To help boost morale and initiative of its workers, Ford has displayed its future lineup of production models and concepts at the Cobo Arena in Detroit on Monday. Attendees were required to sign confidentiality agreements, but The Detroit News still managed to gather some key details. Some of the major cars shown included an all-new subcompact car, the next-generation F-150 pickup and an upgraded Explorer SUV.

The cars displayed at Ford’s "Showroom of the Future" are all planned for production between now and 2010, including a new "B-car" that has been talked up by the company’s North American head, Mark Fields. The four-door sedan will feature Ford’s new three-bar grille design and wraparound headlights. Powered by a 1.8L engine, the new car is scheduled to go into production in 2008 and will compete with econo cars such as the Honda Fit.

Other cars included the refreshed F-series range that will tackle GM’s new Silverado and Sierra, as well as Toyota’s new pickup. To give its range a competitive edge, Ford will offer new powertrain options, including a diesel engine. Also on display was the Lincoln MKS sedan, refreshed Focus, a new MPV, Fusion sedan, the Five Hundred sedan and the next Mustang coupe.