The 2009 edition of the North American International Auto Show may have come with far less glitz and glamour than past years, but there was still much to be excited about on the show floor. This year’s show put a focus on the cars we love and the cars we need. Automakers unveiled exciting new concepts as well as many production models and there was still some muscle to be found in the greenest Detroit show yet. Ford rereleased their stunning flagship Taurus to much praise and this model could be the turning stone for struggling American Automakers.
Ford also unveiled the replacement for the very successful 5th generation Mustang with its 2010 model. The new pony has a more aggressive look and will be offered with the Shelby GT500 package as well. Full Coverage at DUBMagazine.com.
The 2009 CES showed off the latest technology for the year and included a variety of new home and car audio products, TVs, cameras and anything relating to consumer electronics. The show was held in Las Vegas from January 8-11th and is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow in the world. Check out the rest of the show coverage at DUBMagazine.com.
The Knight XV SUV has been described as the the most secure and luxurious SUV in the world. The statement may be debatable but there is no debating that it is a definite beast weighing 12,000 pounds. The exterior is covered in armor and can seat six while running on biofuel. The outside armor is comprised of ballistic hardened steel and ballistic fiberglass fenders and bumpers to make the Knight XV impenatrable. A bulletproof 2.5-inch thick material used for the windows and windscreens. The vehicle runs on biofuel but it can also run on petrol or diesel. The Knight XV is powered by a 6.8L V10 that produces 400-hp. The interior offers six individual six-way powered leather seats with each one having it's own side-mounted tray. There is also Wilton Wool carpeting, a sunroof and an Alpine Entertainment unit that features LCD monitors and even a Playstation 3. There will only be 100 units built and each one is priced at $310,000.
The curtain was raised on the new Cadillac Converj Concept at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show and the vehicle displays and aggressive design and alot of technology. The intent of the concept car was to show how a luxury coupe can be powered by GM's electric propulsion technology called Voltec. The Cadillac Converj's Voltec system is comprised of 16kWh, a T-shaped battery, a flex-fuel 4-cylinder engine-generator and an electric drive unit that produces 161-hp and a top speed of 100-mph. The Voltec system enables the car to travel up to 40 miles on battery power alone. The vehicle can be charged in less than three hours at 240V or about eight hours from a 120V outlet.
Revenge Designs, a tuner of GM vehicles like the Pontiac GTO and Solstice, unveiled its new "all-American" supercar called the GTM-R. This is the first original design by Revenge and the vehicle features a wind-tunnel aerodynamic body shape as well as an ultra-rigid tube steel chassis. The vision in creating this car is to offer race-car handling and braking which means that the overall weight of the vehicle and weight distribution were at the top of the list. This model will feature a GM Performance Engine that is capable of going from 0-60mph in about three seconds with an estimated top speed of 180mph. The engine will be mated to a six-speed sequential transmission that will transmit the power to 20-inch wheels. Revenge Designs calls the GTM-R supercar a "fusion of speed and style".
The economic downturn has caused many automakers to scale back their sales goals but some like Rolls Royce and Lamborghini have amazingly set sales and profit records! Rolls' sales were up 20% last year thanks to an increase of just 202 vehicles. This generated about $60 million in additional revenue because of the prices of each car. North America is the largest market for the Rolls making up 38% of their total sales. Their new RR4 sedan (pictured) is expected to boost their sales to even higher volumes. Lamborghini's sales in the U.S. were down but they still enjoyed a record year worldwide largely because of a rise in demand in the Middle East, China and Southeast Asia.
Making its world premiere at the 2009 Detorit Auto Show was the 2010 Kisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports sedan. The plug-in features only a few minor design changes from last year's concept model that include: an enhanced upper grill, an enlarged lower intake and new aerodynamic diffuser under the rear bumper, the Karma has been sold out until mid-2010, as Fisker has already received 1,000 orders for the 100-mpg luxury plug-in hybrid. Check out more at DUBMagazine.com.
In conjunction of the U.S. debut of the Touareg V6 TDI, Volkswagen also introduced a new special edition model of its high-end SUV at the Detroit Show that will only be available in the States. Offered with the new 225-horsepower, V6 TDI and two gasoline engines, the 280-horsepower V6 FSI and the 350-horsepoer V8 FSI, the "Lux Limited" gets a styling package that includes side skirts and customized front and rear aprons complemented by a set of 20-inch alloy wheels. VW offers the Touareg "Lux Limited" in five exterior colors: "Biscay blue", "Black magic pearl effect", "Campanella white", "Galapagos gray" and the "Biscay blue" color, which is new to the product lineup. Inside, the special edition model features a two-tone leather interior combined with special interior accents based on the particular color variant.