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Early Look at Detroit Show (1/7/13)

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  1. auto show0:07
  2. gas stations3:48
  3. General Electric2:17
  4. GM4:03
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  6. Chevy volts2:25
  7. City of Angels2:49
  8. Cobo Center0:21
  9. Consumer Electronics Show3:39
  10. Las Vegas3:37

Mon, 7 Jan 2013|

A hint from Acura, a cloaked Corvette, and an eye on Infiniti; GE adds fuel to green-car plan; unplugged at LAX; touting tech.

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How work. And possess. We're going to see plenty of both that the floating thirteen Detroit auto show. A preview that. Nice weekend I'm Tom -- back. A week from today will be reporting from Detroit's Cobo Center home of the North American International Auto Show. In judging by what we've seen so far auto makers are looking to turn heads with speed and books let's start with luxury. Acura will unveil a new air production version of the 2014. And DX midsize crossover. It's the brand's top seller. Mercedes-Benz will show a restyled 2014. In class this is the -- and has plenty of revised sheet metal. Mercedes also unveiling the 2014. CLA compact sedan. Meantime rival BMW will reveal the 20144. Series coupe concept. Meantime this is the head side headlight of Infiniti Q fifty. A redesign of the current G 37. The car also launches the prince of global -- naming system. We'll also see the US debut of the 2014. Audi. And we may see your performance version of the 87 sedan seen here. The Cadillac ELR plug in hybrid breaks cover in Detroit to. To performance in power in this is a camel -- prototype of the seventh generation Chevy Corvette. In cheap slave to offer a diesel option and it's really engineered -- 2014. Grand Cherokee this is the current version. More than fifty debuts -- most of them global are destined for Detroit. For more information you can check out today's print edition and for ongoing coverage there's an auto news.com. Slash Detroit. Well it sounded like a good idea at the time. We really do believe that electric vehicles are about ready to take off that was twentieth had. General Electric has since that scaled back a plan to build a fleet of 25000. Electric vehicles half of them Chevy volts. GE tells Bloomberg. It is added natural gas and propane powered vehicles to the mix -- give fleet services customers more options. It's still buying the -- though. So far -- ordered 3000 volts in -- plans to get 2000 Ford CMX energy plot hands. EV drivers have lost a big perk in the City of Angels. Starting in March no more free parking at the Los Angeles airport. As the Wall Street Journal reports for years LAX is offered drivers thirty days free. In two -- that together have 38 charging stations. But the journal says lately. The lots have been a mob scene. With drivers of circling around for placed in charge running extension cords and some hogging charging spaces. For weeks at a time. Chrysler meantime launching what it says is an industry first. Starting this year and it will have navigation units that can be activated by dealers. Even after the cars sold. Chrysler will show the system this week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. Four and it's showing clips in app that lets drivers share their location with friends. -- gas stations fairly close to Hyundai. Infotainment systems with Apple's Siri voice control system. The Italian. And dragon drive natural speech recognition. And GM showing how to and in radio works in the Chevy spark inside. What's happening in Vegas and that is our show for today. You stay with audited dot com for updates throughout today. We'll see you back here tomorrow.

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