Honda unveiled the concept versions of the 9th generation 2012 Civic models at the 2011 NAIAS. Set to go on sale this Spring, the 2012 Civic will be available in traditional gasoline models, 2 Si models, as well as a hybrid and CNG models.
Ford’s press conference was heavy on the promise of more jobs in the Detroit area, commitment to global growth, and a not-so-subtle jab at the current generation of electric vehicles currently on the market today. Alan Mulally rolled out on stage in a Focus ST which will go on sale here in the U.S. later this year before talking about the 3 new fully electric vehicles they hope to have on sale by the end of next year and a full range of EVs by 2013.
Ford also showed off the Grand C-Max which will be the first C-segment vehicle sold in the U.S. and also a glimpse of what the next generation Escape would look like in the Vertrek Concept.
Audi showed off its all new A6 at the 2011 NAIAS stating that it has the potential to become one of the most successful business sedans in history. Shown in two different flavors, hybrid and TFSI, the A6 was a definite hit with the media as they crawled all over the cars for two full days. Though no real information was given about what powertrains North America will see, we guess that the 3.0T from the current A6 and S4 will be at least one of the options. A twin-turbo 4.0 V8 might be in the works down the road, but we really hope that Audi decides to offer the A6 with a diesel option here in the States.
Our verdict? The initial press photos of the A6 left us bored, however seeing it in the flesh is a completely different story. The new Audi A6 is one of the hottest sedans in any segment that we’ve seen.
Hyundai pulled the wraps off the new 3-door hatchback Veloster. The Veloster is powered by a 1.6-liter GDI Gamma engine which produces 138 horsepower and is estimated to get up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Weighing in at only 2,584 pounds, the Veloster is meant to be a sporty vehicle that delivers utility with a fun driving experience without stepping on the toes of the more performance oriented Genesis coupe.
Porsche just pulled the covers off their new 918 RSR at the 2011 North American International Auto Show here in Detroit. The 563 horsepower gasoline engine pairs with a pair of electric motors that help power the front wheels and brings the total power output up to 767 horsepower. Power is generated from an inertial flywheel mounted where the passenger seat would normally be, and spins at an incredible 36,000 RPM.
Porsche has not said when the 918 RSR will hit the track, but with Penske, Derek Bell and a few other motorsport legends in attendance, you can be sure that it probably won’t be long. Enjoy the gallery!