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Toyota chose the Detroit auto show to unveil the FT-CH concept, a compact four-passenger vehicle that was created in response to customer and dealer demand for a greater variety of hybrid choices.
If you are curious about the styling of the next Jetta then look no further than the New Compact Coupe (NCC) concept from VW. The car's front – minus the hybrid-style closed grille – pretty much represents the new face of the sixth-generation production Jetta due on sale this November in left-hand drive (right-hand drive sales follow early 2011).
The US-spec Ford Focus never had the sales success of its European namesake, for obvious reasons: the ungainly vehicle always had the appearance of a spartan economy car that simply lacked the perceived quality of its European counterpart.
Mini's product portfolio will double in the next two years as Coupe, Roadster and Crossover vehicles are added to its existing Hatchback, Convertible and Clubman models.
The Audi A8 shown at the NAIAS in Detroit was only one of only three production debuts at the show, but the A8 actually made its first public appearance at an exclusive event in Miami late last year.
This is the third time Audi has affixed the E-Tron nomenclature to a concept car, but while the previous concepts seen at the Frankfurt and Los Angeles auto shows in 2009 showcased an electric powertrain in the shell of the Audi R8, the Detroit E-Tron is based on a shortened version of the R8 platform and its design has been reduced along with the exterior dimensions.
It's understandable to be confused given the number of similar-looking concepts shown over the last three years but Detroit 2010 finally saw the global production unveil of the Honda CR-Z coupe.
The XTS Platinum concept was a welcome reprieve from the doomsday reports citing the tough times GM has been forced to weather in the last year.
It may not be a car, but Honda's U3-X was one of the most impressive concepts at the show.
This is a significant concept, if not for its visual design then for its packaging and technological achievements.