For one week each year, the world descends upon Detroit. The North American International Auto Show, held Jan. 19-27 this year, breathes life into this tired shell of a city, proving there is still enough relevance and glamour to fuel a resurgent car industry. In 2012, US car sales topped 14.4 million, the best year since 2007. Seven automakers posted record sales, and industry watcher R.L. Polk predicts sales will reach 15.4 million by this year’s end.
While downtown Detroit is an eerily quiet place—almost like an empty movie lot—inside the Cobo Center there was a genuine party spotlighting the latest 2013 and 2014 cars. While several concepts stole the show (including Ford’s Atlas, a preview of the next-generation F-150 pickup), we’ve chosen to highlight 10 signiﬁcant cars you can actually buy within a few months. Most are pricey luxury models we think will make a serious dent in their competitive segments.