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January 15, 2010 3:46 PM | By MSN Autos

2010 North American International Auto Show

Motor City's star show kicks off the auto show circuit for the new decade

2010 North American International Auto Show - Cobo hall (© Photo: Neil Dimock)

Without question, 2009 was one of the roughest years ever for the North American auto industry. If the economic slump and sales slide weren't bad enough, two of the big Detroit Three went bust and several North American auto brands including Saturn and Pontiac were axed. Yet things are already looking up for 2010.

Sales are starting to pick up, and a new auto show season is about to kick off with a positive vibe in the air. This year's Detroit auto show, the largest in North America, looks to be better and healthier than last year's dismal show. Though some brands will still be absent, auto manufacturers from around the world will be debuting new concepts and production cars including Audi, GM, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and BMW. In total, more than 700 vehicles will be on display at the show.

Volkswagen display at the North American International Auto Show (© Photo: Neil Dimock)

For those interested in the green scene, this year's Detroit show will see the return of the MDEC EcoXperience, an interactive display which allows showgoers to drive alternative energy vehicles around a short track. New this year is the Electric Avenue display area, where visitors can see the latest in the burgeoning electric car segment.

The show opens to the public January 16 and runs to the 24th. In case you can't make it to the show, take in its best by perusing the galleries and articles below:

2010 Detroit auto show: 10 hottest cars
2010 Detroit auto show: Production car debuts
2010 Detroit auto show: Top concepts
2010 Detroit auto show: Green cars
2010 Detroit auto show: Worst of the show
The girls of the Detroit auto show
Ford cleans up at the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards

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