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byd-1-smallFor the very first time, China’s automakers were able to rent space on the main show floor at the Detroit Auto Show. 2009 is the first time they were not confined to Michigan Hall, a.k.a., “The Basement”. Taking full advantage of the larger forum, BYD unveiled what it is billing as the world’s first production plug-in hybrid, the F3DM Dual Mode. Thankfully, BYD thoughtfully left their cars uncovered earlier in the show, and we were able to get the shots you see here without wading through the crowds. (more…)