General Motors has had quite a 2010, but the Detroit automaker is prepared to start 2011 off with a bang. The Detroit auto show will serve as a platform for the GM to introduce four new vehicles, one from each of its brands.
Chevrolet first displayed its new 2012 Aveo at last year’s Detroit show, but at that time, the subcompact was still billed a concept using the name Aveo RS. Although dressed in slick show attire, the RS gave us a good look at what was to come. Fast forward a year, and Chevrolet is ready to display its production-ready North American version of the car. However, marketers have since decided to change the name of Chevrolet’s smallest offering to the Sonic. At the show Chevrolet will be unveiling hatchback and sedan variants along with a tricked-out Z-spec concept.
Buick is also joining in on the compact car fun with its Verano sedan. We recently discovered a few details about the newest member to the Buick family, including its starting price and powertrain availability. Prices are reportedly going to start around $21,000, while a 2.4-liter I-4 will be the only engine offered. Although we feel fairly familiar with the new sedan’s equipment, we’ve yet to see its sheetmetal.
Ford may have had a good run with its F-150 SVT Raptor but, should it be given the green light for production, GMC’s Sierra All-Terrain Concept could give it a run for its money. Based on the 2500 HD chassis, the All-Terrain concept features some of the best components from GMC’s parts bin along with a few extra goodies making it one heck of an off-road truck. Running a 6.6-liter turbocharged V-8 diesel making 745 pound-feet of torque, 35-inch tires, and a lifted suspension, the All-Terrain concept is an off-roader’s dream.
Cadillac’s had a busy year in performance with the introduction of its CTS-V Coupe and Sport Wagon. In 2011, the luxury brand will again contend in the Sports Car Club of America’s World Challenge series. This March at the Streets of St. Petersburg event in Florida, the Pratt and Miller-engineered CTS-V Coupe will make its racing debut. Cadillac will display the race car at the Detroit show for the public to see before its first event.