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Electricity Is In The Air

With over 30 new cars and trucks to be revealed to the press Monday and Tuesday for the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, the American consumer will judge whether or not Motor City gets the message on what they want -- and need.

There have been signs in recent months to indicate they do. "The auto industry is coming back strong from what has been a difficult economy, Paul Taylor, chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) says. "Auto sales are playing a key role in leading the economic recovery."

Last week in Las Vegas and New York, Ford revealed a fully electric version of its 2012 Ford Focus compact car with hybrid models to be sold this year. And G.M.'s much hyped plug-in electric hybrid, the Chevrolet Volt, began deliveries late last year.

Among the no-shows this year will include Nissan, Infiniti, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Suzuki, Mitsubishi and American made Fisker (even though its first 2011 Karma range-extended electric vehicles are scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealers in March or April).

Come back for updates to this slideshow as the show continues.

By Oliver Quillia and Jonathan Li
Posted 10 January 2011

Photo: Oliver Quillia for CNBC.com