This year's Detroit Auto Show seems to have taken on a decidedly different tone than in years past. But despite the economic doom and gloom, the 2009 NAIAS still managed to prove this whole auto industry thing ain't dead yet.
While this year's show certainly was dominated by more pedestrian offerings like the slightly redesigned 2010 Toyota Prius and the new-for-1996 Saab 9-5 Griffin Edition, there were still some cars on the floor worth a gander.
Not surprisingly, fuel efficiency was paramount this year, and VW definitely turned some heads with its Bluesport concept, a diesel-powered roadster that will attempt to achieve both power and fuel economy. VW claims it'll be good for 43mpg while still maintaining an output of 180hp. Check out a full gallery for the new drop top here.
But it wasn't all sunflowers and unicorns this year either - Ford also showed off the 2010 Mustang GT500, which promises 540HP and 510ft-lbs of torque, and perhaps even more performance than its bigger brother from the last year, the GT500KR. Be sure to check out footage of the car here and an image gallery over here.
Also in the "Recession? What recession?" category is the 2009 Mercedes McLaren SLR, Stirling Moss Edition. Among its notable features are: 650hp, a complete lack of a windshield, and a $1,000,000.00 price tag. See more of this unruly beast here.
Fisker was also on hand to show off their newest vehicle, the Karma S Convertible, which has the distinction of being the world's first convertible plug-in hybrid. Details are pretty scarce for the S model, but we can say that the regular 'ol 4-door hardtop Fisker Karma does 0-60 in 5.8 seconds, has a top speed of 125mph, and a price tag of about $88,000. More shots of the car can be seen over at Treehugger.com.
Also worthy of note was Cadillac's Converj concept. Sharing the electric-hybrid underpinnings of the Chevrolet Volt, the Converj gets all the insane gas mileage in a much more interesting skin. See more of the Converj here.
The 2009 North American International Auto Show will be open to the public from January 17th through the 25th. Bring leg warmers. And spare change.