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44BREAKING: Fire breaks out at Cobo, Detroit Auto Show evacuated

Instant gratification can be an amazing thing, a fact evidenced once again by the always-on-top-of-things nature of Twitter. Apparently, Detroit Auto Show attendees were evacuated from Cobo Hall a short time ago after a reported electrical fire broke out at the Audi exhibit. Says the official NAIAS Twitter feed:

40GMC to drop TV, harness the power of the interwebs to market Granite. You know, if it gets built.

GMC Granite concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddDetroit 2010: Smart USA's Jill Lajdziak says lifestyle message can boost sales

During the blur of the Detroit Auto Show this week, we checked in with fresh Smart USA president Jill Lajdziak to see what the boss has to say about her new job, sales of the fortwo in the U.S. and what's up with the all-electric Smart Ed. Lajdziak only recently joined up with Penske Automotive and Smart after spending time as general manager at Saturn. She was named to the top post just last week.

66Detroit 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, they don't seem to make much of a team. Well, they wouldn't make much of a match if Musk weren't the CEO of Tesla Motors. Elon makes electric cars. Bob wants to make electric cars. Both are (*ahem*) outspoken and give good soundbites. Upon further review, it makes perfect sense that the two men were h

AddDetroit 2010: Audi e-tron Detroit Concept presages production R4

Audi e-tron Detroit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

45Detroit 2010: Audi e-tron Detroit Concept presages production R4

Audi e-tron Detroit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

43Detroit 2010: A closer look at the Mustang's 5.0L V8

Ford's 5.0L V8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

53Detroit 2010: Cadillac commits to V- or Platinum editions for all models, CTS-V wagon all but certain

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

32Detroit 2010: BMW Z4 sDrive35is looks far more entertaining than its name

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is – Click above for high-res image gallery

94Detroit 2010: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe might just be our best-of-show [w/VIDEO]

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

80Detroit 2010: Anti-Tea Party Protesters make their voices heard in the cold

While sucking down one of our favorite stimulants in the frigid air outside Cobo Hall, we heard a lone voice across the street scream, "Screw the tea-baggers!" Naturally, we had to investigate.

36Detroit 2010: GMC Acadia Denali piles on the frosting

2011 GMC Acadia Denali – Click above for high-res image gallery

38Detroit 2010: Ford sweeps North American Car and Truck of the Year awards for 2010

Mark Fields, Ford's President of the Americas, accepts the hardware from Tony Swan of Car and Driver

32Report: Cadillac XTS production to start at Oshawa in early 2012

Detroit-bound Cadillac Concept Teaser - Click above to enlarge

61Hyundai Equus on track for States in 2010, name still undecided

Hyundai Equus – Click above for high-res image gallery

3Detroit Preview: BMW Concept ActiveE set to amp up 1 Series

BMW Concept ActiveE – Click above for high-res image gallery

15REPORT: January's Detroit Auto Show to be loaded up with political VIPs

After General Motors and Chrysler required a combined $80 billion in government assistance to keep their doors open, many speculated that Uncle Sam would want to keep a hand in the carmaking cookie jar. While it is debatable how much control (a lot) the White House and Congress have over the Detroit automakers, it certainly appears that our politicians have taken a keen interest in the nation's auto industry.

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