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Audi e-tron Concept for 2010 Detroit Auto Show

Audi e-tron Concept for 2010 Detroit Auto Show

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Best Concept Car: Audi E-tron

The new, smaller E-tron concept shown at Detroit made most of us who were there at the Audi stand swoon. It looks good in pictures, but they don't quite do it justice; in person, you'll notice a lot of nuanced surface work, along with details that give it a softer look to contrast with the aggressive front end. It's one of those cars that you'll keep wandering back to if you head to the public days at Detroit. Shorter than a Nissan 370Z, and about the same overall length as a Tesla Roadster, the little e-Tron has presence—and a twin-electric-motor and lithium-ion powertrain good for 124 mph and 0 to 60 in less than six seconds. We're crossing fingers for production; the E-tron is already rumored to call out the design direction for an Audi sports car a step smaller than the R8—an R4, perhaps?


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  1. I am pretty excited about Ford's dominance at the show. If there is any company that deserves accolades for hard work it is them
     
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  2. really looking forward to the new Focus too, especially if they stick a turbo engine in it.
     
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  3. The Focus hatch might not look as as sweet as, say, the Audi e-tron, but it's got great style nonetheless. Add that to Ford's glowing reputation and the Focus' price point, and it would seem Ford has a winner on its hands.
    But why didn't you dole out an award for Tannest PR Guy?
     
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  4. So it sounds like there was also a very conscious effort to avoid showing trucks this time?
     
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  5. nice review of the show (some key cars). really like the description of the focus as "a small car that doesn't look like an inexpensive car". fascinated to track BYD. sounds like they crossed something of a "psychological" canyon with the automotive press this week. tough to ignore buffet indeed - but tougher to ignore 160% growth in China and plans for growth around the globe.
     
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  6. Very curious to see how well the Focus will do world wide since its the first"global" ford car. BYD respspnse - 2 words "Warren Buffet" nuf sed
     
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  7. The Focus as the best production car?! It doesn't come out till 2012 so how can it be called a production car? I'll wait to see if the real thing looks like the car at the show then make my decision on how good it is. The Aveo is apparently a production car too, but I doubt it'll look a whole lot like the RS at the show.
     
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  8. @JC: Uhhhh, this was the global debut of the production car for the U.S., Europe, and Asia. This is the car they will build. What part of that isn't clear? The Aveo RS is a concept on the other hand so you are right there, the production car may look different, but only slightly.
     
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  9. @jc
    Technically, the pre-production Focus show cars displayed at the Detroit Auto Show previews the actual Focus that will go into production later this year.
    PS: the trim level of the Focus show cars (sedan and hatchback) is called "Titanium" this is the top trim level of the regular Focus range in Europe.
     
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  10. I thought I would like the hatch more than the sedan, but I feel the opposite. I was disappointed with the hatch's stated storage of around 26 cubes with the seats down. I am concerned about the visibility out of the back window as well. Other than that, it is a sweet looking car. It is definitely the best looking hatch for the price. The sedan is beautiful. The redesigned 2011 Elantra and 2011 Chevy Cruze will give it a run for its money for value shoppers, but Focus seems to be "a cut above" the rest of the competition for style and features and that includes Jetta (I own one), Corolla, and Civic.
     
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