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With less than a month before it starts (January 12), the 2014 North American International Auto Show will include 40 news conferences over two days from manufacturers ranging from the industry giants to upstart Tesla Motors.

Automakers will begin showing their wares Sunday, Jan. 12, on the eve of the media days that start at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, with the presentation of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. General Motors will host a special event that Sunday night to reveal the new GMC Canyon, a midsize pickup.

On Monday morning, Ford is expected to reveal an all-new Ford F-150 pickup. Chrysler is expected to reveal an all-new Chrysler 200 midsize sedan.

But one of the biggest stars of the show could be Tesla Motors, which has a news conference scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose Silicon Valley electric car venture has seen its stock surge more than 400% this year, before retreating in recent weeks, may attend the show.

Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, VL Automotive, Volkswagen and Volvo also plan other important unveilings.

Bob Shuman, chairman of the 2014 show, said he expects as many as 55 new cars and trucks will be exhibited for the first time in North America.