image of the 2018 Kia Stinger

The North American International Auto Show, commonly referred to as the Detroit Auto Show, is possibly the United States’ single most significant automotive celebration. Every year, the city that ushered in our nation’s auto revolution serves as the fairground for the industry’s greatest achievements in innovation and horsepower.

With only days remaining until this year’s festivities are complete, a unique trend has already emerged: some of the event’s highest eyebrow-raising unveilings have come from the least likely manufacturers.

Here are the most significant vehicles shown off at the Detroit Auto Show:

image of the 2018 Toyota Camry

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2018 Toyota Camry

While Toyota’s brand has long been synonymous with quality and longevity, this Japanese manufacturer usually isn’t the first name that comes to mind when enthusiasts talk high performance and raw horsepower. Fabled are the days of the rear wheel drive Supra with only the lackluster 86 as its closest living sequel.

Toyota is hoping to change that perception with the introduction of the 2018 Camry. Yes, the Camry. Serving as Toyota’s most stylistically inclined midsize sedan to date, the new Camry boasts a sportier physique, inside and out. With a premium V6 engine option topping out at 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque pushing to the front wheels, Toyota hopes to add some pizzazz to a historically mundane automotive category.

2018 Kia Stinger

image of the 2018 Kia Stinger

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Like Toyota, Kia’s reputation is not commonly mentioned in a conversation regarding adrenaline-pumping performance. Some even question Kia’s ability to make decent-quality vehicles altogether, much less one that is coveted by driving enthusiasts.

Release your inhibitions and judgements today, dear readers! The Kia Stinger is here to change anything you’ve ever thought about this South Korean manufacturer. Boasting an available 360-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine, connected to a standard rear wheel drivetrain (all wheel drive will also be an option), all wrapped up in a hopped up Optima shell, and you have a luxury sports sedan that has its crosshairs aimed directly at the likes of BMW and Lexus.

Will this be the car that finally puts Kia on car enthusiasts’ radar? Stay tuned! The future looks bright for this one.

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz (concept)

Image of the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept

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Who doesn’t love a classic with a twist? The I.D. Buzz by Volkswagen pairs the vintage stylings of the VW Microbus with modern achievements in EV technology. Running on two electric engines (one per axle), the I.D. Buzz is a fun look back at Volkswagen’s rich German automotive history while also looking toward the bright future of electric-powered automobiles.

What were your favorites?

So there you have it, our top three picks from this year’s Detroit Auto Show! What were your favorites? Share your answers with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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