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Cut to the chase: this concept divides opinions like no other car here in Detroit this week, particularly amongst designers, many of whom are passionate about the brand and all of whom have opinions about where it should be heading.
The FT-HS 'Hybrid Sports' concept is a bold design direction, unashamedly advanced and challenging yet based on sound principles that many casual observers may have overlooked.
This is an interesting counterpoint to the Ford Airstream concept, also shown at Detroit this week. The two cars have a lot of similarities in that they both explore asymmetry, they reference 1970's avant-garde, both use deeply recessed side windows and have open-plan interiors. Other Ford links continue: the front owes a lot to the Marc Newson 021C while the vertical rear has elements of the Ford
According to Steve Mattin, there are three reasons to show the XC60 here at Detroit: to pre-position the forthcoming XC60 production car for 2009, to introduce some new Volvo DNA elements and to show some new design innovations for concept cars.
The Nassau is again a new attempt by Chrysler to stretch the brand's reach up-market into luxury territory, a niche it has not been able to occupy in the last four decades.
The Kue is a four-seater crossover coupe/SUV with a powerful 4.6-liter V8 engine and 4WD that hails from the new studio of Kia Motors America (KMA) in Irvine, California.
There's a new battle royal hotting up between Mercedes/Maybach and Rolls-Royce, with both companies previewing full-size four-seater convertibles here at Detroit.
What is remarkable about this car is how little it's changed since the 100EX concept shown in 2004 - a credit to Ian Cameron and his team.
The Detroit Auto Show saw the world debut of the all-new 2008 Lancer compact sedan and Prototype X, in fact a next-generation Lancer Evolution parading as a lightly disguised concept. Both cars are based on a new global platform that will allow Mitsubishi to build a diverse array of models.
The 2008 Cadillac CTS is a fine addition to Cadillac's portfolio, with its nicely balanced lines and slightly softer treatment to the body surfaces.