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ONE : Sunday, January 5 - Part 1
American Car & Truck of the Year Award
Volvo XC 90: Winner of the North American Truck of the
Cooper: Winner of the North American
Car of the Year
international group of automotive journalists today selected the Mini
Cooper and Cooper S as the North American Car of the Year and the
Volvo XC 90 as the North American Truck of the Year.
other finalists in the car section were the Nissan 350Z and the
Infiniti G35. Finalists in the truck section were the Hummer H2, the
Nissan Murano and the Honda Element.
for the 2003 North American Car of the Year were the BMW 7-Series,
Honda Accord, Honda Civic Hybrid, Infiniti G35, Mazda6, Mercedes-Benz
E-Class, Mini Cooper and Cooper S, Nissan 350Z, Pontiac Vibe, Saab
9-3, Saturn Ion and Toyota Matrix.
for the North American Truck of the Year were the Ford Expedition,
Honda Element, Honda Pilot, Hummer H2, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Range
Rover, Lexus GX 470, Lincoln Aviator, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan
Murano, Subaru Baja, Toyota 4Runner and Volvo XC90.
Ford 427 Concept
The Ford 427
concept is a modern, all-American sedan inspired by the exuberance of
the company's landmark sedans of the 1960s, replete with the
uncompromising, 590-horsepower engine that inspired its name.
is a car that you take home, park in your driveway, sit back and let
your neighbor eat his heart out," said J Mays, Ford Motor Company
vice president, Design. "The 427 concept is unmistakably Ford and
100 percent American. It demonstrates that a sedan from a U.S.
manufacturer can once again be exciting, sexy, sophisticated and
how the Model T revolutionized personal transportation in the last
century, a team of Ford researchers and designers created Model U.
It is a clear expression of Ford Motor Company 's strategy to pursue
future automotive technologies without compromising today's customer
expectations for personal mobility.
Henry Ford built the Model T, it was affordable, offered the most
advanced manufacturing and was built with the most advanced
materials," says Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Ford Motor Company vice
president of Research and Advanced Engineering. "In a similar but
entirely contemporary way, Model U starts a new cycle."
Freestyle FX concept is a new kind of vehicle that transcends boundaries
and can't be pigeonholed. In the world of crossovers, it is like nothing
else because it is based on nothing else. Purpose-built for consumers
with active lifestyles, the vehicle was conceptualized as an
all-things-to-all-people, no-excuses concept version of the production
Ford Freestyle, scheduled to make its debut in 2004.
Freestyle FX is a thinking person's vehicle, a complete surprise box
when you open it up," says Chris Theodore, Ford vice president,
North America Product Development. "It offers the aspirational
looks of an SUV, great driving dynamics with the quiet and refined ride
of a sedan, the capacity and flexibility of a minivan and the security
of all-wheel drive."
Dodge Durango concept SUV
Dodge Durango Concept is a new generation of sport-utility vehicle that
could only wear the Dodge name," said Richard Schaum, Executive
Vice President, Product Development. "With its bold cross-hair
grille, innovative interior and a big HEMI rumbling under its hood, the
Durango Concept exemplifies the in-your-face styling and sheer
capability that is Dodge."
Durango Concept design provides a strong hint of the next generation
Durango that will appear in late 2003 as a 2004 model. The Durango
Concept is approximately 85-percent of the production level exterior
Durango Concept features a bold and powerful presence that is three
inches longer, more than three inches taller and four and a half inches
wider than the current generation Durango. The enlarged exterior results
in a roomier all-new interior that provides increased head, shoulder and
hip room and available seating for seven. Interior capacity is increased
by 15 percent and is enhanced by Durango's fold-flat cargo floor. As
shown in the concept, Durango now has the capability to carry 48-inch
wide sheets of plywood between the wheel wells.
2004 Nissan Quest
2004 Nissan Quest is a revolutionary, category-redefining approach to
the minivan – one designed to add a heretofore missing element of
style and personality while at the same time elevating the traditional
minivan strengths of functionality, utility and safety features. The new
Quest is scheduled to go on sale at more than 1,100 Nissan dealers
nationwide in summer 2003 as a 2004 model and will be the first of four
new vehicles scheduled to be assembled at Nissan's new $1.43 billion
manufacturing facility in Canton, Miss.
Maxima is more stylish, refined and evolved than ever – higher
performance, roomier and sportier. In essence, a wolf in wolf's
clothing,” said Kirrane. The 2004 Maxima is available in two models:
the sporty 3.5 SE and the luxurious 3.5 SL. For the first time, Maxima
will be assembled in the United States, at Nissan’s award-winning
manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn. The new Maxima is scheduled to
go on sale at 1,100 Nissan dealers nationwide in March 2003.
Pikes Peak concept
Detroit: at the North American International Motor Show Audi is
exhibiting a sport concept study: the Pikes Peak quattro, for all
on-road driving and moderate off-road terrain. It has been developed
exclusively for this debut at America's most important automobile
impressive study for an Audi that is typical in its suitability for
several market segments, takes its name from Pikes Peak, a mountain some
4,300 meters (14,110 feet) high that rises abruptly out of the Colorado
Plain of the Rocky Mountains. It can be seen from many miles away and is
also called "America's Mountain".
in Los Angeles and following at Detroit's North American International
Auto Show is the highly anticipated, all-new 2004 Audi A8 L 4.2. The
long-wheelbase version -- with an additional five inches -- is the
ultimate luxury sedan choice for North American customers, and provides
even greater room for rear-passenger comfort.
wheel, A8 L owners will experience driving the most sporty of
luxury sedans, with its advanced aluminum air spring suspension and
shock absorber control, quattro(R) permanent all-wheel drive system and
powerful 4.2-liter V8 engine.
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