2010 Detroit Auto Show highlights
by Jim Corbran - posted 4:44 pm, January 13, 2010
Here are a few highlights from this week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit:
VW New Compact Coupe – future model; hybrid drive; sporty styling; 45 mpg; top speed 141 mph.
MINI Beachcomber – concept car; 1960s Mini Moke was its inspiration; open-air motoring; basis for a not-too-distant future new vehicle.
Ford Focus – 2011 model, to start production simultaneously in Europe and North America in late 2010; new 2.0-liter engine.
Cadillac XTS – concept; possibly a preview of replacement for current DTS and STS models; show car has 3.6-liter V-6 paired with plug-in technology and all-wheel drive.
GMC Granite – concept; if produced will be the smallest GMC ever; 1-4-liter turbocharged engine; about a foot shorter than a Chevy Cobalt; no chrome exterior trim, it’s all satin or brushed metal; 20-inch wheels.
Honda CR-Z – goes on sale this summer; two-passenger hybrid coupe; gas mileage in the high 30s; Honda’s sixth version of its hybrid technology since the 2000 Insight, also a two-seater.Toyota FT-CH – concept; designed in Nice, France; 22 inches shorter than a Prius; CH stands for Compact Hybrid, we can assume the FT stands for FuTure.
Jim Corbran, You Auto Know