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New Auto Debuts at Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS)

2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum Body2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum Body
2015 GMC Canyon Midsize Truck2015 GMC Canyon Midsize Truck
2015 Chrysler 200 Redesign2015 Chrysler 200 Redesign
2015 Subaru WRX STI Performance Sedan2015 Subaru WRX STI Performance Sedan

Even though we’re only in the third week of 2014, Auto manufacturers are busy ramping up for production of 2015 model vehicles. This week’s North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit Auto Show, kicks off 2014 with a slew of new car debuts for 2015 model year vehicles.

Here are a few of the highlights:

2015 Ford F-150 – For 2015 Ford replaced most of the steel in the body of best-selling F-150 with military grade aluminum. In doing so they reduced the overall weight by nearly 700 pounds, allowing for downsized engines. According to COO Mark Fields this redesign makes the 2015 F-150 "CAFE-positive", meaning the truck will help Ford meet CAFE standards instead of lowering the average fuel economy of its lineup.

2015 GMC Canyon – In another move towards fuel efficiency GMC launched the new Canyon midsize pickup truck to go along with Chevy’s Colorado, which was launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Both trucks have standard 4 cylinder engines and available V6 and turbo-diesels later this year. GM is betting on midsize trucks to compete with the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

2015 Chrysler 200 - Chrysler has completely redesigned the Chrysler 200 for 2015 with the intention of making it the “flagship” for the brand. The new 200 features new styling that is so streamlined some have said it looks like a compact car. The nine-speed automatic transmission is expected to help it get 35 mpg highway and compete with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

2015 Subaru WRX STI – Subaru’s new high performance sedan has been retooled for better handling. The car’s electronic Vehicle Dynamics Control system has been improved with a new torque-vectoring system. This VDC software allows drivers to choose between “normal,” “traction,” and “off” for the STI stability and traction control systems. Additionally, 3 automatic all-wheel-drive modes are available along with one manual setup including 6 adjustment levels. Three throttle and engine response settings are also standard in this popular enthusiast auto.

2015 Acura TLX – Acura is replacing the TSX and TL models with the all new Acura TLX, a four door sedan designed and developed in the U.S. The four cylinder option will have an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic with a torque converter and the V-6 will be mated to a nine-speed automatic. At higher trim levels the TLX will offer lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, a blind spot monitoring system, a forward collision warning system and a collision mitigation braking system.

The nine-day Detroit Auto Show drew 795,416 people for the highest attendance since 2004 and more than 50 vehicles were unveiled. Some of the concept cars unveiled can be seen here. If you’re not planning to wait until fall for the 2015 models and you want to research new autos now, AutoBuying101 can help you get the best deal on a new auto and compare pricing from local dealers.