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The 2002 Detroit Auto Show - January 2002

January 2002 brings us the eventful Detroit Motor Show. Arguably one of the top two shows for concept cars and new car launches alike. According to our previews, it will be business as usual in 2002.

As I write, the most interesting concept car on show will be the Saab 9-3X. Saab showed the 9X at the Frankfurt Show earlier this year, but the 9-3X is more likely to reach production given the increasing market for SUVs around the world. Not that the 9-3X is a SUV according to Saab. It is referred to as a "cross-over coupe". There has been a continuous stream of this sort of concept over the past year. When will one finally go to production?

The 9-3X looks very much like a Saab, and may well lead the marque to higher sales, as the regular Saab cars are very much an acquired taste. Interestingly, Saab has announced that there will be at least one new concept or product each year for the next six. Will the 9-3X be one of the new products?

If it does, it may well find itself up against its Swedish counterpart, the all-new Volvo XC90. Also due to be revealed to the public in Detroit, the first ever Volvo SUV will be launched in the UK at the 2002 Birmingham Motor Show. I don't think that Saab regard this as a real competitor though. It has up to seven seats for instance. It is based on the 'Adventure Concept Car', and is obviously a Volvo, with that large grille and the pronounced shoulders.

The only technical details we have so far is that it will be offered with a choice of two turbocharged engines - the advanced D5 diesel (163bhp) and the T6 (petrol - 272bhp). The car has been developed on the S80 platform, hence the larger than average seating capacity. As would be expected, it will be choc-full with the latest safety features from the Swedish company. Interesting, yes, but no rival for the mighty new Range Rover, getting its important US debut at the same show.

Not that these cars are direct competitors of course. The (mighty) Ford Motor Company owns both marques after all. Between them, they cover a significant proportion of the burgeoning (yes, still) SUV market. Earlier, we featured the new Range Rover, and more details have since come to light. The US market is one of the Range Rover's largest. We hope, but doubt that Land Rover will show or even refer to the new baby Range Rover due out in 2003. This is to be a smaller, sportier car, but with strong links to the Range Rover brand rather than Land Rover.

Maserati have chosen Detroit to debut the logical evolution of their coupe. It gains the fabulous 4.2-litre engine bestowed upon the Spyder this year. They have renamed the car the 4200 GT to suit, which in our opinion is a tad lame next to the model names such as Quattroporte etc. Still, the car is a good'un. To date, the only downside we can see is the change from the radical LED boomerang-shaped rear lights to the more conventional units given to the Spyder. Pity.

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The Saab 9-3X concept. Photograph by Saab. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Range Rover. Photograph by Land Rover. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image.

Bentley

The 2002 Bentley Arnage T. Photograph by Bentley. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Bentley Arnage T. Photograph by Bentley. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Bentley Arnage T. Photograph by Bentley. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Bentley Arnage T. Photograph by Bentley. Click here for a larger image.

Buick

The 2002 Buick Century. Photograph by Buick. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Buick Le Sabre. Photograph by Buick. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Buick Rendevous. Photograph by Buick. Click here for a larger image.

Cadillac

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Chevrolet

The Chevrolet BelAir concept car. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The Chevrolet BelAir concept car. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The Chevrolet BelAir concept car. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The Chevrolet BelAir concept car. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The Chevrolet BelAir concept car. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The Chevrolet BelAir concept car. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The Chevrolet BelAir concept car. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The Chevrolet BelAir concept car. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Chevrolet Corvette. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Chevrolet Impala. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Dale Earnhardt special. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chevrolet SSR. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Chevy Truck Avalanche. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Chevy Truck Trailblazer. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Chevy Truck Trailblazer EXT. Photograph by Chevrolet. Click here for a larger image.

Chrysler

The 2003 Chrysler Crossfire. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The 2003 Chrysler Crossfire. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image. The original 2001 Chrysler Crossfire concept. Photograph by Chrysler. Click here for a larger image.
Ford

The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image. The Ford GT40 concept car. Photograph by Ford. Click here for a larger image.

Land Rover

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Maserati

The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Maserati 4200GT Coupe. Photograph by Maserati. Click here for a larger image.

Mitsubishi

The Mitsubishi SUP Cabriolet concept. Photograph by Mitsubishi. Click here for a larger image.

Saab

The Saab 9-3X concept. Photograph by Saab. Click here for a larger image.

Volvo

The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image. The 2002 Volvo XC90 SUV. Photograph by Volvo. Click here for a larger image.
 

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