For an industry left for dead, the 2009 Detroit Auto Show has produced a wealth of shiny automotive awesomeness. Here are the top ten photo galleries from yesterday's first day of the show.

Recession? What recession? Of the cars below, only the 2010 Ford Taurus qualifies as a non-luxury or niche vehicle. At a time when many automakers are talking about restraint and the importance of good decision making, the Lexus HS250h and Cadillac Converj bravely show the world that badge engineering is alive and well. Whether these cars hint at happier financial days ahead or are just another example of carmakers failing to grasp the marketplace remains to be seen, but they sure are shiny, aren't they?

10.) 2010 Buick LaCrosse: Crushing Brand Perceptions

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9.) 2010 Jaguar XKR Revealed With 510 HP

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8.) 2010 BMW Z4 Slips Onto The Stage

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7.) Volkswagen Bluesport Concept 42 MPG Roadster Officially Revealed

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6.) Chrysler 200C EV Concept: Shockingly Attractive Mid-Size

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5.) Lexus HS250h: A Prius For The Country Club

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4.) Audi Sportback Concept Previews 2009 Audi A5 Sportback

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3.) Cadillac Converj Concept: A Volt For Cadillac

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2.) Subaru Legacy Concept: Subie Previews New Legacy Look

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1.) 2010 Ford Taurus: A Flagship Returns

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