Never seen before cars and trucks are the lead actors at the world’s biggest auto shows. So the upcoming Detroit show should be something with 40 or so cars and trucks scheduled to be unveiled for the first time. If that is not enough, five vehicles will make their North American debut according to the Detroit Free Press. We will learn more starting with the press preview Jan. 12-13. More than 5,000 journalists from around the world are expected to push and shove their way into Cobo Hall and the various reveals.

TrueCar said pickup trucks and SUV’s with prices over $50,000 make up six of the 10 top sellers in that portion of the market. It predicts the Ford F-150 will dominate and surpass total U.S. volume of luxury car makers such as the BMW 3, 5, and 7 series or total deliveries for the Audi brand this year. The Ram truck ranks second in the segment. I had a short drive in a top of the line F-150 that was the equal of any luxury car inside. See picture.

Ford F-150-2

The EPA has rated the 707 horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at 22 mpg on the highway, 13 mpg in the city for a combined 16 mpg – not that fuel economy is the top thing on the minds of those who can’t wait to get behind the wheel of this car. It does come with a $1,700 gas-guzzler tax however.

With a month to go, Porsche said it has already sold more cars worldwide that it did all of last year. That comes to more than 169,000 vehicles. From January through November, U.S. sales rose 13 percent.

The 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines are:

  • 127-kW Electric Motor (BMW i3 electric vehicle)
  • 6.2L OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray)
  • 6.2L Supercharged OHV V-8 (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat)
  • 1.0L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Ford Fiesta)
  • 100-kW Fuel Cell (Hyundai Tucson FCV)
  • 1.5L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Mini Cooper)
  • 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
  • 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC H-4 (Subaru WRX)
  • 1.8L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volkswagen Jetta)
  • 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo S60)
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