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Detroit Auto Show: The best cars, SUVs, pickups and concepts we’ve seen

From sleek new sports cars to hefty trucks, the international auto show had something for everyone.

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The North American International Auto Show is considered by many to be the biggest automotive event of the year.

Automakers from around the world are in Detroit introducing some stunning new cars, SUVs, trucks and concept vehicles. A number of updated, best-selling vehicles also got a moment in the spotlight.

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Here are some of the hottest vehicles we have seen:

Ram redesigns the 1500 pickup

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The new 2019 flagship of Fiat Chrysler’s Ram brand certainly makes a statement.
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In one of the most highly anticipated vehicle unveilings, the update to Fiat Chrysler’s flagship Ram brand promises to be lighter, quieter and more fuel-efficient.

The Ram 1500 pickup loses 225 pounds, can tow 12,750 pounds and has a jumbo 12-inch touchscreen display.

The new Ram will be on sale in the first quarter of 2018. Buyers get a choice of two different engines, 12 colors and 15 new wheels.

Lamborghini touts its supercar Urus SUV

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Luxury automaker Lamborghini unveiled its Urus crossover at a museum in Detroit and touted its supercar performance.

With its twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, the Urus will roar from zero to 62 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, and zero to 140 miles per hour in 12.8 seconds. Top speed is 189 mph.

You can get all that for a mere starting price of $200,000.

Lexus shows its sleek LF-1 crossover concept

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Lexus, eyeing a flagship luxury crossover, unveiled the LF-1 Limitless concept SUV in Detroit.

“This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top sedans,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty Design Research, the styling arm of the Toyota empire.

Hunter calls the LF-1’s design concept “molten katana, which combines the shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword.”

Infiniti goes high style with Q Inspiration

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Infiniti launched the Q Inspiration Concept with what it calls a revolutionary engine that offers a turbocharged performance and high efficiency.

The concept car has a shortened hood, since it only has a four-cylinder turbocharged engine underneath, which allows for more room inside.

And the vehicle emphasizes connectivity as each of the four seats has its own touchscreen.

Nissan’s Xmotion concept looks to the future

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Nissan has given its XMotion SUV concept tough, rugged looks with a distinctly Japanese flavor.

It has boomerang-shaped headlights in front and a wide grille with horizontal bars, which are meant to invoke Japanese architecture. The wheels and tires were created in a way to make them appear as a single unit.

The interior features an aircraft-style steering wheel.

Hyundai soups up looks of Veloster

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Hyundai showed an updated Veloster, its small, fun and sporty car.

The automaker kept its basic looks but made it a little bit lower, moved the front roof pillars farther back and added more prominent fenders and wheel arches for an overall tougher look.

The new model will come with a choice of four-cylinder engines: One is a 2-liter four-cylinder motor good for 147 horsepower and the other is a 1.6-liter that’s turbocharged, spitting out 201 horsepower.

Toyota’s Avalon brings sleekness to sedans

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The 2019 Avalon touts technology, luxury, and safety at the North American International Auto Show.
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Toyota is touting the technology, luxury and safety features of its new sedan that was unveiled in Detroit.

The 2019 Avalon, which comes in four trim levels, has an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission that channels power to its front wheels and enhances fuel economy.

Its safety features include pedestrian detection, dynamic cruise control, lane departure alert, blind-spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and a standard backup camera.

Ford’s new ‘Bullitt’ Mustang is old school cool

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Ford’s new 2019 Mustang Bullitt is inspired by Steve McQueen’s classic car in the 1968 film ‘Bullitt.’ This next gen version packs 475 horsepower and tops out at 163 miles per hour.
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Ford bites the Bullitt again.

The Mustang that Steve McQueen drove into Hollywood history for the 1968 movie Bullitt emerged again with the debut of a new, limited-edition 2019 Mustang Bullitt.

The special model, due out this summer, will be available in Shadow Black or Dark Highland Green.

It has a 5-liter V-8 engine that packs at least 475 horsepower and tops out at 163 miles per hour – an 8 mph increase over the latest Mustang GT.

Mercedes G-Class off-road SUV adds swagger

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Mercedes unveiled a new version of its utilitarian, rugged luxury SUV that will go on sale later this year.

The new G-Class keeps its military bearing and off-road capability while adding to its luxury appointments.

The ‘G-Wagen’, its hip nickname, is designed to do everything you wouldn’t expect your average Mercedes to do, whether it is wading through almost 27 inches of water or mud or climbing a steep hill.

The ground clearance alone, critical to negotiating rocky trails and climbing over boulders, was increased to 9.5 inches.

Volkswagen reveals cheaper, bigger 2019 Jetta

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The Jetta is Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle and the redesign gives the new model a “coupe-like exterior” with a quickly sloping roofline.

It’s slightly longer, wider and taller than its predecessor — which is not unexpected as Americans seek out roomier rides.

And it’s cheaper:  It carries a starting price of $18,545, or $100 less than the previous model.

Honda Insight hybrid puts premium on style

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Honda offered a look at the sleek 2019 Insight prototype in Detroit.

The automaker promises the compact gasoline-electric hybrid sedan will score a combined city-highway fuel economy rating “in excess of 50 m.p.g.”

Honda, Lincoln, Volvo win North American car, truck, SUV of the year

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Volvo, Honda and Lincoln took home some hardware for vehicle of the year at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
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