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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:

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Detroit-bound Cadillac Concept Teaser - Click above to enlarge

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Hyundai Equus – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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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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