8 Cars and Trucks Already Making a Splash in Detroit

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With the North American International Auto Show now underway, the first of the large worldwide auto shows of the year, automakers are clamoring for the spotlight as they show off their new products. The show only opened on Monday, but there have already been numerous ground-breaking debuts from manufacturers around the globe.

Chrysler (FIATY.PK) has officially unveiled its newest weapon as it fights to pose a larger threat to its competition; Infiniti (NSANY.PK) has shown off what could potentially become a viable M3 fighter; on the subject of the latter, BMW’s new M3 — the sedan — also made an appearance. Here are eight leading stories from just the first of the NAIAS in Detroit, and there will presumably be far more to come, so stay tuned.

1. 2015 Chrysler 200

Chrysler’s new 200 “is the automotive equivalent of an ugly duckling turning into a swan,” Autoblog noted, commenting on the remarkable transition that the 2015 model has made from its successor. The car now has a far more premium feel, evoking design language akin to that of the Audi A7, the Tesla Model S, and other cars far above the 200′s price point. Power will come from an unchanged 2.4 liter inline-four, with the option of upgrading to the 3.6 liter V6 (which comes standard in the AWD trim).

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