DETROIT – Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. used the second day of the North American International Auto Show on Tuesday to unveil new luxury models and push green technology as an optimistic industry anticipates that 2015 will continue a six-year streak of annual growth in the U.S. market.
Toyota’s luxury Lexus brand debuted the 2016 GS F sports sedan as the third and newest addition to the high-performance F lineup that began in 2008. The automaker said the GS F is about 130 kg lighter than its competitors and will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of 2015.
“The GS F will offer a driving experience unlike any Lexus midsize luxury sedan before it,” Lexus group Vice President Jeff Bracken said at the event.
Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury division, revealed the Q60 concept sports coupe, saying it will “heavily” inspire a production version of the car set to launch in 2016.
The sleek two-door concept has a new 3-liter V-6 engine that is part of a lighter and more efficient family of engines the automaker will begin producing.
“The Q60 concept is exactly what the premium midsize performance coupe can and should be,” Infiniti Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa said at the debut. “It represents what you can expect from Infiniti in the not-too-distant future.”
Honda revealed its FCV fuel cell vehicle concept for the first time in North America, saying it will launch a production version of the green car in the United States after launching in Japan in spring 2016.
The five-passenger vehicle has a 33 percent smaller fuel stack compared with the company’s previous hydrogen fuel cell model and will have a driving range of more than 280 km.
Honda also announced that it is planning to bring a new battery electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid to U.S. customers by 2018.
“Together, these vehicles are going to help create a new volume sales pillar by meeting a variety of customer needs for mobility,” Honda Executive Vice President John Mendel told reporters.
American automaker General Motors Co.’s luxury Cadillac division debuted the 2016 CTS-V sedan, complete with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine. The model will form part of the brand’s high-performance V-Series lineup.
“V-Series represents the very best of the Cadillac brand — the pinnacle of our design and technical capabilities,” Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said in a press release. “The new CTS-V is the most compelling example of Cadillac’s product substance and brand trajectory.”
Lincoln, Ford Motor Co.’s luxury brand, revealed the 2016 MKX sport utility vehicle, which will go on sale in the United States later this year, followed by other markets such as China, South Korea and the Middle East.
The automaker said the midsize luxury crossover should help it gain share in the segment, which represents about 25 percent of the total U.S. luxury market.
The 27th annual show, which drew over 800,000 visitors last year, will be open to the public for nine days starting Saturday.