With huge incentives catching up on some automakers—most notably the domestic brands—and sales figures heading into a slump in 2005, why did the show of all shows feel so optimistic? Well, automakers are banking that they can attract more buyers by making cars that people really want, rather than those that they just need.
Over and over again in speeches at the press previews we heard variants of the phrase, “it’s all about product.” That’s true; there’s a continued fragmentation Read More
‘Car-sitters’ protest Ford’s confiscation and destruction of zero-emission, zero-oil Ranger EV trucks.
EV drivers buckle-in to hold Ford to its promise to sell Ranger EVs to loyal lessees.
Supporters call on Ford to revive its EV program.
Sacramento – Today in Sacramento, Ford electric vehicle (EV) drivers, climate protection advocates, healthcare professionals, solar energy experts and human rights and peace activists will begin an ‘EV vigil’ to protest Ford Motor Company’s confiscation and destruction of its all-electric, Read More
ATLANTA, GA, January 13, 2004 – All 204 U.S. and Canadian Porsche dealers are poised to welcome the arrival of the all-new 2005 Porsche Boxster and Boxster S to their showrooms this Saturday, January 15. In anticipation of the introduction of the first new Boxster in eight years, these dealers have planned a wide variety of celebrations to unveil the new models to their many customers.
“With the launch of the new 2005 Porsche Boxster and Boxster S, our Read More
Rolls-Royce motor cars brought its new 100EX Drophead Coupe to the Detroit show for a special preview to the press; but the car won’t be out on display for the public. Powered by a 6.75-liter V12, with unusual doors hinged at the rear, the coupe may help find buyers that R-R hasn’t otherwise appealed to. The 100EX will be assembled along with the Phaeton at Goodwood, England.
A classic in the making? DaimlerChrysler showed its new Firepower concept, a ballsy Hemi powered sports car that may work out to be the brand’s first straight-on competitor to the Corvette. Built on the Dodge Viper’s chassis, the Firepower weighs less than 3,400 pounds, so the huge 6.1-liter, 425-hp version of the V8 should give plenty of gusto.
Chrysler claims a top speed of 175 mph and 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. Since it shares components with the Viper and could Read More
A fashionable luxury coupe with full-on supercar performance, the LF-A was said to lead a new design direction for Lexus. If produced, the project would “run a parallel course to our company’s efforts in Formula One racing,” according to Jim Press, Toyota’s chief in North America. It’s not entirely clear what type of powertrain such a production model would have, but 500 hp could be expected from an engine of less than 5.0 liters, which could yield performance on par Read More
Although Ford’s GT supercar is just out, the automaker hasn’t wasted any time in thinking, What next? The answer might be this Shelby GR-1 concept. Using a modified Ford GT chassis but with an entirely different front-engine setup, the GR-1 has a 6.4-liter, 605-hp V10 underhood with the GT’s rear-mounted 6-speed manual transmission. Ford says top speed is electronically limited to 200 mph, with 0-60 in less than 4 seconds, and the weight distribution is improved over the GT. Out Read More
At the Ferrari stand, the Italian automaker showed its new Superamerica, a V12 berlinetta version of the 575M Maranello. The special Revocromico top will flip back on top of the trunk lid to the open position or vice versa in less than 10 seconds, and electrochromic glass allows the driver to vary the tint as desired. The V12 makes 540 hp and can propel the Superamerica to 62 in 4.2 seconds with the available F1 gearbox, and to a top Read More
Under the Detroit show lights, Porsche officially took the wraps off its new 911 Cabriolet and Carrera S Cabriolet models. Cabriolets include extras like six onboard airbags and an automatic-deployment rollbar system, plus an upgraded sound system and the company’s Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system, while the Carrera S Cabrio adds the even more sophisticated Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system. In Carrera S form, the Cabrio can get to 60 mph in well under five seconds. The new Cabriolet’s Read More
GM president Bob Lutz introduced the next great version of the Corvette—the new Z06—and it’s likely to become one of the most desired OEM Corvettes in years. Compared to the last-generation (C5) ’Vette, there’s much more of a difference between the standard Corvette and the Z06. The new Z06 gets an entirely different powertrain, body structure, and chassis, and has many of its components borrowed from racing. A 7.0-liter (427-ci) LS-7 small-block V8 is installed underhood and includes serious mechanical Read More