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DAY three : TUesday, January 7 - Part 1



The product of Mazda DNA: Sports car styling innovation

With the design for the RX-8, Mazda set out to create a completely new sports car form while maintaining the sporty DNA of the RX-7 and MX-5/Miata. By this we mean low weight, a pleasing ride with exceptional grip and handling, and dynamic styling that immediately conveys these attributes. The RX-8, with its next-generation sports car dynamism as its basic design concept, takes Mazda DNA to a new stage in its evolution. 


2004 Chevy Malibu  introduced by Kurt Ritter, CEO Chevrolet

Chevy Colorado

2005 Chevy Equinox

Chevrolet’s All-New Malibu, Colorado And Equinox

"To win in baseball you need to be ‘strong up the middle,’ and the same holds true in the auto business," said Kurt Ritter, Chevrolet general manager. "In the next 15 months, Chevy will be fielding an all-star lineup in key mid-market positions. The new Malibu, Colorado and Equinox will build on the momentum of our recent truck launches, and help strengthen our presence in the heart of the market."

When the curtain went up on the 2003 North American International Auto Show, Chevrolet was going to take a bold step forward with three all-new vehicles aimed straight at the heart of the car, truck and SUV markets. It’s the most competitive segment of the market, filled with formidable domestic and import challengers in the $15,000 to $25,000 price range.

The all-new 2004 Malibu mid-size sedan, 2004 Colorado mid-size pickup and 2005 Equinox compact utility will give Chevy a robust presence in the mainstream of the market, historically a stronghold for the brand.



Porsche Cayenne S 

Porsche Cayenne S

For the launch of the Porsche SUV, the Cayenne S earns its special designation thanks to its 340-horsepower (SAE), 4.5-liter, normally aspirated V8 engine, a powerplant designed and manufactured by Porsche that ranks the Cayenne S among the strongest of all sport utilities. 

The Cayenne S has a base price of $55,900 in the United States and $78,250 in Canada.


Carlos Ghosn on the all-new Nissan Titan

Nissan Titan

"Big - Bold and Better" were the words of Carlos Ghosn, introducing Nissans new  power truck Titan.

The all-new 2004 Nissan Titan brings to the full-size pickup market bold styling and a new level of innovation ­– including rear King Cab doors that open nearly 180 degrees for nearly unlimited interior access and a high-utility bed that includes an industry-first factory-applied spray-in bed liner, a new Utili-track tie-down system that provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility and an integrated, lockable bedside storage compartment.

The Titan, Nissan's first entry into the full-size truck category, is built on an all-new pickup platform, featuring a newly designed 300-plus horsepower Nissan Endurance 5.6-liter DOHC V8 with a torque rating of more than 375 lb-ft.  

The Titan Crew Cab model will be shown for the first time at the New York International Auto Show in April 2003.


Toyota FJ Cruiser concept

Toyota FJ Cruiser concept

The FJ Cruiser concept sport utility vehicle was initiated and developed jointly by Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., and Calty Design Research, Toyota’s North American design center in Newport Beach, Calif.  The FJ Cruiser was developed as a basic, capable and affordable off-roader aimed to explore new possibilities for a next-generation SUV aimed specifically at young buyers with active outdoor lifestyles.

All front and rear seats fold completely flat creating ample cargo space and maximum usability.  With no gaps and a durable floor covering, the FJ Cruiser can be converted into a utility deck large enough for two people in their sleeping bags.


Kia KCD-1 Slice concept

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Kia KCD-1 Slice concept

Designed for the driver seeking passenger- and cargo-hauling versatility without sacrificing driving enjoyment, the Kia KCD-1 Slice concept is a fresh interpretation of the "crossover vehicle". The new design was conceived as an alternative to useful but dynamically clunky SUVs.

While some early crossover designs sacrificed either attractive styling or load-carrying ability, the KCD-1 Slice does neither. Instead the vehicle is as stylish as an international sport sedan, while seating up to six adults. In addition the flexible seats fold to offer cargo space or recline to give superior comfort, offering a number of variations for hauling people and stuff. At the same time, the vehicle's V-6 powertrain and aggressively tuned suspension will deliver the kind of performance in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations.

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