Continuing on with the auto show coverage… This will be the last one.
I want to go ahead and hit myself because I will admit we missed two booths – the Ford booth and the McLaren booth. Mostly upset because I missed the Ford Focus ST and that thing looks sick. GAHHHH
anyways – continuing at Chevrolet.
The Volt. It was cool but not $45,000 cool. The interior reminded me of those old LG chocolate phones hahaha
Peep that steering wheel. Exactly the same one in the Cruze haha. Also – like I mentioned above, look at the console. LG Chocolate, amirite?!
Corvette ZR1. The teeny bopper in there was legit having an orgasm over this. Walking around frantically trying to contain himself, and when he finally got in the car all you could hear was him shifting through the gears like a mad man. I feel sorry for whoever gets this car (or any of the cars from this show for that matter) because of guys like that. He gets out and says “holy shit there’s a short throw in there”. OK – I understand the gated cars now.
Skeleton of the Volt.
The Cadillac CTS-V. I love this car. Ever since it debuted as a prototype a few years ago – not much has changed. Super comfy inside too.
Moving onto the Mercedes booth…
C63 AMG coupe.
Another (expensive) Bang Bus.
Ferrari’s blah blah blah
Now were the shop booths – this booth had an S550 Bi-turbo all blinged out with LED’s and stuff. Trunk set up…
Interior. Didn’t know the dash was all digital.
Super clean though. HRE wheels and all. Another good VIP style platform car. (I’ll admit that’s all I was looking for – cars that would be good VIP candidates lol)
Maserati blah blah blah
The Bentley Mulsanne – $440,000 of car. Like I mentioned before, I don’t care for cars that are gated up. But I’ve always loved Bentley – mainly because they’re so big and their presence is awesome. This would be the car I’d buy if I was rich.
Bentley Continental. There is almost $700,000 sitting right there.
The new Aston Martin DB9.
Fisker Karma. First time seeing the solar panel roof.
FRS done up by Matrix Motorsports. I could do without the wrap and LED around it.
Chromed out Lambo by ZR Auto. The chrome vinyl doesn’t look good at all in person.
MASSIVE hemi. For only $74,000, compared to the $440,000 Bentley a few steps away.
Honda Fit in the new teal color. I like it, and I enjoy seeing it, but I’d never drive it haha.
VIP trays again. Love it.
More Bentley goodness.
The new Honda Gear. I personally don’t like it – but it looks like a car that Hybrid lovers and tree huggers would love.
Rear shot. There was also a video playing talking about the Gear but we didn’t stick around to listen.
The VIP style Accord from Toronto. Looked good and all bases were covered. VIP Modulars, Rotora BBK, VIP’d out tray, Junction Produce neck pads. It kind of seemed confused, but it was executed well.
The tray. Would’ve been cool to see something in it though.
You couldn’t really see it unless you bent down to look, but the rear exhaust openings were interesting. It flowed well though.
Shot of the inside from the sunroof. The seats were all redone and the diamond stitching was a nice touch.
The Lincoln MKZ. Kinda crazy that they created a whole separate booth and section for one car. Seating all around the car and everything.
All the stuff Diana got at the end of it all… lol
As promised – dinner at BP’s for making her pay for parking hahahaha
The end! Night time shot of the Cruze inside.
All in all – probably one of the best auto shows we’ve been to. Probably because the cars are getting better every year, but I find that a lot of the companies are really starting to follow the top trends rather than going out on a whim and hoping it takes off. You see things like the LED headlights coming in, more aggressive styling even in the entry level platforms, better benchmark prices and consumers now have a reason to justify paying that price. A few years ago companies were really just laying low and doing things half assed. An example is Toyota in the previous years – they got rid of the Supra, then slowly weeded out the Celica and they were left with nothing to attract a young consumer. They focused on family cars, fuel mileage and basic design. Today, Toyota has revved up their design and technology – bringing in more potential than the years in the past. Hyundai has done a good job on the other hand with creating decently priced and good looking vehicles like the Genesis and Veloster to compete with higher priced competition. They hit every platform and are 30-50% cheaper than competition.
We’ve moved from a eco-friendly, bland design and slow-looking niche of cars to the same eco-friendly, aggressive design and upcoming technology. Exciting to see what we’ll see two, even five years from now.