It has been about thirty years since I have been to any auto show. Why now? My good friend, Mike goes every year, and since I now have Brutus in the garage, I thought it would be a great time to see what is going on in the automotive world. This is the 53rd annual show, sponsored by autotrader.com. Ostensibly, we are here to see the 2011 models of autos and trucks in the international auto community.
What I saw:
The 2011 Model cars, SUV’s, trucks and vans. Among the manufacturers displaying vehicles are: Acura; Aston Martin; Audi; Bentley; BMW; Buick; Cadillac; Chevrolet; Chrysler; Dodge; Ford; Fiat; GMC; Honda; Hyundai; Infiniti; Jaguar; Jeep; Kia; Lamborghini; Land Rover; Lexus; Lincoln; Lotus; Mazda; Mini; Nissan, Saab; Scion; Subaru; Porsche; Ram; Rolls Royce; Toyota; Volkswagen; Volvo. (Over 600 vehicles)
North American Car and Truck of the Year nominees: Car of the year nominees expected are: Audi A8, Buick Regal, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata 2.0T/Hybrid, Infiniti M37/56, Jaguar XJ, Kia Optima, Mazda Mazda2, Nissan Juke, Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen Jetta and the Volvo S60.
Truck of the year nominees expected are: Dodge Durango, Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Tucson, Infiniti QX56, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Kia Sportage, Lincoln MKX, Porsche Cayenne, Toyota Sienna and the Volkswagen Touareg.
Alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles: Among the vehicles expected are: Cadillac Escalade Hybrid; Chevrolet Volt; Ford Escape Hybrid 4X4 and Fusion Hybrid; GMC Yukon Denaili Hybrid; Honda Civic Hybrid, CR-Z Hybrid and Insight; Hyundai Sonata Hybrid; Lexus GS 450h, HS 250h, LS 600h and RX 450h; Lincoln MKZ Hybrid; Nissan LEAF and a Cut-in-half demonstration model of the Nissan XTrail FCV (fuel cell vehicle), Toyota Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, Highlander Fuel Cell Hybrid, Prius and Plug-In- Prius and; Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid. Where is my Tesla Roadster?
Exotic Sports Cars. Among the cars expected are: Aston Martin DBS, DB9, Rapide and Vantage Convertible; Audi R8; Bentley Continental 80-11 and Supersports; BMW; Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette Grand Sport, Stingray and ZR1; Dodge Challenger and Charger; Ford Mustang GT Coupe and V6 Convertible; Jaguar XF and XJ; Lamborghini Murcielago Superleggera and Gallardo Spyder; Lotus Evora, Elise and Exige and Porsche.
The “drive electric tour sponsored by the 100% electric Nissan LEAF™”
I can’t wait to see and hear one of the hired models, describing a car in a breathy voice, ala’ Elaine on Seinfeld. That had to be one of the funniest scenes ever on that show. It is sometimes difficult to ascertain whether they are part of the auto show or Frederick’s of Hollywood models. I wonder how many people actually buy a car based on what they see here at the show. Cars have come a long way since my last show. Along with superior design and features, the safety factor has increased ten fold.
So, Mike is looking at the new Aston Martin, and I am looking at the Lamborghinis and McLaren
s. Both of us will get shot and crucified if we come home with anything, even a broken down old Chevy or Ford. Maybe a T shirt or a model car? Actually, Benz was conspicuously absent from this year’s show. The show stealer was the Corvette Stingray concept car. It is sure to be in production soon, and will be a BIG hit!