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Roadfly Magazine
Issue 12
Table of Contents

Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Porsche Carrera GT3
Issue Twelve
May 25, 2004
Porsche 911 GT3
2004 New York Auto Show Coverage
BMW Promotes Chris Bangle
First Drive: 2004 Bentley Continental GT
Digital Camera Comparison & Review
ZF Sachs Nivomat Suspension
Preview: 2005 Porsche 911
Coming Next Issue
Beat Gas Prices
BBQ Guide
Dells Auto Museum
iPod FM Tuners

2004 New York Auto Show (continued)

Land Rover LR3

Lexus GS

Volvo Lego Car

Audi Concept RSQ

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2004 New York Auto Show Photo Gallery
Stateside, Cadillac unveiled its STS sedan, which shares styling cues with the current "wedge" motif of other popular Cadillac models. Perhaps most the most interesting thing about the STS is its powertrain options - you can order yours with front wheel drive or rear wheel drive with either a 255hp 6-cylinder or the infamous 320hp Northstar V8. Cadillac luxury amenities aren't lacking either - a new remote key fob will start the car and begin to adjust the cabin temperature for you, from more than 200 feet away. Not bad!

Jeep announced a facelift for its popular Jeep Grand Cherokee, complete with longer wheelbase and a wider stance. The size is greatly appreciated, as we've found the interior space of past Jeep Grand Cherokees to be a bit like the typical New York apartment - cramped. Jeep claims the revised chassis offers additional rigidity and improved on road manners. And yes, this thing will be offered with a Hemi, so there's no need to ask.

Saab moved into the 21st century by unveiling its 9-7X Sport Utility Vehicle, a vehicle that was desperately needed by the Swiss-born company. Sharing a platform with GM's mid size SUV chassis means the vehicle should have a decent road presence, and an optional 300hp V8 coupled with stiffer suspension and 18" wheels should provide a distinctively European feel. Saab hopes to release the 9-7X in early 2005 as a 2005 model. We can hardly wait.

And finally, MINI took the top off its popular MINI Cooper and unveiled the convertible Cooper and Cooper S. In a daring, stunt-filled premiere, MINI explained the features, options and benefits of the new MINI Cooper Convertible. Cargo storage remains similar to the coupe, as does head room and driving feel. The top raises or lowers in under 15 seconds and can be "peeled back" slightly to provide a sunroof-like experience with the top up. MINI expects the convertibles to cost approximately $5000 more than their corresponding coupe versions. For us, the jury's still out on styling, but there's no denying that the MINI is a fun car regardless of its looks.

All in all the 2004 New York Auto Show was a grand success with many interesting new vehicles on hand. The Lincoln Zephyr, the Lego Volvo, the Mercedes SL65 AMG, the Land Rover LR3 and a slew of others kept journalists and spectators alike interested and enthusiastic. Take a peek at our extensive photo gallery for additional photos and information on some of the show's more interesting highlights.

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