Behind-the-scenes look at the Detroit Auto Show

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The Porsche 911 Targa 4 is introduced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

DETROIT - It's the Super Bowl of Auto Shows and national auto expert Doug Brauner is at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show to give 9NEWS viewers a behind-the-scenes look at never-before-seen, brand-new cars, trucks and concepts.

Porsche unveils new 911 Targa

Porsche used the North American International Auto Show on Monday for the world premiere of the new 911 Targa.

"As temperatures rise, you will be able to open the roof," said Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller as he unveiled the 911 Targa.

Mueller said loyal 911 consumers should love the new Targa with its fully retractable roof and dynamic drive characteristics.

The Targa is one of the most popular versions of the 911, Mueller said, accounting for almost 13% of sales.

Also on display at the Porsche stand is the new Macan compact crossover that was shown in November at the Los Angeles auto show.

The Macan, expected to start at $50,895, is 6.5 inches shorter than Porsche's Cayenne SUV. It will compete with sporty midsize crossovers like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Cadillac SRX.

A 3.0-liter V6 generates 340 horsepower in the base Macan and 400 hp in the top turbo model. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive are standard. The fastest model - a turbo with the optional sports chrono package - will accelerate to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 164 mph.

Options will include niceties like a panoramic sunroof, air suspension, leather interior, a 7-inch touch screen, 18-way adaptive power sport seats and walnut or carbon fiber trim.

The show does not open to the public until Jan. 18 and runs through Jan. 26.

For more on the show visit: http://www.naias.com/.

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