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Detroit Motor Show: 10 of the best

Feast your eyes on our 10 favourite cars from the 2016 North American International Auto Show – that’s the Detroit Motor Show to us…

Acura Precision ConceptAcura Precision concept – this is a vision of the future from Acura, Honda’s upmarket brand in the US. If it goes into production and looks anything like this, it’s going to be a winner.

Audi h‑tron quattro conceptAudi h‑tron quattro concept – Audi unveiled a sporty SUV concept powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. It has two electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear, with the hydrogen tanks at the back and the fuel cell where the engine usually sits. A massive statement of intent for the fuel of the future.

Buick Avista conceptBuick Avista concept – easily one of the coolest cars of the show. Powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 that produces 400bhp, the Avista 2+2 sports coupe harks back to the performance past of one of America’s oldest car brands.

VLF Force1VLF Force 1 – designed by Henrik Fisker, this is the supercar Aston Martin tried to block. Based on a Dodge Viper, it V10 produces 745bhp, but Aston Martin claims it closely resembles its DB10 car designed for the James Bond film Spectre.

Infiniti Q60Infiniti Q60 – the concept was shown at Detroit a year ago, now here’s the production version. Still very attractive and athletic, it will shift too if customers opt for the 3.0-litre turbo V6 engine with 400bhp.
Kia Telluride ConceptKia Telluride concept – odd name, but an epic SUV vision. Sadly, if it’s made, it may only be destined for the US market. The 4×4 hybrid is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 paired with an electric motor.
LEXUS LC 500Lexus LC 500 – quite simply the most stunning Lexus ever, this new coupe powered by a 5.0-litre V8 with a 10-speed auotmatic gearbox will battle it out with the Mercedes-Benz SL and BMW 6-Series.
Mercedes E-ClassMercedes E-Class – Here’s the car Mercedes-Benz says is “the most intelligent saloon in the business class”. It’s the first Mercedes with the ability to update its software wirelessly and it features the latest in autonomous technology including the ability to park itself remotely.

Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept 5Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active concept – VW just made the Tiguan cool for the first time in years. The rugged SUV is a hybrid and also showcases Volkswagen’s new infotainment syste which uses gesture control and features a large 9.2-inch touchscreen.

Volvo S90Volvo S90 – with hints of the XC90 and the same range of engines, the S90 will have to be good because it’s going to have to square up against the new Mercedes E-Class, Jaguar XF and BMW 5 Series when it goes on sale in the summer.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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