• Jan 12, 2011
It's never easy to reach a unanimous decision when it comes time for our group of auto-obsessive bloggers to choose any sort of list that involves automobiles. In the case of the Top Five Introductions from the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, the process was especially difficult.

Somewhat surprisingly, most everyone agreed rather quickly on positions one and two, but from there, the waters were much murkier. In the end, though, we made our arguments for and against, considered each others' viewpoints and, after much weeping and gnashing of teeth, had ourselves a workable list.

Follow the jump to see the fruits of our labor.

#5: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
2012 Chevrolet Sonic sedan – Click above for high-res image gallery

We can't yet say how well the new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic may drive – nobody outside of General Motors has driven the new-for-2012 U.S.-spec Aveo replacement just yet – or how it will stack up against the latest Ford Fiesta, but we can say without any convictions whatsoever that it's going to be a big improvement over the outgoing Aveo. It's attractive inside and out, comes in your choice of sedan or hatchback bodystyles and Chevy promises it will be fun to drive. We'll see soon enough.

Click here to read our initial report.




Live photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips and Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL

#4: Hyundai Curb Concept

Hyundai Curb Concept in Detroit
Hyundai Curb Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai's Curb concept moves the automaker's "Fluidic Sculpture" design language in a more youthful direction. It's all very funky and hip in a decidedly Citroen kind of way (especially the psychedelic interior), and we'd like to see this sort of design come to live as a sub-Tucson urban utility vehicle.

Click here to read our initial report.



Live photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

#3: Toyota Prius C Concept

Toyota Prius C Concept
Toyota Prius C Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Toyota promises that this car that will come to life in the first half of 2012 as the most fuel-efficient hybrid (that doesn't need a plug) and the most "value-oriented hybrid" in the United States. A Prius that costs less, offers better fuel efficiency and offers somewhat intriguing styling? You've been warned, Honda Insight.

Click here to read our initial report.



Live photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

#2: 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe

2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe
2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

BMW's latest introduction to the U.S. market bowed today at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, and it's a machine that's meant to light the true enthusiast's heart aflutter: the 2012 1 Series M Coupe. We must say, it looks rather striking in the metallic orange hue you see in our live photo gallery below.

Click here to read our initial report.



Live photos copyright ©2011 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL

#1: 2012 Hyundai Veloster

2012 Hyundai Veloster
2012 Hyundai Veloster – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai's funky, tech-packed Veloster debuted at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, and at first blush, the unconventional three-door looks like it'll go down a storm. While pricing has not been finalized, Hyundai is shooting for a base price in the $17,000-range while targeting such various vehicles as the Scion tC, Mini Cooper and Honda CR-Z.

Click here to read our initial report.



Live photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL




As we mentioned at the outset, we don't always agree on what vehicles are most deserving of praise. Here's a rare look into the minds of the team from Autoblog who covered the Detroit Show in 2011:


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      • 4 Years Ago
      My top two are there: Veloster and Prius-C.

      It is unlikely I would buy the Prius-C but I can see recommending it. It should be lighter/cheaper/faster than the current Prius while also getting better gas mileage. That sounds like a Winner to me.

      The Veloster I might actually buy. It is what the CR-Z should have been. Inexpensive, light, decent performance and economy, and no expensive battery to replace down the road, plus still has a back seat to increase practicality.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The South Koreans are here. Not someday. They're here. And they are welcome. Thank you for making our automotive landscape a more exciting place, South Korean car industry, and reminding us what we love about cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW - afraid to give you the news, but Hyundai is the new press favorite. And you can't change that ... no way, no how. OK media: we'll go along. But there's still nothing like an "M".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai Veloster? Seriously, wait is today April 1st. Wow, just lost some respect for Autoblog. Most of the top 5 don't event deserve to be there. The 1M maybe.. The others, not even in the top 10!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not the electric Focus. Ouch, Ford. Totes agree on the Veloster though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oops, I think I clicked on the Top 5 Ugliest Cars list.

      The Top 5 Vehicles list must be somewhere else.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously?
      • 3 Years Ago
      As usual, Paukert gets it right!
      • 4 Years Ago
      there's exactly one (1!) interesting car in this selection.
      it kind of makes me sad, but it's the bmw. the rest is just... bah.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh on each and every one of those cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I assume the front plate on the Sonic will be centered in the lower grill area, partially covering the solid panel (is that to fend off careless parkers??)

        Still not liking the Velobster. Looks like the child of a Golf and New Beetle..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. NAIAS seems very uninspired this year. I expected much more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought the same. Also, where does the front license plate go on the Sonic when the bowtie is right on the bumper?
      • 4 Years Ago
      You chose the Prius over the Porsche 918? More of the same over a car that actually pushes innovation in hybrid drivetrains? Boring over something that actually looks cool and is probably fun to drive? I smug box over something that real drivers can actually be proud of? Autoblog, I am disappoint.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do realize that the high end supercar you are singing the praises of owes its entire existence to the ten years that toyota has put into actually selling 'smug boxes', as you put it, to actual people in the real world - don't you?

        When the undisputed market leader of a segment of mass production cars which is the largest sea-change in mass produced vehicles in decades makes a shift to that product line up - it is big.

        That the shift is multi pronged and one of those prongs is actually to go down in size, and so likely down market, and increase efficiency then I would say that too is quite a piece of news.

        I'm sure you'll be first in line to buy that porsche for the several hundred thousand it will cost when it goes on sale though.
        Because you imagine everyone will think you're cool seeing you drive it.

        I honestly can't imagine how much money I would have to have before I'd consider buying a single seat (I'm assuming since they said a flywheel was in place where the passenger seat would normally be) zoom mobile for that kind of cash.
      • 4 Years Ago
      None of those cars should be on the list.
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