Cadillac Converj, Ford Taurus Among "Cars That Could Save Detroit"

The latest issue of Popular Mechanics includes a minor feature that lists "5 Cars That Could Save Detroit," operative word—in my mind—being 'could'.

1. Cadillac Converj. Using the same Voltec platform as the Chevy Volt, the Cadillac Converj "shows that GM could use the Volt's tech across several brands" and ultimately bring "the technology to more people."

2. 2010 Ford Taurus. Calling it "the most striking Taurus" since the 1986 original, Popular Mechanics notes that Ford is promising "exemplary handling that will return the Taurus to its status as a driver's car."

3. 2010 Buick LaCrosse. Saying it could be "the best Buick sedan in decades" Popular Mechanics draws attention to its AWD—a first among Buick sedans—and the top model's "280 hp, 3.6 liter V6 [that] hits 26 mpg highway and 60 mph in 6.5 seconds."

4. Chrysler 200C EV Concept. The Chrysler 200C EV, part of Chrysler's ENVI line-up, "points to a future where we can enjoy large, roomy cars that sip fuel like much smaller ones."

5. 2010 Lincoln MKT. Calling it "Lincoln's version of the Ford Flex," Popular Mechanics notes that the MKT will give consumers two powertrains to choose from, and that its "practical three-row seating" could make it "a cornerstone of the Lincoln line-up."

An interesting line-up, and something of a breath of fresh air, since it doesn't rely solely on alternative vehicles, but rather, seems design-heavy. Admittedly, I'm pleased to see the Chevy Volt finally omitted from one of these lists, but its mention in the Cadillac Converj entry seems endemic of any such list-maker's need to somehow include it, even one with the credibility of Popular Mechanics.

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