Detroit motor show 2009 - Introduction
The show traditionally kick-starts the year, with manufacturers using it to promote the biggest launches for the year ahead.
This year was no different, with more than 50 launches taking place.
Highlights among the cars set to go on sale this year include the BMW Z4, Honda Insight, Jaguar XFR and XKR, Mercedes E-Class, Mini Convertible and Toyota Prius.
There are also some exciting concept cars, which hint at how future models will look. These include the Audi A7, Kia Soulster, Subaru Legacy and Volvo S80.
Of course, nobody is ignoring the fact that car sales are in the doldrums and General Motors and Chrysler recently received a £11.4 billion bailout from the Government.
However, rather than dampen the show's atmosphere, it actually resulted in more intrigue, as manufacturers shift emphasis to showing off future fuel-saving and safety technologies.
Take a virtual wander around the 2009 Detroit motor show
Browse the new metal and inspect the concept cars right here.
Featured in this story
- Audi R8 5.2 V10 FSI quattro
- Audi Sportback concept
- Bentley GTC Convertible Speed
- Buick's Insignia for America and China
- BMW Z4 roadster
- Cadillac Converj
- Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
- Cadillac SRX
- Chevrolet Cruze
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Chevrolet Spark
- Chevrolet Orlando
- China's BYD wins plug-in race
- Chrysler goes electric
- Fisker Karma
- Ford's electric and hybrid plans
- Ford Shelby Mustang GT500
- Ford's 'Mondeo' Taurus
- Honda Insight
- Jaguar's V8 engines
- Jaguar XFR
- Jaguar XKR
- Kia Soulster
- Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder
- Lexus HS 250h
- Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S
- Mazda 3
- Mercedes Blue Zero
- Mercedes E-Class
- Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss
- Mini Convertible
- Subaru Legacy concept
- Toyota's electric car concept
- Toyota Prius
- Volvo S60
- VW Concept Blue Sport