One of the most important events of the American automotive industry has just begun, says CNET. The 2012 Detroit Auto Show debuts on January 9 and will open its gates to visitors until January 22. Spokespersons of the auto companies told the press that they will introduce many designs at the exhibition.
The North American International Auto Show was first organized in 1907 in Detroit at Beller’s Beer Garden at Riverside Park. Its organization has suffered various changes throughout the centuries and according to the recent details provided by organizers, the 2012 edition will be held at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. The show is held in Detroit because the city is home to three major American automakers, that is, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.
Many companies have announced their concept cars for the 2012 edition of the auto show. The majority of the designs that will be introduced this year are electric or hybrid. Judging by this growing tendency, it is safe to say that in the future, gasoline and diesel versions will be completely removed from the market.
The exhibition is structured in four periods; during the first days, there is the press preview, followed by the industry preview and the charity preview. During January 14 and January 22, the concept cars may be viewed by the lay public.
Bentley announced that they will introduce their new models of Continental GT Coupe and GTC Convertible, whereas Chrysler will launch its 2013 model of Dodge Dart which was designed in collaboration with Fiat. Mercedes-Benz seems to be increasingly more interested in expanding its business into the hybrid car segment. During the 2012 auto show the German auto maker will introduce 2013 E400 Hybrid and will prepare the world-debut of 2013 SL Class, the next generation high-end roadster.
Lexus’ LF-LC 2+2 Hybrid Sport Coupe is the most awaited car of the year. The company has already released several mouth-watering photos portraying the new prototype. The car will feature LED headlights and a frontal grille that confer it an hour-glass shape. Analysts think the company will replace the current hybrid system used by Lexus because it is not powerful enough for LF-LC Hybrid Sport Coupe. Lexus hasn’t provided any information, yet, in relation to the power train driving the car.