Chevrolet Code 130R Concept
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2012 Detroit Auto Show

Though Code 130R and Tru 140S sound a bit like the scientific names given to distant planets, Chevrolet used the Detroit Auto Show to unveil this pair of eco-friendly, youth-oriented concepts that the company says it designed with input from the under-30 crowd. The Code 130R, seen here with GM executive Ed Welburn, is a rear-wheel drive, four-seat coupe. Chevrolet says the 130R is powered by 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It also uses GM’s eAssist system (seen in production models such as Buick’s LaCrosse and the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu), which features engine shutoff at stoplights and regenerative braking for greater efficiency. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News)
The Tru 140S is a front-wheel drive, four-seat coupe. It’s built on the same platform as Chevrolet’s production Cruze compact car and the company’s Volt. Power comes from the same 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the 130R, and Chevrolet says the 140S engine also has direction injection and start/stop technology. Although both cars certainly look appealing and realistic, each is still strictly a concept at this point. (Steve Fecht / EPA)
Honda announced at the Detroit Auto Show that it would offer three engine configurations for its new Accord, seen here as a Coupe Concept. There will be an all-new four-cylinder engine that Honda says will deliver more power and better mileage than the current model. It will also offer a six-cylinder engine and a plug-in hybrid that can run for 10 to 15 miles on battery power alone. The carmaker is also decreasing the length and reducing the weight of the vehicle to improve fuel economy and handling. (Tannen Maury / EPA)
Ford Motor Co. unveiled an early version of the new Lincoln MKZ that signals the styling direction the brand is taking as it struggles to gain traction in the U.S. luxury market. Ford Chief Executive Alan Mulally said the car was “very close to what you will see in the showroom.” Mulally said the MKZ’s segment, the mid-sized sedan, makes up the largest volume segment of the luxury market and represents Lincoln’s best chance to gain ground against the other luxury nameplates. Full story  (Geoff Robins / AFP/Getty Images)
The MKZ Concept offers a sleeker, less boxy design than the current model, and a sweeping horizontal front grill inspired by the wings of an eagle. A clear glass roof allows light to flood the passenger cabin, giving the MKS the feel of an enclosed convertible. It has a wide rear end with slim, full-width tail lamps. The automaker spells out the word Lincoln in big letters across the back. The production version will go on sale toward the end of the year. Full story (Scott Olson / Getty Images)
The Toyota Camry of Beverly Hills just got more approachable. With an eye on increased sales and a better average fuel-economy rating, Bentley used the Detroit Auto Show to release its Continental GT with a V-8. Looking almost identical to its turbocharged W-12 cousin, save for a revised lower fascia, the real changes are under the hood. The GT V-8 is has a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 capable of 500 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. Instead of the six-speed automatic transmission on the 12-cylinder GT, this V-8 model gets a new close-ratio, eight-speed automatic unit that pushes power to all four wheels. Bentley says the V-8 model will do 0-60 in 4.6 seconds and, with the help of cylinder deactivation, can go as far as 500 miles on a single tank of gas. (Geoff Robins / AFP/Getty Images)
Automakers have been on an eternal hunt for that which will unseat BMW’s 3-Series as the world’s best small luxury sport sedan. Though a few have come close, none have found the perfect mix of handling, rear-wheel-drive performance and refinement to unseat the boys in Bavaria. Yet Cadillac thinks it has the answer in its all-new ATS. Full story (Geoff Robins / AFP/Getty Images)
The ATS will be powered by three different engines. A 2.5-liter, four-cylinder unit is standard and will put out 202 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine follows, and it will be good for 270 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Finally, a V-6 will be the premier engine (unless Cadillac eventually comes out with an ATS-V, and bet the farm that it will) and will produce 320 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Full story (GM)
Cadillac says the car will have one of the lowest curb weights of the segment and 49/51 percent weight balance for optimal handling. The base transmission is a six-speed automatic, while a six-speed manual will be optional. Full story (GM)
In producing the ATS, Cadillac has a lower-priced entry point to its lineup and one that is in a segment that sells like bananas, thus bringing parent company GM more profit. The ATS also allows Cadillac to make the next CTS larger and position it squarely against cars like the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Infiniti M cars. Look for the ATS to hit showrooms this summer. (GM)
Ford’s all-new Fusion, introduced in Detroit, follows new versions of the smaller Focus and Fiesta the automaker introduced recently as it tries to become less dependent on large trucks and sport-utility vehicles. Full story (Tannen Maury / EPA)
The new Fusion features a crisp silhouette and sport design that’s a departure from the conservative styling that has previously dominated the family passenger car category. It is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. Full story (Tannen Maury / EPA)
After watching fellow U.S. automakers GM and Ford quickly learn to make world-class compact cars recently, Dodge and parent company Chrysler have joined in on the fun. The result is the 2013 Dodge Dart. Full story  (Stan Honda / Associated Press)
The base engine gets 160 horsepower from 2.0-liters. Dodge will offer as options a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine also good for 160 horsepower, and a 2.4-liter engine good for 184 horsepower. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, and with the turbo engine, a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Full story (Dodge)
Styling on the new Dart pulls in a little of the familiar; the wrap-around LED taillights resemble those on Dodge’s current Charger sedan, while the front features the signature ‘cross hair’ grille but dilutes its significance to the car’s aesthetics compared with other Dodge models. Full story (Tony Ding / Associated Press)
Much like angels, every automaker should have its halo. The halo is the supercar that establishes the brand’s cachet and pushes the maker’s design and performance philosophies to their extremes. Features and aesthetics bestowed upon these aspirational products then trickle down into the rest of the company’s products over time. Since 2005, Honda and its luxury division Acura have been without such a halo car. That ended today in Detroit with the Acura NSX Concept. Full story (Geoff Robins / AFP/Getty Images)
The concept previews the Acura NSX that the company says it will build within the next three years (in Ohio, no less). It builds on the philosophy established by Acura’s 1990-2005 NSX that an optimal power-to-weight ratio is better than just raw power. Like that previous version, this NSX will have a mid-mounted V-6 engine. Power figures haven’t been released, but the VTEC engine will feature direct injection and will send power to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch transmission. Full story (Geoff Robins / AFP/Getty Images)
But wait, there’s more! At the front of the car are a pair of electric motors that send power directly to the two front wheels. These motors can generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels (torque-vectoring). For those doing the math at home, this means the NSX Concept is all-wheel drive, and indeed Acura attached to the concept its corporate name for all-wheel drive, “Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.” Cape and tights are not included. Full story (Scott Eells / Bloomberg)
Aesthetically, the NSX Concept is a winner, and here’s hoping Acura changes very little when it brings the car to market. Its profile is similar to that of the Audi R8, also a mid-engine car and one that will probably be a key competitor to the NSX. Designers were even able to graft onto the front of the NSX the oft-maligned brushed-metal grille that adorns current Acuras. Perhaps by the time the car hits showrooms, the company will have moved on from this choice to a new look. A halo car would be the perfect place to introduce it. Full story (Scott Eells / Bloomberg)
Surprising exactly no one at the Detroit show was the fact that Hyundai introduced a Turbo variant of its three-door coupe, the Veloster. As noted in our review of the Veloster last year, this otherwise impressively styled and packaged car needed a little more get-up and go to match its youthful facade. (Hyundai)
The 2013 Veloster Turbo’s newfound power comes from a twin-scroll turbocharger and the same 1.6-liter engine found on other Velosters. Horsepower jumps from 138 to 201 while torque goes from 123 pound-feet to 195-pound feet. A six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic will be available. Hyundai says the dual-clutch transmission on naturally aspirated Velosters won’t be available on the Turbo because of the increased torque output. (Hyundai)
Other changes to the Turbo include revised front and rear bumpers; a larger, more prominent grille up front; dual center-mounted tailpipes; a quicker steering ratio (which it needed); LED taillights and LED-trimmed headlights. Also available will be the Matte Gray paint you see here. (Hyundai)
Also furthering Hyundai’s sporting credentials is the refreshed Genesis Coupe the company debuted in Detroit. The 2013 models will still come with either a turbocharged four-cylinder or a V-6, but both engines have been updated significantly for--yes, Einstein--more power.  (Tannen Maury / EPA)
The base engine is still a 2.0-liter unit, but it’s now paired with a twin-scroll turbocharger and a larger intercooler for a total output of 274 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, gains of 64 and 52 respectively. Meanwhile, the V-6 engine now uses direct injection and other tweaks to wring out 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. (Hyundai)
A six-speed manual transmission will still be available on both models, but Hyundai now offers a new eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Other changes to the Genesis Coupe include a thoroughly revised front end that brings the look more in line with other Hyundai products; new alloy wheel options; new LED taillights; an updated suspension and a refreshed interior.  (Hyundai)
As if the last 18 months weren’t busy enough for Audi (during which time it introduced the all-new A8, A7, A6, TTRS and R8 GT), the company used the 2012 Detroit Auto Show to introduce to consumers seven new or revised models. Let’s meet the cast. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News)
The RS5 is the sauciest of the Detroit debuts. This model is a refresh of one that’s been available in Europe since 2010. It pulls 450 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque from a 4.2-liter V-8 engine that is paired with a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The RS5 also has a fancy quattro all-wheel-drive system featuring a center differential that can vary the amount of torque sent to the front and rear wheels, as well as electronic torque vectoring. The car will begin selling this spring. (Audi)
If the RS5 is too much pepper in your omelet, consider the refreshed S5 coupe and convertible. The earlier version of the S5 saw the convertible with a 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 while the coupe got a V-8. For 2013, both S5 models get the V-6, likely to make room in Audi’s lineup for the RS5. Output on the S5s is still 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. That power is routed to all four wheels (Audi’s quattro system is standard) via a six-speed manual transmission on the coupe and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission on the convertible. The dual-clutch is an option on the coupe. (Audi)
Starting the coupe lineup for Audi is its A5 coupe and convertible. It, too, gets a skin refresh for 2013 but uses the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder as before. Output stays the same at 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The A5 coupe gets standard quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission while the drop-top, seen here, gets a CVT with quattro serving as an option. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available on both A5s. (Audi)
If a sedan is more to your liking, Audi has refreshed its A4 (seen here) and S4 offerings for 2013. The cars maintain the same powertrains as the 2012 models: 2.0-liter turbo in the A4 and 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 in the S4. Updated exteriors bring the cars more in line with the company’s evolving aesthetics. Squint hard and the cars look similar to the A6, which probably is no accident. (Audi)
A4 fans who want a bit more space may be interested in the new Audi allroad. This name was seen in the U.S. a few years ago on a buff version of the company’s A6 station wagon. For 2013, Audi is applying the name and treatment to the A4 station wagon and will no longer sell the plain A4 wagon. Think of it as a yuppie Subaru Outback. (Audi)
The allroad’s ground clearance is up an inch and a half over the outgoing wagon while the car is almost 2 1/2 inches taller. Exterior bits like contrasting bumper and wheel arches, a unique grille and stainless steel trim are also added. Power will still come from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. (Audi)
Finally, Audi used Detroit to tease a small SUV the company has on sale in Europe and will be bringing to the U.S. sometime next year. Meet the Audi Q3 Vail concept. Ignore the extraneous cladding and trim and you’ll see the Q3 SUV we’ll get. This concept is powered by a 2.5-liter, turbocharged five-cylinder engine, making 314 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)
Porsche used an unlikely location (Detroit, in the winter) to officially debut the convertible version of its new 911 Carrera and Carrera S sportscar. Mechanically identical to the 911 we saw here in L.A., these soft-top versions feature a magnesium structure covered in fabric with a heated glass rear window. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)
Porsche says the top goes up or down in 13 seconds and can be operated at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. But be prepared to pay a serious premium for this topless 911 when it goes on sale later this spring. The 911 Carrera will start at $93,700, while the Carrera S will be $103,800, excluding destination. That’s $11,600 and $7,400 more than their fixed-roof counterpart. (Porsche)
Another drop-top unveiled in Detroit was the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550. While perhaps not as iconic as Porsche’s 911, the SL has been a Mercedes mainstay for 60 years. This latest hardtop convertible has a new 4.6-liter, direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that makes 429 horsepower and an immense 516 pound-feet of torque. That power is routed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. The car sheds some 275 pounds from the previous SL, which certainly aids in its 4.5-second 0-60 acceleration time. Stay tuned for a full review in the near future and look for the new SL to hit dealerships this spring. (Bill Pugliano / Getty Images)
The Lexus LF-LC was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. (Lexus)
The company says the concept is a hybrid sport coupe in a 2+2 configuration, with seating for four. It was designed at the Calty studio in Newport Beach. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)
Despite Nissan slapping the ‘concept’ designation onto its Pathfinder SUV shown at the Detroit Auto Show, pretend you didn’t see it; this is essentially what the 2013 production model will look like when it hits showrooms towards the end of 2012. Though vague on details, Nissan says this fourth-generation Pathfinder will have a V-6 paired to a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) and will be at or near the top of its segment for fuel economy and towing capacity. Also look for seven-passenger seating and a significant bump in fuel economy. (Kathleen Galligan / MCT)