The Buick Encore – or Vauxhall Mokka as it is expected to be branded in the UK – is a compact SUV similar in size to the Skoda Yeti and Nissan Juke. Two- and four-wheel drive variants are expected to be offered when it goes on sale later this year.
Cadillac says the ATS is a serious attempt at cracking the dominance of German cars in the junior executive saloon segment. The rear-wheel drive ATS will feature two- and four-wheel drive variants, but only petrol engines will be offered from launch.
The Sonic RS is Chevrolet’s late debut in the hot hatch market. Although it is still unconfirmed for the UK – where it would be badged as Aveo – it would serve as a welcome halo model for the brand. Three concepts have been debuted too.
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The first fruit of the Fiat-Chrysler merger is the Dodge Dart, a compact four-door saloon based on a modified version of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta architecture. The other end of scale is represented by the Dodge Charger Redline, which is a showcase of Mopar performance kits which will be available later in the year.
Arguably the most important debut at the Detroit motor show is the Ford Fusion – a model which will become the Mondeo in European markets – the fourth global car heralded by the One Ford programme. The stunning looking C/D segment car has been previewed in last year's Evos concept, but buyers will need to wait until 2014 to find out how it drives.
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The Honda Accord Coupe might be a distant memory for British buyers, but continues to sell well in America. It is likely to be the first in a line of Accord concepts which will end with an all new production saloon model.
Hyundai’s product offensive continues at an alarming rate with the Veloster Turbo and Genesis Coupe. The hottest Veloster yet will rival the Volkswagen Scirocco and offer around 210bhp from a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A revised version of the rear-drive Genesis coupe will see power from its 3.8-litre V6 boosted to up to 350bhp.
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The LF-LC is a 2+2 coupe which Lexus is considering to put into production and shares several design elements with the LFA supercar. A revised version of the Land Cruiser-based LX570h has received attention from Lexus’ design team, with a new front end for the body-on-frame SUV.
Lincoln’s parent company Ford is desperate to move the luxurious brand up market again, and has invested heavily in new and facelifted models which will launch over the next two years. The first are the MKZ saloon concept, which shares its new platform with the forthcoming Ford Mondeo. The MKS saloon and MKT crossover will also receive a mid-life facelift.
The sixth-generation Mercedes SL promises refined performance when it goes on sale next July. Receiving its world debut, the SL will be up to 140kg lighter than the outgoing model despite packing a range of technological advances. Mercedes will also join the hybrid revolution in Detroit, with the debut of the E300 BlueTec diesel-electric saloon and a US-only E400 petrol hybrid.