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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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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 R8 5.2 FSI Coupe and Spyder - Click above for high-res gallery

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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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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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Magna International, the giant international parts supplier, will use this year's EcoXperience ride & drive track at the Detroit Auto Show as a backdrop to launch their new global unit, E-Car Systems. As one might deduce from its name, this new unit will offer electric technology integration services to automakers, helping them develop hybrid-electric (HEVs) and all-electric vehicles (EVs).

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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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Buick Regal GS – Click above for high-res image gallery

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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 would pay over the next decade for a plug-in vehicle infrastructure, all he would say is that the costs would be shared between industry and government.

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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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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 would pay over the next decade for a plug-in vehicle infrastructure, all he would say is that the costs would be shared between industry and government.

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New Compact Coupe concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Detroit-bound Cadillac Concept Teaser - Click above to enlarge

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