Re: Detroit show 2012

January 10th, 2012, 10:00 am

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I think the new Mondeo/Fusion is very attractive - though a bit disappointed in the horsepower. Hope they come out with an SVT version with some more aggressive trim and a V6 - it's disappointing with all the "Ecoboost" hype their 2.0T is only cranking 230hp when the Hyundai guys are now pushing out 275+ with the same size power plant.

I love the Chevy concept but I fear that by the time the white one makes it into production it'll go from looking like an Audi R8 killer to a 1990's Chevy Cavalier.

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January 10th, 2012, 10:38 am

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January 10th, 2012, 10:46 am

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I think you can always point to an earlier design that has influence over something new.

Some other concepts:

Toyota NS4
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Pleasantly surprised on this one.

Chrysler 700c:
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I don't love the design, but I do love that they are pushing the minivan! Encouraging.

Acura NSX:
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I'm kind of bummed out. The original was so clean, and still looks good with the right wheels. This one just feels like it has been hit with an overload of decorating cues.
Same with these Acuras. That old TL from the early 2000's still feels more right than these.
http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/09/2013 ... roit-2012/
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Smart 4us
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I'm sure no production plans, but fun concept. Very producty.

VW E-Bug
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http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/09/volk ... show-2012/
really?

Somebody stop Lexus with the front end! It makes the most sense on the LF, but still....
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Not so much on the others:
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Dodge Dart:
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Nice successor to the Neon!

Re: Detroit show 2012

January 10th, 2012, 12:01 pm

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I hadn't seen that Toyota yet. pretty interesting. The parrot beak nose and lighting bolt at the bottom of the C pillar may be a little much, but the stance and roofline are pretty nice. I like this view a lot.

The Lexus Lf-LC is a mess.

I think the NSX is pretty nice. It doesn't have that long, clean elegance of the original, but for an Acura styled R8, Gallardo clone, it's decent. I'd stop and check it out on the street.
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January 10th, 2012, 12:45 pm

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Lancias are being sold in GB as Chryslers now. I think that Fiat's long term plan is to merge Chrysler's and Lancia's portfolios. Look at the current Lancia Delta, I think it shares some DNA with the Chrysler 700 concept:

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Yo!: I feel the same way about the TL. Every so often I see one of the older ones and it just looks so much nicer. I do like the hood on the newest one though.

The NSX depends on the engineering. The original was a shot out of the blue. V6 powered supercar? What? If Honda just builds something fast, it will be forgotten in a year: ie Lexus LFA.

Dodge Dart is disappointing. It's like a bad Fiat with an average Dodge body. I was hoping for a sporty Alfa Romeo with just a hint of Dodge. Maybe next time...
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January 10th, 2012, 3:01 pm

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I am definitely biased, but I'm going to say that if this were a contest, Toyota wins. :lol:

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January 10th, 2012, 4:28 pm

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Interesting to see that the Italians decided to use a "Viper face"
for a compact sedan. I really dig the flow of the surfaces at the
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But what is up with the side view of the Dart? This is lame.

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January 11th, 2012, 4:18 am

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Craziest thing on the fair this year?:

Falcon "supercar"

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January 17th, 2012, 2:04 pm

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ooooooooo..... check it out, the 700C. what were they thinking? This is just painful
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January 17th, 2012, 2:08 pm

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Just found this review:

The concept is clearly a mix of themes from Chrysler's current lineup, as well as some ideas of where its vehicles could go in the future.

its a very kind way of saying its a schizophrenic abomination with no indication of any coherent thought.
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January 17th, 2012, 4:02 pm

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I like it as a concept.
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January 17th, 2012, 8:05 pm

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beanworks wrote:ooooooooo..... check it out, the 700C. what were they thinking? This is just painful
I "LOVE" the huge 20" low profile wheel tire combo, with the itsy bitsy little brake rotors peaking out. In one picture it makes a perfect statement about USA auto buyers...gimme de bling, who cares about performance.

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January 18th, 2012, 2:29 am

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Ugh... vans in general...
Scary to think they let the design get that far...
@beanworks, love your dissection of the review :D

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January 18th, 2012, 1:42 pm

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I suppose if you can't afford the real thing, you can at least emulate it ... I suppose.

In the context of the environment in which it operates, at least some sense can be made out of the Benetti.

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Re: Detroit show 2012

January 19th, 2012, 8:29 pm

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Better than your average van in my opinion.
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