Things are looking up for Chinese automakers at the Detroit Auto Show this January, literally. Once relegated to the dark trenches of Cobo Hall's basement, the recent departure of so many Auto Show stalwarts has opened up enough room in the main auditorium that automakers like BYD now get to share floor space with the big guns of the auto industry. Now, we just hope the newcomers don't screw it up by showing off less than competitive vehicles. Of course, if you are Honda CEO Takeo Fukui, nothing BYD brings to display will be good enough.
BYD in particular has a few interesting models from which to choose from, including a couple of brand-new hybrids, but the model we'd most like to see in Detroit would be the BYD e6, which is fully electric and was just recently shown at the Beijing Motor Show. We would also love to see what it's got under the hood, which remained shut the entire time it was first shown. BYD and Brilliance: Now's your chance to shine, better take advantage.
Gallery: Beijing 2008: BYD e6
[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]