• Dec 27th 2008 at 1:19PM
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We know that smart sold over 20,000 units of the fortwo in the US this year, so it's proven to be a popular car for its market. In LA last month, we saw the new Brabus edition and now we can get our own pics of an electric smart fortwo when the doors to the Detroit Auto Show open in about two weeks. The details of this vehicle, which debuted in second-generation form at the Paris Motor Show, will likely be exactly the same, but 150 miles from a full charge of the lithium-ion battery pack isn't something we need to see changed right away. We can only assume the number will increase once on-street testing of the electric fortwo - which is happening now - is finished.

[Source: NAIAS via Green Car Congress]

How do you do! NAIAS Crowds to Be Introduced to Four More Debuts

The list of product debuts continues to grow for the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as the world's auto manufacturers and more than 6,000 international journalists are set to converge on Detroit in less than one month.

Chevrolet and Kia Added To NAIAS 2009 Debuts
Chevrolet and Kia are the latest automakers to reveal worldwide debuts for NAIAS 2009. Chevrolet will premiere the 2010 Equinox and Kia will take the wraps off a new concept.

The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is a compact crossover that General Motors boasts likely will deliver best-in-class fuel economy when it goes on sale in mid-2009. Completely redesigned inside and out, the Equinox also can be loaded with all kinds of technological features.

Kia is keeping secret until its NAIAS 2009 press conference the name and details of its concept. But as the sketch indicates, the concept is intended to demonstrate the flexibility of the newly introduced 2010 Kia Soul, originally shown in concept form at NAIAS 2006.

General Motors and Smart Bring Paris Debuts to Detroit for North American Premiere
General Motors and Smart have announced they will use the NAIAS 2009 stage for the North American debut of a number of new production models that made their world premiere at the 2008 Paris auto show.

GM will show the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, Chevrolet Cruze small car and the Chevrolet Orlando concept. Smart will display the electric ForTwo.

GM unveiled the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon and the Chevrolet Cruze small car, vehicles in Paris because they will soon go on sale in Europe.

A station wagon version of the wildly popular Cadillac CTS goes on sale in Europe and the U.S. in the spring. It features the same dramatic styling as the CTS and shares its underpinnings but features 25 cubic feet of space behind the rear doors. Engine choices are a base 263-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and an optional 304-horsepower direct-injection version of the same engine. Transmission options are the same as well, so the CTS Sport Wagon will be available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic in either rear- or all-wheel drive.

The Chevrolet Cruze will be built and sold in more than 100 countries globally. The five-passenger subcompact -- which is smaller than the Cobalt -- first goes on sale in Europe in March. The U.S. version, to be built in Lordstown, Ohio, follows later as a replacement for the Chevrolet Cobalt.

GM also will unveil to North America the Chevrolet Orlando people-mover concept shown in Paris. The small, seven-passenger multipurpose vehicle could eventually be added to Chevrolet's line.

Smart division will display in Detroit the electric-powered ForTwo it is working on and showed in Paris. Smart plans to equip the electric ForTwo with advanced lithium-ion batteries.

NewsFlash and ShowTalk Go Digital
This year, the Auto Show's key industry publications are being designed and delivered in a digital format. This move reflects the Auto Show's commitment to deliver both event and industry-related news in a more timely and productive way. The new approach to NewsFlash and ShowTalk is part of a larger auto show communications' initiative that will be implemented beginning in 2009. Experience more at the new Auto Show web site, www.naias.com.

About the North American International Auto Show
Rod Alberts - Executive Director
Entering its 21st year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place. One of the largest media events in North America, the NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world. The NAIAS Web site can be accessed at www.naias.com.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      mini called.

      they want their logo back.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hope they can mass produce enough to get the price down to a somewhat reasonable level. This could be a winner, especially if the price of oil recovers.

      BTW, just ignore the troll, he only feeds on the attention you give him.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hydrogen has been and continues to be DOA( Dead on Arrival ). Hydrogen does nothing to stop global warming.

      EV Cars first, then Trucks as Battery tech improves.

      But, yes, EV's alone aren't going to stop global warming. Real Men are going to have to get up and Demand we shut down Coal, Globally.

        • 6 Years Ago
        TankD0g, I think your going to be surprised of some of the big players get into the battery game: INTC.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Battery tech is never going to improve to the point of being able to power trucks much less the real polluters like airplanes and ships. It's all about energy density, and batteries don't have a fraction of what it takes to be viable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Less power?
      Less breaking power?
      Difficulty to pass slower traffic?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fuel cells capable of powering a vehicle currently cost at least an order of magnitude more than a battery pack capable of the same.

      There is no indication that there will be any significant reduction in the cost of a vehicle-sized fuel cell stack anytime soon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hydrogen works just fine in an internal combustion engine. BMW Hydrogen 7 > Honda FCX Clarity
      • 6 Years Ago
      '''Possibility we can avoid the Climatic-Economic Disaster of Climate Change and the Global Bankruptcy that will Unleash'''

      Are you tilt in your little brain or what??? Even if they start offering and sale battery cars, it will maybe catch-up 10-15% of the market share of cars. then what abouth other petrol use?? Other cars, tractor-trailers, farm machinery, industrial furnaces, airplanes, trains, ships, motorcycles, building heating and air conditionning,
      electrical generation. At best your battery will displace 2% of petrol use because joe something having one battery car think he's right his self-little-himself and don't know that 98% of the remaining petrol devises still run each and everyday everywhere.

      Do you think that trucks guys working the truck 10 hours or more a day will recharge for hours in day time.

      I told you it's hydrogen or we will be unable to save on fuel cost and al gore and project no-place and ton of other communists will be making a fortune telling you that you will die soon of pollution.

        • 6 Years Ago
        EVdriver has a funny way of spelling "insight".
        • 6 Years Ago
        You should leave this place. I find your ignorance disturbing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Battery cars, what a joke. It's a downsizing of every car aspects you can think of. Less power, less range, more weight, less breaking power, limp acceleration, slower top speed, difficulty to pass slower traffic, impossibility to know when battery will be dead, less heating in winter where this apply and less air conditionning in hot summer, less durability, impossibility to fast charge except at your house for a lot of money. Battery are extremelly tricky to charge and maintain and wear badly as soon as made and are full of defects like memory effect, overheating, freezing in winter, busting of any sort and cost a lot, more money then fuelcells. You will never be able to go on a weekend gataway or a cross-country vacation because of a lack of range and long recharge time, so less value for the car. The best you can do is stay near home and go slow, that is the deal proposed to you by big-oil and your goverment that fear hydrogen for, trucks,cars, ships, bus, machinery,airplanes,submarine,tractors,heating furnace, power electric generation, etc.
        • 6 Years Ago
        People here don't like the hear the truth. As evidence by their votes. they can't argue with any of your points of course, they just don't like them spoken aloud. The Tesla jesus car will save us all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      - Super efficiency, greater torque, less energy use to do the same work( efficiency ) means less green-house gases. Possibility we can avoid the Climatic-Economic Disaster of Climate Change and the Global Bankruptcy that will Unleash.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree, Gorr is ignorant with an ulterior motive. All solutions are going to be needed to help the multitudes of issues we have with oil and pollution. I personally don't mind having a car to recharge at night. I'll will be the everyday car. If I have to leave on a trip (which is seldom) I'll use the other car. I also ride a motorcycle everyday. It gets me around really nicely, but I wouldn't dare take it on a long trip. It's a start to solving our problems, and you have to start somewhere.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The United States is still very much in love with the automobile, with a national average of 2.28 vehicles per household. [...] Households with three or more vehicles maintain the single largest category, at nearly 35 percent."

        Source: http://tinyurl.com/875otn
        • 6 Years Ago
        IT may be so that Americans are in love with their cars, as is the rest of the world. Americans aren't exclusive to needing transportation, everybody needs to get to work and grab groceries. Larger Cities of the world offer mass transportation, but a small percentage of the world lives in large cities. Even if Americans have 2. something cars, you can only drive one at a time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Owning three cars is not solving any problems besides "what to do with that extra money in the bank.".
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