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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2010 North American Auto Show in Detroit.
GMC Granite
What is it? The Granite Concept is a vehicle aimed at urban young professionals with GM calling it an "urban utility vehicle." It would be the smallest GMC if it is to be built at two feet shorter than the new Terrain crossover, but the interior was designed to be relatively roomy and flexible to accommodate the needs of so-called active people. While the body length is short, the width is wide--over 70-inches. It is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with a six speed transmission.

The exterior has an industrial look with no chrome material--just satin or brushed metal on the trim. The Granite has four doors that open French style with no pillar between the front and rear doors, which is aimed to help with accessibility even with large items.

Inside, there are bright, multi-dimensional screens with a center console that runs between the front and rear seats to become a port for plugging in electronic devices. The dashboard was inspired by an aircraft, complete with a compass. The seats are reconfigurable as the front passenger and right rear seats flip out and fold inward to create a long space.

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