Detroit Auto Show Focuses on the Future

General Motors Corp.'s plug-in, rechargeable electric-powered Chevrolet Volt is hogging a lot of attention during the show's media preview days this week.

Published: 10-Jan-2007

DETROIT - Higher door lines and more glass in the roof. Sleek, low hood lines with big chrome grilles. Functional interiors, including house-like lighting and a van with seats on two sides of a table. That's what the cars and trucks you'll be driving soon will look like, as seen at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

But it's the future that may be the most intriguing, with General Motors Corp.'s plug-in, rechargeable electric-powered Chevrolet Volt hogging a lot of attention during the show's media preview days this week.

Mike Jackson, chief executive of AutoNation, the country's largest auto dealership group, was amazed at the Volt, saying that current hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles are merely a fuel-efficiency bridge between now and a practical electric car embraced by everyone.

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