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Detroit Auto Show: What to Expect in 2011

The Detroit Auto Show 2011 is in its 23rd year as an international event. In those 23 years the show has had, like anything else, good years and bad years and years in between. How will the 2011 version stack up — what can you expect? From Honda and Toyota to Audi and Chevy, the new number of new cars should not disappoint. Here are four examples of what we think might be among the most popular for show goers.

Toyota

Toyota has chosen the Detroit Auto Show to unveil a new entry into its Prius family, a 2012 wagon, said to be larger than the Prius available today. Expect plug-in hybrid technology and the latest lithium ion battery.

Honda

Honda will show a concept version of its next-generation Civic, expected to arrive in showrooms in the Spring. Word is the new Civic will be slightly sportier than today’s model, and about the same size.

Audi

One of the Detroit Auto Show’s most important debuts is the all-new Audi A6. Audi is hoping the new A6 really give its sales a boost. The A6 takes many styling ideas from its just introduced A8. When the A6 goes on sale this fall, just a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 will be available. Audi is said to be thinking about putting a diesel in the car.

Chevy

Chevrolet, still glowing from the popularity of its Chevy Volt, is expected to show the 2012 Sonic, the car that will replace its Aveo next year. The Sonic will come as a sedan and hatchback.

Those are just four automakers’ highlights at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. There will be many others. If you’d like to go, the show opens to the public Jan. 15 and runs to the 23rd.

Auto Show Paris 2008

Most people go to Paris to see the sights, but if you ever have the privilege of being there when the automobile show is on you will also find it to be a most impressive sight as well.

This year in 2008 was not a disappointment to anyone. Those who attended got all that they paid for and much more.

Most everyone likes to know what the future holds, and seeing the 2009 cars is a treat indeed. One that has to be mentioned of course is the 2009 Ferrari California. Once you laid your eyes on this beauty it put you into the instant mode of dreaming of winning the lottery, and the purchase of this car would be the top of the list of things to buy. Prices were speculative but one can only imagine what the price tag will be on this baby.

Stepping back into reality one has to admit from a practical and economic point of view the 2009 Smart For Two EV, really has it all. It certainly seems to be most favored from the ladies point of view. Perhaps because it is so compact, that parking it would be a breeze, and most likely with a car this size parking spots would be far more common.

This very attractive looking vehicle made its debut at the Paris auto show, but had been revealed prior to that. It uses a lithium ion battery so its not hard to tell why its so economical, particularly with the cost of fuel in today’s economy. The time hasn’t quite arrived for the technology that this car has to offer, but it does give one a taste of what’s to come in the future of the automobile industry.

Its interesting to note that there are many automobile shows that take place right around the world. Each one of them is unique in what they have to show and how they present the industry. No matter where the show is being held, the automobile shows never seem to fail to hold the interest of those who attend and to create a atmosphere of excitement. There is something intriguing about roaming amongst those magnificent automobile creations all decked out in their gleaming colors. The Paris automobile show organizers can certainly be proud of the venue that they offered their exhibitors and audience.

Young people seem to be gaining more interest in attending the automobile shows. Most likely because its something that will partake in their future, once they become of driving age.

For the practical and the budget conscious drivers there was keen interest in the new Volkswagen GRI. This is technically still being classed as a concept and is not officially in production, but based on the attention it received there is little doubt that it won’t be in the near future.

At a special event prior to the start of the Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen brought out the newest version of its classic hot hatchback, the GTI. While still being called a concept by VW, the new GTI looks ready for production.

What US Car Manufacturers Showed at the New York Auto Show

Since the New York Auto Show is one of the world’s most popular events of its kind, and it’s held in their own backyard, American car manufacturers always do their best to make sure their vehicles are the stars of the show. America’s Big Three have unveiled some of the best cars ever made on American soil at this show. For example, the Cadillac STS was unveiled there in 2004, the Shelby Cobra GT500 had its premiere in 2005, and the Ford Explorer Sport had its world debut in 2012. This year, a couple of very good production cars were unveiled by Ford, GM and Chrysler, but some interesting concept cars were shown, as well, that should go into production in the near future.

2014 Buick Regal Turbo

The Buick Regal was first introduced in 1973, and the 2014 Buick Regal Turbo is the latest generation of the model, that was unveiled at the Jacob Javits Convention Center a couple of weeks ago. This is a mid-size luxury vehicle, that has a couple of improvements when compared with previous models. The major changes are under the hood, with a more powerful engine, and it now has an all-wheel drive, which its predecessors didn’t have, providing better traction, no matter what conditions you are driving in. It is powered by a 2.0-liter intercooled turbo engine, with 259 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. There are some very sophisticated safety features, such as the Lane Change Alert, the Lane Departure Warning, and the Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Ford Atlas Concept

This pickup truck concept is equipped with a turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter, V6 engine, which makes it a very fuel-efficient vehicle, with a 2 mpg improvement in fuel economy. It has a very modern exterior design, featuring an enormous, mean-looking grille, and a futuristic interior. With the Ford Atlas concept, the public should get an idea of what the F-Series trucks are going to look like in the future. Some of the most interesting features on it are the stop-start system, the active grille shutters which are closed when there is no need for more cooling, and a front air dam, which can be lowered while driving at high speeds to provide good aerodynamics. All these features are supposed to help you save a lot of money on fuel, and provide lower emission levels. The Ford Atlas concept should go into production in 2015, provided that a couple of changes to the headlights are made, so that the car can meet some DOT standards regarding LED headlight technology.

Even though American companies tried to mark the show, the coolest cars were revealed by the global leaders such as Mercedes, Jeep, Volkswagen etc.