Category - 2010 Detroit Auto Show

2010 NAIAS Preview – Chevy Aveo RS Concept

Chevy Aveo RS Concept

Forget everything you know about the Aveo name and how bad it was, as Chevy has pulled the sheets off the Aveo RS Concept which will debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show.  This new Aveo RS Concept is a slightly over-the-top look of what’s to come for the Aveo badge in the near future.  

We’re told that while the Aveo RS Concept won’t be destined for production, about 80% of what you see will make it to dealer showrooms, including the very nicely done interior, and agressive body lines.  This concept version of the Aveo is powered by the same 138 horsepower 1.4-liter inline-4 Ecotec engine which will make its way into the Chevrolet Cruze.  The new Aveo will be slightly smaller than the Cruze, but larger than the new Spark which is also expected to bow at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. 

While this is just a concept, we’re already impressed with what GM is doing with future product, and can’t wait to see the new Aveo go head to head with Ford’s new Fiesta.  Rumor has it that the Fiesta ST will be hitting our shores in the not too distant future, in which case an Aveo RS  would make perfect sense.  We can only hope. 

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2010 NAIAS Preview – Buick Regal GS Show Car

GM is continuing their streak of hot rod new models with the unveiling of the Buick Regal GS which will make its world debut at the 2010 North American International Auto Show next week.  Sized just below the LaCrosse sedan, the Regal is roughly the size of the Lexus IS, BMW 3-series and Audi A4. 

Though being called just a show car right now, every bit of the Regal GS would be easy to put into production since it is largely a carryover of the high performance European Opel Insignia OPC.  One big differentiation between the Buick and the Opel is that the Regal GS is powered by a turbocharged Ecotec 2.0L four-cylinder which makes 255 horsepower rather than the 325 horsepower 2.8L turbocharged V6 found in the Insignia.   The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission which transmits power to all four wheels via a Haldex AWD system. 

For more in-depth details, hit the jump.  We’ll have full coverage and photos from Cobo Hall starting on Monday January 11th.

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2010 NAIAS Preview: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac has been winning the hearts of the S:S:L staff here lately with the fantastic CTS, CTS-V and SRX models they’ve brought to market over the last couple of years.  Cadillac is expanding their already great product portfolio for 2010 with the 2011 CTS Coupe which was shown at the LA Auto Show, and this new CTS-V Coupe variant which will debut next week at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. 

While we have seen the CTS-V sedan (and Jack Baruth) in action on the race track, the CTS-V Coupe takes that same pavement shredding performance and packages it in a sexier body.  The rear track has been widened by an inch over the sedan, but most everything else is a carryover from the sedan model.  Power of course comes from the 556-horsepower supercharged LSA V8, mated to either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. 

Pricing has not been announced yet, but Cadillac promises the CTS-V Coupe will be showing up at dealers in the early Summer.  Look for continued coverage of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show here next week as our crack team hits the grounds of Cobo Hall on Monday January 11th. 

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2010 NAIAS Preview: 2011 Ford Mustang GT – The 5.0 is back

It’s no secret that we are big fans of the refreshed Ford Mustang here at Speed:Sport:Life. Nor are we alone: the vast majority of the automotive press has awarded the 2010 Mustang first place in the revitalized ponycar wars. The common theme among many reviewers is that the Mustang’s light weight, manageable size, and obsessive detailing are enough to overlook the relatively uncompetitive engine choices.

For the 2011 model year, those caveats are history. We’ve already shared the details on the variable-valve-timed, 300-plus-horsepower 2011 Mustang V6 with you, and now we are free to tell what has been the worst-kept secret in the industry: the five-liter Mustang is back, and it’s pissed off.

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2010 NAIAS Preview: 2011 BMW 740i and 740Li


BMW has released some preliminary specs on the 2011 BMW 740i and 740Li which will be introduced at the 2010 North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit.  The 2011 740i and 740Li mark the return of a six-cylinder 7-series in America which has been missing from the 7-series lineup since the 3.4-liter inline-6 that was found in the 1992 735i.  The 740i will be powered by BMW’s twin-turbocharged inline-6 cylinder engine which produces 315-horsepower @ 5800 rpm and 330 lb-ft of torque available from 1600 rpm.  Power will be sent to the rear wheels by way of BMW’s 6-speed automatic transmission.   The 2011 7-series models will be available for purchase in Spring of 2010.   

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2010 NAIAS Preview: MINI Beachcomber Concept


We’re just a few weeks away from the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and we’re starting to get our first glimpses of what the manufacturers will be showing off at the show.  In the case of MINI, it’s the wacky Beachcomber Concept which appears to be half Jeep, half Cooper.  MINI has fitted the Beachcomber Concept with an off-road suspension and tires which they say is “ideal for a spontaneous and active experience.”  We’re not exactly sure what that really means, but we do know that the Beachcomber Concept features a new all-wheel drive system called ALL4, which we’re sure will make its way down through the rest of MINI’s lineup.  MINI doesn’t go into a great deal of detail about the rest of the Beachcomber Concept’s features other than the vehicle was designed without doors or a conventional roof since they “limit the intensity of the occupant’s encounter with their surrounding world.” 

We’re not sure who gets paid to write these press releases, but we are sure that the MINI Beachcomber Concept is one ugly looking vehicle.  Look for the crack S:S:L team of Jack Baruth, Suzanne Denbow, Zerin Dube, Byron Hurd, and Carl Modesette to be bringing you photos and coverage live from the 2010 NAIAS floor starting January 11th.

Check out the full gallery of MINI Beachcomber Concept photos after the jump.

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