Detroit Auto Show 2015: top vehicle debuts

North American Auto Show 2015
Over a dozen automotive brands unveiled new products at this year’s North American International Auto Show. Photos by Benjamin Yong.

The 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is in full swing in Detroit right now, and so far this year has proved to be one of the biggest for both the event itself and manufacturers. Over 200,000 visitors attended opening weekend to see some big vehicle debuts — and there were many from brands like Toyota, Hyundai, Porsche and more.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

Completely rebuilt inside and out, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will be powered by either a 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine or an all-new 3.5-litre Atkinson cycle V6. Transmission choices are a six-speed auto or a six-speed manual exclusive to the V6 model.

2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV

Hyundai Sonata PHEV

For the first time, the Korean automaker is joining the world of plug-ins with the announcement of the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). Featuring a range of up to 35 kilometres on electric-only power, it has some aerodynamic differences over the regular model like a unique grille, bumpers and fenders.

2015 John Cooper Works MINI

MINI John Cooper Works

Following the earlier release of the redesigned MINI Cooper, the hopped-up John Cooper Works (JCW) version has finally been released. It’s actually the most powerful Cooper MINI has ever released — a 2.0 L turbocharged four cylinder produces 231 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.

2016 Audi Q7

Audi Q7

Audi unveiled the second-generation Q7 full-size luxury crossover that’s lost some weight (up to 325 kilograms), gained a bit of passenger room and upgraded its technology.  The body structure is now 41 per cent made from aluminum, and the Q7 is available with a 12.3-inch screen displaying the Audi Virtual Cockpit.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Continuing with the rollout of the company’s new GTS portfolio, Porsche announced the 911 Targa 4 GTS. A 430 hp engine lurks under the hood, and this 911 variant has all the earmarks of a GTS: black 20-inch centre lock wheels, black front bumper air intakes, black door logos and black Alcantara steering wheel and seat inserts.

Posted by Benjamin Yong

Benjamin Yong is a freelance journalist and communications professional living in Richmond, B.C. He is often found writing about cars and the auto industry, amongst other things, or driving around in his work-in-progress 1990 Mazda MX-5. Twitter: @b_yong Instagram: @popuplights