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Detroit Auto Show 2017

These are the cars catching everyone's eye

  • Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Concept

    Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Concept

    En español | For incurable nomads and unreconstructed hippies, VW spotlighted a Microbus redux that could be more tease than a promise. But the two-motor, all-wheel-drive, electric power-train underpinning the Detroit show car is intended for production, so there’s a chance a Bus reprise could be a showroom item one day. It would have a 270-mile battery range per government standards (as much as a Tesla), VW says. And it would be rich with the latest self-driving tech.

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  • 2018 Toyota Camry

    2018 Toyota Camry

    On sale this summer, it’s truly “all new,” meaning the chassis, body and interior all are different from the previous model — not just cosmetic changes the auto business often hypes as “new.” New eight-speed automatic, but same engines: 3.5-liter V-6 and 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Edgy styling, swoopy dashboard that’s Audi-like and firmer-feeling suspension give the best-selling car in the U.S. a mischievous streak. The family sedan market is down, as buyers switch to SUVs, so Toyota is hoping the spiffed-up Camry will buck that trend.

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  • 2018 Ford F-150
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    2018 Ford F-150

    Face-lifted and updated, the 2018 version of the country’s best-selling vehicle comes this fall for those who tow, haul or just like truckin’. Main exterior changes are grilles that better match the hefty-looking ones on the overhauled Super Duty F-series models, and a tailgate face-lift. Drivetrain changes include a new diesel option and updates to the 5-liter V-8 and base V-6 engines, plus 10-speed automatics. Tech features will include a Wi-Fi hot spot, crash avoidance and Bang & Olufsen audio.

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  • 2018 Honda Odyssey
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    2018 Honda Odyssey

    Minivans are practical, even after all the kids are gone, and Honda’s version has been a best-seller for years. The new one looks similar but has hidden sliding-door tracks. A 10-speed automatic transmission is available, as are “Magic Slide” second-row seats for easy reconfiguration and maneuvering inside, and an array of tech features. Honda Sensing accident-avoidance system, including automatic braking, is standard on most models.

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  • 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    Coming in spring of 2017, it’s a trimmer crossover SUV than the mainstream Rogue and is aimed at people who live and drive in tighter confines than the suburbs. The Sport is about a foot shorter than the Rogue, but still claims to be a five-seater. A 2-liter four-cylinder rated 141 horsepower provides go-power. Automatic braking and other driver-assistance features come with it. Front-wheel or all-wheel drives are available.

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  • 2019 Audi Q8
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    2019 Audi Q8

    It’s a plug-in hybrid that goes on sale in 2018, blending roominess, all-wheel drive, power and fuel-saving tech. The “concept” shown at Detroit is a tad shorter than the Q7 SUV, and a bit wider. It spreads interior space generously among four instead of the usual five passengers. A 3-liter V-6 gasoline engine ties to an electric motor for a combined 443 horsepower, and diesel-truck-like 516 pounds-per-foot of torque, Audi claims 37.3 miles on electric-only power, and another 621 miles on gasoline.

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  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class coupe
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    2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

    Longer, wider, taller and roomier than the previous version, and already trickling into showrooms, the ’18 keeps the same 329-hp, turbocharged 3-liter V-6 as its predecessor. But a nine-speed automatic replaces the seven-speed, resulting in quicker acceleration and better gas mileage, the automaker says. It’s available with Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive, or rear-wheel drive. The coupe is available with not just one, but two 12.3-inch control screens, in case one seems so yesterday.

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  • 2018 Lexus LS
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    2018 Lexus LS

    Loaded with what the automaker brags is “visionary technology” to anticipate the owners’ needs, it sports an enormous grille, a 415-hp V-6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s similar in size to the BMW long-wheelbase 7-series. Inside, 28-way power seats with heating, cooling and massage. On sale late in 2017.

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  • 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

    2018 Volkswagen Atlas

    This big (three-row) SUV built in Chattanooga, Tenn., is due this spring to fill a gap in VW’s small-size lineup. It’s the biggest VW model ever built in the U.S. In the spotlight at Detroit was the sexy-looking R-Line version.

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