We love auto show season, mostly for the chance to see all the coolest new cars and concepts that the world's best automakers have to offer. This year at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, though, there weren't nearly as many new models to point our DSLR lenses at... for rather obvious reasons.
As such, we've cut the typical Top 10 in half and compiled a list of the Top Five Introductions from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Keep in mind that there are a number of reasons why a vehicle might be interesting or important, and we've run the gamut to represent all different types on our list.
Interestingly, you'll only see Detroit-based automakers in our Top Five. That conclusion wasn't reached on purpose, we simply judged each new model on its own merits and this is how our musings turned out. For an added bonus, each of us in attendance picked our own personal favorite. So, without further ado, click here to see our Top Five Introductions from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.
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Top Five Introductions from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show
2011 Lincoln MKX
Related Gallery2011 Lincoln MKX at Detroit Auto Show
The new 2011 Lincoln MKX earns the fifth spot on our Top 5 Best Cars from Detroit by virtue of its hot new interior. Chief amongst the laudable innovations is Ford's new MyLincoln Touch (A.K.A. MyFord Touch) technology. With an eight-inch touchscreen display in the center stack, two 4.2-inch LCD screens to the right and left of an analog speedometer (the exact same screens you'll find in the Fusion Hybrid) and two steering wheel-mounted five-way button controllers, it's really quite cool.
Cadillac XTS Concept
Related GalleryDetroit 2010: Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept
Though it's technically a concept car, every indication is that the Cadillac XTS is bound for production in 2012 with nearly identical form to the showcar currently available for viewing at the Detroit Auto Show. This is one shape that can't really be appreciated in still photos – you really need to see it in person – or at least on video – to appreciate its complex curves and sumptuous interior. That said, check out our live photos below and let us know what you think.
Buick Regal GS
Related GalleryDetroit 2010: Buick Regal GS
Like the Cadillac XTS that we just discussed above, General Motors says that the Buick Regal GS is just a concept. Also like the XTS, we have every reason to believe that the new Grand Sport is going to see production. Why else would GM go to the trouble of dropping in a brand-new direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder with 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet or torque when they could have just shipped over an Opel Insignia OPC and just done a bit of badge-swapping?
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
Related GalleryDetroit 2010: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
You'll be please to know that there's absolutely no mention of the word 'concept' in relation to the awesome 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. You know the details already – 556-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8; six-speed automatic or manual gearbox, magnetic ride control suspension and giant Brembo brakes – so let's just concentrate on its (insert favored superlative here) looks. If this were solely a list of the Most Desirable Cars from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, you'd be looking at number one right here.
2012 Ford Focus
Related GalleryDetroit 2010: Next-Gen Ford Focus
It's hard to overstate the importance of the next-gen Ford Focus, which we're hearing will carry a 2012 model-year designation when it comes to market early next year. First of all, it's a very good looking little car in both hatchback and sedan forms. Second, it once again shares its excellent underpinnings with the European model, making this a truly global platform. Finally, Ford had one of the coolest unveils in recent memory here at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Click here for the video proof.
And now we come to the fun part. As you would expect, we don't always agree on what vehicles are most exciting or deserving of praise. Detroit's list of unveils was no exception. We decided to poll our team of bloggers that were in town covering the event, and here are their own personal picks:
- Alex Nunez: 2012 Ford Focus sedan
- Chris Paukert: 2012 Ford Focus hatchback
- Chris Shunk: 2012 Ford Focus sedan
- Damon Lavrinc: Buick Regal GS
- Drew Phillips: 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
- Jeremy Korzeniewski: Buick Regal GS
- John Neff: MyFord/MyLincoln Touch
- Jonny Lieberman: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
- Sam Abuelsamid: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
- Sebastian Blanco: Toyota FT-CH