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In Pictures: Cato's 10 (definitely unofficial) awards from the Detroit auto show

The press days at Detroit's auto show are winding down, which means the time has come to hand out some hardware. Here are my Driving it Home Awards for Detroit 2014:

Best second act award: Five years ago, Hyundai introduced the Genesis luxury sedan and all the grand thinkers in the auto industry were amused. No more. The second-generation Genesis is nearly the equal of some very good German sedans, for much less money.

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Take off your top award: Porsche Targa. The fully-automatic top has the classic hoop-shaped roof bar that was an original in 1965. Back to the future for Porsche.

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The middle-age crisis award: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06. As one Chevy official told me, “at least” 625 supercharged horses under that long nose.

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The size-isn’t-everything award: The GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup that will do almost everything a full-size rig can do – but more fuel efficient, surely less expensive and easier to park at the mall.

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The sexiest, most-affordable, track-capable car award: Kia GT4 Stinger. Kia types say this so-called concept will become a production model – all 315-hp turbocharged horses, with rear-drive and a penned-in-California design that has a two-plus-two setup. There’s a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder under there, one generating 315 horsepower routed to the rear wheels through a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. Whew. It won’t cost a fortune, either.


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The “I’m a lightweight” award: Ford F-Series pickup. Strip out up to 700 pounds using lots of aluminum and whammo – performance and fuel economy in a rig Ford says can do the chores of a working stiff.


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The confusion award: BMW. Okay, the 1-Series is now the 2-Series, the M3 coupe is now the M4 coupe, convertibles and coupes get even number nomenclature, sedans get the odd numbers… Pay attention; there’s a quiz later.


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The love child award: Okay, I’ve taken this from Chrysler design honcho Ralph Gilles. He calls the 200C sedan the “love child” of the Fiat-Chrysler romance. The design on top is from Chrysler, the platform is from Alfa Romeo/Fiat.

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The Swiss Army Knife award: Honda Fit. This looks like a terrific, all-purpose subcompact hatchback with great fuel economy and because it’s made in Mexico, the price will have you doing a hat dance.


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The chutzpah award: Ford Motor Co. Not only did Ford have a lavish display on the Cobo Hall floor, the Dearborn-based auto maker also took over the entire Riverfront Ballroom with a massive dining/executive interview/Internet café area. No one at General Motors – the Big General – was amused. But then, Ford is more profitable than GM.

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