The 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan just came to a close, and it was quite a special event as always. What better place for an important yearly automotive showcase than the home of General Motors and the capital of American automotive engineering. Attendance at this year’s show surpassed last year’s already robust count significantly, which goes to show that despite the uncertain state of the economy, astute automotive consumers are still interested in the best the industry has to offer.
One of the major players at this year’s show was high-end German brand Porsche, premiering their Porsche 918 Spyder RSR, a hybrid race car concept model. Chrysler’s booth also had a major presence, with the unveiling of the 2011 Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300.
Some of the more exciting cars featured at the event included the 2012 Audi A6, the GMC Sierra All-Terrain HD Concept truck, and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell electric car. The Audi A6 features a 295-horsepower V6, which boasts an acceleration speed of zero to 60 in 5.5 seconds. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is extremely exciting considering the current green trends in the automotive world, as it is a 100% electric car featuring a beefy 526 horsepower engine. GMC’s Sierra All-Terrain HD Concept is a gigantic off-road pickup, with a monstrous 73-inch width and 21 inches of clearance.
Not only was this year’s show a great time for all, but it also raised $2.6 million for children’s charities in the Detroit area. The event generated almost $400 million which was a great boost to the struggling local economy. The 2011 Detroit Auto Show was a success on many fronts and any automotive enthusiast who has the chance to attend should certainly attend next year and for years to come.
Contributed By Fossil Cars Staff Writer