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Now that the holiday season has come and gone and the calendar has turned the page to 2015, it’s back to the grind of normal life for most of us. The mood is not completely sour however, as the 2015 North American International Auto Show is right around the corner, where the spotlight will soon be on the auto industry’s shiniest new offerings. Press access days will be held from January 12-13 and NADA Used Car Guide will be on the ground at Cobo Hall covering all the auto industry has to offer. You can follow the action with NADA Used Car Guide through our Twitter  and Facebook accounts and let us know what you think about the event.

As the Detroit Auto Show is the largest and most substantial event in the auto show circuit, automakers have consistently used it as an opportunity to make a splash and showcase their best wares. With the 2015 show being no different, we have identified a few of the most anticipated showings for this year.

A Blast from the Past: The Return of the Acura NSX

Among the most highly anticipated reveals is the long-awaited Acura NSX production vehicle, three years after the NSX concept was presented at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Employing a mid-mounted twin-turbo hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive, Acura’s supercar shows much promise, but has its work cut out for it to match the impact achieved by the original NSX of yore. The first-generation NSX proved that Acura was capable of engineering a sports car that could rival exotics from Europe; however, a decade has passed since its discontinuation in 2005. With Acura’s reputation as a legitimate premium brand on the line, the new NSX is a test to see if the Japanese automaker still has the special touch that made it so revered throughout the 1990s.

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Ford Primed and Ready to Show off its SkillsJust as recent unveilings of high-performance models such as the Dodge Viper and BMW i8 suggest, halo cars are certainly all the rage these days. With its racing pedigree, Ford may be preparing a surprise reveal of a successor to the Ford GT. The automaker has plans to race at Le Mans in 2016, which is exactly 50 years after a trio of GT40s took the top three spots at the renowned endurance race. If Ford truly does have some tricks up its sleeve, this year’s show may be the time for some magic from the Blue Oval.

Performance truck enthusiasts can rejoice as the all-new F-150 SVT Raptor is slated to be presented, while rumor has it that a Mustang GT350R may also make an appearance. The pony car would serve as the successor to the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca package. Finally, after years living exclusively overseas, the Focus RS will make its way across the Atlantic, debuting in Detroit with as much as 350 horsepower in an all-wheel drive package.

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Lexus Continues its Performance Push

Ever since the LFA supercar hit the market in 2010, Lexus has been athletically raising the profile of its brand. The “F” and “F-Sport” models have been visible throughout Lexus’ product lineup thereafter, and the effort continues in Detroit. It hasn’t even been two months since Lexus showed off its LF-C2 concept at the L.A. Auto Show, and the brand is ready to introduce more goodies this week. In a press release that circulated just a few weeks earlier, a “track-ready” model will make its global debut following the recent launch of the RC F coupe. Another performance vehicle is anticipated, according to Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations, Bob Carter. No details have been made public.  Lexus has been generating plenty of buzz over the past few years.  While the automaker has remained tight-lipped about its unveilings to this point, we can be sure that there will be a lot of noise once the cars hit the stage.

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