Detroit 2010 NAIAS: Observations, Part Two
By J. Smith
The 5.0 is back.
Fiat 500 twins. Guess which one is electric.
Yesterday, I remarked on how the Chrysler display distracted from its lack of new product by featuring beautiful, scantily clad young women. But Chrysler was far from the worst offender. Perhaps the most shameless display at the NAIAS—even more so than Chrysler—was that of CT&T, a Korean EV manufacturer. Typically, the spokesmodels (is that a word? I guess it is now) are quite knowledgeable about the product. But the EV display put the emphasis on the eye candy rather than the product.
But, still, they delivered the goods.*
The “school girl” seemed to be aware that the car was electric—at least after I mentioned it to her.
But the tall, vinyl-clad Emma Peal-wannabe informed me that she knew more about the “other” car she stood in front of earlier.
All in all, an arresting way to get attention.**
The new CTS coupe was quite tasty. If only I had the money to go to that restaurant.
Why GM chose to bring the antediluvian Impala I will never know. Needless to say, I was focusing on the attractive young lady to the right.
The Cruze is certainly a handsome vehicle, but it will have considerable difficulty competing against the gorgeous new Focus, at least based on looks and features.
You have no idea how hard it was to get that shot.
No glamour for those who toil at the keyboard. Think about this before you decide you want to write for a living. And, no open bar in sight, either.
Acura grille: just as ugly in person. But, hey, at least it’s expensive.
Crosstour: Also punishing to behold. I predict it will sell well. I hope I am wrong.
Its rear-side shows off the automotive equivalent of mom pants.
More of the comedic stylings of the Acura design team.
*I offer my personal apologies for this pun.
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