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2014 Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept : Designed to evoke memories of the original Beetle-based beach buggy kits, the Dune boasts four-wheel drive, extra-large wheels, clever traction control and a rack for skis or surfboards. Photo:AFP
1/31Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept : Designed to evoke memories of the original Beetle-based beach buggy kits, the Dune boasts four-wheel drive, extra-large wheels, clever traction control and a rack for skis or surfboards. Photo:AFP
Volvo Concept XC Coupé : This wonderfully minimalist SUV coupé is inspired by the design of extreme sports equipment and scooped the official prize for best concept car at this year's auto show. Photo:AFP
2/31Volvo Concept XC Coupé : This wonderfully minimalist SUV coupé is inspired by the design of extreme sports equipment and scooped the official prize for best concept car at this year's auto show. Photo:AFP
Toyota FT-1 concept : Toyota attempts to distill everything it knows about building sports cars into one jaw-dropping concept. The FT-1's design references every fast car the company has ever produced, including the legendary 2000GT of the 1960s. Photo:AFP
3/31Toyota FT-1 concept : Toyota attempts to distill everything it knows about building sports cars into one jaw-dropping concept. The FT-1's design references every fast car the company has ever produced, including the legendary 2000GT of the 1960s. Photo:AFP
Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept : Audi's latest show car proves that no vehicle is too small to get the SUV treatment. The finished car also suggests that the shooting break style - i.e., the three-door estate car - is coming back into vogue. Photo:AFP
4/31Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept : Audi's latest show car proves that no vehicle is too small to get the SUV treatment. The finished car also suggests that the shooting break style - i.e., the three-door estate car - is coming back into vogue. Photo:AFP
Kia GT4 Stinger concept : The biggest surprise when the wraps were taken off the Stinger concept was that it had been created by Kia, a company not exactly well-known for producing sportscars. Looks like all of that is about to change. Photo:AFP
5/31Kia GT4 Stinger concept : The biggest surprise when the wraps were taken off the Stinger concept was that it had been created by Kia, a company not exactly well-known for producing sportscars. Looks like all of that is about to change. Photo:AFP
Honda FCEV Concept : This is what Honda thinks the average family car will look like if fuel cell electric power goes mainstream but the concept also features several styling clues as to the visual direction of its upcoming cars such as the long-awaited NSX. Photo:AFP
6/31Honda FCEV Concept : This is what Honda thinks the average family car will look like if fuel cell electric power goes mainstream but the concept also features several styling clues as to the visual direction of its upcoming cars such as the long-awaited NSX. Photo:AFP
Nissan Sport Sedan Concept : Nissan promises that from a design perspective at least, this concept will be the shape of things to come. It also claims that the car's exterior color was inspired by 'the craftsmanship and rich finish of noted classic violins.' Photo:AFP
7/31Nissan Sport Sedan Concept : Nissan promises that from a design perspective at least, this concept will be the shape of things to come. It also claims that the car's exterior color was inspired by 'the craftsmanship and rich finish of noted classic violins.' Photo:AFP
Acura TLX Prototype : Less of a concept and more of a final draft, a production version of this sporty, yet luxurious sedan will be hitting US streets later this year. Photo:AFP
8/31Acura TLX Prototype : Less of a concept and more of a final draft, a production version of this sporty, yet luxurious sedan will be hitting US streets later this year. Photo:AFP
The BMW M4 : The number may have changed - in the past, this car was known as the M3 coupé - but that is all that is different. The M4 can keep up with supercars or blitz a track record but it is also practical enough for the daily commute, the weekly shop or the school run. Photo:AFP
9/31The BMW M4 : The number may have changed - in the past, this car was known as the M3 coupé - but that is all that is different. The M4 can keep up with supercars or blitz a track record but it is also practical enough for the daily commute, the weekly shop or the school run. Photo:AFP
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06 : One of the potential stars of this year's show, the new Z06 is the most powerful off-the-peg Corvette in history but thanks to a host of carbon fiber tweaks and suspension changes, that performance should be easier than ever to keep in check. Photo:AFP
10/312015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06 : One of the potential stars of this year's show, the new Z06 is the most powerful off-the-peg Corvette in history but thanks to a host of carbon fiber tweaks and suspension changes, that performance should be easier than ever to keep in check. Photo:AFP
Ford P150 : The world's most popular vehicle the Ford Pick Up has had an aluminum-bodied makeover to improve fuel consumption, handling and performance. Photo:AFP
11/31Ford P150 : The world's most popular vehicle the Ford Pick Up has had an aluminum-bodied makeover to improve fuel consumption, handling and performance. Photo:AFP
Ford Mustang Convertible : Although announced in the run-up to the event, the Detroit show is the first chance that fans will get to see the new Ford Mustang Convertible in the flesh, and it looks as good with the roof lopped off as it does in hard-top form. How the change will impact its handling is yet to be seen. Photo:AFP
12/31Ford Mustang Convertible : Although announced in the run-up to the event, the Detroit show is the first chance that fans will get to see the new Ford Mustang Convertible in the flesh, and it looks as good with the roof lopped off as it does in hard-top form. How the change will impact its handling is yet to be seen. Photo:AFP
Porsche 911 Targa 4 : Like the Mustang, the Targa is a 1960s icon that has been bought bang up to date. The new car has the wraparound rear windshield of the original model but the removable roof panel now automatically lowers itself into the trunk. An operation that has to be seen live to appreciate the triumph of engineering that must have been needed. Photo:AFP
13/31Porsche 911 Targa 4 : Like the Mustang, the Targa is a 1960s icon that has been bought bang up to date. The new car has the wraparound rear windshield of the original model but the removable roof panel now automatically lowers itself into the trunk. An operation that has to be seen live to appreciate the triumph of engineering that must have been needed. Photo:AFP
The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon midsize truck makes its world debut on the eve of the Press preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (AFP photo)
14/31The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon midsize truck makes its world debut on the eve of the Press preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (AFP photo)
Honda Fit : Potentially the perfect city car, Honda's ingenious packaging means that a family of four plus their luggage can somehow fit inside the Honda Fit and probably have a whale of a time thanks to a great little engine, nippy handling and a host of high-tech features. Photo:AFP
15/31Honda Fit : Potentially the perfect city car, Honda's ingenious packaging means that a family of four plus their luggage can somehow fit inside the Honda Fit and probably have a whale of a time thanks to a great little engine, nippy handling and a host of high-tech features. Photo:AFP
Mini John Cooper Works: Ok, technically this is a concept car, but one that will give the growing hordes of Mini fans a very clear idea of what to expect when the production version of the John Cooper Works pocket rocket hits the street in 2015. Photo:AFP
16/31Mini John Cooper Works: Ok, technically this is a concept car, but one that will give the growing hordes of Mini fans a very clear idea of what to expect when the production version of the John Cooper Works pocket rocket hits the street in 2015. Photo:AFP
Mercedes-Benz C220 : Not only has Mercedes shrugged off the conservative styling for the latest version of its most popular car, the C Class, it has packed it full of creature comforts and advanced features that it usually reserves exclusively for its flagship S Class. Photo:AFP
17/31Mercedes-Benz C220 : Not only has Mercedes shrugged off the conservative styling for the latest version of its most popular car, the C Class, it has packed it full of creature comforts and advanced features that it usually reserves exclusively for its flagship S Class. Photo:AFP
Volkswagen Golf R : Reminding everyone why the Golf is the undisputed king of the hot hatchback, the ‘R' has permanent four wheel drive, 296HP on tap, a dual-clutch paddle-shift gearbox like the one on a Bugatti Veyron and can go from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds, yet has great fuel economy. Photo: AFP
18/31Volkswagen Golf R : Reminding everyone why the Golf is the undisputed king of the hot hatchback, the ‘R' has permanent four wheel drive, 296HP on tap, a dual-clutch paddle-shift gearbox like the one on a Bugatti Veyron and can go from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds, yet has great fuel economy. Photo: AFP
2015 Chrysler 200: This could be the car that turns Chrysler around. It has four wheel drive, a host of high-tech driver aids, a potent little V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. What's more, its interior trim levels also threaten to challenge European standards. Photo:AFP
19/312015 Chrysler 200: This could be the car that turns Chrysler around. It has four wheel drive, a host of high-tech driver aids, a potent little V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. What's more, its interior trim levels also threaten to challenge European standards. Photo:AFP
The new Mercedes-Benz 2015 C-Class is displayed during a private preview for media at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan on the eve of the 2014 North American International Auto Show. (Reuters photo)
20/31The new Mercedes-Benz 2015 C-Class is displayed during a private preview for media at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan on the eve of the 2014 North American International Auto Show. (Reuters photo)
A Mercedes C-Class sedan is unveiled at a press event on the eve of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (AFP photo)
21/31A Mercedes C-Class sedan is unveiled at a press event on the eve of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (AFP photo)
Tadge Juechter, chief engineer for the Corvette, poses with the Car of the Year Award next to a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Reuters photo)
22/31Tadge Juechter, chief engineer for the Corvette, poses with the Car of the Year Award next to a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Reuters photo)
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray chief engineer Tadge Juechter holds up the North American Car of the Year award at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (AP photo)
23/31Chevrolet Corvette Stingray chief engineer Tadge Juechter holds up the North American Car of the Year award at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (AP photo)
The Chevrolet Silverado has been named North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show, while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been named North American Car of the Year. (AP photo)
24/31The Chevrolet Silverado has been named North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show, while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been named North American Car of the Year. (AP photo)
Mark Fields, Ford CEO, speaks near a Ford Fiesta during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.(Reuters photo)
25/31Mark Fields, Ford CEO, speaks near a Ford Fiesta during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.(Reuters photo)
A view of the grille area of a new Ford F-150 pickup truck as it is displayed during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.(Reuters photo)
26/31A view of the grille area of a new Ford F-150 pickup truck as it is displayed during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.(Reuters photo)
Raj Nair, group vice president for Ford Global Product Development, speaks next to a trio of new F-150 pickup trucks during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Reuters photo)
27/31Raj Nair, group vice president for Ford Global Product Development, speaks next to a trio of new F-150 pickup trucks during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Reuters photo)
Ford introduces the new F-150 pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The auto show opens to the public January 18-26. (AFP photo)
28/31Ford introduces the new F-150 pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The auto show opens to the public January 18-26. (AFP photo)
Ford introduces the new F-150 pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The auto show opens to the public January 18-26. (AFP photo)
29/31Ford introduces the new F-150 pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The auto show opens to the public January 18-26. (AFP photo)
The new Toyota FT-1 Concept is revealed at the press preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (AFP photo)
30/31The new Toyota FT-1 Concept is revealed at the press preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (AFP photo)
Toyota FT-1 concept car's grille area as it is unveiled during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Reuters photo)
31/31Toyota FT-1 concept car's grille area as it is unveiled during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Reuters photo)
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