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January 12, 2014

What to expect from this year's Detroit auto show

From brawny pickup trucks and growling high-performance cars to economical subcompacts, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit likely will have something that appeals to every driver.

Show organizers expect more than 50 new model introductions when the show kicks off Monday and Tuesday with 5,000 journalists attending the press days. What the automakers introduce is crucial because sales growth is starting to slow and new models tend to capture more buyers than older ones.

Ford is expected to steal the show with a new version of the F-150 pickup truck, but there are other notable cars and trucks coming. Chrysler will roll out a new 200 midsize sedan, a crucial vehicle in the company's plan to keep its sales growing. Honda plans to unveil a more modern version of its Fit subcompact, while new sports cars are expected from BMW, Toyota and Lexus.

Here's a look at what's expected from the show, which opens to the public on Saturday, Jan. 18:

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FORD: Likely to make the biggest splash of the show with the expected release of the revamped F-150 pickup. The best-selling vehicle in America, the F-150 faces a challenge from GM's recently redesigned Chevrolet Silverado pickup, the No. 2 selling vehicle. The last major update for the F-150 came in 2008. There have been reports that Ford will make widespread use of aluminum so the new truck is lighter and gets better gas mileage.

GENERAL MOTORS: Its biggest unveiling of the show will be a person, not a car. Mary Barra is expected to make her first public appearance since being named CEO last month. She officially replaces Dan Akerson on Wednesday. As for vehicles, GM is showing off the new GMC Canyon, one of two small pickups it hopes will win back buyers who've shunned the segment in favor of bigger trucks and SUVs. It also has some high-performance Corvettes on the schedule.

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