• Jan 15, 2008


Media days of the Detroit Auto Show have come and gone, and we've done our best to provide you with plenty of pics and updates of all the significant debuts during North America's biggest auto show. We scoured through all the new concepts and world debuts to give you our five most significant new products at NAIAS. Click on the video above to view the Autoblog Five, and be sure to give us your top five all-new concepts and world debuts after the jump.







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      • 7 Years Ago
      Best selling truck in the past 33 years is not on the list?????????????????????????????????
        • 7 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like they did anything to the F150 to make it stand out over the previous generation.
        • 7 Years Ago
        they said SIGNIFICANT...lol

        Just ball busting. Seriously though...did it have any radical changes???
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where is the Nissan GT-R video.
        • 7 Years Ago
        hardy-har-har. very droll...
        • 7 Years Ago
        It broke down on the way to get in the photo shoot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I imagine the Verve isn't on the list because it wasn't its debut. It's actually the third showing of the concept at an auto show.

      The Audi is significant because of the diesel engine; the CTS Coupe is significant because, well, look at it; the ZR1 is significant because it is a further evolution of the already-impressive Z06 and puts GM among the ranks of Lamborghini, Pagani, Koenigsegg, and Ascari.

      Personally, I disagree with the Ram and the Lancer. The Ram sure is a new introduction, but it's still "just" a pickup truck and really does nothing new for its segment. Ditto the Lancer Ralliart. It's basically an engine-and-trim package that slots between two already-released versions of the same model. Nothing revolutionary.
      I'd put in the Fisker and the Hyundai Genesis in their places. The Fisker will be the first independent hybrid to be produced, and its $80k price tag makes it the cheapest car Mr. Fisker has designed in the last ten years or so. The Genesis is Hyundai's first RWD vehicle, and sets the stage for them to compete in new segments globally. It's difficult to foresee how it will fare, but it's a revolutionary step for Korean automakers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sean: Great comments and very well thought-out. While this is Autoblog's list, you can bet that we had our arguements over what cars should go where. The Ram topped the list in our minds (and instead of the F-150) because it is such a leap forward and because of the coil springs and improved fuel economy. It's no longer the cheap but manly alternative to Ford and Chevy.

        Lancer and Genesis are interchangable to me, but for others on the team liked the Lancer more because the Genesis has been around for a while, and that grille is ugly as hell. Lancer Ralliart will be big for enthusiasts on a budget that can't afford an EVO or STI.

        For those that question why the R8 TDI is on the list... name another supercar powered by a diesel engine. That's why. Audi has proven on the race circuit that diesel can dominate, and on the street it will be awesome and fuel efficient at the same time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chrysler is pretty deep in the hole, and it may very well be too late for them (especially since Cerberus isn't going to be patient). BUT, the Ram shows that at least they have the ability to make a good product. Look at the last two to three years . . . compass, nitro, avenger, liberty, patriot, sebring . . . all horrid cars and miserable failures. If a turnaround is possible for Chrysler, the Ram will kick start it. When was the last time there was ANY positive press about Chrysler LLC or a Chrysler product? This vehicle will change that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Although I may not agree with all the selections in this clip, I have to say I love the CTS coupe. I think its inclusion is very fitting and deserved. However, try as I may, I cannot understand the place Audi holds on the list. As previously mentioned it is a car few will actually buy and I question the effect it will actually have on the market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree that the ram does deserve the 1 spot because of its improvements. The new 380hp 5.7 hemi alone should be praised, and the addition of coil springs for a half ton should make it a comfortable ride. Don’t care much for the ram box.
      But the exterior nothing new or improved, its just ok or fine, nothing ugly. I preffer the current look of rams becuse of their aggresiveness. The new ram looks a bit watered down of the current generation of the truck. If your were to replace the gun sight ram grill with the 3 chrome bar grill the new ram would look like the previous generation superduty.

      The new F150 is still a better looking truck interior and exterior. But its power train will surely trail the competition till ford gets the Boss or hurricane engine.

      If I was given the option between the new ram vs the tundra, definitely the ram. The new ram improvements are were it counts what’s in a truck (powertrain, coil springs....).
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept is stunning.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree that the new Dodge Ram both the exterior look and interior looks are far out front of the new GM/Ford/toyota trucks,with rear seat ice-coolers and RamBox side loading storage.Not to mention that the bed is lower and easier to get into from the side.The coil spring set up is gonna be love by highway user who use their pickups as commuters,and light load them on the weekend with dirtbike,Jet ski's and small trailer's around the 8000-9000 rating's.I myself would never dream of pulling 10,000+ with a halfton.I have always used a 3/4-1 ton to tow that much an more.Nice job Dodge.They listen to us this time around.And more Hemi power sweeeet!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's so significant about a new engine for the R8? One more choice for you to dream??
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about the Hyundai Genesis. The features of a $60,000+ car for about $25,000 less.

      What's significant about another cruddy and unreliable Dodge pickup?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly. The Genesis should be one of the top five, there is a real potential this vehicle could re-write what is known as the luxury market.

        Of the five, the one deserving the least amount of significance is the Audi R8 V12 TDi. I would slot the Genesis in its place, and I have about 30,000 good reasons for it (expected starting price for the Genesis, just under 30K).
      • 7 Years Ago
      The CTS coupe was a stunning surprise! But I was/am chomping at the bit to see the Cadillac Myst that was mentioned but never appeared...anyone have any idea what type of car it is? Possible glimpse at the next XLR, or maybe the DTS/STS replacement? Thanks!
        • 7 Years Ago
        MYST = PROVOQ. Cadillac had changed the concept's name, but didn't update that pre-CTS Coupe reveal press release.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the Audi is there because it is a new application for diesels. I love the Lancer but common, its a niche car. The truck don't deserve to be there unless there is a 20% mpg improvement.

      What I think this list is is half sales volume and half car guy desirability.
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