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Highlights of North American International Auto Show

Detroit is host to the North American International Auto Show every year, where manufacturers get to roll out their newest offerings. Not surprisingly, the NAIAS draws huge crowds from all over; last year’s show brought close to 800,000 people to the city, and this year’s NAIAS promises to be a worthy follow-up to the 2013 show. A few debuts to look forward to this year: 

  • 2015 Ford Mustang: Redesigned with a lower silhouette, wider stance, facelifted grille and revamped suspension, the next-generation of the pony car will feature a standard 3.7 liter V6 that churns out over 300 horsepower, as well as an all-new 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine and an upgraded 5.0 liter V8 that yields over 420 horsepower. Even with the changes, the Mustang bloodlines are still clearly there in the overhauled sheet metal.

  • 2015 Chrysler 200: The previous generation of 200 was rather underwhelming, but Chrysler plans to change all that with the 2015 200. The flagship compact will feature sleek new sheetmetal , niceties like full-LED daytime running lamps and three separate trim levels. The 200 will come standard with Chrysler’s 184-horsepower 2.4 liter MultiAir2 four-cylinder, with an available 3.6 liter V6 that churns out best-in-class 295 horsepower.

  • Toyota FT-1 Sports Car Concept: Low and sleek, the Toyota FT-1 revisits traditional sports car design with the driver’s seat farther back for improved weight distribution, along with a long hood and wraparound windshield. The FT-1 should point the way forward from the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and Scion FR-S coupes. FT stands for “Future Toyota,” while the 1 denotes “the ultimate expression of Toyota coupe design.”

  • 2015 Ford F-150: The much-anticipated next-generation F150 trims 700 lbs off last year’s model by use of aluminum and high-strength steel in the truck’s frame and body panels. The 2015 model will feature a 2.7 liter EcoBoost engine with standard Auto Start-Stop, which shuts off the engine when the vehicle stops. It will also offer a 3.5 liter V6 and 5.0 liter V8, with a significant hike in gas mileage.