Tag - 2012 NAIAS Coverage
The 2012 North American International Auto Show media days are a wrap and we’ve got our complete photo gallery from the...Read More
The Chrysler 700C made its way to the NAIAS show floor with no fanfare at all. We don’t know anything about this concept other than it shows that Chrysler is testing the design waters for the future of the Caravan and Town and Country. There are no radiator vents in the front which indicates that the 700C was designed to be an electrified vehicle. Other than that, there wasn’t much information available. It is a pretty radical styling departure from the current lineup of minivans but we’re not sure yet if that’s a good thing.
Audi showed off their latest iteration of the Q3 compact SUV with the Vail Concept. The Vail Concept hints at what the Q3 could be for the North American market. While they didn’t come out and say that the Q3 will be sold in North America, this is proof that they are strongly considering the idea.
This is the new Acura NSX Concept which was just unveiled here at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. While this concept is still a couple of years away from becoming a realistic production car, Acura did make note that it will take advantage of the Acura SH AWD system and will utilize hybrid technology in the powertrain department. The biggest announcement was that the new Acura NSX will eventually built at Honda’s Ohio plant. We’re excited to see this car progress and hopefully will see a production announcement sooner than later.
Ford took their sweet time introducing us to the new Fusion this morning but, boy, was it worth it. What you see above is easily the best-looking midsize sedan since the first-generation Mazda6. You’re free to disagree of course. That’s the beauty of America, after all. Being wrong is well within your rights. If you’re reading this from beyond our borders, then you may or may not be at liberty to contest our assertion. That being the case, you’re looking at the new Mondeo, and the rest still applies.
Ford spent a solid fifteen minutes regurgitating the salient details of my commentary from last March (next time, just link to us in the press kit, guys), then stepped aside to let this beauty out into the spotlight. Positive reaction was universal. And if you ask us, this Fusion is also a bit of a middle finger to Ford’s former “prestige” lineups, taking obvious cues from recent Aston Martins and Jaguars (especially in the grille and d-pillar). And it works. There hasn’t been a more attractive volume midsize design since Volkswagen gave us the B5 Passat.