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Top 10 Cars from the Detroit Auto Show

2012 Top Ten Cars From the Detroit Auto Show

Well, the excitement is starting settle down after a busy week at the Detroit Auto Show. The week at the car show highlights that there really is something out there for every type of driver and buyer. From stylish concept cars, to family sedans and fast-moving sports car - there is a new car waiting for you.

Last week we took a look at the top hybrids and EVs launched at this car show and today we’ll review the top 10 cars from the Detroit Auto Show. The team of experts at Kelley Blue Book were in attendance at this annual automotive industry trade show and have put together their top 10 cars from the week. The Kelley Blue Book is a well-known authority on vehicles, including pricing and buying trends.

2013 Dodge Dart

The all-new Dodge Dart is a chance for the Chrysler Group to return to the compact sedan market. Dodge hasn’t had a car in this segment since the long-ago Dodge Neon (2005). The Dart features a spacious interior with lots of headroom and well-appointed finishing touches.

Volkswagen e-Bugster Concept

Stylish and innovative, we discussed this new hybrid last week in our review of hybrids and EVs. With an electric motor and lithium-ion battery and styling that has one thinking of a new sports car, the e-Bugster looks good and is friendly to the environment as well.

2013 Toyota Prius C

As expected, another hybrid makes the list of top 10 cars. Billed as an affordable hybrid, this car is priced at under $20,000 and is sure to make a dent in the hybrid and non-hybrid market. Smaller than the standard Prius, the Prius C still has all the features that Prius drivers rave about.

2013 Cadillac ATS

As a direct competitor to the BMW 3 series, the Cadillac ATS brings with it a 318 horsepower engine and a strong set of in-cabin technology. This compact car will have heads turning amongst luxury car drivers.

Lincoln MKZ Concept

Looking to revitalize its brand and image, the MKZ Concept will be available on sales floors later this year. The first looks at this car indicate that Lincoln has a car that will be fun-to-drive and appeal to a wide range of drivers.

Chevrolet Tru 140S Concept

This is a true concept car that Chevrolet is hoping will lure buyers who are looking for a fast, innovative but affordable car. According to Chevrolet, this car will come to market when consumers demand it.

2013 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion has a range of safety and convenience features and drivetrain options including hybrid and plug-in. Yes, this was a car we highlighted last week and for good reason. This new car is definitely going to raise eyebrows in the midsize sedan market.

Chevy Code 130R Concept

This car has got fast all over it - from its sleek lines and bold styling. To add some extra spice to the market, the Code 130R Concept boasts 40-plus miles per gallon, rear-wheel drive and is priced in the low $20,000 range.

Lexus LF-LC Concept

This was the main show stopper last week in Detroit. With looks that had automotive insiders thinking of the Ferrari, the LF-LC Concept features a front-engine/rear-drive and an interior that makes good use of leather, wood and metal - this is a car that will get you noticed on the open road.

Acura NSX Concept

This car is all about combining performance and efficiency with a VTEC V6 engine/7-speed dual-clutch transmission with an electric motor for the rear wheels. To keep things moving quickly down the road, the front wheels have individual motors to improve acceleration and handling. The only downside is that we won’t see this car in production for a few more years.

So where does this look at the top 10 cars from the Detroit Auto Show leave you? Well, with lots of options. True some of these cars won’t be available until later this year or even a few years from now and chances are some of the cars on this list aren’t what you’re looking for - but what is encouraging is the innovation and attention paid to features like fuel economy, safety, interior styling and affordability.

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