2009 Detroit Auto Show
  • 2009 Detroit Auto Show

    2009 Detroit Auto Show

    The Detroit Auto Show kicked off 2009 with a wave of green vehicles and attractive future production cars. While the tone of the show might have been less than celebratory given the state of Detroit's Big 3, nobody could discount the products on display. We've rounded up the best vehicles from the show in this gallery. Click through to see the hottest concepts and production cars from the show floor.
  • 2010 Audi Sportback

    2010 Audi Sportback

    The Audi Sportback is a thinly veiled preview of what will soon become the production A7. This is good news for Audi, as the Sportback is gorgeous and features a production-intent interior with beautiful natural wood trim machined from oak blockboard and acres of leather.
  • Cadillac Converj Concept

    Cadillac Converj Concept

    Cadillac debuted its own version of the Chevrolet Volt at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. Called Converj and billed as the "Cadillac of electric vehicles" this concept coupe incorporates the Volt's series hybrid drivetrain (now dubbed "Voltec"), which means it can theoretically travel up to 40 miles on battery power alone before the on-board range-extending flex-fuel engine kicks in to supply more electrons for the batteries and electric motors.
  • Chrysler 200C Concept

    Chrysler 200C Concept

    We thought we knew about all the vehicles that Chrysler LLC was planning to unveil at this year's 2009 Detroit Auto Show, but then they wheeled the 200C Concept on stage. Powered by the same (theoretical) extended-range EV powertrain as many current Chrysler EV concepts, the 200C is more significant if for no other reason than it illustrates there are are still designers at the Auburn Hills-based automaker who know how to wield a pen.
  • 2010 Ford Taurus

    2010 Ford Taurus

    While the 2010 Taurus won't revolutionize its segment like the original one did back in the mid-Eighties, it does represent the best of what Ford has to offer. The revitalized bull is a big sedan with a new exterior design that drops the dull duds of the current Taurus and previous Five Hundred. The interior is equally upscale and loaded with top tier infotainment like SYNC and Sirius Travel Link ... the first application of a radar-based cruise control system.
  • 2010 Honda Insight

    2010 Honda Insight

    Honda estimates that the 2010 Insight hybrid will achieve 40 mpg city and 43 mpg highway when the EPA officially figures its numbers. Those are commendable claims, but a more important one is the car's base price, which is expected to start around $19,000 -- if not even lower. The Insight's shape is eerily similar to the Prius, but apparently designers looking for the most slippery shape are destined to arrive at the same place.
  • 2010 Jaguar XFR

    2010 Jaguar XFR

    The Jaguar XF was big news last year, so why is the hot rod XFR version significant this year? Because it's debuting with the first application of Jaguar's new supercharged 5.0L AJ-V8 Gen III engine. Though available without the assistance of a supercharger in lesser XF models, the XFR breathes deep and snorts out 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque.
  • 2010 Fisker Karma

    2010 Fisker Karma

    Fisker debuted the production version of its Karma series hybrid at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, and it looks almost exactly like the Karma Concept that debuted one year earlier in Detroit. While Fisker has many obstacles to overcome before we'll start seeing these on the streets, the prospect of the world's first production full-size luxury sport sedan that's also a plug-in series hybrid is music to our ears.
  • 2010 Lexus HS250h

    2010 Lexus HS250h

    While Toyota debuted its third-generation Prius as the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the 2010 Lexus HS250h struck us as a more significant addition to the company's hybrid lineup. The HS250h is Lexus' first ground-up hybrid, and we predict it will be a hit.
  • Lincoln Concept C

    Lincoln Concept C

    The Lincoln Concept C was a total surprise at this year's 2009 Detroit Auto Show. Who would've guessed that Lincoln, of all brands, would bring a compact concept that keeps us guessing as to its purpose -- and audience. The brand's new styling cues, like the twin-winged grille and rear-spanning tail-lights, look smashing on the small form factor, and the minimalist interior (with bench seats!) is to die for.
  • Volkswagen BlueSport Concept

    Volkswagen BlueSport Concept

    Volkswagen has been talking about the possibility of building a mid-engine roadster for what seems like years now, but the Concept BlueSport is the first time we have something tangible to consider. Though billed as a concept, the BlueSport looks ready for showrooms right now. Being small and lightweight, its 180-hp 2.0L turbodiesel engine will not only be fuel-efficient, but should also push the car around with plenty of punch.
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