Hybrids to Highlight 2009 NAIAS

Honda, Ford and Toyota introduce new hybrids, while nine other car companies skip the Detroit Auto Show.

Published: 06-Jan-2009

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opens to the media a week from today, will be newsworthy not only for who shows up, but for who doesn't.

Nissan, Infiniti, Range Rover, Jaguar, Suzuki, Porsche, Mitsubishi, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce are all skipping the world's most important auto show, though a few of the brands will have bare-bones displays, courtesy of the local Detroit dealers. All cite the tough economic conditions as the reason.

This does not mean news won't be made at the Detroit show, because it will, and much of it will involve hybrids. Several all-new production models will debut, as well as some concepts. The top newsmakers:

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