Best of Inhabitat: The 2011 Detroit Auto Show Goes Green

Detroit Auto Show 2011 photo

With almost half of the cars unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week having eco-friendly features, it was clear that the road carmakers are forging into the future is indeed a green one. The Inhabitat team was there talking to auto execs and snapping exclusive shots of the most anticipated releases from the fiery Inizio electric supercar to the pod-like GM EN-V and the whole new crew of rides Prius added to its clan.

Got a need for speed? Blazing fast wheels like the Porsche 918 RSR and the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG E-Cell (which stopped the show with its electrifying, yellow paint job) converted those who said eco and swift don't mix into believers. Click here for pics.

But the highlight of the show for us was definitely the announcement that the Chevy Volt (one of our favorites) grabbed the title of North American car of the year. We'd been rooting for the Volt ever since we took it for a spin (well, even before that), so it was quite a feeling to be in the room when it took the top honor!

—written by Yuka Yoneda

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