Although most of the CNET crew will be at CES next week, we're sending a smaller contingent to the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. Our on-the-spot coverage of Detroit's auto show begins on Sunday, January 7, and will continue through the week. The tubes have been buzzing with advance pictures of cars for the show, and our interest is more than primed. We're all a titter over the upcoming announcement from Ford and Microsoft about incorporating Microsoft's Sync Bluetooth product in upcoming Ford models. Welcome to the 21st century, Ford. We hope some of your competitors get inspired to join you.
So many concept cars have already been announced, complete with full photo galleries, that we're not sure why they're bothering to actually have the show at all. But that won't keep us from climbing on to the backs of all the other journalists there to get close-up looks at the automaker's latest design experiments. We've already spent some blogspace on the Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive and the Jaguar C-XF (because we couldn't wait, either). But there will also be a slew of sultry concepts from Asian automakers, such as the Mazda Ryuga, Kia Kue, Toyota FT-HS, and Acura Advanced Sports Car.
These tuner dream cars will be offset by bigger, more substantial offerings from the U.S. and Europe. Big sedan concepts include the Chrysler Nassau, Lincoln MKR, and the Ford Interceptor. Truck concepts will include the Jeep Trailhawk and Hummer H4. And there are rumors running around that GM will show off a plug-in hybrid concept based on the Saturn Vue Green Line.
Automakers are keeping a little more tight-lipped about new production models, but we expect to see the Nissan Rogue and Hyundai Veracruz. Hopefully, Lexus will have its new tuned model on hand, in the form of the Lexus IS-F. And we'll be looking for two cars that mark the opposite ends of the automotive spectrum, the U.S. introduction of the Smart ForTwo and the all-new Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. It's going to be a good, good week.