Porsche 911 Targa, Mercedes C Class and more at the Detroit auto show
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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is an annual auto show held in Detroit, Michigan at the Cobo Centre - the largest show in North America. The first auto show was held in Detroit back in 1907 at Riverside Park and since then every year. Today, it takes up almost 1 million square feet of floor space and located amongst the headquarters for Chrysler, Ford and General Motors the three main American car manufacturers.
German car manufacture has begun a new series of C-class, announced a month ago but first revealed at the Detroit motor show. The main difference with the C-class is firstly the machine is now 221lbs lighter at 100kg, secondly, an increased wheelbase, which gave the opportunity to increase interior space, which adds 25mm to rear legroom and the trunk has also increased to 480 litres.
The new design looks more aggressive while maintaining its superior elegance. The interior is made to match the exterior, which is restrained and tasteful. The new C-class is crammed with all sorts of functions ranging from a touchpad to a projection display for the driver that displays speed, road signs, and navigation and cruise control data. Special attention is given to the climate system and a myriad of external sensors, which prompts the driver to the traffic situation, making life a lot easier for those who are driving.
As for the technical specifications there will be a choice of three engines when the new vehicle launches. The C180 and C200 have 1.6 and 1.9 litre four-cylinder petrol engines whereas the single diesel option will be C220 CDI - containg a 2.1 litre turbo-diesel engine. More engines are set to be added to the line-up including a 1.6 litre diesel and a more powerful version of the 2.1 litre diesel. Horse power will vary from 156 to 238 with the five piece engines and later a six-cylinder engine will be added that will increase the power to 333hp.
Porsche 911 Targa
The Targa model has been around for half a century but the premiere of the latest model has had a mini makeover. Among the changes include a cloth convertible roof, solid reflective elements between the headlights and improvements related to security issues. Porsche are offering a choice of two six-cylinder 3.4 litre engines with capacity of 340 hp and a 4.0-litre, with a capacity of 400 "horses".
Volvo XC Concept Coupe
A futuristic concept has been presented by the Swedes from Volvo, which is a type XC90. No specific details about the off-road coupe yet, but the main idea behind this premiere was to put the concept out there and see the reaction of potential customers and then they can go about how to modify the design costs.
BMW M3 and M4
Updates on the new models became known in December 2013 but there were no specific visuals or details until now. Deciding not to torment fans, BMW unveiled the cards and showed M3 and M4 at the Auto Show in Detroit.
Major improvements include turbocharged engines, 3.0 litre units with a capacity of 430 hp - with acceleration time being just 4.1 seconds to get from 0 to 100 km and a top speed of 250 km/h.
Weight-saving features, such as a magnesium sump, allow the new engine to tip the scales 10kg under that of its predecessor at 205kg. In addition the suspension supports standard 18-inch wheels - nine inches wide up front and 10 inches wide at the rear. They come shod with 255/40 front and 275/40 rear tyres. Buyers can also choose optional 19-inch wheels.