• Jan 13th 2009 at 8:00PM
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With the state of the automotive industry and the wider economy, you could hardly blame us for expecting that this year's Detroit Auto Show would come off as cold and foreboding as the weather outside Cobo Hall. In reality, while the show's traditional glitz was definitely pared back, there was surprising depth on display, with a solid crop of new vehicle and concept introductions that point the way toward a bright future for the industry -- provided its players can navigate today's dicey waters. After taking it all in over the past few days, we've distilled down what we feel are the show's most important debuts, both production and conceptual. Click on the link below to launch our gallery list of the most significant vehicle rollouts at the show (in alphabetical by manufacturer order), and see if you don't agree.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      While I would like to say cool concepts like Converj is the most significant vehicle of the show, the reality is the Insight, Prius, and Taurus are probably the vehicles that will make the most impact in the automotive industry.

      Concepts come and go, only when they are actually produced are they worth discussing. Some of the cars shown will likely take the step from concept to production, like the Volt, but it'll go through many iterations and be a very different car when it gets through the realities of production (...like the Volt).
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Volkswagen has been talking about the possibility of building a
      mid-engine roadster for what seems like years now.... Concept
      BlueSport is the first time we have something tangible to consider"

      It has been years but it's not the first tangible item to consider: is this not essentially 2005's Concept R updated with the current corporate look? They promised to build that one too...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll buy that Lincoln in a heartbeat WITH bench seats. All they need to do is keep the aesthetic refinement on par with Audi, the driving as good as the Euro Fords, and build quality that trumps the best of the Japanese. Given recent product, I am convinced thats attainable - and for under $40,000.
      • 6 Years Ago
      my vote would have to go to Lincoln. No way was I expecting anything like that from them.

      • 6 Years Ago
      The cadillac was the most significant because it shows how GM is still thinking like the old GM. Why would you show a coupe? You have the CTS coupe coming out so now, what, a 2nd caddy coupe?

      The CTS coupe looks stupid next to this BTW.

      Luke GT is obviously A. an idiot and B. a ford fan. Nobody with a brain would say GM has some of the worst designs. Love them or hate them everything GM has done for the most part looks finished, its a design that stand ups very well usually, and its not gimmicky. The new caddy is a perfect example, that's stunning. If you like the taurus over that your nuts.

      Ford on the other hand is lost, the new taurus proves it.

      So is chrysler, they had the viper and the 300. Then they imploded.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually if you read Luke`s post he is a Toyota Fan. Owns two of them and mostly talks about them but he admits to liking something they don`t build. I would guess you are probably a GM fanboy since you got so upset you missed that and felt the need to defend them and bash the Taurus.

        I am not wowed by the Caddy but the Lacrosse impressed me. I would have picked it over the Caddy as more significant because it is a real car that is hopefully going to sell and really impressed me. The Lacrosse is proof that the Malibu wasn`t just a fluke and maybe GM can actually turn things around in time. GM is still a long way away from putting a Volt on dealers lots let alone a much heavier luxobarge version so I don`t see the significance of the Caddy.

        Insight and new Prius were cool. I felt the Fusion Hybrid probably belongs on the list too. Pretty amazing to see how far Ford has come with their Hybrid technology and while the Taurus was cool it is a large car and will be priced accordingly. The Fusion will be the volume seller that will make the difference in Ford`s bottom line.

        Chrysler`s Sebring in disguise was the biggest suprise of the show. I just wish it had been something more concrete and a bit closer to street ready. I really wanted it to be a reason to have hope for their future.
        • 6 Years Ago
        GM delivers hype, and more hype, and after a long, long series of hype, sometimes a car.

        Ford delivers cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Everything is gorgeous up there except the Lexus. I mean, the Insight isn't a real looker either but the beauty is in what it does and it does so without the ugliness of a Prius. Honda did well on the Insight. I don't hate the Lexus, it just doesn't inspire much of any emotion out of me at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you kidding right
        the Honda is just as ugly if not uglier than the Prius

        the Lexus is the better looking of the 3, but not that it matters as it too is plain ugly
        I just don't get it why it has to be so ugly
        i rather loose 1-2mpg and bring is somthing that looks good then some ugly thing people don't want but will buy just because it gets better mpg
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, I am not kidding. If I have Lexus money I expect Lexus style which this does not have. A Honda on the other hand I would be buying for all out economy. It's the most fuel efficient shape and I seriously doubt that the Lexus will come within a couple of miles per gallon of the Insight. Toyota has shoved off into la la boring land and what few models are not boring are ugly ass Scions or the Prius. Honda builds better cars than Toyota and if I were going to buy foreign I would buy Honda. Toyota can suck it.
      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just make sure nobody's in the house :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't this just every car that was unveiled?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually agree with every single pick (including the HS, which I loathe).
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Cadi sends the Converj to showrooms looking 90 percent like the concept they take all the cookies.
      Braxton Perry
      • 6 Years Ago
      Call it the ELD.

      First it is what the El Dorado should be with modern technology and ELD can stand for Electric Long Distance.
      • 6 Years Ago

        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah it is really annoying like

        VOTE FOR AUTOBLOG!!! http://2008.weblogawards.org/polls/best-major-blog/

        good thing the pool is over. second for 400 votes. :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        yes, it is annoying...

        ...very annoying

        and strangely enough, "autoblog" at the top of every page is not capitalised at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uh.... no. Don't.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rob, me too.

        I came here just to comment on the same thing. It's like I am looking at a tabloid headline. Then I have to click "CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM ALL" to see them.

        I do want to see the most significant vehicles of the show, but it is annoying to see all the huge fonts and caps.
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