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Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights Innovation

At the recent North American International Auto Show, automakers from around the world displayed technologies aimed at enhancing fuel efficiency and luxury.

Charles Murray

February 1, 2013

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Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights Innovation

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.

Click the image below to start the slideshow.

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)

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About the Author(s)

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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