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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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Lexus IS300 V8 Concept

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Ford GT

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Bigger may not always be better, but it does seem to be the trend with concept cars. The Chevrolet SS, although billed as a “family car,” is anything but what you’d expect to see June and Ward Cleaver backing out of the driveway for a Sunday drive. Featuring 21-inch wheels in the front and 22-inch wheels in the rear, a six-liter, V-8 engine that generates 430 horsepower and 430 lbs.-ft torque, and a chassis that is constructed of lightweight aluminum, this four-door “family car” admirably carries on Chevy’s Super Sport heritage.

The Chrysler Airflite is a five-door, (lest we slip up and say hatchback) four-passenger, luxury sedan with lots of glass, (which also appears to be big with concept cars this year), leather seats and wood flooring. With sleek styling and dramatic lines, this sedan, like so many others is aimed at that segment of the population that wants a sporty, luxury vehicle whose moves are every bit as good as its looks.

The Lincoln Navicross is exactly that: a cross between two somethings that you just can’t quite put your finger on. It could be the descendent of one of those four-wheel drive hatchbacks from the early 1980s, but without the hatch. But its body style is much more aggressive than that. It’s almost as if the hatchback and a luxury SUV got together and this was the result. But oh what a lovechild! With all of the amenities one might expect from a car with the Lincoln name, 20-inch all-terrain tires and full-time all-wheel drive, this car displays a chutzpah that is rather uncommon, even from a luxury car.

The Los Angeles Auto Show may not be as big or as historic as the Detroit Auto Show, but it's certainly no slouch. The California auto scene represents the biggest single marketplace for the world's automotive manufacturers - BMW North America indicates that if California were its own country, it would be the 4th largest marketplace in the world. That's impressive and it underscores why the LA Auto Show is so important to enthusiasts and industry insiders alike. Be sure to visit our photo gallery for exclusive photos and information from the 2004 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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