Detroit automakers are throwing quite a party at the Detroit Auto Show as they roll out new vehicles designed to make a big splash.
Ford’s big moment came when it unveiled the first GT in more than a decade. The 2017 high-performance beast gets Ford’s next generation Ecoboost V6 engine and packs more than 600 horsepower. The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.
The Ford GT, a technology showcase for aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction, also drove away with the Eyeson Design prize for best production vehicle at the 2015 show.
“Ford and its employees are honored to receive this recognition,” said Moray Callum, Ford Motor Company vice president, Design. “The great thing about the all-new Ford GT is that we were able to maintain the essence of the original GT40, while making it into a 21st century car. “
Chevy unveiled its next generation Volt but the big surprise was its Bolt EV Concept. Chevy says it will come with a more than 200-mile range and a price tag of around $30,000. We could see it on the roads in 2017.
“The Bolt EV concept is a game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity,” said General Motors CEO Mary Barra. “Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers.”
BMW, meanwhile, unveiled its new 6 series lineup. Other vehicles making a splashy debut included Alfa Romeo’s 2016 4C Spider, Acura’s 2016 NSX and Cadillac’s 2016 CTS-V, the company’s most powerful Cadillac ever.
“V-Series represents the very best of the Cadillac brand – the pinnacle of our design and technical capabilities,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “The new CTS-V is the most compelling example of Cadillac’s product substance and brand trajectory. The new CTS-V soars into the stratosphere of the most exhilarating luxury cars.”
The Detroit Auto Show is open to the public through January 25th.