The overall atmosphere at the 2013 Detroit North American International Auto Show was electric across the board. After a few lackluster years, attendance felt like it was up and better than ever.

The overall industry sentiment appeared to be loudly calling for an even better sales year in 2013 and with all the new product deployments planned over the next year or so I would have to agree. The show kicked off early Monday morning by naming the Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 as North American Car and Truck/Utility of the year, making this the third year in a row that domestic manufacturers have claimed both crowns.

As far as the rest of the show, I’ll give you a brief summary of the top five most popular new product introductions.
First up is the most anticipated release across both import and domestic brands the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. This next generation C7 Corvette turned out to be the star of the show boasting supercar lines and an exotic look with power and technology to back it up. Powered by an all new LT1 small block, anticipated horsepower and torque numbers hover right at 450 apiece and 0-60 mph times should be sub four seconds. Pricing has not yet been announced for the Corvette, but if Chevy can keep things reasonable this will be a huge success and compete with vehicles that cost much more.

Second place goes to the new 2014 Lexus IS series which should really stir up the luxury mid-size segment when it goes on sale here in June 2013. The new model will feature both rear and all-wheel drive models in both 2.5 liter and 3.5 liter V6 trims. In addition Lexus also showed off an IS hybrid variant, but there was no mention if it will actually be sold here in North America. The next generation IS will sport the brand’s new signature “spindle” grille and bold new bodylines. On the inside much of the cabin architecture will mimic the bigger ES and GS sedans which are already on sale.



Another important new entry to the luxury mid-size sedan segment goes to the Infiniti Q50, which is essentially the next generation G37 sedan with new looks and an entirely new naming convention. The base engine for the Q50 is a carryover 3.7 liter V6 producing 328 horsepower and 269 pound feet of torque. Among other big news, the new Q50 will get a hybrid variant which will sport a 3.5 liter V6 paired to a 50 kW motor and lithium ion battery taking total power output to 354 hp. The interior will not disappoint as the Q50 will be packed with all the latest technology you can imagine.



Fourth place goes to BMW’s new 4 Series Coupe “concept”, it’s called a concept but it appears to be nearly production ready. The new 4 Series is another entry in the luxury mid-size segment, which seems to be heating up more and more with each passing product introduction. Much like Infiniti, BMW has decided to change up their naming structure as the new 4 Series is actually a replacement for the 3 Series coupe. The new 4 Series is wider, shorter, and longer making it even more elegant than the outgoing 3 Series coupe. Powertrain details have not yet been released, but expect the engine offerings from the current 3 Series sedan to make their way into the new 4 Series coupe. Final details will not be available until the production version is released later this year.



The last vehicle on our list is the 2014 Acura MDX concept, which looks very similar to the current RDX crossover only bigger. The next generation MDX looks much more refined than the current angular body style, and although Acura has dubbed this as a concept expect nearly everything to carry over to the production version. The powertrain is going to be a carryover 3.5 liter V6, although Acura says it will deliver more torque and improve efficiency as well. For the first time ever the MDX will be available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models, FWD should help boost fuel economy even more. On the inside in typical Acura fashion the next generation MDX will be packed full of the latest technology.