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The Detroit Auto Show's Hottest Cars

The 2013 North American International Auto Show -- the most important event on the U.S. automotive calendar -- features more than 500 vehicles from brands as diverse as Ferrari and Ford, all displayed in a new 30,000 square foot atrium in Detroit's Cobo Center. This is also the American consumer's first glimpse at what next year will look like for the automotive industry, and dozens of new models will debut.

Detroit is one of 65 shows held in the U.S. this year, from Toledo to New York and Chicago. With an estimated 800,000 visitors expected at this year's Detroit show, companies will be gauging whether their newest offerings satisfy consumer demands. Polk, a research consulting firm, said it expects U.S. auto sales to hit 15.3 million in 2013, an increase of nearly 7 percent from 2012.

Take a look at these new models, all on the market this coming year. Then check back for updates, as the show continues through the weekend.

By CNBC

Posted 15 Jan 2013

Jonathan K. Li | CNBC