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2018 North American International Auto Show, Detroit

Batteries included: Mercedes-AMG revealed its new 53 series at the Detroit motor show, the brand's first model to sport a hybrid powertrain.

Detroit motor show to kickstart 2018 season

18 Jan 2018


Now that things are beginning to cool down at the 2018 NAIAS, lets take a look back at some of the things this year's Detroit show has had to offer.

The Koreans were in full force, with Kia unveiling its heavily-revised Cerato that scored Stinger-esque design cues and a warmed-over GT variant. Kia also revealed plans to put its Telluride full-size SUV into production, and Hyundai outed its all-new Veloster which was upgraded from a 1.6-litre to a 2.0-litre motor as standard in the entry-level model.

Mercedes-AMG debuted its new 53-series which sports the first hybrid powertrain to wear the AMG badge. The donk in question is Merc's M256 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder matched up to a combined starter motor and alternator. The new hybrid set-up will be rolled out in the CLS, E-Class coupe and cabriolet models in Australia late this year.

American manufacturers had a strong presence for their first home show of the year, with Ford getting the ball rolling by re-birthing the iconic Mach 1 nameplate by way of a 'Tesla rivalling' all-electric performance SUV. Keeping the traditionalists happy, Ford also revealed its new Bullitt Mustang alongside the original movie-car once steered by Steve McQueen.

FCA launched its all-new fifth-generation Ram 1500 and Chevy revealed its Silverado 1500. While these pick-ups may be hot tickets in the States, local demand is unlikely to warrant right-hook production models direct from factory.

As usual, conceptual models stole the headlines with Lexus previewing a forthcoming “flagship crossover” with its new LF-1 Limitless concept. Infiniti also showcased its future design direction with the Q Inspiration concept, and Nissan followed suit with its high-tech mid-size SUV concept dubbed Xmotion.

Bentley brought the muscle to its Bentayga SUV, throwing in a potent 4.0-litre V8 shared with the upcoming Cayenne Turbo, and Jeep pulled the covers off its facelifted Cherokee.


The North American International Auto Show is set to start the 2018 season off with a bang. As always, this year's Detroit show will no doubt feature some exciting new stuff from electric vehicles, muscle cars, innovative concepts, high-end supercars and everything else in-between.

Last year's event saw some impressive unveilings including VW's all-electric ID Buzz, Audi's BMW X6-challenging Q8 Concept and the next-generation Toyota Camry. Perhaps the most exciting exhibit was Kia's all-new Stinger with its award-winning design, high performance and argued status as the Holden Commodore's spiritual successor.

Stay tuned for all the latest leading up to and during the 2018 Detroit motor show.

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