Cadillac will unveil a concept car and the production 2011 CTS-V coupe, due in showrooms next summer. This is a high-performance version of the CTS coupe, which debuted in December at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Chevrolet will show its Aveo RS concept, which is sportier and bigger than the current production version. A redesigned Aveo is expected next year.
Chrysler Group will show a concept version of the Lancia Delta mid-sized hatchback with a Chrysler grille. The vehicle is not planned for North American production. Rather, it shows the potential of the Chrysler-Fiat alliance.
Chrysler is not holding a formal press conference during the Detroit show because it has no new vehicles to display. The automaker unveiled the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee at the New York show last spring. That vehicle is scheduled to arrive in the second quarter of 2010.
At the Chrysler exhibit, Fiat will show an electric version of the Fiat 500 small car.
Ford will unveil a production version of the redesigned 2012 Ford Focus sedan. The vehicle also will be available as a three-door hatchback.
Martin Smith, Ford's European design chief, said the car's styling theme is called Kinetic 2.0, the automaker's new global design language for small and mid-sized cars and crossovers. Some styling cues will be lifted from the current European Focus.
The redesigned Focus will go on sale in early 2011.
GMC is expected to show a small crossover concept, similar to the concept shown to selected journalists and analysts in August at GM's design center outside Detroit. That vehicle was similar in size to the Chevrolet HHR.
Honda is showing the production version of the 2011 CR-Z hybrid sporty hatchback.
The CR-Z's 1.5-liter internal combustion engine is basically the same as the one in the Fit hatchback. The CR-Z's electric motor also is a less powerful version of what appears in the Insight and Civic hybrids.
As a result, the CR-Z's 0-to-62-mph time of 9.7 seconds with a continuously variable transmission, according to leaked Japan market specifications, might not match the two-seater's sporty appearance.
American Honda Motor Co. spokesman Todd Mittleman cautioned that U.S. specifications and performance figures might be different from those of the Japan-market vehicle. But because the CR-Z is a low-volume world car, expect only minimal differences, if any.
The reskinned 2011 MKX mid-sized crossover is expected to adopt Lincoln's signature design cues, including the split grille. It shares Ford's global mid-sized vehicle platform with the Ford Edge. Lincoln will unveil a production version at the show.
Mercedes will show the fourth variant of its new E class: a convertible that replaces the CLK. The 2011 convertible goes on sale in May, a month before the new E-class station wagon.
Mini's Beachcomber four-seat concept hints at the direction the brand may take with a small crossover due in the United States next year.
The doorless, dune-buggylike vehicle with an open roof is unlikely to make it into production. But the platform, mechanics and interior will be used in the production crossover, Mini says. The Beachcomber has a new all-wheel-drive system.
The crossover will be produced by Magna Steyr and will go on sale in Europe next fall and in the United States early in 2011.
Toyota will unveil a hybrid concept. Sources say the company is working on a two-door version of the Prius to compete with Honda's CR-Z. They also say Toyota is working on a hybrid smaller than the Prius.
Volkswagen will debut a hybrid-car concept.
Jamie LaReau, Bradford Wernle, Chrissie Thompson, Kathy Jackson, Mark Rechtin and Diana T. Kurylko contributed to this report