The sun's not up yet, but Day 2 kicks off here in Detroit in 40 minutes with a media roundtable with General Motors venerable prodcut/czar/guru/saviour, Bob "Can't Miss" Lutz.
But before that, here are some industry highlights from Sunday:
- As a direct shot at GM's non-committal date (maybe, probably in 2010) for its plug-in hybrid, the Chevy Volt, late yesterday Toyota claimed its lithium-ion hybrid vehicles will be in demonstration fleets in 2010. Toyota said this will include plug-in hybrids that already have been under development.
- Remember when the first Japanese premium brands—Acura, Infiniti, Lexus—blew up the idea of what value meant in the luxury classes in the late 1980 and early '90s? Korean automaker, Hyundai, thinks its new Genesis luxo-sedan will be an just as big of an "industry disruption."
As a reminder, the Genesis is a rear-drive sedan with a 375 hp, V8 and styling that mimics the best from Lexus and Infiniti to be priced many thousands less than the aforementioned established brands.
- Instead of as a replacement for its recently euthanized Accord Hybrid, Honda announced that its "i-DTEC" clean diesel technology will make its North American debut in a 2009 Acura-badged vehicle. Honda was mean with the details such as displacement, power and torque. But expect 2.2-litre four banger of some kind.