As the automotive industry settles into the normal routine for the 2015 calendar year, it is time to showcase the latest products of the year at the first auto show destination of this year. The first stop on the international auto show circuit is Detroit, The Motor town of U.S.A for the 2015 North American International Auto Show or for simplicity sake, N.A.I.A.S. As the show opens for the public tomorrow, Monday the 12th of January, here are five cars we believe people should checkout at this year’s show, so, lets find out what are these five cars, shall we?
In no particular order, here are five cars we believe that people must checkout inside the auto show while avoiding the biting cold outside.
1) Lexus GS-F
The super-sedan segment is dominated by the Europeans and especially the German automakers. After being absent for decades in this auto segment, Lexus, with its 2016 GS-F sedan, are bringing a player into this cut-throat field which we believe can easily hold its ground. In order to compete against the Europeans, Lexus engineers have fitted their popular GS sedan with a 5.0 L naturally V8 which is tuned to produce 467 horsepower and 389 lb.ft. of torque. The lone transmission choice is an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Unlike its small brother, the Lexus GS F Sport, the GS-F will send all of its power to the rear wheels instead of the heavier all wheel drive system. So, even if you are not a huge Lexus fan, do stop by their booth to at least checkout this beauty.
2) 2016 Buick Cascada
Buick is bringing sexy back to its North American lineup with this attractive 2+2 convertible from its German wing, Opel. The Buick Cascada is nothing but a Opel Cascada with is Opel badges replaced with Buick badges. However, unlike GM’s previous badge engineering jobs, this one is actually a good one. For the first time, Americans can experience the Cascada in the same way Europeans have been for the past two years. However, due to the safety regulation variation between the U.S. and the Europeans, the Cascada might gain a few additional pounds in the name of safety and a slightly less aggressive suspension tune to cope with the rougher American roads. The overall good news is that the engine and the transmission will not be changed before it leaves the European ports for the American roads. At launch, the Cascada will feature a 1.6 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 200 horsepower and 206 lb.ft. of torque. The lone transmission is a six-speed automatic unit. However, later in its production cycle, Buick might offer a 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder as found in the Buick Verano and a possibility of a six-speed manual transmission. With spring and summer just around the corner, Buick could not have picked a better time to excite the consumers who are in the market for an European tuned and engineered 2+2 convertible from America’s largest automaker.
3) 2016 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Since we are at Detroit, it is no surprise that this list features multiple entries from General Motors. For those who think the Volt is a little big and expensive before the tax and government rebates, Chevrolet is unveiling a smaller and less expensive EV in the form of the 2016 Chevrolet Bolt, which when launched, will have a retail price of $30,000 (which is before the tax and government rebates of course). General Motors expects the range of the Bolt to be around 200 miles on a full battery charge. The batteries for the Bolt is manufactured by LG Chem, the same guys who make the batteries for the larger Volt. The Chevrolet Bolt is built to compete with Tesla’s new car, which should slot between the popular Model S. So, if you are one of those environmentally conscious consumer, you should definitely checkout the Bolt in Chevrolet’s booth at the auto show.
4) 2016 Volvo S 60 Cross Country
Volvo is a Swedish company owned by a Chinese automaker. But, we strongly believe that most Volvo’s board members are Americans because the 2016 Volvo S 60 Cross Country combines two automotive characteristics we truly love, high ground clearance and the sedan body style. Compared to the standard S 60 sedan, the Cross Country version of the sedan sits 2.9 inches higher to tackle the massive snow drifts in the mid-west and comes standard with side body cladding and all wheel drive. The lone engine and transmission combination for the American market is a 2.5 L inline five engine which generates 250 horsepower and 266 lb.ft. of torque. The power is routed to all four corners via a six-speed automatic transmission. If a sedan with slight offroading capabilities is something you want for the new year, the 2016 Volvo S 60 Cross Country is the only car for you because at the moment, there are no other cars/crossovers out there to directly compete with this super niche model.
5) 2016 Alfa Romeo 4 C Spider
So, none of the four cars mentioned above caught your interest yet? Well, how about this one then?, the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4 C Spider. The Fiat owned Alfa Romeo is coming back to America with some truly sexy and breath-taking models. In 2007, to whet our appetites, Alfa released the Maserati V8 powered 8 C coupé and in 2010 released the even more gorgeous 8 C convertible. Now, that Alfa is coming back into the American market for good, they are releasing models that may not have the exotic drivetrain or the price tag, but have sexy body designs that one can stare at for hours, days, weeks or even months! Like its coupé counterpart, the spider comes standard with a 1.75 L turbocharged 4 cylinder engine which produces 240 horsepower and 255 lb.ft. of torque. The transmission connecting the engine to the rear wheels is a six-speed, dual dry clutch automatic with paddle shifters. We do realize that there are hatchbacks out there that make more power and torque than the Alfa Romeo 4 C, but we will put our reputation on the line by saying there is no other car out there at this price range, that will excite you behind the wheel as much as this cute little Italian convertible, so check it out while you are the Alfa Romeo booth.
So, there you have it, here are the five cars we believe that you must checkout at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. While there, make sure to look at all of these cars with as much time as you have because we know one thing for sure, at this time of the year, the inside is much hotter than the outside. Also, if you have any cars on your list that you are looking forward to checkout at the auto show, share it with us in the comments below.