Detroit motor show 2009 - Introduction

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  • All the car launches from Detroit
  • New Mercedes E-Class and Jaguar XFR
  • Toyota Prius, too
Welcome to What Car?'s Detroit motor show review.

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.

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
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
Hits and misses

Detroit motor show 2009 - Audi R8 5.2 V10 FSI quattro


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