Another example of old-school Detroit thought was the Chrysler Delta concept. A reskinned version of the already-ugly Lancia Delta borrowed from Fiat, this badge-engineering fiasco was relegated to the far corner of the stand. Evidently, failure has no fathers.
Yet, cash-strapped Chrysler had to show something to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her entourage. This should not have Madame Speaker feeling encouraged that taxpayers' money is being well-spent. Whatever happened to Alfa Romeo's products rescuing Chrysler?
Firing a shot across the bow of the Asians, Ford showed its 2012 Focus compact sedan and hatchback. The Europe-designed Focus demonstrates that the company can turn out small cars that don't look or feel cheap. Add this to the smart Fiesta subcompact unveiled in Los Angeles, and Ford has a strong one-two punch against Japan's small cars for the first time.