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Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Issue Five
Feb. 24, 2003
Detroit Auto Show
Detroit Auto Show Photo Gallery
Daytona 24 Hour
Chevy Tahoe
Saab 9-5
Contest Winners
Coming Next Issue
Bentley Arnage R
Cayenne School
Daytona 500
Bose Headphones

Detroit 2003 North American International Auto Show, cont...

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Maserati came next, and again I was smitten. Most "purists" aren't fans of SUV's from the sports car companies, which is ok, because I don't call them purists - I call them prudes. The Maserati Kubang is a gorgeous vehicle with promising performance and functionality. We photographed it from several angles, and as I stood next to it, I found myself envisioning what it might look like while parked in my garage. I decided it would look great, and I'd love to have one (next to my Continental GT, Porsche Cayenne, Ford 427, and Enzo Ferrari). Haters look elsewhere, because I truly hope Maserati can find a way to bring the Kubang to market.

A short hop across the packed (and non-moving) aisle way and we were standing in the MINI booth. Despite being "available" for at least six months now, the MINI booth was jam-packed with people. They were sitting in, touching, photographing and literally worshipping the MINI cars. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that it took five minutes to walk from one side of the booth to the other - the people were EVERYWHERE. MINI certainly has done everything right with their new Cooper - people of all shapes, sizes, ages and genders were obviously enthralled by the cars.

BMW's booth would offer no crowd relief - if I didn't know better, I'd swear they were giving away car keys; the BMW booth was filled with people who were smiling ear-to-ear as they looked at BMW's latest vehicles. We went upstairs for a look at the F1 car and for a better look at the M3 and its power train components.

Downstairs, the BMW display was showing the new 760iL (amazing vehicle, but still has that unfortunate Bangle-itis look to it), the concept xActivity Sport-ute, the Alpina Z8 and several other mainstays of the roundel stable. We didn't have a chance to get all of the pictures we would have liked to, simply because the booth was so full of people.

The Porsche booth was bright - Cayennes were parked in four different locations, and the people were literally mauling the vehicles, trying to get a good look at them. I can only compare the experience to one of dropping Justin Timberlake in the middle of a seventh-grade slumber party - the people were like piranhas - luckily we'd seen the Cayenne in LA, so we escaped quickly and without incident.

Audi's booth was only slightly more sane - the new A8 and RS6 were causing quite a stir, and it's obvious why. Both are wonderful examples of engineering mastery; we can't wait to drive both vehicles and report our experiences and impressions.

We'd made a complete circle of the show when we realized we missed the biggest attraction of the show - the Tomahawk by Dodge. The V10 with four wheels drew quite a crowd - so much, in fact that we couldn't get within 20 yards of it without sandwiching ourselves into line with oh, say, 5,000 other people. We photographed it from afar, with the hope that we'd be able to see it another day.

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