Cool cars at the International Auto Show


Published: Monday, January 22, 2007 at 4:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 22, 2007 at 4:49 p.m.

It is often easy to categorize an international auto show: the year of the truck, the year of the small car, the year of the minivan or crossover vehicle.

But that’s not the case at the 2007 North American International Auto Show, which ended Sunday. The news out of Detroit was all over the place.

Car manufacturers unveiled concept cars for most every consumer persuasion.

General Motors, at a time when some have already written obituaries for the electric car, rolled out an electric car.

While American companies try to get a piece of the expanding small-car market, Toyota roared into the Motor City with its biggest pickup truck ever. European makers are promising cost-saving, clean diesels for all 50 states within two years. And Chrysler launched a new version of the minivan — a vehicle it invented — even while Ford and General Motors are abandoning the minivan market to Asian competitors.

For more on this story, read Tuesday's edition of The Gainesville Sun.

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