Cars You Don’t Want to Miss at the Detroit Auto Show

by Danny Shapiro

Detroit is back. After a long recession, U.S. auto sales are surging. And Detroit is reasserting its position as a global hub for not just the auto industry, but for consumer technology.

The cars on display at Detroit’s 25th annual North American International Auto Show – which kicks off this Saturday – are stuffed with new technologies. Naturally, many of these new vehicles are taking our visual computing technologies along for the ride.

A few highlights:

Audi Allroad Shooting Brake

An inspired design with British roots, the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake is a sleek two-door that combines a four-wheel drive Allroad design with a hatchback and incorporates Audi’s e-Tron plug-in hybrid electric drivetrain.

The fully configurable instrument cluster inside the concept car is powered by our Tegra 3 processor, and offers a peek at the stunning display that will be shipping in the new TT later this year.

The 2014 Mini

Having won the title of  “World Car of Year”  in 2013, the newest VW Golf, seventh in the Golf series, and the electric-powered eGolf feature an intuitive touchscreen infotainment system powered by an NVIDIA  Tegra.

Across the hall, there’s nothing small about the New Mini, as the British premium brand delivers more innovation, more space and more fun. A multicolor, LED-lit, circular center console powered by NVIDIA drives state-of-the-art infotainment, communication and navigation plus new MINI Connected Services.

Mini's multicolor, LED-lit, circular center console powered by NVIDIA Tegra.

The New Mini goes on sale this spring.

BMW also unveiled a new crop of M series, rolling their NVIDIA-powered 3D navigation system throughout their line of premium performance vehicles.

If you get a chance to tour the show floor, be sure to check out the other exciting new concepts from Toyota, Acura and more, all designed on NVIDIA Quadro-powered workstations.