroit Auto Show .

Toyota appears to really be hitching a lot on this concept because we’ve already seen a number of teasers based on it. Whether its photos or videos, the Japanese automaker has really put serious time and effort to drum up the hype for the Furia concept. It’ll be interesting to see what this concept is going to look like, but rumors are already flying that this concept is going to be the kind of cutting-edge model that Toyota isn’t really known for.

The Furia Concept is scheduled to make its debut on Monday, January 14th. If its expected debut is any indication — the use of 30 custom 46" transparent LCD screens — we’re definitely for a pretty interesting spectacle.

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While most manufacturers are busy prepping to launch brand new models to keep visitors drooling, Nissan has taken a different approach by announcing a new fragrance that soothes the visitors at the Nissan stall.

Dubbed the "vert oriental,” this fragrance is reported to smell like green tea leaves during the Chinese spring harvest, which is soon going to be the trademark "smell" of any Nissan. Clearly, that’s one aspect that no one bothers spending time on...

To make the odor familiar amongst visitors, Nissan will be periodically releasing the fragrance. So people planning to visit the NAIAS, you know what to look out for when you step into Nissan’s territory.

Other than that, Nissan will announce a radical new concept and a mini hatchback. Also sharing the spotlight will be the evergreen 2013 Nissan Leaf and people who love bling can look forward to the Gold GT-R developed with Usain Bolt.

To make the experience closer to the movie Minority Report, Nissan has installed an "Innovation Wall" that makes use of the Kinect sensor for X-Box to communicate with the visitors and explain the history of the brand’s achievements through six different screens. Pretty neat, huh?

Lexus will unveil Show the new IS sedan next week at the 2013 Detroit Auto and, as no surprise to anyone, alongside the standard sedan, we will also see the F Sport version. To wet our whistles a little, Lexus has dropped the first official images on the new generation IS and, surprisingly, they reveal the F-Sport version.

When compared to a standard version, the F-Sport variant will add a more aggressive look, featuring special grille and front bumper design, an enhanced three-dimensional mesh grille, larger cooling openings, a black grille surround and, of course, an exclusive set of wheels. The model will also be equipped with a tuned chassis, a lowered suspension and a sportier interior with sports seats made using an integrated foaming method that ensures there are no gaps between the upholstery and the filling.

Under the hood, the IS F-Sport will keep the same engines found in the standard IS, meaning a choice of 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter V-6 engines.

Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Detroit.

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