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9:45 AM Monday: Cutaway Explorer
There’s something slightly disturbing about this. I mean, crash test dummies are a little creepy anyhow (imagine being in a dark warehouse full of them), but a whole naked family of them, airbags deployed, weirds me out just a little more. OK, the Explorer’s safe, Ford. Quit scaring me!
8:30 AM Monday: NSX
There is a brand-new Acura NSX under this cover. Can’t show you the actual car until later this afternoon (but I’ve seen photos…it’s awesome), but first impressions, just looking at the covered vehicle above, is that it’s very, very low to the ground, and smaller than I thought it’d be.
8:15 AM Monday: First Honda Accord Built in the U.S.
I don’t know what it says about us as a group, but during our quick walk around the floor this morning, we spent the most time looking at this. It’s a 1982 Honda Accord sedan, just like the millions of others you’ve probably seen. But what makes it special is that it is the first Honda Accord built here in the United States. Literally…the VIN on it is 000001.
8:45 AM Monday: 2013 Dodge Dart Officially Unveiled
As seen on our Facebook page, the 2013 Dodge Dart made its official debut this morning. There were a bunch of Darts on display once the silk rag was pulled off and I caught this one “in the wild” dressed in white. Dodge was pretty gung ho about its latest compact car and with styling like that, color us impressed. The real question is, do you like it?
9:20 AM Monday: Chevrolet Tru 140S Concept
The future Chevrolet Cruze coupe? The youth crowd (40 years old and below) like coupe and coupe-like styling. Why doesn’t General Motors, just focus on more models and variations of its already youthful Chevy Cruze, Sonic, and upcoming Spark models? Come back as we interview Jim Federico, Vehicle Line Executive, small & compact cars for Chevrolet, for the startling answer.
- Joel Arellano
11:05 AM Monday: A Crowd Gathers to See Volkswagen Unveil the E-Bugster Concept and Jetta Hybrid
Volkswagen was the center of attention in the automotive world this morning as we waited to see the E-Bugster concept and Jetta hybrid in the flesh (figuratively of course). Members of the media positioned themselves where ever they could to catch a glimpse at two of Volkswagen’s most popular models in an electrified state. This picture was taken 10 minutes before the unveil presentation started and this was only about a third of the people who were standing. The other two-thirds spilled over into the surrounding auto makers displays if they weren’t one of the lucky few to land a seat.
11:40 AM Monday: BMW 3 Series Debut was a Screen
This is what happens when you don’t get to a debut forty minutes early. Overhead screen shows Olympic athletes Apolo Ohno (speedskating), Janet Evans (swimming), and Bryan Clay (decatholon) waxing eloquent about how BMW is a part of their lives.
12:06 AM Monday: Kia Soul Hampsters are in the House
Yes, we thought, at first glance, the (in)famous Kia Soul hampsters were real, too. Here are their cutouts at one of the Kia booth’s entrances. And yes, we did pause to see if they’d break pose and start dancing.
– Joel Arellano
1:50 PM Monday: Spotted!…Again. A Red Lexus LFA Makes Makes Its Presence Known.
A bright and shiny red Lexus LFA stands alone on display. I have a strong inclination this is the same one we spotted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Either way, you can never have too much LFA. Even with the unveil of the Lexus LF-LC, the LFA is the king of the Lexus hill in the court of public opinion…for the time being anyway.
4:45 PM Monday: Ice To See You
5:15 PM Monday: USB Swag Accrued Throughout the Day
It’s almost like a game auto makers play with each other. Who can come up with the coolest, most unique USB drive containing all things pictures and information. The general consensus was that the Mopar USB drive was the most unique. The Dodge Dart won the days most obvious.
8:00 AM Tuesday: Is Anyone Home?
It’s the start of Day 2 here at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and a much thinner crowd occupies the media room this morning. While the second day of the Detroit show is known to be more relaxed a few auto makers capitalize on it. Honda, Buick, and Maserati are using today as their personal spring board to launch the new Accord, Encore, and Kubang to name a few.
10:10 AM Tuesday: Sonic BOOM!
11:15 AM Tuesday: Honda Unveils its Latest Creation-”The Civiccord”.
Honda pulled the sheet off its latest Accord “concept” and was received with a “luke-warm” applause. That’s saying it nicely too. When Jason and I first saw it we thought it was odd looking. After further review we decided although it was rather bulbus, it was just the right amount of Civic and Accord merged into one vehicle. Then we remembered Honda is selling the vehicle pictured above as an Accord. Weird.
11:30 AM Tuesday: Maserati’s U.S. Operation Slowly Coming Into Focus
The Maserati Kubang bowed for the first time in North America this morning. The hopeful Porsche Cayenne fighter will be assembled in Detroit at Chrysler’s Jefferson North facility along side the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. The Kubang will also be on the receiving end of a Ferrari engine, so no worries Maserati fans. Although an offroad vehicle with a Ferrari engine would be cool, no?