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Detroit Auto Show: Thumbs up or Thumbs Down, Part II

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On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:29AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Detroit Auto Show: Thumbs up or Thumbs Down, Part II

As we bid a fond farewell to the North American International Auto Show, we have a final chance to look back on the hits and misses of the annual presentation. A lot of the buzz around Detroit was “Could this be the year of the big auto comeback?” Many companies are poised to capitalize on positive economic indicators. They’re also feeding the consumer appetite for more fuel-efficient models that don’t skimp on the luxury. Here are some more thumbs up and thumbs down in no particular order.

Ford Vertrek ConceptThumbs Up: Ford Vertrek

For many visitors to Detroit, the Ford Vertrek was the “best in show.” The Vertrek is being positioned to replace the Escape crossover SUV for 2012. Like the boxy Escape, the Vertrek boasts plenty of interior room but the exterior design presents are much sleeker style. The Vertrek is still going to carry the Escape moniker and will be packed full of new technological advances like auto-stop and a small displacement turbocharged, direct-injected four cylinder engine. This is definitely a model to keep an eye out for.

Hyndai VelosterThumbs Up: Hyundai Veloster

Just because you like “fast and furious” doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. This fresh model from Hyundai is meant to take over where the Tiburon left off. The Veloster packs a powerful punch with a 138-hp direct-injection engine that delivers 40 mpg. With a baseline price of $17,000, expect to see the Veloster turning up in a lot of college parking lots.

Thumbs Down: Buick VeranoBuick Verano

So you want a small car that doesn’t trade on the personality and stylish vibe of cars like the Audi A3, Volvo C30 or the Mini Cooper. Well, don’t look at the Buick Verano. Although the interior presents some cool gadgets and look, the 31 mpg isn’t any better than the bigger midsize sedans. Bottom line: the Verano just doesn’t feel like a Buick, so why bother?

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