Innovation was the main theme at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, as automakers from around the world displayed new technologies aimed at enhancing the fuel efficiency and luxury of vehicles.
Highlights from the show included Volkswagen's introduction of a diesel-based hybrid concept, Tesla's 17-inch front console display, and a multitude of engine technologies focused on fuel efficiency. GM's Cadillac Division grabbed headlines by rolling out the ELR, an upscale cousin of the fuel-efficient Chevy Volt. (We discussed the ELR on Wednesday.)
Here, we've collected photos from Design News' recent visit to the show. From hybrid powertrains and LEDs to entertainment systems and engines, these are some of the most promising innovations we saw.
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Tesla showed off the Model X, which is said to blend the qualities of a sport utility vehicle and a minivan in an all-electric car that's targeted to hit the streets in 2014. The car's "falcon wing" doors use a hinge between the glass roof panel and the side, allowing them to open up but not out. (Source: Tesla Motors)
These are great Chuck. Thanks. I wish I could have been there myself. We always see these amazing concept cars. I always wonder why we never see them come to production, or very few. And who gets to keep those concept cars?
You mentioned a car with a 17-in. display. Like drivers don't have enough to be distracted by?
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