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Drew Dowdell

2010 NAIAS Live posts - Quips as they happen

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In here I'll be posting observations from the autoshow:

First up:

Ford wins both Car and Truck of the year with the Fusion Hybrid and Transit.

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The Focus presentation was great spunky little car.

2 Million vehicles on new Focus platform by 2012

Five areas of Focus:

Fuel Efficiency

Driving Dynamics

Safety

Technology

Craftsmanship

features 55% stronger high strength steel, will be built in Michigan, Europe and China.

2012 Hybrid and Plug in Hybrid will be produced in MI

First vehicle B/C vehicle under the "OneFord" plan. 10 Vehicles off this platform.

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Regal GS has three modes. Normal, Sport, GS. GS mode will send a majority of the torque to the rear wheels.

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Regal GS has three modes. Normal, Sport, GS. GS mode will send a majority of the torque to the rear wheels.

That's a very good thing. That'll shut a lot of people up.

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Were there no press releases for the new cars and concepts at the show? I've never seen it take this long.

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GMC Granite looks great in person.

Can you take a picture of the GRANITE nameplate on the left rear of the vehicle for me please??

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fixed.

Chevy presser just started.... thinking there's going to be a surprise.

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Aveo RS is very sharp in person. Blows anything else in the class away styling wise.

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fixed.

Chevy presser just started.... thinking there's going to be a surprise.

Hope so. Been a very boring NAIAS Day 1 so far.

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Nope, no surprise at Chevy press conf.

Officially worst Day 1 ever. Shaping up to be a very underwhelming Detroit Show, though I'm excited to see the XTS concept tomorrow.

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I've seen the pics of the XTS. I'm going to tell you all right now, give it at least 30 minutes before you draw your conclusions.

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I've seen the pics of the XTS. I'm going to tell you all right now, give it at least 30 minutes before you draw your conclusions.

:confused0071:

That's doesn't sound good....

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So XTS won't be unveiled until tommorow or later?

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So XTS won't be unveiled until tommorow or later?

If there's a midnight embargo on the PR, then we'll see it right after midnight eastern time.

Otherwise, I'd say we'll be waiting until the Cadillac PC tomorrow.

Overall, pretty sub-par Day 1.

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I've seen the pics of the XTS. I'm going to tell you all right now, give it at least 30 minutes before you draw your conclusions.

Uh oh...Perhaps it's better looking in person...

As for today, it was all about the Focus. I think a lot of the other automakers wanted to hold off on their big products as to not be overshadowed by Ford.

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