Friday, March 04, 2011

2011 Kansas City Auto Show

2011 Greater Kansas City Auto Show. Click on the pics for full size.

We went early PM so the crowds were thin:

From Drop Box
Greg was checking out the latest in pickup trucks. He remembers farm trucks when the front bumpers were optional. I didn't capture his expression from the sticker shock.

2011 Lincoln MKS. I hate the grille, I would replace it with one from an 80's Lincoln. Back then their classic style grille exuded timelessness and elegance. This damn thing snarls.

When Lincolns were boats: 1948 Continental

My God! King Ranch Power Stroke Turbo Diesel. Too macho for me.

Remember when Hyundai cars were cheap econoboxes? 2011 Equus, $60K Plus.

The New MB Gullwing SLS AMG $224K

I think the original looks best. MB 300SL Gullwing from 1955. Worth more than the new one.

I let them display my new Jaguar XJ.

I had to ask.. does one need to insert a coin in the slot and then push the button to get the car to start? 2011 Mini Cooper.

The Pinninfarina name still evokes magic images of sleek, Italian style. Maserati GranTurismo.

From Drop Box
More practical (and about $100,000 cheaper) Italian style, the 2011 Fiat 500 to be sold by Chrysler this summer. Can this little machine resurrect a name that means "trash" to many? Looks fun and well put together, a smaller Mini and cheaper too. But so many love Scion; I find them kind of throwaway cars myself. I'd buy one of these.

On the Chrysler side, consensus seems to be that the new Chrysler 200 is nice but dull. The front of the Dodge Charger is far from that. Car has tremendous presence.

Used to be if you wanted a Cadillac Station Wagon you had to own a funeral home or have one built for you. The New CTS Sport Wagon is classy and full of gadgets. You press a button on the door and it pops open....slick. Not a fin or the name DeVille in sight either.

Dunbar's young cousin, 2011 Buick Regal. I'd buy one. The new smaller Verano is nice too. Great recreation of the iconic 1950's tooth grille.

New electric Chevrolet Volt. The demonstrator fellow had driven one and said he loved it. Quiet, powerful and practical. Still hard to get, expensive and the Republicans hate it so the future is questionable in dumb ass America.

The only thing wrong with a Kia Forte Koup is the silly name. A slick, well equipped little 2 dr for less than $23 K with all options.

We were about done and turning around to head out for a Mexican dinner for Greg's b-day. We passed the Subaru display and not a lesbian in sight.... sorry.. couldn't resist.

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