Detroit NAIAS news 2009-12-23

Two More Reveals Slotted for 2010 North American International Auto Show Troy, MI - December 23, 2009 - The list of 2010 North American International Auto Show reveals is growing. Recent updates include the worldwide reveal of the Cadillac CTS-V...

Two More Reveals Slotted for 2010 North American International Auto Show

Troy, MI - December 23, 2009 - The list of 2010 North American International Auto Show reveals is growing. Recent updates include the worldwide reveal of the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and the US debut of the Honda CR-Z. Check out the latest from Motor Trend Magazine's online outlet below.

"We anticipate more news over the next couple of weeks leading up to the show, and know there will be additional surprises that will make news around the world," said Doug Fox, chairman, 2010 NAIAS. "With an estimated 40 reveals at NAIAS to date, and yet still having news like this to share is sure to make Detroit the hot spot in January, with more news to come over the coming weeks for the global marketplace."

Motor Trend 2010 Detroit Auto Show Preview: View Your Favorites Now You don't need to like BMWs, electric vehicles, or even electric BMWs to appreciate what the upcoming 2010 Detroit auto show has to offer.

As we approach the show's early January opening dates, our special Detroit show page will be continuously updated. The North American International Auto Show still demands respect from automakers around the world, and there are plenty of concepts and production vehicles to peruse as we continue to bring you new information leading up to the show.

There will be convertibles, like the luxurious 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet and the sporting 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is. Check our Detroit show page to see how Audi's new flagship, the 2011 A8, appears on the floor of an auto show.

We're certainly not forgetting about the anticipated U.S. debut of the Honda CR-Z. Will the leaked specifications of the Japanese domestic market sporty hybrid be identical to the performance of the American version?

If you can't make it to the newly renovated Cobo Center this time, let us do the work. Just head over to our show page over the next few weeks to see updates on your favorite show debuts. In the meanwhile, let us know which vehicles you're most looking forward to seeing at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

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Cadillac Bringing CTS-V Coupe, Mystery Concept to 2010

Cadillac has revealed that a V-Series high-performance variant of the new 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe will share the spotlight with a new concept at the Detroit auto show next month. The concept is believed to be a pre-production version of either the ATS or XTS small and large cars that Cadillac has been teasing over the past year or so.

So far, Cadillac has released only this tightly cropped teaser picture of the unnamed concept and the promise that it will showcase the latest advances in Cadillac's Art and Science design language. While the picture purposely obscures the vehicle, we can see that it is a sedan and bears significant resemblance to the current CTS but with new headlights and mirrors likely too small to see production.

Based on information provided by our own Todd Lassa during a no-photographs open house at GM headquarters back in August, we believe this concept is the XTS. Lassa described the XTS as having a short axle-to-dash ratio and a grille that blended styling elements of the Sixteen and Converj concepts. The car he was shown was also painted gray while the ATS was painted blue, though GM has had more than enough time to repaint them. The ATS, meanwhile, was described as having a shorter, wider grille to make the car look wider, not taller. This picture appears to suggest a larger car, but the angle makes it difficult to be certain.

If it is the XTS, it will most likely be built on a stretched version of GM's Epsilon II FWD architecture and will likely feature the 3.6L direct-injection V-6 engine and will offer AWD. If it's the ATS, it will be RWD-based and will likely utilize both V-6 and four-cylinder engines. Both cars are planned for a 2011 debut likely as 2012 models.

What do you think? Are we looking at the long-awaited STS/DTS replacement known as XTS, or is this the BMW 3-Series-fighting ATS? Make your guess in the comments below and stay tuned to Motor Trend's complete coverage of the 2010 North American International Auto Show, live from Detroit.

Entering its 22nd year as an international event, the North American International Auto Show is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world and is one of the largest media events in North America. The NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. The NAIAS Web site can be accessed at www.naias.com.

-source: naias

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