2010 Detroit Auto Show Preview

By Jeremy Cargill

December 22, 2009


Chevrolet will unveil its latest Camaro variant, the long-awaited convertible (seen here in 2007 concept form). The pretty muscle car should make a brilliant platform for open-topped motoring.


Buick is set to release the Regal GS, a sportier version of the standard car. The GS will feature a number of performance parts also used on Europe’s Opal Insignia OPC (seen above) to provide more dynamic appeal.


Volvo will be represented in part by its C30 BEV all electric car. This C30 will be a testing platform for Volvo EVs, just as it has served to test efficient diesel engines and plug in hybrids in the past.


Also vying for attention on the electric car scene will be the new BMW Concept ActiveE. Following the automaker’s recent Mini E, this new EV concept will use the current 1-Series chassis as its platform.


For model year 2011, Chevy is introducing an all-new Aveo RS that it promises will be a bit more appealing then the past model. (And, by all accounts, more attractive than the current Aveo5, seen above.) RS trim will offer power in the form of a turbocharged, EcoTec four-cylinder engine that promises much livelier performance than Aveos past.


Toyota has been exceptionally tight-lipped over its new hybrid offering. The so-far-nameless car (teased in this photo) will be a gas-electric hybrid, most likely a little brother for the world-conquering Prius.


Mini will be presenting its new Beachcomber concept to gauge public interest in the rugged minimalist vehicle. This unique all-wheel-drive car is one we can’t wait to hear more about.


Volkswagen will be coming forward with the third-generation Touareg (seen here in test-mule form) for Detroit. Rumor has it that the new SUV will offer an optional hybrid powerplant with an eight-speed automatic transmission.


The venerable Ford Focus is all-new for the 2011 model year, and will debut at the Detroit show. The vehicle will be available in five-door hatch and four-door sedan configurations, and is said to be styled to match the fetching Iosis Max concept (above).


To show off its new ties with Fiat, a Chrysler-badged Lancia of some stripe will be appearing on the company’s stand at Cobo, though no official press conference has been scheduled. Few details have been made available about reworked Lancia (possibly based on the Delta, seen here) as of this writing, but we look forward to seeing more.


Cadillac will be unveiling a showroom-ready CTS-V Coupe, powered by a 556 horsepower, 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8. This car promises to be a stunner and we can not wait to see more.

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It’s a special time of the year here at Winding Road, when we think not only of the holiday season, but also the much-anticipated 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. These are the cars that we think will steal a lot of the attention at the show, which we’ll be covering January 11 – 12. Don’t miss out on your chance to get down to Cobo, too—NAIAS opens to the public on January 16 and runs through January 24.