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Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Issue Ten
January 5, 2004
Los Angeles Auto Show 2004
Los Angeles Auto Show Photo Gallery
SEMA 2003
Toyota Tundra Double Cab Review
Infiniti QX56 Preview
Review PowerBook G4 17 inch
Coming Next Issue
Detroit Auto Show 2004
Jaguar S-Type Review

2004 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, continued.
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Lotus Elise

New 2004 BMW 6 Series

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2004 Los Angeles Auto Show in the Photo Gallery.

The Toyota Corolla may be one of the most popular cars in the world, but Toyota would like to see that affinity passed from the baby boomers to the twenty-something generation. Sporting more aggressive styling and a more powerful engine, Toyota is launching the XRS to compete with the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Honda Accord.

And last but not least (we’ve saved the best for last): Aston Martin has updated its DB7 and dubbed it the DB9. It will boast an aluminum-bonded frame, a 450-hp. 6.0 liter V-12 engine, and will be priced at $150,000.

While the Los Angeles Auto Show isn't known for its concept vehicle launches, there are some significant concept cars being introduced at the 2004 Auto Show.

For example, there's the car with a six-cylinder diesel engine that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in less than seven seconds while moving passengers 31miles on a single gallon of fuel. Couple those facts with the fact that this car is from one of the world’s premier luxury automakers, Mercedes-Benz. Also introduced by Mercedes-Benz will be the Vision CLS (Roadfly's top brass refer to it as "The Mini Maybach"), but it's not a true concept vehicle - Mercedes promises it will be built and made available as early as 2005. Our editors liked the Vision CLS so much, they honored it with their Best of Show award. Good lucks, great performance and classic Mercedes quality make it an absolute "must have" for any car enthusiast.

Another impressive offering in the luxury line of vehicles is from the world’s largest automaker, GM’s Cadillac Sixteen. Yes, and the “Sixteen” refers to what’s under its dual paneled-hinged hood. The 13.6-liter, 32-valve V-16 engine is capable of producing no less than 1,000 horsepower and delivers 1,000 lbs.-ft of torque. The four-door sedan has dramatically long lines and luxury styling, rests on 24-inch aluminum wheels and features an all-glass roof. But alas, it was introduced at Detroit last year, so it's merely making an appearance in Los Angeles.

I can remember when I was a kid seeing a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger next to his custom Hummvee, wondering how he got one of those neat looking army vehicles. These days, everybody knows somebody who owns a Hummer, in some form or variation. Those who prefer the bed that goes along with a truck instead of the might and muscle of a Hummer might be able to have their cake and be able to eat it in the very near future. The H3T features a 350-horsepower, turbocharged Vortec engine complete with a camera mounted on the hood capable of recording in DVD format, just in case you want to record where you’re going. Another oddity, which demonstrates just how far GM is willing to go to create a vehicle worthy of the “Hummer” moniker, is the influence Nike had on the H3T’s interior design and off-road performance tires. Yes, that’s right. The same people who made Michael Jordan’s and Magic Johnson’s shoes also had a hand in designing the H3T. Should the H3T make it to production, it will certainly be a unique offering among hummers, not mention to mention other trucks.

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