POSTED: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 8:37pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 11:42am
The auto industry has been on a roll lately, and many are hoping this means the economy is turning around.
I was in Dallas Thursday for Press Day for this weekend’s Auto Show, and had a chance to talk to people from the industry, and lust after the latest new cars…
Window shopping is always fun, and there’s no better place to do it than at a car show.
And the third biggest one in Texas starts Friday.
The auto industry has had a great year, and the Dallas Auto Show is a once a year chance to show off their latest wares. So let’s go on in…
Thursday morning, a classic Jaguar and Chevrolet oversee last minute preparations at the Dallas Convention Center.
For gathered auto writers, our day began with breakfast, and Aston Martins, which is never a bad combination.
The Astons are in the section of the hall reserved for the most exclusive and expensive models on the market today. And one look at this price tag told me, I’m in the wrong part of the building.
Toyota has had its share of trouble this year, the latest being the earthquake. But the Toyota rep was upbeat about recovery.
They introduced a new larger Prius hybrid, and a plug-in version to compete with the Chevy Volt.
Unlike the Volt though, the Prius only gets 13 miles out of an electric charge before the engine kicks in.
At GM, the emphasis was on small cars.
They introduced the new Sonic, a small car built here in the USA.
Then there’s the extended range electric vehicle, the remarkable Chevy Volt.
But they had a subtle reminder that the Silverado Heavy Duty was Motor Trend’s truck of the year.
Ford is introducing the latest generation Focus, which we tested a few weeks ago.
Their award winning Explorer and truck line continue a comeback that involved a lot of risk.
At Chrysler, the new 200 and 300 were presented, along with a new version of the best selling Ram pickup.
For an old timer like me, it was also good to see fiat return to America with the little Mini-fighter, the classic 500.
From Jeeps to exotics, there’s something for everyone, but I confess, my personal favorite…isn’t for sale.