As if taking a cue from the way that the auto industry has been turned on its head in recent months, Lincoln displayed its 2010 MKT on its side, giving attendees a bird's eye view of the inside of the car.
One of the biggest signs of the times was Chrysler VP Jim Press arriving in a Fiat 500 and greeting the crowd with a "Ciao" rather than a "Hello" -- two not so subtle nods to Chrysler's ongoing negotiations with the Italian automaker.
Chrysler's Press later went on to debut the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which entered the stage with a roar of it's engine as it climbed the steps of the podium.
Susan Docherty, General Motors North America Vice President, Buick-Pontiac-GMC, introduced the world debut of the GMC Terrain crossover, which will get 30 mpg on the highway.
With "green" technology being one of the dominant trends at the show, Toyota made no secret of where the third generation Prius could be found.
The MINI E was waiting for company beside a park bench at the intersection of "Electric Avenue," "Emission Free Road," "Minimalism Way," and "Mini E Street."
Propelled by a completely electric ENVI drivetrain, the Dodge Circuit EV can go from 0-60 mph in less than five seconds, uses no gasoline, and gives off no tail pipe emissions.
Not to be outdone by the competition, the folks at Fisker showed off the Karma - a plug-in hybrid whose engine runs in two modes: "Stealth" for "relaxed and efficient driving" and "Sport Drive" which unleashed the full power of the Q DRIVE engine.
The Lexus HS 250h hybrid debuted in Detroit earlier this year, and has efficiency-minded features such as a windshield that uses infrared-ray reduction to keep the cabin cool and an interior made from 30% carbon-neutral materials.
Able to drive 40 miles on one battery charge, Chrysler's 200C EV concept uses a small gasoline engine and integrated electric generator to extend it's driving range to 400 miles.
One of the most publicized electric vehicles, the Chevy Volt will not only be good for the environment, it will be also good for the American economy: GM recently announced that it is investing $250 million to have the Volt's engine built in Michigan.
A look at the inner workings of the Volt, with its "T"-shaped lithium ion battery located behind the front wheels.
After wowing the crowds at the Chicago Auto Show, GM brought Bumblebee, star of the Transformers movies, to New York. Bumblebee is based on the 2010 Camaro.
The 2010 Camaro RS, as it appears in its non-Transformers, showroom version.
Cadillac's luxury electric car, the Converj, is powered by GM’s Voltec electric propulsion technology and takes less than three hours to recharge the battery at a 240V outlet.
The 2010 Mustang features either a 4.0-liter V-6 or a 4.6-liter V-8 engine choice with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.
One of the most prominent "super sports cars" on display was the SMS 570 Challenger. Based on the Dodge model and built by SMS Supercars, the SMS 570 is equipped with a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine, has 500lb of horespower, and a dash personally signed by Steve Saleen, the man behind the company.
The BMW Z4 Roadster isn't afraid to get dirty with its convertible hardtop that opens within 20 seconds. The Z4 comes in either 300 HP (sDrive35i) or 255 HP (sDrive30i) models. The sDrive35i will cost you over $52,000.
The Mercedes Benz E250 Bluetec North American concept made its debut in New York and gets 28 mpg in city traffic and is constructed so that it can convert the nitrous oxide from its engine and only emit nitrogen gas and water.
One of only one hundred 2009 Iconic GTR Roadsters in existence, the GTR has over 800lb of horsepower and can go over 200 mph.
The Kia Forte Koup was also introduced in New York and is the company’s first-ever two-door coupe.
Mitsubishi recently signed an agreement to further test its iMIEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) with Portland General Electric in Oregon.
The fortwos on display by smart not only get great gas mileage (33 city, 41 highway), but they are also 95% recyclable once they reach the end of their lifecycles.
This trio of Nissan cubes may not look sexy, but they are quite functional... after all, they are built to have a large interior while leaving a small footprint behind them.