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Opinion: The Numerous Premiers at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Typically here at Hooniverse, we try to attend the big auto shows, but it is not always possible. This year we were not able to make the North American International Auto Show, a.k.a. Detroit, and if it wasn’t for Steven Lang’s guest posts, we would have no coverage at all.

That won’t stop us from spewing our useless and pointless opinions, however. Below are our own thoughts on some of the production (concepts are for kids) vehicles that premiered at the show, and other random stuff. Pictures are either manufacturer supplied or blatantly stolen borrowed from our buds at Autoweek and Autoblog.

We will discuss the WRX STI, 911 Targa, Corvette Z06, Lexus RC F, Caddy ATS Coupe, Hyundai Genesis sedan, Honda Fit, BMW M235i, M3, and M4, Benzito GLA45 AMG and C-class, Ford F-150, GMC Canyon, Chrysler 200, VW Golf R, and the Acura TLX. See what we have to say and give us your thoughts.

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Morning Glory At The Detroit Auto Show

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It’s 7:00 A.M.  I have two guys in front of me muttering in Russian about someone’s wife… someone’s mother… or it could be the new Ecoboost engine on the F-150.

The guy next to me is the same son-of-a-… who was snoring half the night. I am wearing a suit as a type this. An article of clothing which I never thought I would ever have to wear except for the proverbial wedding or funeral.

My fruit is plastic. My Danish is recycled bits of bread crumbs and corn syrup, and this computer I’m typing on has that blasted chiclet keyboard which makes me type an ‘e’ every time I need an ‘s’.

Damn I love it here!

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Detroit 2013 – Where can I buy this Cadillac?

Cadillac CTS-V coupe racecar front

I recently finished shooting a new episode of The Hooniverse, and the subject of the video is the Cadillac CTS-V coupe. The clip is shot, edited, and ready to roll, and I should have it up next week. That car was a blast to pilot around downtown LA, well after the sun went down. Still, there’s always a more exciting version of any car just waiting around the corner… and I happened to find the Caddy’s upgrade sitting under the shining lights of Cobo Hall in Detroit.

This is the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car that serves as home to drivers Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O’Connell. I believe the car above is just a show pony though, as Pilgrim and O’Connell pilot cars three and eight. That almost makes me feel a bit sad looking at the car above. It shouldn’t stay so clean. It was designed to run, yet here it sits corralled. I imagine this is what it would feel like to go to a zoo in a communist country. People flock to see the powerful animal in its tiny cage looking like it doesn’t know how it got to this point.

Regardless, it’s a glorious sight to take in… and you can take in more of it after the break.

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Detroit 2013 – The best seat at the show

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I needed to get out of the basement that is the Detroit Auto Show press room, and take an automotive walkabout. Finding that stunning redhead Zach Bowman, we set off to find stuff that made us smile. There was a lot of folks wandering around, doing their job; i.e. making crap thirty-minute handheld videos of the front infotainment system in the Kia Rio. That doesn’t make me smile, and it doesn’t make you smile either.

So, eventually Bowman and I found ourselves standing in the Mercedes-Benz booth. A sea of various new E-Class variants splayed out before us, and someone reached out to open the rear hatch on the latest iteration of one of my favorite wagons. What lay hidden behind the hatch? Rear-facing jump seats!

I know the last version had them too, but I never got to see them in person. Now, before me and the Bow Man, there they sat, upright and glorious. I have no desire to have children, but if I did, I would seriously enjoy scaring the crap out of them while their crying faces look to those rapidly disappearing behind us for help.

These seats made me smile.

Detroit 2013 – Audi RS7 is a ground-seeking missile dressed in a tuxedo

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Minus those terrible wheels, the 2014 Audi RS7 is everything I need in a new car. It’s wickedly fast, looks damn good, and seats four people plus gear. I might just steal this car right off the show floor, and drive it back to Hooniverse HQ.

If you don’t find my body, it’s because I tried to jump the Grand Canyon on the way back out West.

Detroit 2013 – The Acura NSX, now with more interior! (kind of)

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This one is for Muthalovin’… It’s the Acura NSX concept, and we’ve all seen it over and over. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, because it looks rather badass. Still, we want to learn more about what the production version will ultimately look like, and we’ve come one step closer. How? There’s an interior with this one… click past the break for pics (s0rt of).

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Detroit 2013 – The Mercedes-Benz CLA

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I’m face to face with the Mercedes-Benz CLA… And I’m rather impressed.

It’s not out on the show room floor, but I’ve been ushered into a cloth-covered back room that hides this new shapely machine. Essentially, it’s a baby CLS, and it’s going to cost around $30,000. It will undercut the C-Class sedan, and it will do it with far more style.

Sure, there’s the front-drive version, but you can opt for the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive CLA if you prefer. Also, there’s the CLA45 AMG on the horizon, which promises to boast over 300 horsepower and all-wheel-drive. On top of that, they’ve stuffed a twin-clutch seven-speed gearbox in there.

This could be an important car for Mercedes, and it’s serving as the gateway vehicle while boasting executive-level styling. The automaker didn’t skimp on the interior either, as it’s comfortable and boasts the standard array of Benz kit.

I know some may think it a bit garish, but it really works in person. I was shocked by how much I actually like this machine. Now, we just need to get our hands on one and swap in a C63 AMG drivetrain.

Detroit 2013 – The most interesting car at the show

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Hey all, I’m in Detroit for some sort of car show. So far, I’ve only seen a few things though, and, disappointingly, none of them have been roving gangs of Robocops. One thing I did see, however, is very cool and I snapped a few pics for you real quickly.

This is a Toyota 2000GT, and it’s electric (boogie woogie woogie). Yes, the wheels don’t work, but everything else about the car is rather entertaining. See for yourself after the break. Also, sound off in the comments with cars you want me to try and grab photos of, thanks!

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2012 NAIAS Other Interesting Cars

Kamil Kaluski January 13, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Not to beat a dead horse, but here your final NAIAS post. I was browsing other automotive publications, it’s ok we all do it, and I noticed that many of them picked their NAIAS favorites. Some had one, some had several, but all consisted of either prototypes, concept cars, or the Aston Martin Rapide Ford Fusion which is powered by magical mystery fluid and unicorn tears. That got me thinking of which NAIAS car was my favorite, and that answer was rather simple. However, I couldn’t pick just one…

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2012 NAIAS – Odds and Ends

Kamil Kaluski January 11, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Some random stuff from the [insert drama] 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit! [/drama], a.k.a. DUSDMAS. As I was leaving I noticed that Honda was preparing to throw some kind of a party or dinner. Huge ice sculptures, trays of sushi, a ton of shrimp, and gallons of booze. I really wanted to stay for that.

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