Detroit Auto Show - Great Pics of new cars for car lovers!

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    Jan 10, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    http://www.motortrend.com/auto_shows/coverage/100/detroit/2012/

    Great gallery of photos of upcoming cars/concepts. My favorite is the ACURA NSX. Looks absolutely phenomenal.

    The other two Acuras, the ILX and RDX, look very Lexus-like, so it'll be interesting what the public response will be.

    Anyway, enjoy.

    I love cars!!!
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    Jan 10, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    Ahhh Yes, I will be going this weekend..... Always cool rides. Esp the small independent manufacturers like Tesla etc.
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    Jan 10, 2012 3:06 PM GMT
    My engines are revving *swoon*
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    Jan 10, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    Did I read 3 years before the NSX appears in showrooms? By then I'll have to install a wheelchair lift on the back bumper. icon_sad.gif

    I do like it, though. But wonder what else will be competing with it in 2015? The original NSX was a phenomenal car in its day (I knew a fellow Army Officer who owned one, not surprisingly he was also a pilot, and drove his NSX like it was a helicopter gunship). I would like to have owned a super sports car just once in my life, I suppose a new NSX could still be it, wheelchair notwithstanding.
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    Jan 10, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    thanks for posting. My partner and I will be doing our 9th annual trip down to the Philly Auto Show in a few weeks. My favorite is always the concept cars
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    Jan 10, 2012 3:19 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidDid I read 3 years before the NSX appears in showrooms? By then I'll have to install a wheelchair lift on the back bumper. icon_sad.gif

    I do like it, though. But wonder what else will be competing with it in 2015? The original NSX was a phenomenal car in its day (I knew a fellow Army Officer who owned one, not surprisingly he was also a pilot, and drove his NSX like it was a helicopter gunship). I would like to have owned a super sports car just once in my life, I suppose a new NSX could still be it, wheelchair notwithstanding.


    Infiniti has a plug in sports car concept slated for the next couple years and in an effort to beat fuel economy and emissions standards I'd expect most exotic automakers to build at least one hybrid or plug in sports car in the near future.

    I think Honda is trying to predict where the game will and offer another show off to the world type of car. The original NSX was just that - a car to show off that an appliance car maker like Honda could build a Ferrari if desired.

    On another front the Dodge Dart is very promising. Even more so if rumors of a future 9-speed transmission become a reality. Yes nine cogs... more than a BMW and in a Dodge economy car.

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    Jan 10, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    I see that the Dodge Dart design was inspired by the Mitsubishi Evo X. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 10, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    I'm not convinced the new Dart has earned the name. We'll see.

    I did, however, fall to my knees upon seeing that Bentley.
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    Jan 10, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    im a total car nut....BTW, the Dart is based on the Alfa Romeo... which is also owned by Fiat in Europe... hense the cross over... Not sure how it will mechanically hold up... as i doubt alot of dealer mechanics aren't trained in the 'quirks' of Italian cars... just MO.. wish i could go to the show in Detroit... icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 10, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    jerseywoof saidthanks for posting. My partner and I will be doing our 9th annual trip down to the Philly Auto Show in a few weeks. My favorite is always the concept cars


    I love the auto shows. Went to the Philly one once when I lived back east and also to the Baltimore one twice. Went to the LA Auto show two years ago and that was great.

    I'm actually excited to see the offerings from Honda/Acura this year. I've been a huge fan of them since I was 18 and they've lost their way a bit the past 4-5 years. The new NSX is absolutely phenomenal. We'll first see it in the Avengers movie this year. The new ILX is nice and the new RDX is much better than the current. The Honda Accord Coupe concept is a bit disappointing since it's just a refresh of the current coupe outside, though the improvements will be in the engines, suspension, and interior. I'm looking forward to the NY Auto Show when Acura will intro its new RL, sometime in April.


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    Jan 10, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidDid I read 3 years before the NSX appears in showrooms? By then I'll have to install a wheelchair lift on the back bumper. icon_sad.gif

    I do like it, though. But wonder what else will be competing with it in 2015? The original NSX was a phenomenal car in its day (I knew a fellow Army Officer who owned one, not surprisingly he was also a pilot, and drove his NSX like it was a helicopter gunship). I would like to have owned a super sports car just once in my life, I suppose a new NSX could still be it, wheelchair notwithstanding.


    Infiniti has a plug in sports car concept slated for the next couple years and in an effort to beat fuel economy and emissions standards I'd expect most exotic automakers to build at least one hybrid or plug in sports car in the near future.

    I think Honda is trying to predict where the game will and offer another show off to the world type of car. The original NSX was just that - a car to show off that an appliance car maker like Honda could build a Ferrari if desired.

    On another front the Dodge Dart is very promising. Even more so if rumors of a future 9-speed transmission become a reality. Yes nine cogs... more than a BMW and in a Dodge economy car.



    The original NSX was amazing in its execution and what it stood for. It told the world that an exotic, high-performance car could be easy to live with day to day and be impeccably reliable also. Its styling, though reminiscent of Ferraris at the time, stood out in its price class. Even today, I see several of them around town and they still stand out and people still gawk. Basically, the Audi took the baton from Acura when it created the R8, creating a supercar of the same ilk. Now, Acura is looking to take that baton back and I cannot wait to see the end result.
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    Jan 10, 2012 10:28 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ said Its styling, though reminiscent of Ferraris at the time, stood out in its price class.


    It's a little more than just reminiscent. Kind of reminds me of when I took notice of the Passat last year and I was like "wow why does it look so good now? Oh they copied a Mercedes in the body shape".
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    Jan 10, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
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    jerseywoof saidthanks for posting. My partner and I will be doing our 9th annual trip down to the Philly Auto Show in a few weeks. My favorite is always the concept cars


    I love the auto shows. Went to the Philly one once when I lived back east and also to the Baltimore one twice. Went to the LA Auto show two years ago and that was great.

    I'm actually excited to see the offerings from Honda/Acura this year. I've been a huge fan of them since I was 18 and they've lost their way a bit the past 4-5 years. The new NSX is absolutely phenomenal. We'll first see it in the Avengers movie this year. The new ILX is nice and the new RDX is much better than the current. The Honda Accord Coupe concept is a bit disappointing since it's just a refresh of the current coupe outside, though the improvements will be in the engines, suspension, and interior. I'm looking forward to the NY Auto Show when Acura will intro its new RL, sometime in April.




    I'm really hoping that Acura finds its groove again in the styling department. I've always been a huge fan of Honda/Acura, but the design language over the last 5+ years has just been...meh. I think of it as the "Bucktooth Beaver" look.
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    Jan 10, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    The Toyota FR-S is exciting for a budget minded car.
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    Jan 10, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
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    EastCoastNAZ said Its styling, though reminiscent of Ferraris at the time, stood out in its price class.


    It's a little more than just reminiscent. Kind of reminds me of when I took notice of the Passat last year and I was like "wow why does it look so good now? Oh they copied a Mercedes in the body shape".


    Yes, it happens all the time. It's so hard for car companies to be able to come up with truly unique and original styling.
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    Jan 10, 2012 10:59 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI see that the Dodge Dart design was inspired by the Mitsubishi Evo X. icon_lol.gif


    I'm disappointed in the outer design. I was hoping it would have more of the Giuletta flavor.
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    Jan 10, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
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    I'm really hoping that Acura finds its groove again in the styling department. I've always been a huge fan of Honda/Acura, but the design language over the last 5+ years has just been...meh. I think of it as the "Bucktooth Beaver" look.


    It's a BEAK!!! LOL. I don't think it looks that bad personally, but I can see why others don't. I think Acura was trying to break out of its conservative mold and went too far and/or just did it wrong. I actually liked the first beak on the TL as it was so audacious, but Acura toned it down a bit and it looks too subdued.

    I really hope that Honda re-thinks on the S2000 and creates a successor either for Honda dealers or for Acura dealers. Though not a volume seller, Honda needed that car to prove it could build great, capable sports cars for the masses.
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    Jan 10, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
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    xrichx saidI see that the Dodge Dart design was inspired by the Mitsubishi Evo X. icon_lol.gif


    I'm disappointed in the outer design. I was hoping it would have more of the Giuletta flavor.


    It looks much like the Elantra and Focus. You almost don't see any Giuletta in the styling, which isn't a bad thing as Alfa's front-end styling would never survive here in the US. the exterior of the Dart is handsome, but that interior is bland as heck.
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    Jan 10, 2012 11:08 PM GMT
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    Timbales said
    xrichx saidI see that the Dodge Dart design was inspired by the Mitsubishi Evo X. icon_lol.gif


    I'm disappointed in the outer design. I was hoping it would have more of the Giuletta flavor.


    It looks much like the Elantra and Focus. You almost don't see any Giuletta in the styling, which isn't a bad thing as Alfa's front-end styling would never survive here in the US. the exterior of the Dart is handsome, but that interior is bland as heck.


    I think the interior of the Dart is the only thing interesting about it..

    If they make a 5 door like the Giuletta, I take it for a test drive.



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    Jan 10, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    Can't wait to go!
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    Jan 11, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ said

    The original NSX was amazing in its execution and what it stood for. It told the world that an exotic, high-performance car could be easy to live with day to day and be impeccably reliable also. Its styling, though reminiscent of Ferraris at the time, stood out in its price class. Even today, I see several of them around town and they still stand out and people still gawk. Basically, the Audi took the baton from Acura when it created the R8, creating a supercar of the same ilk. Now, Acura is looking to take that baton back and I cannot wait to see the end result.


    The original NSX gave the world pause. The R8 doesn't do that. The new NSX may not even achieve the same recognition the former car did from other automakers.


    As for the Dodge Dart the former Dart was an economy car to begin with, the fun factor engines didn't come right at the start anyways. An SRT version of the Dart is possible.
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    Jan 11, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
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    The original NSX gave the world pause. The R8 doesn't do that. The new NSX may not even achieve the same recognition the former car did from other automakers.




    I tend to agree. Though the R8 has been given numerous automotive awards for performance and design, it didn't set the benchmark the way the NSX did in 1990. The NSX proved that a supercar could be a daily driver as well. Many car companies followed that formula over the past 20 years, so the automotive world caught up to it. That's kind of the disappointing part here is that Acura, instead of keeping one step ahead, didn't invest in keeping the NSX one step ahead.
    Also, the NSX was, in effect, the first for a Japanese make: a true exotic sports car, marketed to the world, specifically, the US. There have been others prior such as the ZX, RX7, and Supra, but none at the level of the NSX and it took the world by surprise.
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    Jan 11, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    I'm not too sure about the styling of the new F30. Maybe my perception will change once I saw one in person. I hope that this new generation of 3-Series still have the Ultimate Driving Machine feeling that BMW is well-know for.
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    Jan 11, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    That NSX is pure sexiness.
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    Jan 11, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    Overall, I'm liking this year's crop.

    The NSX looks quite good, but I wasn't blown away nor did I jizz in my pants or anything...
    The Lexus LF-LC Concept caught me though. HOLY GRILLE. Super aggressive in the front and in the back, but still within a tasteful range. The interior is CLASS. Very (dancing around the word "asian") feel to the design but absolutely beautiful in the detail, concept, and materials.

    The Dart looks promising. Solid design and its looks to be a peppy little bitch. The turbo SRT4 Dart should fun. I personally really like the Chevy Code and Tru Concepts. The new hot, affordable, sporty coupe filling that newly missing slot in the Chevy lineup. The Code looks like a BMW 1-series and the Tru looks like an Eclipse less the performance, which is kind of disappointing / weaksauce. I still like em though.

    In response to another thread, I'm a bad gay because I swoon over cars.

    Going next week, it's gonna be fun. icon_smile.gif

    Also, I may cargasm again when get to the Roush set-up like I did last year. woof.