Volume II, Issue 1, Page 18

By Barry Kluczyk

Flying in the face of dour reports of the state of the domestic auto industry, General Motors – and Chevrolet in particular – garnered enthusiastic headlines at the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Chevy started the show on a high note, capturing the Truck of the Year award for the redesigned Silverado. Truck of the Year and the corresponding Car of the Year awards (this year won by another GM product, the Saturn Aura) are voted on by a panel of automotive journalists.

Detroit also served as Chevy’s stage to announce several significant products, which covered a wide range of target customers. They included the Camaro convertible concept, the redesigned 2008 Malibu sedan and the Volt electric car concept. A couple of updated existing products also were unveiled, including the Equinox Sport – a performance version of the popular SUV – and the HHR Premiere Edition.

Here’s a closer look at each of the Chevys unveiled in the Motor City:

Camaro convertible concept

Wearing an updated version of Hugger Orange paint (accented with dark gray stripes), the Camaro convertible picked up where the Camaro coupe concept left off after last year’s auto show splash. Chevrolet already announced production plans for the Camaro and used the convertible concept’s introduction to tell eager enthusiasts that a production drop-top model will bow less than a year after coupe production commences.