Unless you’re a dad with money to burn there isn’t much that I saw at the 2010 Detroit auto show that’ll satisfy your family needs. However, if you like to ogle sports cars — like the Audi e-tron concept above — it might be worthwhile.
I just got back last night from Detroit where I covered the show for my post at Cars.com. It was a really subdued show compared to previous years and not as many cars slated for sale were unveiled at all.
The only family haulers of note that did debut there were the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe that is already on sale and the 2011 Lincoln MKX with a nifty MyLincoln Touch system I detailed here. The MKX also get s a new engine and interior so if you need an upscale SUV it might be something to look at.
For the dads who can afford it the 2011 Audi A8 was drop-dead gorgeous in person and has an amazing new tech system. The interior is top-notch too. Much better than the new BMW 7 Series in my opinion. A six-cylinder 740i also debuted for around $70,000.
I really liked the Lotus Evora I sat in, but again it’s a $70,000 sports car. Kind of like the Cadillac CTS-V coupe. Perhaps more attainable is the 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is which is as close to a Z4 M as the company has gotten with the new model.
The new Mustang 5.0 GT is likely the only attainable sports car that debuted there and I know some dads who get away with a $30,000 car for commuting and fun. That’s a good compromise isn’t it?