DETROIT - We've been taking you inside the North American International Auto Show all week. The new Toledo-built Wrangler is getting rave reviews. But there are of course all kinds of makes and models from all over the world, some with a lot bigger price tags than others.
There are plenty of luxury and performance vehicles on the floor in Detroit. High-end automakers including Mercedes, Audi and BMW have all brought their newest models to the show. A BMW i8 Roadster at the show is one of only 20 that will be sold in America. It has a price tag of just over $173.000.
The i8 Roadster was getting plenty of attention today, but it's just one of a number of high performance vehicles at the BMW display.
There's also the new 7 series and the X5 models. Mercedes is showing off some of its latest offerings including the G-Wagon. The SUV has a six-figure price tag. A number of the German automaker's newest sedans are also front and center at the show.
In the Audi line-up, the most expensive model is the Spyder convertible. It also has a six-figure price tag. The A7 and A8 sedans are featured right next to the Spyder. American made luxury is also on display with the all new Lincoln Navigator.
One of the newer kids on the block in the luxury segment is Genesis.
There are two models the G80 and the G90. Veronica Berry is a Senior Team Leader for the automaker,"We have a design team made up of people who came from automakers including Lamborghini, BMW, Audi and Bentley. You can see their influences both inside and outside these absolutely stunning cars."
Berry says a whole lot of luxury comes standard on the Genesis vehicles, "For example, on the G80 there is standard automatic emergency braking, standard navigation, a back-up camera, lane-change assist and rear cross traffic alert. With other companies you would have to build those in, they would not come standard. Depending on which model you choose, our prices range from about $41,00 up to just over $72,000."
In addition to Lincoln, there are plenty of American made performance and luxury vehicles on the floor. This new Corvette ZR1 is a show stopper with 755 horses under the hood. A Toledo-built 8-speed automatic transmission is available on the the new model.
Mark Kieliszewski is an Assistant Chief Engineer for GM,"It's the most capable Corvette we've ever made. It is a super car in every sense of the word. It competes with exotics across the world, and beats them."
A Toledo-built transmission also powers the Cadillac CTS-V.
It's a four-door sedan with a 640 horsepower engine. GM Chief Engineer Jordan Lee says it's a car you can drive around town and then head to the race track,"Like all of our GM performance vehicles, it has a lot of track capabilities. It's top speed is over 200 mph and the 0-60 time is in the 3 second range."
You can get your first look at all the new vehicles when the show opens to the public Saturday. It runs through Sunday, January 28th at Cobo Center in Detroit. Doors open at 9 am daily. Tickets are $14 for adults, and $7 for children and seniors.
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