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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.

[Image: Bryan Mitchell/Getty]

Top Five Introductions from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show

2011 Lincoln MKX

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

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

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

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

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
So, there you have it. Comments, questions and snide remarks welcome.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      If the new MKX is here, where's the new Edge?

      And weren't the new Chevy Malibu and Orlando supposed to be coming?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Edge will be at another show. Explorer may be at Chicago.

        Ford has alot of intros this year. They are trying to spread them out. The Focus was introduced at NAIAS because it is the largest show, and this is their most important vehicle.

        They certainly couldn't intro it at next years NAIAS............. as it will pretty much be on sale then.

        Malibu does not belong being intro'd anywhere this year. Even though it may come out earlier than originally (2012 as a 2013 model), it is still at least a year and a half away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      MINI Beachcomber concept!... HELLO!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I missed the chance to say it in previous Regal GS posts (and I'm sure someone beat me to it already), but did Buick raid the wheels off a 2010 Mazdaspeed3 or what?

      Stop with the 'euro' split spoke wheels already! Where's the originality in wheel design these days?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I couldn't disagree more.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Two-and-a-half years before the XTS arrives?!? By then, the DTS won't be long in the tooth - it'll be on dentures.

      /with super-grip polident!
      • 5 Years Ago
      While I must say I don't like it as much as the previous model, at least they're changing and trying to improve their designs.
      Personally, for me, everything but the Focus looks gaudy, overly American, unrefined and ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2011 Volvo S80>Cadillac CTS
        • 5 Years Ago
        Err I sell Volvos and I wouldn't say the S80 is better then the CTS just different. The CTS is a much sportier vehicle and someone looking for that should go with the CTS. The S80 is more comfortable, you can't beat volvo seats, and someone looking for that should go with the S80.

        Pricing wise they are about equal as an AWD S80 V8 with the same HP as a CTS-4 and the 3.6 DI is about the same price just over 50,000.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd replace the updated Lincoln with the VW Coupe concept. The VW has the chance of being a game changer for VW and bringing some credibility back to the brand. The Lincoln, not-so-much. It's just a Flex with trim updates
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm.. cool cars! The new Ford Focus will be probably my future new car :P

      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Focus hatch takes the cake for me because of what it means for Ford, but the Regal GS is, realistically, the one I'm most interested in buying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's how I know that all the people that try to say the Focus is ugly can not be serious. After making such a misstatement, each person then attempts to veil their bias with a supposed better example; Cruze, Civic, Corolla, Golf!!!! Next I imagine they will have the Focus watching out for that upcoming Nano.
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