2011 Ford Mustang GTEnlarge Photo
2. Stronger American offerings
Yesterday, Marty announced that two Ford vehicles -- the Fusion Hybrid and the Transit Connect -- had been named the 2010 North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year. That's not surprising, given the great work that Ford has been doing over the past year, and with several new models in the pipeline, including the widely anticipated 2011 Ford Fiesta and the 2011 Ford Mustang GT (at left), we expect the good times will continue to roll in -- and out of -- Dearborn.
General Motors is pulling its weight, too. Not only has it produced the darling of Detroit, the Chevy Volt, but it's also showing some other solid contenders, like the Cadillac XTS Platinum concept. The XTS may not be the wackiest thing on the floor, but it's solid, and it's a very smart hybrid. For a company in transition -- one that's missing some key staff -- that's not too shabby.
Chrysler doesn't seem to be holding itself together quite as well as GM, but in many ways, it's had a tougher time of things. Chrysler had to manage not only a bankruptcy, but also a de facto merger -- and in the process, the company's product development ground to a halt. However, credit goes where credit is due, and you can't say Chrysler isn't trying. Frankly, I like the Chrysler Delta (née the Lancia Delta), and if I wasn't so bummed at the thought of trying to parallel park it every day, I might even consider buying one down the line. The Fiat 500 BEV, though, is definitely on my short list -- far above other small models like the Honda CR-Z.