Notes from the 2009 Cleveland Auto Show
Here's a few random comments and photos from my visit to the Cleveland Auto Show on Feb. 28.
I'll start with "Things My Wife Wouldn't Let Me Have Even If We Could Afford Them":
The manufacturers were falling all over themselves to talk about how "green" their cars are.
There were also a lot of small cars with a surprising amount of interior space. The Cube's back seat is humongous. I wish I could show you, but I couldn't get a good picture through the tinted glass.
The Kia Soul is another miracle of space efficiency.
I was pleasantly surprised by how well my rather large self fit in a Smart Fourtwo.
Suicide doors must be the next big thing in styling. Besides the Lincoln C, there was this Saturn electric car prototype.
It's said to have a range of 34 miles and a recharge time of three hours.
In the meantime, Scion was making a play for the tuner-car set:
The current state of the domestic auto industry, summarized:
The new Camaros, on the other hand, were attracting attention. They were constantly surrounded by people poking, pointing, and waiting their turn to just sit in them. You can't tell anything about the driving dynamics from a static display, but based on the crowd reaction, I'd say GM nailed it on the styling.
They had a couple more fenced off behind a rope line, which was the only way I could get a clear photo of the car.
Toyota had an outdoor "Driving Adventure" at which you could drive an FJ Cruiser or a pickup truck around a short obstacle course. I drove the Cruiser. It's nice for a big truck.
In a separate exhibition hall off to the side, they had the classic car display. The old-school stuff may not be as eco-friendly, but it's got a lot of personality.
This 1920 Mercer Raceabout was part of a display from the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.
We'll close with the winner of the Car Lust Trophy, a pristine 1980 Chevrolet Citation:
--Cookie the Dog's Owner