Automakers Talk Environment But Flaunt Power

Detroit fest touts speed and muscle

Published: 06-Jan-2003

T face=Arial>TONY VAN ALPHEN
BUSINESS REPORTER

DETROIT—The push and pull of horsepower is punctuating the continent's biggest annual auto fest.

Auto makers are hyping their commitment to fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles at the 2003 North American International Auto Show. But in many cases those initiatives are taking a back seat to models with huge power.

"They talk about the environment and fuel efficiency but they're showing horsepower," industry watcher Dennis DesRosiers of Richmond Hill said yesterday.

"It's power, power and more power," he said after viewing several concept models and redesigned models already in production. "This is not a Kyoto friendly show."

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