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Issue Eleven
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Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Aston Martin at Detroit Auto Show
Issue Eleven
March 30, 2004
Live, From Detroit, It's the 2004 NAIAS!
Detroit Auto Show Awards
Keeping things in Balance
60 Seconds with Henrik Fisker
Windshield Dyno: The Beltronics GX2
Nissan Altima Facelift
WORK Wheels Introduction
Cadillac Merchandise
Not The Record To Be Proud Of
Open Wheel Racing in the USA: Big Changes
Bear Market in the Auto Business?
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Live, From Detroit, It's the 2004 NAIAS!
By Steve Litscher & John Henley

(Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004 1:15 PM)

Chrysler ME412 Supercar

BMW 6 Series Cabriolet

Audi A8L Long Wheel Base

Porsche Carrera GT

Hundreds of Photos in the Photo Gallery
Crowds fill the auditorium as grips, sound techs and members of the TV crews scurry about, frantically working to make sure that the show goes off without a hitch. The lights are low, progressive music thumps beneath the din of an anxious crowd. Smoke machines create a hazy atmosphere from which lasers reflect and refract. In an instant, the lights go dark, the music continues to roar loudly as from stage left a vision of the future lurches forth onto the stage. Suddenly, there is a plethora of flashes from the cameras of all those present. It's not a rock concert - it's the 2004 North American International Auto Show, and we've just witnessed the surprise introduction of Chrysler's ME 412 concept supercar.

The Ferrari Enzo is said to be the closest one can get to a street-legal Formula One car. Should the ME 412 become a production car, the car may become known as the only car capable of getting close to the Chrysler. The "12" refers to the engine, a V12 with "4" denoting the four turbochargers that feed the engine, enabling the ME 412 to reach 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds! At this point, it is merely a concept car, but one that Chrysler executives say could become a reality in the very near future. We certainly hope that holds true, as the thought of an 850-horsepower, quad-turbo V12 pushing a scant 2900-pound chassis is one that makes us weak in the knees.

The rock-star introduction has become standard fare during the Press Days presentations at the NAIAS. The show was first held in 1907, but changed to the North American International Auto Show in 1989. The largest auto in the United States, it regularly draws journalists from 52 countries. Show organizers were expecting more than 6,600 journalists for the show's Press Days. The event is held in the Cobo Center and takes up more than 1 million square-feet of space. In the old days, it took workers approximately four days to set up for the show, this year it took approximately 10 weeks.

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