Here It Comes-the 2010 North American International Auto Show

10 Jan 2010 | 733 views | No Comment
2011-cadillac-cts-v Can this year’s North American International Auto Show breathe new life into the world’s struggling auto industry? It very well could. This year, there are plenty of dazzling debuts scheduled, and journalists have been put on notice that there will be at least one or two surprise debuts that nobody is expecting. No matter what happens, this year’s Press Days Preview, which gets underway Monday, should be fun than last year’s stultifying wake that prompted many journalists to wonder why they’d bother to come at all. In any case, Automobile Journal will be on hand to provide plenty of stories, pictures and video to take you right to the center of the show floor. But this year, things will lighten up with the unveiling of some important iron. There will be the official debut of the stunning new Cadillac CTS- Coupe, for instance, packing some real heat under the hood with well over 500 horsepower. And the world will be treated (and we do mean treated) to the first public viewing of Cadillac’s all-important XTS Sedan concept. It’s said to be even more dramatic than the Art and Science themed models like the current CTS that came before it. The new XTS will go into production in 2012 as a 2013 model, and it will replace both the aging STS sedan and the DTS sedan in Cadillac’s lineup. Buick’s got a cool new Regal GS concept that shows just how hot Buick’s new performance sedan can ber with an engine said to hit 60 in less than six seconds--and with a six speed manual transmission, no less. We here at Automobile Journal will be very surprised if this car doesn’t eventually make it to the production line. We also wouldn’t be surprised if we get a glimpse of Buick’s new small sedan, too, though that may be a better bet for either the New York or Chicago International Auto Show. And what about Chevy? Are you ready for an all-new Camaro convertible production model? We know we are, and we think we just may get our wish at this show. And wait till you see the all-new Aveo. This one is a 360 degree change from the existing model, and we predict big things for Chevy once it hit’s the showrooms. We don’t think you’ll ever see Aveo the same way again. It’s our candidate for the sleeper hit of the auto show. We may also get a glimpse of Chevy’s tiny new Spark, a little commuter sedan that will test the waters for American consumer taste for cars that are smaller than even the Mini Cooper. GMC has an all-new crossover concept aimed at the urban crowd and young sophisticates everywhere., and like the other concepts GM is showing, we expect that this one just may see production. Ford will be showing off its new C family of global cars, which includes an all-new Focus, and a small minivan (don’t call it that in front of Ford, though!) that will go up against Chevy’s new Orlando--also possibly bowing at this year’s show--and Mazda’s popular Mazda5 minivan. One surprise will be whatever Lincoln is planning to unveil at the show. We don’t know of any new models coming, unless it’s either a small luxury sedan, or a replacement for the MKZ sedan, or possibly a big sedan to match up against GM’s new XTS. Lincoln has its own press conference, and that’s unusual if you’re not doing something major. Stay tuned. Chrysler will have an electronic hybrid version of the Fiat 500 on display, along with a Chrysler based on the Lancia Delta sedan. Audi’s all-new A8 luxury sedan, a breathtaking design if ever there was one, will be formally unveiled, as will Mercedes-Benz’s cool new E Series Cabriolet and a sexy, all-new CLS four door “coupe.” Toyota’s going to unveil an all new “dedicated hybrid” concept car, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Subaru unveil the sports coupe twin it’s been working on in conjunction with Toyota, which is building its own version. Volkswagen also has a press conference planned--maybe we will see the new Jetta or the new mid-seized sedan promised for America? All of these introductions are just the tip of the iceberg. Kia, Hyundai, BMW, Mini Cooper, Honda, Bentley and several other brands will introduce new products as well.

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