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2012 Detroit Auto Show Highlights: Day 1 (PHOTOS)

Posted: 01/09/12 01:18 PM ET

The North American International Auto Show press preview week kicked off in Detroit Monday.

Highlights of the show from the local Big Three automakers are expected to be Chrysler's new Dodge Dart, which is bringing some employment back to Detroit factories, the redesigned Ford Fusion, and Cadillac's ATS sedan.

Foreign automakers will also have their goods on display. Nissan is returning to the Detroit show for the first time in four years to debut its new Pathfinder.

Luxury vehicles and the ever-popular concept cars will also roll out at Cobo Center. Check out the highlights from the Detroit auto show below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • 2013 Dodge Dart

    Reid Bigland, Dodge brand President and CEO, introduces the new 2013 Dodge Dart during a press preview at the North American International Auto Show at the COBO Center on January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The show is open to the general public January 14-22. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Dodge Dart

    The new 2013 Dodge Dart during a press preview at the North American International Auto Show at the COBO Center on January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Geoff ROBINS (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ford Fusion

    Workers polish a covered vehicle at the Ford display during the first press preview day at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The NAIAS opens to the public January 14th and continues through January 22nd. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ford Fusion

    The unveiling the 2013 Ford Fusion during the first press preview day at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Volkwagen Jetta Hybrid

    The Volkwagen Jetta Hybrid vehicle is seen during the press preview for the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan, January 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Volkswagen E-Bugster

    Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, steps out of the Volkswagen E-Bugster during the press preview for the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan, January 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 9: Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG, gets out of the new Mercedes-Benz SL during a media preview at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The show is open to the general public January 14-22. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

  • Mercedes-Benz SL

    The new Mercedes-Benz SL is revealed a day before press previews at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 8, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

    Porsche's President and CEO Matthias Muller (C-drivers door) introduces the new Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet during the press preview at the North American International Auto Show at the COBO Center on January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Chevrolet Sonic

    Chevrolet introduces the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic during the press preview at the North American International Auto Show at the COBO Center on January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The show is open to the general public January 14-22. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Cadillac ATS compact

    Cadillac unveils its new ATS compact luxury sedan during its world premier at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan on the eve of the opening of the North American International Auto Show, January 8, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Chevrolet Pru 140S concept car

    The Chevrolet Pru 140S concept car debuts during the first press preview day at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BMW i8 concept car

    The BMW i8 concept car on display during the first press preview day at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BMW i8 concept car

    Detail on the BMW i8 Concept car on display during the first press preview day at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Daimler "Smart For Us" Pickup

    Daimler introduces the 'Smart For US' an 'urban pickup' electric concept vehicle during a press preview at the North American International Auto Show at the COBO Center on January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Geoff ROBINS (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Daimler "Smart For Us"

    Daimler introduces the 'Smart For Us' an 'urban pickup' electric concept vehicle during a press preview at the North American International Auto Show at the COBO Center on January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Geoff ROBINS (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BMW Active Hybrid 3

    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 09: BMW introduces the new Active Hybrid 3 during the press preview at the North American International Auto Show at the COBO Center on January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The show is open to the general public January 14-22. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • MINI Roadster

    The MINI Roadster is introduced during a media preview at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • MINI Roadster

    The MINI Roadster is introduced to the media during the press preview at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Audi S4

    The Audi S4 is revealed during a media preview at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Bentley New Continental GT V8

    The Bentley New Continental GT V8 is introduced during the press preview of the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan, January 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Audi Q3 Vail

    The new Audi Q3 Vail is introduced during a media preview at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Lexus LF-LC concept car

    The 2012 Lexus LF-LC Concept car is displayed during the press preview of the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan, January 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Hyundyai Veloster

    Hyundyai's Veloster is on display during a media preview at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Hyundyai Genesis Coupe

    Hyundyai's Genesis Coupe is on display during a media preview at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Acura NSX concept car

    Acura unveils its NSX concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan, January 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Acura NSX concept car

    Acura unveils its NSX concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Michigan, January 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Volvo XC-60 Plug-in Hybrid concept car

    Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo, holds an electrical cord in the outlet for the Volvo XC-60 Plug-in Hybrid concept car during the first press preview day at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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