What an interesting week we had. First, the alternative-fueled auto industry had the Fisker Karma and Tesla Model X to discuss. Second, this past weekend was Autorama (see our report this coming Wednesday). Third, there was all the news in advance of the Geneva Show – no fewer than 11 vehicles. And finally, we made our first visit to the Cleveland Auto Show (more about that next week). So let’s get right to the “news”.
There were probably 20 articles this past week on driving the new Fisker Karma. I don’t know if this was pre-planned or an immediate public relations response to Fisker’s money woes which stem from issues with their government loan. Check out the drive reports from the NY Times, Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile magazine, Left Lanes News, Auto Blog, Inside Line, The Detroit Bureau, or the videos from Fox News and Motor Trend. Talk about a media onslaught.
The Silicon Valley is all abuzz with news of the next model in Tesla’s lineup, the Model X. (although if they are really targeting women with the Model X, I think a name change is in order). The ingenious part of Tesla’s plan is that underneath the skin the new models share the mechanicals of the Model S – much like the GM Hy-wire concept from earlier in the decade. Here is a great video of the concept. Why did it take a non-traditional manufacturer to finally put this concept into production?
Another claimed “leaked” set of photos this past week are of the Emerge-E Concept from Infiniti. At least, as much as you can call official photos “leaked”. There is no question it is one of the more attractive electric concepts – but as with many concepts there is no indication of production viability. Guess we will have to wait for Geneva to find out.
Mercedes shows new A-Class interior and other leaked shots
In truth the photos don’t show much but in the world of auto industry spies, their website at least also has leaked photos of the Audi A3, Lexus ES and Range Rover’s new flagship.
Other Geneva Teasers:
- Toyota FT-Bh from Earthtechling
- Ferrari 620GT from Edmunds
- 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander from Auto and Tech news
- Land Rover Evoque Convertible from Car and Driver
- Citroan DS4 racing from egmCarTech
- Fiat 500L (from Serbia) from The Car Connection
- Ford Tourneo Concept from The Washington Post
I love articles on people, their passion and one-off automobiles. This week we bring you the Gatto – a five year project that’s total cost is approaching $1 million. The 73-year old owner, Bill Grimsley conceived of the project because he found that the classic cars he loved had “feet of clay” and the ” fantasy was better than the reality”.
A quick article about the Malaysian competition that results in three winners getting a trip to Paris.
Since our there here is Auto Design and Auto Marketers are our third largest group of readers, I thought this article might be be beneficial.