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Pricey models reign at Detroit auto show

Dr. Dieiter Zetsche, chairman of the board at

Dr. Dieiter Zetsche, chairman of the board at Mercedes-Benz, introduces the 2014 CLA at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Jan. 13, 2013 Credit: Getty Images

This year's Detroit auto show, which opens Monday, has a decidedly green theme. Green as in the color of money, that is.

An aura of luxury pervades many of the show's new models as automakers from Europe, Asia and the Motor City itself strive to bring more affluent consumers into showrooms. Whether one seeks a sedan, coupe or crossover, pricey new choices are not in short supply.

A familiar companion to luxury is performance. Exuding both traits is a hometown showstopper, the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette from General Motors Corp. The latest edition of "America's sports car" should reach dealers in late summer. Pricing may be in the general realm of the 2013 Corvette, which starts at $50,595.

A trio of expensive performance models from Europe, all priced from well over $100,000, is headed to the U.S. market in the coming year, and they, too, will be on display at the show.

Leading the pack is the redesigned 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, which Chrysler's Italian parent, Fiat SpA, hopes will spearhead a resurgence of the Maserati brand when it arrives here in summer.

Also on view will be the potent 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe, and the 2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible, from Volkswagen AG's British uber-luxury brand. The Bentley claims to be "the world's fastest convertible," with a top speed of 202 miles per hour. 

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