Saturday

Hot & Wild Cars at the Detroit Auto Show 2007


The Chevrolet Volt, the electric car that'll go 640 miles on a battery charge, was unveiled at the auto show this year. With "wow" looks and a terrific range, this is one car that I'd love to have in my garage!

Jaguar's $82k XK convertible. The only thing that hold this car back is the electronics that are programmed to keep the max speed to 155 mph. If you want to go faster than that, you really should be sitting in an airplane anyway.

With a v-10 engine and all wheel drive, the Acura Advanced Sports Car replaces the NSX in the Acura lineup. The hoodline seems to come from Corvette, but there's no doubt about the engine and performance being all Acura, lock stock and barrel.


The Changfeng Rhombus is, to put it mildly, unusual in every way --- design, wheel placement and color too. Yes, that is orange, one wheel in front, two in the middle, and one wheel in the back. Oh yeah, and it seats 5. From China, they have big plans and certainly an unusual product too.


And then there's Ford's Airstream, proclaimed by many as the most futuristic looking vehicle in the building. The prototype is Ford's idea of what an SUV or minivan (or maybe a combination of the two?) could look like in the future. A lounge-looking interior hides the electric propulsion system, which uses a hydrogen fuel cell to recharge its batteries. That that's a wild Rv.


Another gas or ethanol one from the wild bunch, Mazda's Ryuga has a wierd name to go with its gull wing doors and "floating" roofline. I don't know whether to say "something's up" or just "zoom zoom"...

If you haven'Align Centert been there yet, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit runs from January 13 to 21, 2007. For $12 you get to see several million dollars worth of the best looking iron on the planet. It's a great deal. After all, where else can you see georgous cars and trucks from the best car brains around.

Let's just hope what they build out of this show, energizes the Detroit economy, the auto industry, and the quality that goes in avoids the Lemon Law coming out.