The 2013 Detroit Auto Show is scheduled to run from January 14 through January 27. As we all know, this is one of the most important events on the automotive calendar and increasingly a place for car companies to show off new green technology, where consumers get a taste of the new trend in the market. It should be a surprise that the list of green cars, whether we’re talking compacts, diesels, electrics or hybrids, grows longer with each running of the show.
Detroit is one of 65 shows that will be held in the U.S. this year, from a tiny one in Toledo, to New York and Chicago gatherings that attract more than 1 million visitors each year. Detroit has been holding an auto show almost continuously since the early 1900s, when local dealers lined up a handful of cars alongside fishing and hunting gear. More than half of visitors at the Detroit show are shopping for a new car, according to informal polls, and with car sales stronger than they’ve been in five years, attendance at NAIAS and other shows could be higher in 2013, after slipping during the recession. Car sales rose 13 percent to 14.5 million last year and could reach 15 million in 2013.
The first auto show was held in Detroit in 1907 at Beller’s Beer Garden at Riverside Park and since then annually except for 1943-1952. It was renamed the North American International Auto Show in 1989. Since 1965, it has been held at Cobo Center where it occupies nearly one million square feet of floor space.
The show begins with press preview days, industry preview days and a charity preview event. The charity preview raises money for local children’s charities.
Cars we’re expecting to see:
Volkswagen CrossCoupe TDI Concept:
An updated Tiguan crossover is coming from Volkswagen in 2014, and although the final details of the production model are not available, the company continues to tease auto show audiences with conceptual hints like the Cross Coupe. The concept is nothing new, , having initially appeared at Geneva last year, but could VW be hinting at something by showing it again in Detroit?
Honda Urban SUV Concept: Honda will preview a sporty subcompact SUV in Detroit that’s based on the Fit platform and could hint at the new styling direction for the Japanese automaker’s small cars. This may be the most ambiguous concept sketch we’ve ever seen. But it’s also the first glimpse we’ve got of Honda’s new sub-CR-V crossover, dimly named the Urban SUV concept.
Toyota Furia Concept: After presenting a teaser video of the Furia Concept, Toyota is teasing us with some exquisite images. Unfortunately, Toyota hasn’t released any sort of details about the concept. Speculations in the automotive world suggest that the Furia gives us a glimpse of Toyota’s future design philosophy for mass-market cars. We do know that Toyota’s Corolla sedan is due for an update soon, so perhaps this new Furia might be a preview.
Via Motors X-Truck: Former Vice Chairman of General Motors, Bob Lutz, in his matter-of-fact style, proudly proclaims in a video released from Via Motors that he will unveil three new electric vehicles (EVs) from the company during the Detroit Auto Show next week. Lutz, a member of Via’s board of directors, says in the brief video that he will unveil “something that has never been seen before.” One of these will be an extended-range electric pickup with more than 800 horsepower on tap.
Also, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette showed its face before its Detroit Auto Show debut, following a leak yesterday of the rear of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. We now have a picture of the front of the car, via Road & Track magazine, as well.