The TorqueNews Top Vehicles of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show - GM takes the cake
While literally every company had something new to show off at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, some companies made far more noise with either concepts, production debuts or both. From new models headed to dealerships soon that will instantly enter the automotive history books to concepts that will likely never come close to production – Detroit 2013 brought us a spread of debuts that warrants one last look with the very best deserving some extra special attention.
For the TorqueNews.com Top Vehicles of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, we came up with 9 different categories pertaining to specific vehicles at the NAIAS along with a special recognition for the automaker who stole the show in 2013. Those 9 categories are Best Sedan, Best Coupe, Best SUV, Best Convertible, Best Truck, Best Concept Vehicle, Best Production Debut, Best Performance Car and Best Alternative Power Vehicle. For each of those categories, we will look at our top three along with offering a little information on the vehicles that we picked – listing them in dramatic reverse order, of course. Click any of the vehicle titles to see more information and unique imagery of the vehicle in question!
Third Place – Lexus IS – This super sporty small sedan made its world debut at Cobo Hall in both the aggressive F Sport package and the IS Hybrid that will not be sold in the US. The entire Lexus brand is undergoing a dramatic shift to more aggressive styling – a feature which is well worn by the new IS.
Second Place – Toyota Corolla Furia Concept – The Toyota Corolla has maintained its position as one of the bestselling passenger cars in the US market even though the Corolla is lacking the more striking styling seen by many of the new competitors in the compact sedan segment. The Furia Concept is a bit too extreme in the form in which is debuted in Detroit but with a few minor tweaks, the Furia shows that the Corolla could be coming with its own aggressive design of its own to compete with the likes of the Ford Fusion, the Hyundai Elantra and the Dodge Dart.
The Best Sedan of Detroit – Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept – The HCD-14 Genesis Concept might have a bunch of gadgetry inside that will combine with the suicide rear doors to compile a long list of features of this sharp sedan concept that wont be offered in a production car any time soon but at the same time – it gives us our first look at the next generation of Hyundai exterior design. The Genesis sedan has a sporty look but should the Korean automaker be able to apply the design of the HCD-14 to a production version of the next generation Genesis sedan – we can expect a big spike in popularity.
Third Place – Mercedes Benz E Class Coupe – The Mercedes Benz E Class stormed into Detroit with a huge spread of new models with the majority of the attention being focused on the high performance AMG E63 sedan. However, the super aggressive new E Class Coupe will join with the E Class Cabrio in helping the E Class claim a bigger chunk of the segment moving forward.
Second Place – 2014 Cadillac ELR – General Motors needs to make money on the drivetrain of the Chevrolet Volt and the 2014 Cadillac ELR will be the car that helps them company do that right away. The ELR is built on the same chassis as the Chevy Volt but the exclusion of the rear doors and a vastly unique styling of the own makes the ELR one of the most efficient and attractive luxury coupes in the world. The ELR appears frequently throughout our awards – for good reason.
The Best Coupe of Detroit – 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – There is no question that no vehicle drew more attention leading up to the show or after the start of the show than the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The new C7 Stingray is the striking newest chapter in the 60 year history of the mighty Corvette and while this new Corvette has vastly unique styling from the old models – it debuted in Detroit and became a major part of automotive history all at once. It was a tight race between the Corvette and the Cadillac ELR for best coupe but considering the simple fact that the debut of the seventh generation of the historic American performance car, we had to give the nod to the Vette.
Third Place – 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee – the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV of all times and with the introduction of the 2014 Grand Cherokee, the popular large sport ute gets an aggressive, upscale facelift. Along with that comes a new Grand Cherokee SRT with 470 horsepower and a towing capacity of over 7,000 pounds while a new super efficient 3.0L EcoDiesel will help make the Grand Cherokee one of the most fuel efficient models in the class.