• Jan 14, 2010
We've all arrived safely home after our trip to the D for the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. After some much needed sleep, we've assembled this wrap up of our live coverage that you can peruse at a glance. Turns out that, like last year, this year's Detroit show was much smaller in size compared to prior years with fewer vehicles and concepts introduced. Alas, the weakened state of our economy and the industry's troubles have caught up with the auto show circuit again.

VEHICLES

Detroit 2010: Next-gen Ford Focus a C-segment savior [w/video]
It's taken far too long, but an all-new Ford Focus has arrived and we've just seen it in the metal here at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Complete with a new platform, new engine, some shapely sheetmetal and a host of tech, this new Focus that we'll finally be sharing with Europe and the rest of ...
Detroit 2010: GMC Granite takes Professional Grade in a new direction [w/video]
Feast your eyes on the next Pontiac Vibe GMC Granite concept. We have to wonder if this car was originally designed to slot into Pontiac lineup before that brand was axed, as it doesn't really seem to fit into the Professional Grade image that GMC has used as a tagline for ages. Or, it could be ...
Detroit 2010: Regal GS concept seeks to reignite Buick's performance fire [w/video]
Is the Buick Regal GS the most important "maybe" of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show? It's been more than two decades since performance enthusiasts cared about Buick in any meaningful way. The car at that time was the now legendary Buick GNX. Even if the proposed Regal GS makes production – a ...
Detroit 2010: Volkswagen New Compact Coupe concept [w/video]
It might be cold consolation to those of us desperate for a Scirocco in the States, but the Volkswagen Compact Coupe Concept has the potential to fill that particular hatch-shaped hole in our hearts – with a bit of green cred to boot. With a sharper, more sculpted front fascia than its ...
Detroit 2010: Toyota FT-CH a younger, cheaper brother for the Prius
Toyota brought a downstream version of the small hybrid Lexus LF-CH concept that was unveiled in Frankfurt to the Detroit Auto Show today. The FT-CH Concept – teased a few weeks ago – not only offers small hybrid mentality with a Toyota badge, it could also be a tremendous sales ...
Detroit 2010: GMC Acadia Denali piles on the frosting
Nearly lost in the hubbub at this morning's GMC-Buick press conference here at the Detroit Auto Show was GMC's new-for-2011 Acadia Denali. This is the first time that GMC has extended its upscale Denali trim to a crossover, but they haven't changed the formula just because the designation is no ...
Detroit 2010: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible promises four-season topless motoring
We've been friendly with the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class since its introduction. As much as we liked the sedan, we enjoyed the Coupes even more so. That stated, it would figure that we're going to really dig the new 2010 E-Class Convertible. Of course, here in the D, we just get to look at the ...
Detroit 2010: Audi e-tron take zwei... or drei? [w/video]
Audi is serious about EVs. Over the last four months, the four-ringed automaker has put out three (well, really 2.5) electric vehicle concepts: the first e-tron in Frankfurt, a repainted, slightly modified version in LA, and now this, the third e-tron – easily the best iteration to date. ....
Detroit 2010: Dodge Nitro Detonator is massively yellow
Dodge is rolling out three special edition Nitros here at the Detroit Auto Show named Heat, Detonator and Shock. For now, we're focusing on the Detonator, a massively loud yellow mid-size SUV. Aside from the eye-scorching paint, the Nitro Detonator gets standard 20-inch wheels, eight premium ...
Detroit 2010: Honda CR-Z promises to bring driving joy to the hybrid equation
After a few weeks worth of leaked images and brochure fluff, Honda has finally pulled the covers off its next new production hybrid hatchback. The Japanese automaker claims the CR-Z will bring back the kind of driving joy that hasn't been felt since the CRX last left dealer lots in 1991, saying ...
Detroit 2010: Dodge Viper ACR 1:33 Edition a fitting end note
We heard about it in Los Angeles, and now we see it here in the D. Meet the 1:33 Edition of Dodge's most potent ever Viper. Why the name? We're glad you asked. Back in November, hot-shoe Dodge Chris Winkler managed to hammer the track-focused Viper ACR around Laguna Seca in 1:33.944, faster than ...
Detroit 2010: 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe shows mild freshening, new engines
The 2010 edition of the Hyundai Santa Fe isn't getting a full redesign, but a visual refresh does provide a few hints of the "fluidic sculpture" design language that debuted last month on the new Tucson and Sonata. The new hood features a pair of ridges extending back from the grille to the ...
Detroit 2010: Mini Beachcomber Concept leaves the doors behind
The roof, too. That's right folks, Mini rolled out a concept of a concept. The Beachcomber (see above) is based on the Mini Crossover. However, the Crossover is no longer just a concept, as it will be making its way to production soon. And it's not alone, as Mini has also green lit the Coupe and ...
Detroit 2010: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe might just be our best-of-show [w/video]
Yup, we just saw the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe in the flesh and... do want. Let's make that double do want. Why? We think it's glorious looking, and with the possible exception of the Pontiac Solstice, the CTS Coupe is among the best looking American cars in a very long time. That said, while ...
Detroit 2010: Chevrolet Aveo RS concept answers one question, poses another [w/video]
We lost track of the number of times the Chevrolet Aveo RS concept was dubbed a "euro hot hatch" during The Bowtie brand's press conference, and judging by the number of times the word "tuner" was used, Chevy's desperate to rebrand its econobox. The other reoccurring word: "Concept." This ...
Detroit 2010: Hyundai plugs in the Blue-Will
As promised, Hyundai brought its Blue-Will Concept along for the festivities this week at the Detroit Auto Show. There's not a whole lot more to say – the car was first debuted back in April at the Seoul Motor Show and we've heard all about its plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Still, this is the ...
Detroit 2010: Lincoln MKX smiles for the camera
The first major unveiling on day two of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show has come and gone, and we managed to sneak out of the room with a slew of live photos of the newly refreshed 2011 MKX. We already got the details that make the 2011 model a considerable improvement over its previous incarnation, ...
Detroit 2010: Fiat 500 BEV and Fiat 500 Abarth SS are in the house
The tiny Italians are coming! That's right gentle readers, Fiat has dropped two little baby 500s off inside COBO Hall – and one of them's electric. Let's start with that one, the uninspiringly titled Fiat 500 BEV (background). The suffix stands for "Battery Electric Vehicle." Let's call it ...
Detroit 2010: Cadillac XTS Platinum concept is anything but [w/video]
Let's just call this one the Cadillac XTS Platinum "Concept." For reals y'all, this is one of, if not the most production ready "concepts" we've ever seen. For its part, Cadillac stuck to the "It's just a concept" mantra. Though they might as well have all been nodding, elbowing and winking. If ...
Detroit 2010: Bentley Series 51 Continental GTC
Bentley was the only ultra-luxury marque to have a stand-alone display at the Detroit Auto Show and the British brand came strong with its upcoming Mulsanne flagship in the flesh and this special edition Continental to pique our interests. The Continental is already a stunner in its "base" ...
Detroit 2010: Jeep Wrangler Islander and Mountain fill out the range
Few cars are as iconic as the Jeep Wrangler, a vehicle that can trace its heritage directly back to General Patton storming the Third Army up to Messina. Maybe a Porsche 911, maybe. Mini? Not really. Harley-Davidson is probably the closest, but they only have two wheels and aren't cars. The ...
Detroit 2010: Volvo C30 EV silently motors into the Motor City
As expected, Volvo brought along an all-electric C30 hatchback concept to the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. While this isn't a production vehicle at this point, Volvo says the car is a fully drivable prototype with a complete interior, full instrumentation, and enhanced battery packaging. We made ...
Detroit 2010: California Special kicks off Mustang variants for 2011
Ford is wasting no time in releasing a variation of its 5.0-powered Mustang, starting with the California Special for 2011. The GT/CS was last introduced as a 2007 model and featured a unique appearance and wheel package available only on the premium GT coupe and convertible. Ford hasn't ...
Detroit 2010: Revenge Verde Supercar adds mean to its green
U.S.-based Revenge used the 2010 Detroit Auto Show to introduce the world to its Verde Supercar, and we were there with cameras in hand to capture the event on film memory cards. Honestly, we were impressed with the Verde's outer appearance, though we couldn't get close enough to see the ...
Detroit 2010: Chrysler 300 S6 and S8 are reminders of Mopar magic
Chrysler made one of the past decade's strongest design statements with the 2005 introduction of the 300. The rear-wheel-drive sedan with blocky styling was a knockout with both the general consumer and, maybe more specifically, the aftermarket. Five years on and the 300 is still a SEMA ...
Detroit 2010: CT&T debuts three models, including Multi Amphibious Vehicle
CT&T is a Korean company that makes tiny electric cars. You may have read about them on Autoblog Green. And if you did read about about CT&T's current products, you will know that we don't think very much of them. The truth, or a close approximation of it? They strike us as all-weather ...

FEATURES

AB's Top Five Introductions from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show
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 ...
Detroit 2010: Motor City Maidens
This year's 2010 Detroit Auto Show is over, at least for the press, and while some significant vehicles were unveiled, the overall impression we got is that the industry has scaled back. Less debuts combined with smaller and less elaborate displays made the whole affair feel significantly ...
Detroit 2010: A closer look at the Mustang's 5.0L V8
While Ford might not be pulling out all the stops here in Detroit to promote its updated Mustang like it did for the 2010 model year, the 2011 model's improvements are just as significant, if not more. The new 305 horsepower, 30 mile per gallon V6 debuted at Los Angeles back in December, and the ...
Detroit 2010: Quote of the day
"... a lot of stuff happened." - Mark Reuss, General Motors' new North American president, on 2009 [Image by Bill Pugliano/Getty] ...
Detroit 2010: Mercedes-Benz sculpture is the future of the CLS, Terminator 2 style
The first concept to be officially unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show is this, a sculpture by Mercedes-Benz that foretells the future of its vehicles – and specifically the CLS. From the SLS AMG-inspired fascia to the overly blistered fenders clearly inspired by the recent E-Class coupe, ...
Detroit 2010: Chrysler Lancia might be a look into the future
You are looking at... well, no one at the Chrysler booth seemed to know exactly what this is. They didn't even have a proper name for it. But that tiny little fact will not be stopping us. You are looking at what they call a Chrysler Lancia, or more correctly, a Chrysler-badged Lanica. ...

NEWS/MISC.

Detroit 2010: Ford sweeps North American Car and Truck of the Year awards for 2010
For just the third time in the 17-year history of the North American Car and Truck of the Year, one manufacturer has taken home both pieces of etched glass. Ford's 2010 Fusion Hybrid and Transit Connect have yielded the hardware for the Dearborn automaker here at the Detroit Auto Show, with the ...
Detroit 2010: LaHood says Volt "obviously the kind of green car Americans are looking for"
The 2010 Detroit Auto Show kicked off this morning with a positive little speech by United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Speaking about the coming electrification of the automobile, he said that "this is what the American people want." When asked how much money the government ...
Detroit 2010: Audi A8 Hybrid coming to Geneva, no mild hybrids... ever
As stated earlier – and despite quotes to the contrary – Audi is increasingly serious about alternative propulsion. After pioneering direct injection and pushing the envelope of diesel technology, Audi is looking to electricity for its next round of innovations. And the fruits of its ...
Detroit 2010: Cadillac commits to V- or Platinum editions for all models, CTS-V wagon all but certain
At this morning's XTS Platinum and CTS-V Coupe debut here at the Detroit Motor Show, newly appointed brand manager Bryan Nesbitt announced to the media that that all Cadillac models will receive V-Series and Platinum models. However, during the media scrum that followed the conference, we ...
Detroit 2010: Audi e-tron Detroit Concept presages production R4
If you're wondering what the likelihood of Audi building a production version of its new e-tron Detroit Concept Car (yes, that's really its official designation), our sources at Audi indicate that a version of the coupe is likely to go into serial production as the oft-rumored R4. The German ...
Detroit 2010: Caption Contest - What the heck are Bob Lutz and Elon Musk talking about?
Bob Lutz has been an important guy in the auto industry since before most of us were born. Elon Musk is the reason your eBay transactions go so smoothly (he was the co-creator of PayPal). Together, ...


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