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2010 Detroit Auto Show highlights

... from the show

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

  • According to me auto shows are just bit of waste of time.As you can see the latest car in you local showroom or even on the road.In fact many of the Auto manufacturers don’t bother with the expense of theses shows.Classic Cars shows are good though.

    • Jim Corbran

      They are handy though, if you’re actually car-shopping. Nothing like being able to see (almost) everything all in one place. But why do they charge to get in?