Detroit Auto Show sets off for future classics

The 2013 version of the North American International Auto Show promises to be informative and more serious than many of the earlier automotive extravaganzas at Cobo Center in Detroit. It also had plenty of show-offs that could easily be classic cars in the future.

The numbers of hybrids and other alternative-fuel vehicles continue to grow with even Volkswagen putting forth a bright-red plug-in TDI hybrid Cross Coupe. Hyundai featured a diagram of a gas-electric hybrid Sonata capable of traveling some 20 miles on electricity alone before using the full hybrid system. At-home charging kits for electrics and at least one sample of the powerful 440-volt fast charge gave credence that as consumers warm up to electric vehicles there will soon be a variety of ways to “top off.”

Detroit auto makers Chrysler and General Motors celebrated the naming of the 2013 Dodge Ram as North American Truck of the Year and the Cadillac ATS as North American Car of the Year.

The highly anticipated Chevrolet Corvette for 2014 bowed in Detroit. Other 2014 production vehicles seen for the first time anywhere included the Acura MDX crossover, Audi RS7 sedan, Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid, Ford Transit commercial vans, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Infiniti Q50 sedan, Lexus IS sedan, Mercedes CLA sedan and Nissan’s Versa hatchback.

Concepts including the BMW 4-series coupe, Ford 2015 F-150, Honda subcompact crossover, Hyundai luxury sedan, Lincoln compact crossover, Toyota Furia compact and Volkswagen seven-passenger SUV were unveiled at the January show.