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2011 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) Spotlight Shines on Design

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2012 Mini Paceman Concept

Washington DC January 3, 2011; The AIADA newsletter reported that automakers are pouring billions of dollars into fuel-efficient powertrains. But shapely sheet metal still sells cars – which is why fresh design statements will be abundant at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

Automotive News reports that Hyundai and Kia, for example, promise to make a splash with the Hyundai Curb and Kia KV7 crossovers.

The redesigned 2012 Audi A6, a crucial car in Audi's strategy to boost U.S. sales, will also be unveiled. The A6 takes styling cues from the redesigned A8 that went on sale in late 2010. Initially, only the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine will come to the United States, but Audi also is considering the six-cylinder diesel. The A6 goes on sale in the second half of 2011.

Mini will introduce a two-door concept crossover called the Paceman. The concept has a larger tailgate than the Countryman, Mini's first four-door that goes on sale early next year. It also has what Mini calls a "coupe tail" to give it an athletic appearance. See complete Mini Paceman video enhanced story HERE