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2013 Detroit Motor Show Part 1


The Detroit Motor Show, which began on January 14th and is due to run until the 27th, is one of the largest auto shows in the US. It provides an opportunity for manufacturers to show off their latest models and prototypes and announce US and worldwide distribution dates for upcoming models.

Among the most notable cars making their premier appearances this year were the Maserati Quattroporte, the Volkswagen Crossblue and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Quattroporte sheds the pounds

If your new year's resolution is to lose some of that Christmas weight, you'll be green with envy at Maserati's sixth-generation Quattroporte which has been revealed to be 'lighter, faster and more efficient' than all its predecessors. The new vehicle boasts a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 530bhp, acceleration speeds of up to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 191 mph. This is 12 mph faster than Maserati's current sport model, the Quattroport Sport GT S.

But it's not all about speed: the new Quattroport promises to be up to 20% more efficient in terms of fuel consumption and emissions, a saving which responds to demands for more environmentally-friendly vehicles.

The Quattroporte V8 model will be available in the UK this summer for around £108,125. Maserati are also making a four-wheel-drive option which will be available exclusively for the left hand drive market.