Detroit Auto Show: Green or Gas-Hog Heaven?

Tom Walsh sees Detroit carmakers trying to have it both ways.

Published: 15-Jan-2008

Is it the greenest place on Earth this week?

Or gas-hog heaven all over again?

The 2008 North American International Auto Show floor is both of these and more.


Purportedly capable of hitting 0-to-60 in under 6 seconds, the plug-in hybrid Karma can hit 125 mph. The company hopes to sell 15,000 of the luxury electric cars annually.

GM's newest fuel economy fighter is the Cruze.

Analysts note that General Motors has made dramatic improvements in its vehicles over the last decade. Pictured is new small call, Chevy Cruze.

Volvo C30 is plug-in hybrid concept that utilizes electric wheel motors.

The real problem we face - and in the US it's far worse, with car makers bleeding money - is that the car is unviable and has been for a long time, contends Larry Buttrose.


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