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  The 2004 Detroit & Los Angeles Motor Show

The cities of Detroit and Los Angeles host the first major motor shows of 2004. The Greater LA Auto Show runs from January 2nd to the 11th, with the Detroit show (titled the North American International Auto Show, or NAIAS) open to the public from January 10th to the 19th. We already know about some of the exhibits such as the new convertibles from Aston Martin and BMW, but there is plenty more to see.

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Acura
  Acura TL A-spec concept car gallery. Image by Acura.   2004 Acura TL A-spec concept (image gallery)
The Acura TL is the US version of our Honda Accord. The A-spec concept car is a tasty update to that car, including a 3.2-litre VTEC engine. The image gallery is online now.

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Aston Martin
  Flight of Fancy. Image by Aston Martin.   2004 Aston Martin DB9 Volante (preview)
To tease me further, Aston Martin have gone and released information on the Volante, due to be launched in Detroit on the 4th January 2004.

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Audi
  2003 Audi Le Mans concept car image gallery. Image by Audi.   2003 Audi Le Mans concept car (image gallery)
Yes, I know we saw the Audi Le Mans concept car in Frankfurt, but Audi have brought it to the States too. Audi, please, just go ahead and make a bloody supercar and get it out of your system. Image gallery online now.

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BMW
  2004 BMW X3 image gallery. Image by BMW.   2004 BMW X3 (image gallery)
The Detroit Show is the US market's first viewing of the BMW X3. Image gallery online now.

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  2004 BMW X5 image gallery. Image by BMW.   2004 BMW X5 (image gallery)
BMW launch a facelifted X5 in 2004. The US shows will be the debut for the mighty 4.8is version shown in this photo gallery.

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  6-series Convertible continues BMW design revolution. Image by BMW.   2004 BMW 6 Series Convertible (preview)
Now BMW has just revealed details of the 6-series Convertible that will appear at the NAIAS, Detroit in January. The 6-series is the fourth production BMW to be adorned with Bangle's new look, and similarly to the Aston Martin DB9 the convertible was developed alongside its hard-top sister, helping to achieve the near 50:50 weight distribution.

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Buick
  2004 Buick Terraza image gallery. Image by Buick.   2004 Buick Terraza (image gallery)
Another mammoth MPV - this one with luxurious trimmings and a Buick badge. A gallery of photographs is online now.

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Cadillac
  2004 Cadillac CTS-V. Image by Cadillac.   2004 Cadillac CTS-V (image gallery)
Cadillac showed this incredible race version of the CTS-V, as well as the production version of the contemporary muscle car. Image gallery online now.

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Chevrolet
  All-new Corvette debuts in Detroit. Image by Chevrolet.   2005 Chevrolet Corvette (preview)
Chevrolet's latest Corvette showed its sleek new face in Detroit, looking like a cohesive mix of Viper and previous generation Corvette.

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  2005 Chevrolet Cobalt image gallery. Image by Chevrolet.   2005 Chevrolet Cobalt (image gallery)
The Cobalt, from the Chevrolet arm of General Motors makes its debut, in saloon and coupe versions. A gallery of photographs is online now.

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  Chevrolet Nomad concept points at future small GM. Image by Chevrolet.   2004 Chevrolet Nomad concept (news)
The name might be all-American, but the Chevrolet Nomad concept car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show has its roots in Britain.

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  2004 Chevrolet Nomad concept car image gallery. Image by Chevrolet.   2004 Chevrolet Nomad concept (image gallery)
The Nomad concept from Chevrolet is a cross between the nose of a '60s Corvette and a sporty estate (station wagon to be exact). This is likely to remain in concept car form only. Image gallery online now.

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Chrysler
  2004 Chrysler Crossfire convertible. Image by Chrysler.   2004 Chrysler Crossfire convertible (image gallery)
The Chrysler Crossfire convertible will be on sale this year, though we prefer the looks of the coupe. Image gallery online now.

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  2004 Chrysler ME Four Twelve concept car image gallery. Image by Chrysler.   2004 Chrysler ME Four Twelve concept (image gallery)
Not that we would ever discourage a car manufacturer from making a supercar, but the ME Four Twelve concept from Chrysler just does not fit with the rest of the brand. Very strange. Images online now for you to make up your own mind.

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  2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible image gallery. Image by Chrysler.   2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible (image gallery)
The PT Cruiser may not be the most obvious candidate to have its roof chopped off, but it kind of works. Pity about the roll bar. Image gallery online now.

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Dodge
  The Dodge brand is coming back to the UK. Image by Dodge.   2004 Dodge future plans (news)
Dodge is coming to Europe and the UK and will be sold alongside Chryslers and Jeeps through many existing Chrysler Jeep dealers.

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  2004 Dodge Slingshot concept car image gallery. Image by Dodge.   2004 Dodge Slingshot concept (image gallery)
The sporty little Slingshot concept from Dodge is based on the Smart Roadster Coupe, and is likely to make production. Let's hope it makes the UK. Image gallery online now.

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Ferrari
  Ferrari announce 612 Scaglietti as new name. Image by Ferrari.   2004 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
Ferrari have announced that its new 2+2 sportscar will be called 612 Scaglietti.

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  Ferrari release sketches of new 2+2. Image by Ferrari.   2004 Ferrari
Ferrari have released design sketches of the new 2+2 due to be revealed at the 2004 Detroit Motor Show.

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Ford
  2005 Ford F-150 King Ranch. Image by Ford.   2005 Ford F-150 King Ranch (image gallery)
Ford showed the F-150 King Ranch in Detroit, complete with saddle leather seats. Thankfully we will not be seeing many over here in the UK. Unless Tim Westwood takes more of an interest in country music... Image gallery online now.

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  2005 Ford Five Hundred. Image by Ford.   2005 Ford Five Hundred (image gallery)
The 2005 Ford Five Hundred debuted in Detroit. We have a gallery of images.

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  2005 Ford Freestyle. Image by Ford.   2005 Ford Freestyle (image gallery)
The 2005 Ford Freestyle debuted in Detroit in its production format, unfortunately not retaining all of the flexibility of last year's concept car. We have a gallery of images.

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  2005 Ford Mustang. Image by Ford.   2005 Ford Mustang (image gallery)
Ford unveiled the production version of the new Mustang in Detroit. Thankfully, it retains much of last year's concept in its styling, which is in itself a powerful throwback to the Mustang of the 1960s. Image gallery online now.

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  2004 Ford Shelby Cobra concept car image gallery. Image by Ford.   2004 Ford Shelby Cobra concept (image gallery)
The Shelby Cobra concept should have been the show star in Detroit, but unusual styling details ruin it for us. The word "ruin" is perhaps a little extreme. We still love it! Image gallery online now.

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  2004 Ford Bronco concept. Image by Ford.   2004 Ford Bronco concept (image gallery)
Ford displayed the Bronco concept car in Detroit, looking for all the world like a future Land Rover... Photo gallery online now.

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Honda
  2004 Honda SUT concept image gallery. Image by Honda.   2004 Honda SUT concept (image gallery)
Honda's SUT previews a new production model due in the States in 2005. It is unlikely to make it to the UK. Image gallery online now.

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  New SUT concept by Honda. Image by Honda.   2004 Honda SUT concept (preview)
Honda will show the SUT concept at the 2004 Detroit Show in January - a new market segment for the Japanese manufacturer.

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Hummer
  Hummer H3T concept image gallery. Image by Hummer.   2004 Hummer H3T concept (image gallery)
With the success of the Hummer brand, it was inevitable that a pick-up version would be spawned. The H3T concept previews the car. A gallery of photographs is online now.

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Hyundai
  Hyundai concept points the way to next Coupe. Image by Hyundai.   2004 Hyundai HCD8 concept (preview)
Korean car manufacturer Hyundai is going to show a striking sports coupé concept car at the 2004 Detroit Motor Show.

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Jaguar
  2004 Jaguar S-type. Image by Jaguar.   2004 Jaguar S-type (image gallery)
Jaguar have revised the S-type for 2004 with minor styling revisions to the front and a new rear end. The overall effect is a sharper car, though some people just do not like the C-type style grille adorning the nose. We like it, especially in R guise. Image gallery online now.

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Jeep
  2004 Jeep Rescue concept image gallery. Image by Jeep.   2004 Jeep Rescue concept (image gallery)
Jeep Rescue concept image gallery.

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  2003 Jeep Treo concept car image gallery. Image by Jeep.   2003 Jeep Treo concept (image gallery)
Jeep already showed us the Treo concept. Its reappearance may indicate a move closer to production. Image gallery online now.

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Kia
  2004 Kia Spectra image gallery. Image by Kia.   2004 Kia Spectra (image gallery)
Kia revealed the Spectra in Detroit. It is coming to the UK badged as the Cerato, and looks good. Image gallery online now.

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Land Rover
  Land Rover to unveil Range Stormer. Image by Land Rover.   2004 Land Rover Range Stormer (concept)
Land Rover has announced that a new concept vehicle will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on 5 January 2004.

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Lexus
  2004 Lexus GS image gallery. Image by Lexus.   2004 Lexus GS (image gallery)
Lexus all-new GS range was revealed in Detroit, and the new car looks superb. Full gallery online now.

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Lincoln
  2006 Lincoln Mark LT image gallery. Image by Lincoln.   2006 Lincoln Mark LT (image gallery)
2006 Lincoln Mark LT image gallery from Detroit online now.

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  2004 Lincoln Aviator concept car image gallery. Image by Lincoln.   2004 Lincoln Aviator concept (image gallery)
Lincoln Aviator concept car image gallery from Detroit online now.

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  2004 Lincoln Mark X image gallery. Image by Lincoln.   2004 Lincoln Mark X concept (image gallery)
The stunning Lincoln Mark X concept is based on Ford's Thunderbird, and could well make it into production. Image gallery online now.

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Mazda
  Mazda tests small car concept on US public. Image by Mazda.   2004 Mazda MX-Micro Sport concept (news)
Mazda used the Detroit Show to test a small car concept on the US public - the MX Micro Sport concept.

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Mercedes-Benz
  2004 Mercedes-Benz Vision Grand Sports Tourer concept image gallery. Image by Mercedes-Benz.   2004 Mercedes-Benz Vision Grand Sports concept (image gallery)
The Vision Grand Sports Tourer concept car in Detroit previews a large MPV due next year. Images online.

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Mercury
  2005 Mercury Mariner image gallery. Image by Mercury.   2005 Mercury Mariner (image gallery)
Mercury's 2005 Mariner is based on the Ford Explorer. Images from Detroit online now.

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  2005 Mercury Montego image gallery. Image by Mercury.   2005 Mercury Montego (image gallery)
Mercury's version of the Ford Five Hundred is called the Montego. It will not be coming to the UK! Image gallery online now.

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Mitsubishi
  Mitsubishi at the 2004 Detroit Show. Image by Mitsubishi.   2004 Mitsubishi show stand (preview)
Along with the curvy Eclipse Concept E, Mitsubishi showed the Sport Truck Concept in Detroit, along with 13 other vehicles. Read the full preview here.

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  Sexy new Mitsubishi Eclipse debuts at Detroit Auto Show. Image by Mitsubishi.   2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse Concept-E (preview)
Mitsubishi will debut the looks of the new Eclipse in Detroit, in the format of a "concept". It looks fantastic.

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Pontiac
  2005 Pontiac G6 image gallery. Image by Pontiac.   2005 Pontiac G6 (image gallery)
2005 Pontiac G6 image gallery from the 2004 Detroit Motor Show.

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  2005 Pontiac Solstice. Image by Pontiac.   2005 Pontiac Solstice (image gallery)
The Pontiac Solstice made its debut in 2005 production format. Could this be the basis of the next Vauxhall roadster? Image gallery online.

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Saab
  2004 Saab 9-2X image gallery. Image by Saab.   2004 Saab 9-2X (image gallery)
Saab's first collaboration with Subaru has resulted in the 9-2X, which debuts in LA. We look forward to driving it, but meanwhile, enjoy the image gallery.

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Saturn
  2004 Saturn Curve concept. Image by Saturn.   2004 Saturn Curve concept (image gallery)
The Saturn branch of GM showed the Curve concept car in Detroit. It looks great, especially from the rear and on the inside, but are we the only ones to think it looks like an Audi? Image gallery online now.

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  2004 Saturn Relay image gallery. Image by Saturn.   2004 Saturn Relay (image gallery)
Relay is the name given to Saturn's large MPV. There is a gallery of photographs online now.

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Scion
  2005 Scion tC image gallery from the 2004 Detroit Motor Show. Image by Scion.   2005 Scion tC (image gallery)
2005 Scion tC image gallery from the 2004 Detroit Motor Show.

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  2004 Scion xA image gallery. Image by Scion.   2004 Scion xA (by L.J. Garcia) (image gallery)
Toyota's Scion brand is very much targetted at the younger driver. Witness the Scion xA (by L.J. Garcia) in the image gallery.

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  2004 Scion xB image gallery. Image by Scion.   2004 Scion xB Release 1.0 (image gallery)
The xB Release 1.0 is a lot less extrovert than the xA on show, but still aimed at the younger buyer. Image gallery online now.

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Suzuki
  2005 Suzuki Reno image gallery. Image by Suzuki.   2005 Suzuki Reno (image gallery)
Suzuki start selling the Reno compact car in the US - a rebadged Daewoo Lacetti. Image gallery online now.

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Toyota
  2004 Toyota FTX concept image gallery. Image by Toyota.   2004 Toyota FTX concept (image gallery)
Image gallery from the 2004 Detroit Motor Show: Toyota FTX truck concept.

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  2004 Toyota Highlander Hybrid image gallery. Image by Toyota.   2004 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (image gallery)
Image gallery from the 2004 Detroit Motor Show: Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

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Volkswagen
  2004 VW Concept T image gallery. Image by VW.   2004 Volkswagen Concept T (image gallery)
Image gallery from the 2004 Detroit Motor Show: VW Concept T.

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Volvo
  Volvo's V50 aims at BMW and Audi. Image by Volvo.   2004 Volvo V50 Sportswagon (preview)
The Volvo V50 Sportswagon is a desirable new alternative to the BMW Touring and Audi Avant.

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