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2009 Detroit Auto Show
North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
By Colum Wood, Jan. 12, 2009

Every press conference at this year’s Detroit Auto Show mentioned the sad state of the economy, but it seemed almost every company dug up some obscure statistic to prove it was making progress in dangerous times. The most common theme for 2009 was electric vehicles, or, more specifically, extended-range electric vehicles – essentially plug-in gasoline-electric hybrids that can run on pure electric power for 40 or more miles. From General Motors to Chrysler to Tesla to Toyota to Mercedes-Benz to Fisker, it seems as though the term “hybrid” isn’t hip enough and “electric vehicle” or EV is the buzz word of 2009.

MONDAY, JANUARY 12TH 2009

2010 Audi R8 V10 Revealed

Audi released all the information on the new V10-powered R8 months ago but until now they have never shown the vehicle - to the press or anyone else for that matter. Keep Reading »

Lamborghini’s New Matte-Blue Paint

Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann didn’t have much to say at the company’s press conference at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, but it was still well worth attending. Keep Reading »

Subaru Legacy Concept

Created to showcase the potential future of Subaru designs, the Legacy Concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. This concept comes exactly 20 years after the Subaru Legacy – the company’s most successful model - was first brought to market. Keep Reading »

Chevy Volt: Made in America - even the batteries

After a press conference the day before where every new, exciting and award winning GM vehicle was paraded before the media, the General’s second North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) press conference featured a sparse stage populated only by the upcoming Checy Volt and GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner. Keep Reading »

World Premiere: Fisker Karma S

Fisker Automotive had on display at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit the production version of its Karma hybrid that it first unveiled in concept-form at the show 12 months ago. The company also took the wraps off a new concept, the Karma S - a hard top convertible featuring Fisker’s Q-Drive hybrid powerplant. Keep Reading »

2010 MINI Convertible

With the slogan “Always Open” MINI unveiled the convertible versions of it’s successful second generation Cooper and Cooper S models.

The Cooper will come with a 118hp four-cylinder engine and the Cooper S with a 172hp powerplant. Keep Reading »

Lincoln C Concept

Used to highlight the potential of the Microsoft SYNC system found in modern FoMoCo vehicles, the Lincoln C Concept is quite obviously a technology concept and not a production concept - even if it is based on Ford’s global small car platform. Keep Reading »

World Premiere: 2010 Toyota Prius

With 700,000 Toyota Prius models currently on the road in the United States, Toyota today launched the third generation of the car that started it all. Keep Reading »

Chinese Plug-in Hybrids are here… well… over there

Chinese battery company and auto manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD) announced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit that it is already selling its F3DM compact plug-in hybrid and F6DM family-sedan plug-in hybrid in China and has plans to do so in the near future in the United States. Keep Reading »

Kia Soul’ster Concept

The Kia Soul hasn’t even hit dealerships and already the Korean manufacturer is showcasing a “convertible” version of its box-on-wheels. Keep Reading »

Worst of Show: Lincoln MKT

Lincoln can’t seem to get enough of its own grille design. First they extended it until it enveloped the headlights and now they’ve come up with a significantly-sized crossover - presumably because that was the only other way to increase the surface area on the front of a Lincoln. Keep Reading »

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11TH 2009

Chrysler 200C EV Concept

Chrysler’s big surprise at the Detroit Auto Show was the 200C EV Concept - a sleek and European-looking sedan filled with technological innovations. Keep Reading »

XFR: Fastest Jaguar Ever

Thinking that they had a real speed deamon on their hands Jaguar execs handed over the new 510hp Jaguar XFR sedan to Rocketsports Racing for a top speed test at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Keep Reading »

Ford Flex Ecoboost

Set to go on sale this summer, the Flex EcoBoost gets V8 power with V6 fuel economy. Keep Reading »

Dodge Circuit EV Prototype

After unveiling the EV Concept at the Paris Auto Show, Dodge made a concerted effort to keep the publicity ball rolling by showcasing the Tangerine colored Circuit EV Prototype at the Detroit Auto Show. Keep Reading »

Jaguar XFR and XKR

We first reported that Jaguar would display its new XFR at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, but the British marque had a surprise -or two - up its sleeve. Also unveiled was the new Jaguar XKR, a high-performance machine above and beyond the current model. Keep Reading »

Cadillac ConverJ Electric Concept

Looking strikingly similar to the Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept unveiled at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, the ConverJ Concept is powered by the same drivetrain as the upcoming Chevy Volt. Using a four-cylinder engine, a lithium-ion battery pack and an electric engine, the vehicle should achieve 40 miles of emissions-free driving before the gasoline engine is engaged. Keep Reading »

VW BlueSport Roadster Concept

Looking a great deal like a YES Roadster or a Vauxhall VX220 Turbo, the BlueSport Concept by Volkswagen is a cute and yet somehow masculine creation. Keep Reading »

Audi Sportback Concept

As though the polished look of the Audi Sportback Concept were not enough to convince you that a similar car will make it to production as the A7, Audi even has a design philosophy thought out for the car and it’s oddly numbered siblings. Keep Reading »

Bentley, Biofuels and the Environment

As well as debuting the Continental GTC Speed, the Bentley press conference focused on the company’s commitment to the environment. By 2012 Bentley aims to achieve a long list of green changes for its entire lineup. Keep Reading »

Mercedes-Benz blueZERO Concept

Dr Thomas Weber, the man in charge of corporate research and development at Mercedes-Benz Cars says that, “From 2009, we will be producing the first Mercedes fuel-cell cars on a small scale. Small-scale production of Mercedes-Benz cars with battery-electric drive alone will then commence in 2010.” The extended-range hybrid-electric blueZero is expected after that. Keep Reading »

Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss

With a substantially altered body, this chiselled machine looks more Mansory than Mercedes-Benz. It was designed in homage to Stirling Moss, who piloted the original 300 SLR to victory in the famous Mille Miglia race. In fact, Moss still holds the race record with a time of ten hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds. Keep Reading »

Mercedes-Benz 2010 E-Class Preview

Ahead of the vehicle’s official launch at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz invited a select group of press to view the new 2010 E-Class. Keep Reading »

Hyundai Genesis: The North American Car of the Year

For the first time ever a Hyundai has won North American Car of the Year.
Beating out the other finalists (the Ford Flex and VW Jetta TDI), was the Hyundai Genesis Sedan. Keep Reading »

Ford F150: The North American Truck of the Year

In a less than surprising move the Ford F150 was named the North American Truck of
the Year. It did, however, face some stiff competition, including a main rival, the
Dodge Ram. The other finalist was the the diesel Mercedes ML320 blueTEC.
Keep Reading »

Chevrolet Orlando & Beat Concepts

Chevrolet today announced that the Orlando Concept, unveiled at last year’s Paris Auto Show, and the Beat Conecpt showcased in at the North American International Auto Show in 2007 will go into production in 2011. Keep Reading »

World Premiere: Lexus HS250h

The boys at Lexus sure must be good at keeping secrets because there wasn’t even a rumor about an all new model from Toyota’s luxury brand. Keep Reading »

DETROIT (NAIAS) AUTO SHOW PREVIEWS

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

Maserati won’t say much about the new QP that it plans to unveil at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, but it does claim the Sport GT S will be the “sportiest” version of its famous sedan. Keep Reading »

2010 Ford Shelby GT500

It’s not often that a car’s badge has a smaller number on it than the number on ponies being generated by the engine, but that is exactly the case with the 2010 Ford Shelby GT500. The GT500 name is legendary. So too is the 540hp generated by ford’s 5.4-liter supercharged and intercooled V-8. Torque isn’t shabby either at 510 ft-lbs. Keep Reading »

2010 Buick LaCrosse

Just ahead of it’s official debut at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Buick has released all the info on the new 2010 LaCrosse. Keep Reading »

Scion xB R.S. 6.0

Scion will have on display a limited edition version of its popular xB at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Called the xB Release Series (R.S.) 6.0, just 2,500 of these vehicle will be sold and all of them with a bespoke paint color called Absolutely Red. Keep Reading »

Jaguar XFR

After appearing just briefly at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar is apparently set to launch its new 510hp XFR at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Keep Reading »

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