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  • Detroit Auto Show 2012

    There hasn't been this type of energy at the Detroit Auto Show in years. To quote Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, "It's a different world. It's like a throwback to the 90's. This is the kind of atmosphere we used to have at the Detroit Auto Show when things were going well."

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    Walk around the Detroit Auto Show and one thing stands out: America's automakers are coming on strong when it comes to cars.  Gone are the days when Detroit's cars lagged the sedans you saw from overseas. 

  • 2012 Hyundai Elantra Car of the Year
    By: Associated Press

    For the annual Car of the Year winner, named at the Detroit Auto Show, the bragging rights don't guarantee a sales boost,  reports the AP.

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    After three long and tumultuous years, there's a far different feeling about the Detroit Auto Show. For 2012, you could say, the buzz has returned. For automakers and auto fans, it's long overdue.

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    Ford, Hyundai and Nissan unveiled new models at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, where fuel efficiency and electric cars were among the key highlights. Plus, Fiat & Chrysler's CEO on an upbeat and competitive auto sector.

  • The Toyota exhibit during a media preview day at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

    Toyota USA President Jim Lentz shares his forecasts for retail gasoline prices and the automaker with CNBC's Phil LeBeau at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

  • Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of global product development at Ford, introduces the 2013 Ford Fusion during the press preview at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan.

    BMW, Mercedes Benz and Porsche unveil new versions of key models at the auto show. CNBC's Phil LeBeau talked strategy with some of the top auto executives.

  • 1965 Ford Mustang Number 1

    From Mustangs to Model Ts, car enthusiasts adore and collect American cult cars. What actually separates cult status from a mere collectible? And does reaching cult status really help car sales?

  • An exploded view of a passenger car battery system.
    By: Trevor Curwin,|Special to

    Manufacturers are introducing and developing new fuel-stretching components across all new vehicle lines, including gas-guzzling light trucks and SUVs.

  • Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford charges the Ford Focus EV during the vehicle's reveal in early 2011.
    By: Trevor Curwin, |Special to

    While electric vehicles will continue to garner more hype at the North American International Auto Show this year, today’s battery technology will keep the so-called EVs a niche product for years to come.

Detroit Auto Show Videos

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    CNBC's Phil Lebeau reports from the Detroit Auto show on the latest automobiles. Daryl Guppy, CEO of also charts the major auto stocks for CNBC's Amanda Drury and Martin Soong.

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    Hybrids and ethanol highlight the show, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau

  • Detroit Auto Show Highlights

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau has the highlights from the Detroit Auto Show.

Car Slideshows

  • With over 500 cars and trucks on display at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, this is the American consumer’s first glimpse at what the next year will look like for the automotive industry. This year, 40 new models are expected to be unveiled, ranging from concept cars to hybrids. U.S. auto sales are the highest since 2008 — before sky-high gasoline prices and the financial crisis spooked consumers — and are expected to continue climbing over the next couple years. With an estimat

    With over 500 cars and trucks on display at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, 40 new models are expected to be unveiled, from concept cars to vehicles that will hit the market this year.

  • Special editions of well-known auto brands have been around for years and today a consumer with enough buying power can drive in a car that expresses such specific interests as breast cancer awareness (Fiat made 250 Pink Ribbon edition Fiat 500s) or simply an interest in status (Nieman Marcus offers a bespoke 2012 Ferarri FF for sale in this year’s  catalog).Editors from the automotive information resource joined with the Edmunds online spinoff Inside Line, an auto enthusiast destina

    Editors from the automotive information resource joined with the Edmunds online spinoff Inside Line, an auto enthusiast destination, to compile this list of the top 10 limited-edition cars.

  • The economy shows no sign of picking up any time soon. Still, life goes on. Bills need to be paid, groceries need to be purchased, and worn out, but necessary, possessions need to be replaced. Sometimes, the replacement has little impact on the wallet, but then there are purchases that can’t be put off -- whether you can afford them or not.For many, a car is such a necessity. Cars don’t take the economy into consideration when they break down, or when they’re so worn out there’s little choice bu

    A consumer buying a used car can sometimes pay more than he or she would for a new one. determined which cars are less expensive to buy new.

  • The American people have had a long love affair with cars. Whether it’s a teenager’s new found independence or a grown man’s show of status and power, cars represent much more to people than just a way to get from one place to another. Cars make a statement about their owners--or at least how their owners wish to be perceived.That being the case, there are likely no car owners who want to be perceived as hideously ugly, poorly engineered, or hazardous to life and limb. For that reason and many o

    The reasons for their failures are varied, and while some of the companies that manufactured them recovered, many didn’t.

  • With gasoline prices on the sky-high again, many drivers are turning to green cars with high mileage to solve their commuting woes. Unlike when oil reached its all-time highs during the recession of 2008, today’s green - car market has more options with better fuel efficiency. The editors of Kelley Blue Book’s the website of the country’s largest automotive valuation company, highlight the wide range of options available and the trend both towards hybrid, electric and “high-efficiency gasoline p

    To help consumers understand the best options in the current market for green cars, recently unveiled its 2011 “Green Car List."

  • The Mexican drug wars have resulted in more than 15,000 deaths in 2010 alone and the violence is so bad that US companies are declining to open new manufacturing plants in the country. Mexico’s elite, including corporate executives and political leaders, have ordered armored cars in droves to protect themselves. To meet this growing demand, companies like International Armoring Corporation are selling many more of these vehicles. IAC estimates the total number of personal armored cars sold to Me

    What goes into making armored cars? How are typical sedans and SUVs transformed into mobile fortresses? Click to find out!

  • Between 2011 and 2020, a new generation of car owners will arrive on American roads and in American car dealerships seeking their first set of wheels. On display in the North American International Auto Show, global car manufacturers are preparing for the shifting trends with a host of new designs and features catering specifically to members of Generation Y. To get a sense of the new cars that are best for Generation Y, asked Karl Brauer, Senior Analyst & Editor at Large at for his top

    To get a sense of the new cars that are best for Generation Y, asked Karl Brauer, Senior Analyst & Editor at Large at for his top picks.

  • By the time it’s five years old, the average vehicle’s value has dropped by about 66%. The editors of compile an annual list of those vehicles that best hold their value, based on supply and demand as well as current and projected future market conditions. The 2011 brand for overall best resale value is Subaru, which are expected to be worth 39% of their purchase price after five years of ownership. The best resale make for luxury cars is BMW, with 37.1% expected value retention after five years

    The editors of Kelley Blue Book compile an annual list of those vehicles that best hold their value. Check out the cars with the best resale value.