DetroitóThe North American International Automobile Show is one of the oldest auto shows in North America, running every year since 1907, with the exception of four war years. Following are highlights of some of this year's 700 vehicles on display.
BMW's brand new M3 convertible has a 343-hp six-cylinder engine. Its 269 ft-lbs of torque take the car from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds. The M3 comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
The new Ford Thunderbird has a 3.9-(liter)V8 engine that rides on the same rear-wheel drive architecture as the Lincoln LS sedan. The car comes with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Ford's Forty-Nine concept car comes with a 3.9-(liter) V8 engine similar to the Thunderbird. This modern rendition of Ford's first post-WWII design also has a large see-through glass roof.
Mitsubishi's Spyder GT comes with a V6 engine and runs on big 17-inch wheels. Options include a four-disc in-dash CD changer and cassette player.
Saab's 9-5 wagon comes with an active head restraint system designed to reduce the risk of whiplash. The 9-5 SE model for 2001 has an asymmetrically turbocharged V-6 engine.
The redesigned Passat from Volkswagen has a side curtain that helps protect passengers in a side-impact collision. The 2.8-(liter) 30-valve V6 delivers 190 hp at 6,000 rpm and 206 ft-lbs of torque at 3,200 rpm.