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Issue Fifteen
January 26, 2005
2005 Detroit Auto Show
2005 Detroit Auto Show Photo Gallery
2005 Detroit Auto Show Awards
Best of Show: Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Best Buy: Toyota Avalon
Best Concept: Ford Shelby GR-1
Best New Vehicle for 2005: Ford Mustang GT
Most Innovative: General Motors Sequel

2005 CES Show From Las Vegas
2005 LA Auto Show
Fall 2004 SEMA Show from Vegas
BMW 760
Cadillac CTS-V
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
Coming Next Issue
Chip Foose
VW Phaeton W12
Long Term Storage
Ultimate Ears

2005 Los Angeles Auto Show:
Seeking Instant Gratification (continued)

Lexus LF-S Concept Car

A 500-horsepower Lexus? Wow.

Chevrolet Nomad Concept

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Ok, maybe I need to be more practical. Maybe I have a bag or two and want to drive to Vegas with a friend. Check out some vintage neon signs, have a classic American road trip - that 's the ticket.

Remember 'Sunday driving'? When you might just get in the car and drive without a particular destination in mind? Maybe cruise for a shake... Heck, when was the last time you had a real milk shake where the waitress handed you the chilled metal canister with the extra shake cooling in the bottom?

Problem solved. The Chevy Nomad is sharp as an HB pencil! Low roofline, definitely California hot rod influenced, just the right size, room for a friend and a couple of bags. The back seat folds down, of course. Reminds me of a vintage Corvette, the grill and lights - that's right, Corvette and the original Nomad were stable mates back in '54. The Chevy design team must have driven down Memory Lane to brainstorm this Nomad.

The original Nomad was a station wagon of iconic stature to 50's car enthusiasts, surfers and a wide assortment of road trippers.

Nomad uses GM's new Kappa platform with rear wheel drive (Yes!) and GM's Ecotec 4 banger engine in a turbocharged 2.2 liter version promising about 200 horses. The concept includes independent suspension at each corner. Throw in a 5-speed auto tranny and we are well done.

Next stop: In N' Out Burgers for road food. What?! It's not in production yet? Dude, I was already cruising for burgers in my mind.

This is ridiculous. Hundreds of cars, you'd think I could find just one to drive off the carpet and into my life.

Ok. If we're going to road trip, maybe I need a serious sedan. Something with some growl under foot and some leather under my pants.

S Class Benz? Been there, done that. 7 Series? Don't get me started. Somebody should break that Bangle fellow's pencil. Or his hands.

LF-S? Is this a Lexus? From the great stylists of Fridgidaire and Maytag? Sure they're wonderfully engineered, but style?

Look! I'm converted. Conquested. One of those hundred dollar marketing words. Four words: bee-you-tee-full. Sleek, silver and slick.

LF stands for 'Lexus Future'. The LF-A is a sports super car showing in Detroit. The LF-S sedan is here and now and I'm taking it on the road!

The LF-S is gorgeous, more Jaguar than Japanese. If the LF-S shares LF-A platform technology (5 liters, 500+ ponies out of either a V8 or V10, all developed out of Toyota's F1 program) then consider me sold.

Where do I pay? What? You're kidding? Not again. Not built yet? No definite plans? Have you gone mad?

What the heck is the point of having all these slammin' cars here, letting everyone in to see them, then saying no, no, no!? Wait, Bernie? Bernie? Is that you?

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