2008 Detroit Auto Show Notebook

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  • Detroit MI January 10, 2008; The AIADA newsletter reported that the North American International Auto Show, held each year in Detroit, is a chance for automakers to show off their goods.

    It opens to the public Jan. 19; the media get an early look starting Sunday, but many automakers could not wait for the show and released their models early.

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    One of USA Today's favorites is the Subaru Forester. Subaru's crossover SUV gets a longer wheelbase, more ground clearance, and an available navigation system in a complete redesign. It also includes new features like Start Assist, which keeps the vehicle from rolling backward when starting on a hill using the manual transmission.

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    Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz's Vision GLK Freeside is one of the most important concept vehicles in the show; a thinly disguised version of the luxury brand's new compact SUV. The concept is given Mercedes' 170-horsepower four-cylinder Bluetec diesel engine with a seven-speed transmission. It's a clean diesel that could go on sale in every state, even those with stricter emission standards, such as California.

    For more early releases from USA Today, CLICK HERE

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