Cars and light trucks are shrinking and shedding weight to save fuel, but automakers aren't neglecting good looks and speed.
For instance, at the North American International Auto Show next week Audi is showing the RS7, a high-performance version of the A7. And Chevrolet will unveil a redesigned Corvette.
BMW has redesigned the 3-series coupe and has given it a new name, the 4 series.
And expect a high-performance SRT version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Here is a roundup of world production and concept debuts along with other offerings planned for the show.
Acura will unveil a near-production version of the 2014 MDX mid-sized crossover, the brand's top seller. The car should give a clear idea of where Acura's Aero Sculpture design is headed. That design language takes over from the Keen Edge design that was criticized for its "beak" grille.
Audi plans to show two high-performance production models. Unconfirmed reports suggest one of the vehicles is the 2014 RS7, a performance version of the A7 sedan.
A concept of the upcoming 4 series, BMW's new name for the redesigned 3-series coupe, will be shown for the first time. The 2014 coupe is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, with more curves in the body and roof line. The company is showing a high-performance M version of the 6-series Gran Coupe. BMW says the 2014 M6 Gran Coupe has the most powerful engine ever put into an M car, a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 560 hp and 500 pounds-feet of torque. The car goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.
Cadillac will unveil the 2014 ELR, the second vehicle featuring General Motors' Voltec plug-in hybrid powertrain, which debuted on the Chevrolet Volt. The coupe's sporty styling hews closely to the Converj concept that GM showed at the 2009 Detroit show.