Saturday, February 23, 2008

I just don't learn...

Deja vu! I'm just a glutton for punishment: I paid $12 to go to the Cleveland Auto Show today. This year it was hyped as "the largest auto show in North America". There was hardly an exotic car to be found. I didn't see a single Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Lambourgini, or Ferarri. Maybe I just missed one or two buried in a corner somewhere. Not only were there no exotics, but the manufacturers didn't even bother to bring any cool or interesting concept cars. Cars you've seen a million times that are now hybrids don't count as concept cars. I wanna see crazy go-cart-esque shapes or solar panel arrays or something from the Jetsons.

Cleveland has dealerships for every domestic brand plus the more expensive stuff: Jaguar, Mercedes, Land Rover, Porche, Audi, Infiniti. What is the point of this show? At least at the dealership I wouldn't have to fight Ma and Pa Kettle and their kin just to see what the dashboard looks like.

The one thing I did notice at the various booths is that gas economy on alot of high end cars sucks. Several DOHC V6 Jags and Infiniti's I looked at got something like 21HWY/17CTY MPG. Really? Seriously? My 4000lb, 7 year old, 4 liter V8 gets 19MPG on average.

p.s. I took a single picture of the only car I considered worth it - a Lotus (pictured to the right). Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved