Detroit Becomes Electric

At this year’s spare but surprisingly upbeat North American International Auto Show, talk of an electrified future filled Detroit’s Cobo Hall

Two months ago, it was far from clear whether Detroit’s Big 3 carmakers would even exist by the time their hometown auto show rolled around. Thanks to government funds they made it—and as a result, much of the Detroit show seemed to be a performance for Washington; an elaborate sales pitch for the continued relevance and potential solvency of the American auto industry. Hybrids, plug-ins, and pure electric cars, both real and vaporous, were central to that pitch. Meanwhile, Nissan, Infiniti, Porsche and Ferrari skipped town, and boutique electric-car makers Fisker and Tesla and the Chinese automakers BYD and Brilliance staked out sizable plots on the main showroom floor. Here‘s a selection of highlights.

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Cadillac Converj concept
2011 Chevy Spark
2010 Lexus HS250h
2010 Lexus HS250h
2010 Ford Taurus
2010 Shelby GT500
Chrysler Circuit
Chrysler 200c EV concept
Hyundai Genesis
2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Honda Insight
Mercedes Concept BlueZero
Smart Electric concept
Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster chassis
Fisker Karma
Fisker Karma S
Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro
Audi Sportback concept
BMW Z4 sDrive 35i
Volkswagen BlueSport Concept
Volvo S60 Concept
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupe
BYD e6
Brilliance M3
2010 Toyota Prius