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Stunning Design Prevailing Theme at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

The first of two media days for the Detroit Auto Show in 2011 is showing a big emphasis on stunning design reveals in spite of the fact that most announcements today were eclipsed by the manufacturers themselves releasing news and photos ahead of time.

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show got off to an auspicious design start with the introduction of the Porsche 918 RSR concept. The two-seater mid-engine coupé 918 RSR clearly reveals what happens when the technology fitted in the 911 GT3 R hybrid and the design of the 918 Spyder are transferred to a modern, innovative super sports car.

BMW has hit the ball out of the park with its introduction at the Detroit Auto Show of the new BMW 650i convertible. Prior to 2011, it was best portrayed as a lumbering-looking vehicle. Sure, it could perform athletic feats of power and handling but it just looked slow. BMW was fixed that major design error from the previous generation 6-series convertible.

Audi’s designs are less bold and more consistent among the brand but they continue to be stunning as witnessed by the introduction of the new Audi A6. It builds on some of the most successful elements of Audi design, with a large, Singleframe grille dominating the otherwise subtle nose of the Audi A6 and available high intensity headlights with LED daytime running lights adding a powerful road presence.

The Honda Civic concept (why Honda calls a car practically days away from production a concept is a mystery) is probably generating the most buzz on social media because commentators just aren’t sure what to think of it after its Detroit Auto Show introduction. Yet others are waxing enthusiastic about it. Love it or hate it, this much-need new Honda Civic is going to be a head turner in a segment that has seen some stunning cars lately like the 2011 Kia Forte Koup and the 2011 Hyundai Elantra.