1. The Detroit Auto Show is in full swing and many new models have been announced or teased. There is a high level of excitement at the show despite the uncertainty of the economy and the auto business.
2. The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder concept will be built and will rely on unibody construction.
3. At the Detroit auto show the Hyundai Elantra was named 2012 North American Car of the Year and the Range Rover Evoque was named 2012 Truck of the Year.
4. Ford debuted the 2013 Fusion at the Detroit Auto Show and it’s absolutely stunning. It has a European, pretty, low-slung look. It almost looks as if Ian Callum designed it. Expect big things from this car.
5. In other news: No longer a tease, Dodge showed off the new Dart at the Detroit Auto Show. But did you get a load of that Ford Fusion?
6. Ford says SYNC is a success. Ford says the connectivity software has found its way into four million cars since its introduction in 2007. With European and Asian buyers getting SYNC for the first time this year, and North American offerings like the Fusion and Flex getting it as standard equipment, Ford expects to add nine million more users by 2015.
7. Car Advice reports that VW sold 8.16 million units in 2011, marking the first time it has eclipsed eight million global sales.. Toyota finished 2011 with 7.9 million sales, in part because of production disruptions resulting from the March earthquake in Japan.
8. BMW says it is expanding its operations in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The company has announced it will invest $990 million into the facility over the next three years to allow the plant to produce up to 350,000 vehicles each year.
9. Chevy announced a special edition 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible, complete with hardware borrowed from the mighty Corvette Z06. Under the hood, a 427-cubic-inch LS7 V8 produces 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, making this the most powerful Corvette Convertible ever produced. There will also be a 60th Anniversary package available with or without the 427 package.
10. Fiat announced pricing on the 2012 500 Abarth. MSRP starts at $22,000, *not including destination charges. The base car costs just $15,500. Abarth buyers get Fiat’s turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir engine producing 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This makes the Fiat the most powerful in weight to horsepower ratio of its competition including the GTI, Mini Cooper S and Veloster Turbo.