TCC's Best Cars—And Surprises—of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show

January 14, 2010

We're just back from the 2010 Detroit auto show and nursing our sore feet from several days of taking it all in at Detroit's Cobo Center. Taking a look back at the hurricane of posts on The Car Connection, along with our other core sites Motor Authority and Green Car Reports, we've picked just a few standouts. And with the ostentatious feel of past shows seemingly in a slumber this year again—and attendance way down, as this picture of the usually packed lower level of Cobo Arena looking sparse just moments before the global debut of the Focus helps emphasize—we're pleased to report to you more about the cars, less about the publicity stunts, the glitz, the glamor.

Without further ado, here are our quick picks, plus some surprises from the show floor:

2012 Ford Focus, at 2010 Detroit Auto Show

2012 Ford Focus, at 2010 Detroit Auto Show

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Best Production Car: 2012 Ford Focus

The new Focus looks athletic, almost voluptuous, and features like a new direct-injection engine and twin-clutch automatic—even in the most affordable models—will likely put rival models to shame. So, likely will the Focus' much-improved fuel-economy—and the Web-capable MyFord system, which looks like it will remain a generation ahead of other media and calling interfaces and be available in the Focus at launch. Above all, the new Focus is a small car that doesn't look like an inexpensive car, appealing for many of the same ways that made the original Mazda3 so popular. Stay tuned in coming months as we hope for more up-close time with the Focus.

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