5 Most Significant Production Debuts from NAIAS

Every Auto Show across the world has some kind of significance when it comes to new cars, whether it's a newly designed exotic or a new Hybrid. At NAIAS, there were numerous displays, but 5 were chosen as the most significant, and each for a different reason.

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

The introduction of the Genesis marks 3 very important firsts for Hyundai. This will be the automakers first attempt into the larger luxury sedan market. The Genesis also marks Hyundai's first V8 and their first rear-wheel drive platform. A total of 3 different motor options are available, 2 V6's rated at 268hp and 290hp and a high-output V8 rated at 370hp. All 3 will be connected to a 6-speed automatic. Prices will between $29,000 and $35,000 depending on engine package and options.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Unless you have been hiding in a cave since December, you have already heard the ZR-1 is the most powerful and fastest production Corvette ever built. As one would suspect, it is also the Corvette that will leave the biggest dent in your checking account at $100,000. This is significant not only to GM but also to Corvette lovers across the nation as this is first ZR-1 since 1995 which was rated at 405hp. 8 years and 215hp later we are still in awe.

BMW 335d

The 3-Series BMW's have always been very popular, but now with the introduction of a performance oriented Diesel under the hood, it's safe to say it will be become much more popular. The performance diesel crazy is slowly starting to catch on and it is definitely a plus knowing one is making its way onto American soil. Who won't love the idea of a 3.0L making 425ft/lbs of torque? Can't wait to test drive this one.

Volkswagen Passat CC

Once again, the CC gets Kudos. Not only is the first Passat that looks exceptionally nice, it is also laden with electronics and sensors and all kinds of things to make long trips easier. Electronic lane control helps to keep the V-Dub between the correct set of lines and will counter-steer if needed. 3 different suspension modes allow for aggressive driving or relaxed cruising. Motor options will be the same as the standard Passat with a Turbo 2.0L standard with a 3.6L option.

Cadillac CTS-V

It only takes 2 words to sum this one up "Horsepower War." It was common knowledge that the CTS-V would have at least 500hp, which was to keep up with BMW M-5. What we got was a little more than that at 550hp and 550ft/lbs of torque, which coincidentally beats both the M5 and the Mercedes AMG. Transmissions come in either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. According to GM the supercharged 6.2L should hit 60mph in less than 5 seconds.

The Detroit Auto Show is officially over and Chicago is comming up in about a week. Let's see what the world's automakers come up with next.

Hat Tip : Automobile Magazine

George Delozier
Automotive Innovations