Slideshow: New Materials, Engines Light Up Detroit Auto Show

The 2014 North American International Auto Show, which opened to the public in snowy Detroit last week, offered its annual seamless blend of cars, celebrities, bright lights, loud music, short dresses, and variable camshaft timing.

Charles Murray

January 20, 2014

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Slideshow: New Materials, Engines Light Up Detroit Auto Show

The 2014 North American International Auto Show opened its doors to the public in snowy Detroit last week. It offered its annual seamless blend of cars, celebrities, bright lights, loud music, short dresses, and variable camshaft timing.

The show, which included a visit from Vice President Joe Biden and an evening appearance by Sheryl Crow, featured 71 vehicle debuts. Chevrolet, Toyota, Chrysler, Cadillac, Porsche, Lexus, Acura, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and many others made major introductions. On the technical side, Ford stole the show by unveiling an F-150 truck with heavy doses of aluminum and high-strength steels.

We offer photos of the show's newest vehicles and technologies. From aluminum trucks to racy concept cars to nine-speed transmissions, take a peek at some of the auto industry's most notable introductions for 2014.

Click Chrysler's Stryker Green SRT Viper below to start the slideshow.

Chrysler's use of green paint served as one of the North American International Auto Show's biggest show stoppers. For the SRT Viper, the automaker unveiled a Stryker Green color -- a combination of "enhanced green and yellow pigments" and a "liquid mercury appearance."
(Source: Chrysler)

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About the Author(s)

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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