The 2015 North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit Jan. 12-25, serves as a perfect snapshot of todayís auto industry. On the show floor, the ever-present emphasis on torque and horsepower subtly gave way to a combination of performance and fuel efficiency.
Mercedes-Benzís new C350, for example, offers 443 lb-ft of torque in a plug-in hybrid. Fordís F-150 Raptor, meanwhile, shed 500 pounds of mass while maintaining its reputation for off-road performance. And Chevyís new Volt boosts its range capabilities to an impressive 50 miles, while offering the immediate torque of an electric drivetrain.
Design News was at the show and brings you the most notable highlights. From plug-in hybrids and electric cars to lightweight trucks and supercars, we provide a glimpse of the best from the show floor.
Click on Ford's GT supercar to check it out.
Fordís GT supercar isnít expected to hit the streets until 2020, but it attracted massive crowds at the auto show. Most notable for its use of lightweighting, the GT features a carbon fiber passenger cell, along with aluminum front and rear sub-frames. Ford claims its lightweighting effort could ultimately give the GT one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car. A twin-turbocharged V-6 engine will provide the rear-wheel drive vehicle with 600 HP.
(Source: Design News)
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