2010 Detroit Auto Show

  • Undisguised 2011 Chevrolet Aveo, SB-Meridien photo digitally altered with permission by AveoForum

    Some auto writers (not us, truly) have been known to sneer at car forum sites. But we try to monitor the forums regularly, 'cause sometimes you see the darnedest things. Take, for example, this photo of a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo in undisguised form, minus the usual spy-shot camouflage. It comes from the folks at AveoForum.com, who started by licensing a spy shot we originally ran on Motor Authority. Then they went to work with their trusty Photoshop tools to remove all the irregular black splotches that GM test engineers use to hide its shape. The result is a subcompact hatchback that looks...

  • 2011 Audi A1 and Justin Timberlake on LA photo shoot
    Audi's Green Onslaught: A3 Sedan, A8 Hybrid, e-Tron Tesla-Fighter

    It's going to take Audi a long time to live down its U.S. chief's infamous quote that anyone who buys a Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle is an "idiot." But after sticking to diesel for a long time as its sole green strategy, Audi is now storming ahead into smaller, hybrid, and...

  • Literally a golf cart: EV Electric eZone Tropic, Electric Avenue, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
    January's Most Popular Green Car Posts: 2012 Ford Focus, Electric Ave

    With the start of the new year, we're back to our end-of-month rundowns on the top five most popular green car posts of the last 30 days. For January, the top two came from our comprehensive coverage of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. We have just one carryover this month from the year's Top Ten Most...

  • 2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: Lutz Lays Out (Some) GM Plug-In Plans

    Cleaning up a few odds and ends from last week's 2010 Detroit Auto Show brings us to General Motors' future product plans for plug-in hybrids. In the crush of reporters asking questions (known as the "scrum") after a GM announcement, a few more nuggets came to light. GM showed its striking and...

  • Hyundai Blue-Will Concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: Hyundai Blue-Will Plug-In Hybrid Concept

    We somehow omitted one hybrid concept until now in our 2010 Detroit Auto Show coverage; it's the Hyundai Blue-Will four-door sports sedan, which is unusual in both name and looks. Some loved it, some loathed it, but we're as interested in its plug-in hybrid powertrain as in the rather nervous...

  • 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: New Engines for 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe

    This is one we're late on posting, but it's significant nonetheless. During the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai released details of running updates to its 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe midsize crossover utility vehicle--which is on sale, basically, now. The big news is that Hyundai has replaced both...

  • Fiat 500 BEV Concept on Chrysler standard, 2010 Detroit Auto Show

    We'd be remiss if we didn't at least nod to the electric Fiat 500 displayed within the many brands on the Chrysler stand. We've written before about an earlier electric Fiat 500 conversion shown 18 months ago at the London Motor Show, but this one came with far less info. Chrysler mounted a new display at Detroit this year. It was professional, and properly lit, as compared to last year's grim parking lot of new cars on carpet, lighted only by the fluorescent overhead lights in the aging Cobo Hall. This year, Chrysler's display had no fewer than seven brands on display: Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep...

  • BYD e6 electric crossover, Electric Avenue, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: Chinese BYD e6 Electric Crossover To Come To U.S.

    Nearing the end of our 2010 Detroit Auto Show coverage brings us to a vehicle that got a lot of media attention, though it's unclear when it will actually arrive in the U.S. That's the BYD e6 electric crossover, which could become the first Chinese vehicle sold in the U.S. The crisply styled...

  • Jay Leno
    Jay Leno Gets 2013 Ford Focus Electric, But What Would Conan Drive?

    With the "Green Car Challenge" segment of his soon-to-be-terminated 10 pm show, Jay Leno has been a frequent proponent of electric cars--among them the upcoming electric version of the Ford Focus. Now that car has a name, as Ford happened to mention during a 2010 Detroit Auto Show press event. The...

  • 2012 Ford Focus
    Best Green Car of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Ford Focus

    We're back home from the mind-numbing madness of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, unpacking, sorting press kits (well, these days they're just USB drives), and trying to work out what we thought of it all. This year, there's no question about the best green car there: It was the 2011 Ford Focus compact...

  • Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, at Ford plant announcement
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: Ford To Bring Hybrid Batteries Back Home

    Ford was on a roll at this year's Detroit Auto Show. It launched its new 2011 Ford Focus compact sedan and hatchback, which got rave reviews, and its 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid won North American Car of the Year. The company added a late-breaking press conference on Monday to make a further...

  • Literally a golf cart: EV Electric eZone Tropic, Electric Avenue, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: The Confusing Wrongness of Electric Avenue

    Only four electric vehicles really matter at the Detroit Auto Show: the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the 2012 Nissan Leaf, and the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, plus the current 2010 Tesla Roadster. They're on sale, or destined for volume production. The rest fall into two categories:  low-volume...

  • 2010 Chevrolet Spark

    Yesterday's Chevrolet press conference at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show was a pretty muted affair. While Chevy unveiled one concept car--the Aveo RS--the photos and details had been released several days before, so there seemed to be little real news. The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze was also there, but it had appeared as several shows last year, including last month's Los Angeles Auto Show. Overlooked Spark Almost lost in the shuffle was the little Chevrolet Spark, the Korean-designed mini-car that is likely to sell well in Asia and adequately in Europe. But what of the U.S.? The answers remain...

  • Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: Cadillac XTS Concept Revives GM's Plug-In Hybrid Hopes

    Say "luxury hybrid," and very few people think of Cadillac. Sure, the Escalade Hybrid large luxury sport-utility vehicle has been around for a few years, but Cadillac has no hybrid sedans. That may be about to change, if the Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept unveiled this morning at the Detroit Auto...

  • 2011 Honda CR-Z
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: Full Details on the 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid

    The 2010 Honda CR-Z hybrid is the first compact hybrid to go for a sporty edge.

  • Toyota FT-CH hybrid concept car, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: Toyota FT-CH Concept To Expand Prius Line

    Toyota announced this morning that it would launch a family of Prius vehicles, and unveiled a concept vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show that may foreshadow the shape of a new Toyota Prius coupe. The FT-CH concept shows a possible shape for a highly aerodynamic compact hybrid (or CH)  vehicle...

  • Detroit Auto Show: Volkswagen New Compact Coupe (NCC) concept
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: Volkswagen New Compact Coupe Hybrid Concept

    Now that VW has launched its new 2010 Golf hatchback, it will turn its attention to the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta sedan, which shares mechanicals with the Golf. This morning at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, VW will take the wraps off a new hybrid concept vehicle called the New Compact Coupe. It's widely...

  • 2011 Ford Focus
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Ford Focus

    Coming off the successful launch of its 2011 Ford Fiesta subcompact at last month's Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford is following up with its even more important 2012 Ford Focus compact. This will be the first complete redesign of the North American Focus in more than a decade, and at last U.S. buyers...

  • City of Detroit, by jdurchen [Flickr]

    Next month's North American International Auto Show in Detroit promises to be greener than ever before. That's a recognition that more fuel-efficient and smaller cars are a permanent part of the U.S. automotive landscape, but it's also desperation to fill space in a show that's losing exhibitors. Padding out the new cars on display: Not only the return of last year's basement Eco Xperience ride-and-drive, but a main-floor area called "Electric Avenue" just for electric cars, of any variety. Our bet: You won't see a Tesla Roadster or a Chevrolet Volt anywhere near what will likely be a...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Aveo (RS Concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show)
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2011 Chevrolet Aveo RS Concept

    The current 2010 Chevrolet Aveo sedan and hatchback, the Korean-built subcompacts that are GM's contenders in that growing segment, are no longer competitive against upcoming entries like the 2011 Ford Fiesta, rated at 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway. But that will change when a brand-new and entirely...

  • Volvo C30 Battery Electric Vehicle, shown at 2010 Detroit Auto Show
    Detroit Auto Show Preview: Volvo C30 Electric Car

    Volvo has now released more details of the all-electric C30 concept car it will launch at next week's 2010 Detroit Auto Show. We covered early details a couple of weeks ago; here's the rest of the story on the little electric hatchback with no tailpipe. The electric C30 concept car will let the...

  • Micro-Vett electric Fiat 500 from NICE Car Company, 2008 London Motor Show
    Detroit Auto Show Preview: Electric Fiat 500 Mini-Car

    An electric Fiat 500 has been rumored for several months now, including before the lengthy October press conference where Chrysler laid out its survival plan. But now, it appears that Chrysler will show an electric Fiat 500 mini-car as one of two concepts it will have on display at next month's...

  • Volvo C30 electric concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
    Detroit Auto Show Preview: Electric Volvo C30 Hatchback

    Advance news on the green concept cars to be shown at next month's Detroit Auto Show continues to trickle out. The latest: a further evolution of the all-electric Volvo C30 three-door hatchback concept. It's the second European electric concept car. It joins the BMW Concept ActiveE electric car...

  • 2009 BMW Concept ActiveE
    Detroit Auto Show Preview: BMW Concept ActiveE Electric Car

    A little more than a year ago, the all-electric Mini E stole the limelight at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, BMW has released details of its next all-electric concept car, which will formally debut at next month's Detroit Auto Show. The BMW Concept ActiveE electric car is based on the BMW...

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