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Roadfly Magazine
Issue Eleven
Table of Contents

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?
Coming Next Issue
NYC Auto Show

Live, From Detroit, It's the 2004 NAIAS, continued.

Hundreds of Photos in the Photo Gallery
Unfortunately not every car we liked could win an award, even though some of them may have deserved one. A case in point of this was the Ford Freestyle, which came close to stealing the award for "Best Value" from the Chevy Equinox. The Freestyle features front- and second-row bucket seats, with a third row set of seats that flip down to allow the Freestyle a truck bed. In fact, with the second- and third-row seats laid down, there is room for a ten-foot ladder inside the Freestyle. It will be available in both front- or all-wheel drive models and will have a price tag of about $30,000, though officials from Ford were tight-lipped about the actual price tag.

Another possible future entry into the SUV market that caught our eye was the Jeep Rescue, a potential Hummer terminator. If only Gray Davis had had one of these, Arnold Schwarzenegger wouldn't have been able to mow him down so easily last October in the recall election for Governor. First off, the Rescue has a much longer wheelbase than the Jeep Wrangler and under the hood sits a Cummins turbo diesel - the same engine that is found under the hoods of Dodge Ram trucks - capable of producing 325 horsepower and a stump crushing 100 lbs/ft of torque. It has remote winches in the front and rear, comes standard with rock-climbing four-wheel drive, remotely adjustable tire inflation and deflation, but, unfortunately, is not scheduled for production at this time.

Roadfly's top brass were excited by the Land Rover Range Stormer, with Publisher Romero favoring the stylish interior, while Editor Litscher admired the stylish exterior that included "crushed ice" tail lamps. Others felt it looked somewhat like a cross between a trail-running show, a 1950s Bel-Air station wagon and a modern-day SUV. Possibly, the oddest, and at the same time, the coolest feature about the Rover is the scissor-type doors that open up, not out and up like the SLR, but straight up. It also features a glass chromatic roof and boasts a supercharged V8 engine - the same supercharged V8 that lies under the hood of some of Jaguar's current S-Types, which produces 282-horsepower. The concept Rover also features the newly developed Terrain Response system, which offers six terrain settings - dynamic, normal, grass/gravel/snow, sand, deep ruts and rock. The system manages all of the systems from engine and suspension to braking, and automatically chooses the appropriate setting. Perhaps Performance Auto Group is sending a clear signal to Porsche that intends to compete for a market share of those buying performance SUVs?

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