Top manufacturers make news in Detroit

Hyundai, Ford, Honda and Nissan all made news Tuesday at the Detroit Auto Show, debuting or confirming updates to some of the most popular vehicles on the road today.

The Mustang enthusiasts will absolutely love this news: 50th anniversary Shelby Mustangs!

Ford rolled one out Tuesday afternoon, and announced it will come in three packages, GT500 Super Snake, GT350 and GTS. The vehicle will feature gold stripes on white or black paint, custom design in the interior, special wheels and a unique VIN.

They are not going to be all over the road though, as only 100 of each model will be built.

Hyundai turned heads Tuesday with the debuts of the 2013 Genesis Coupe and the Veloster Turbo. The Genesis is an aggressive model inside and out. The V6 model features direct injection and are offered in eight speed automatic.

The 2013 Genesis will come in seven new colors and some updated interior colors as well. It will also feature the Hyundai BlueLink telematics system.

The 2013 Veloster looks like an absolute beast, and AutoBlog reports the 2013 will carry 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 194 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 rpm thanks to the addition of a twin-scroll turbo and a unique motor-actuated wastegate.

New features include 18 inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamps and new exhaust outlets.

Other changes include a quicker steering rack with meatier feel, although interestingly enough, Hyundai has left the standard car’s suspension alone. Inside, there’s a new Graphite Black interior with blue trim and special headliner graphics, plus with a new driver information display that relies on two TFT screens in the gauge cluster. Finally, the Turbo comes with standard heated seats with “Turbo” stitching on the backrests.

Honda fans will like this 2013 Accord Hybrid that debuted in Detroit. It will be the first Accord Hybrid since 2007, and this model will feature an all-new two-motor plug-in hybrid system with three drive modes – all-electric, gasoline-electric and “direct-drive” – with a 6-kWh lithium-ion battery and a 120-kilowatt electric motor mated to a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline four-cylinder engine.

The 2013 Accord will feature all the latest Honda technology, including lane departure warning, forward collision warning, blind-spot detection and a multi-angle rear-view camera.

Although it wasn’t on display, Nissan confirmed it will build a next-generation Nissan Titan pickup, likely sometime around 2014.

Check with the Waikem Blog as we report updates from the Detroit Auto Show!

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