2014 Concepts Unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

Herald Online - January 21, 2013

The 2013 North Amer­i­can Inter­na­tion­al Auto Show in Detroit is where the glob­al auto­mo­tive com­mu­ni­ty con­verges, 500 vehi­cles on dis­play from 40 automak­ers.

Get the facts on three 2014 con­cepts seen on the auto show floor.


An all-new Hon­da “Urban SUV Con­cept” vehi­cle made its world debut at the 2013 North Amer­i­can Inter­na­tion­al Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The dynam­ic and youth­ful con­cept hints at the styling direc­tion of an all-new small SUV slat­ed to launch in Japan by the end of 2013, fol­lowed by the U.S. mar­ket in 2014.

“No one has had greater suc­cess with small cars than Hon­da, and this Urban SUV Con­cept will cre­ate new val­ue in the grow­ing small-SUV seg­ment,” said John Mendel, exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of sales at Amer­i­can Hon­da. “With the con­tin­ued expan­sion of our North Amer­i­can man­u­fac­tur­ing oper­a­tions, we expect fuel-effi­cient and fun-to-dri­ve ‘small’ cars to play a key role in meet­ing the needs of our cus­tomers in the U.S.”

The Urban SUV Con­cept is intend­ed to pro­vide the basis for a fun-to-dri­ve and fuel-effi­cient small SUV with aspi­ra­tional design, flex­i­ble pack­ag­ing and next-gen­er­a­tion con­nec­tiv­i­ty tar­get­ing active lifestyle cus­tomers. The con­cept show­cas­es clean and sophis­ti­cat­ed styling, dynam­ic char­ac­ter lines and a strong stance, with hid­den rear door han­dles giv­ing the SUV a coupe-like pres­ence.


Sub­aru of Amer­i­ca, Inc. fea­tured the all-new 2014 Forester, the fourth gen­er­a­tion of its pop­u­lar all-wheel dri­ve crossover SUV. The 2014 Forester debuts a bold­er exte­ri­or design and roomi­er inte­ri­or, along with improved per­for­mance and high­er fuel econ­o­my across the line.  The five-pas­sen­ger 2014 Sub­aru Forester is a total re-design of the acclaimed crossover SUV that’s built a strong rep­u­ta­tion for safe­ty, per­for­mance, depend­abil­i­ty and ver­sa­til­i­ty. As with all pre­vi­ous Forester mod­els, the 2014 ver­sion comes stan­dard with Sub­aru Sym­met­ri­cal All-Wheel Dri­ve, a dis­tinc­tion from com­pet­i­tive mod­els that come with front-wheel dri­ve as stan­dard and offer all-wheel dri­ve as an extra-cost option. The 2014 Forester will jump to the head of its seg­ment in all-wheel dri­ve fuel econ­o­my, with the 2.5i mod­els with the CVT achiev­ing man­u­fac­tur­er-esti­mat­ed fuel econ­o­my rat­ings of 24 mpg city / 32 mpg high­way / 27 mpg com­bined.


Hav­ing fin­ished 2012 with five-straight years of pre­mi­um seg­ment sales growth with its Gen­e­sis and Equ­us vehi­cle lines, Hyundai unveiled its design direc­tion for future pre­mi­um vehi­cles with its HCD-14 Gen­e­sis con­cept at the North Amer­i­can Inter­na­tion­al Auto Show.

“We’ve depart­ed from indus­try con­ven­tion in many of our pre­mi­um prod­uct, mar­ket­ing, sales and ser­vice approach­es, and it’s worked out pret­ty well, with Gen­e­sis and Equ­us now deliv­er­ing a nine per­cent retail mar­ket share in their pre­mi­um seg­ments, high­er than the five per­cent retail share Hyundai brand achieves in the over­all indus­try,” said John Kraf­cik, pres­i­dent and CEO, Hyundai Motor Amer­i­ca. “This suc­cess paves the way for a new gen­er­a­tion of rear-wheel dri­ve pre­mi­um prod­ucts. HCD-14 Gen­e­sis gives a hint of the design direc­tion we’ll be tak­ing, and an indi­ca­tion of the focus we’re plac­ing on dri­ving dynam­ics and tech­nol­o­gy.”



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