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2016 Detroit Motor Show

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The first major event on the 2016 automotive calendar is the North American International Motor Show, otherwise known as the Detroit Motor Show.

It opens on 11 January 2016 and is due to see the debuts of a number of new models from Porsche, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Surprisingly, a number of major manufacturers will not be attending, including Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Citroen, Peugeot, Mini, McLaren and Tesla.

What will be at the Detroit Motor Show? However there will still be plenty to see, such as these hotly anticipated new models.

Audi Hydrogen Concept

Audi will be introducing a hydrogen fuel cell concept car, about which very little is known at this point.


BMW's junior M model is set to challenge the Audi RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG A45, with a whopping 365bhp three litre engine. With rear wheel drive, lightweight construction and an active rear diff, the M2 is certain to be a very entertaining car. It's due to reach UK forecourts in April next year, with prices starting at £44,070.

Fisker The Force 1

This will be an interesting debut from the Californian firm, previously known for producing a hybrid sports car and going bust. Little is known about The Force 1 apart from its rather bold name and the fact that it will use what's said to be the world's most powerful naturally aspirated engine. A design sketch gave away very little but according to Henrik Fisker the car is built around a platform shared with another sports car which will be topped by a carbon fibre body shell.

Infiniti Q60

The production version of the Q60 concept introduced at last year's show will make its official debut at the Detroit show, after being spotted out testing recently. It's due to reach forecourts in the latter half of 2016, initially powered by a turbocharged 3.0 litre V6. European buyers will also expect to see a choice of modest petrol and diesel units in the range.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Gasps have already been expressed at teaser pics of the new E-Class's opulent interior, a car which Mercedes claims will be its most technologically advanced yet. A saloon variant is due in summer 2016, followed soon after by estate, coupe and convertible models. The BMW 5 Series had better watch its back!

Mercedes-Benz SLC

Mercedes-Benz's new naming strategy means the old SLK roadster will become the SLC when it arrives in updated form in 2016. The sleeker, smarter looking standard car will be given a new engine range to span 154bhp-242bhp and will be accompanied by an AMG SLC43 variant

Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

The super smooth, AMG-tuned version of the S-Class Cabriolet is to be powered by the same 5.5 litre twin turbo V12 used in the S65 Coupe, boasting 621bhp and a 4.1 second sprint to 62mph. At £200,000 plus it will be the most expensive model in the S-Class range when it arrives on the market in April.

Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S

Not entirely new models, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S are to be exhibited in updated form, with minor cosmetic changes and some tweaks under the bonnet. Both models are 20bhp more powerful than their predecessors, which takes the Turbo S to a bombastic 572bhp, a 0-60mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 205mph.

Volvo S90

As Volvo continues to climb the ladder to premium status, the S90 is set to be its most impressive model yet. The executive saloon replaces the existing S80 and will take on the likes of the Jaguar XF, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series. It will use the XC90's efficient range of engines including four cylinder petrol and diesels and a plug-in hybrid.

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