A tech nerd’s view of the Auto Show, day two

I went back to the North American International Auto Show briefly Tuesday, fighting through the slush, and caught all the stuff I missed on Day One. Looking at everything in this show really does take a while.

For the Day One photos, visit https://techcentury.com/2017/01/09/a-tech-nerds-view-of-the-north-american-international-auto-show/

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How did I miss this baby-blue V10 dreamboat on Day One?
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I’m usually a Buy American kind of guy, but I could see becoming a two-Audi family. Here’s the TT boy racer for me…
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…and the A8 luxury sedan for my wife.
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An Italian SUV??
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Yep. Hey, they do have to get around in the Alps.
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My pick for Best in Show — Volkswagen’s all-electric modern-day take on the classic microbus. My college friend Maggie’s hippie van has come a long, long way.

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The Detroit Grand Prix makes an appearance at the Auto Show.
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The all-new, longer, wider, lower, and substantially sexier Toyota Camry for 2018.

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The Chinese automakers make an appearance.

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What’s the name of this Chinese car again?! Is that a cross between Trump and Chachi?
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Anyway, here’s the whole car.

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Once again, while I’m usually a buy-American guy, I think the Mazda 3 is the best-looking cheap car out there by a country mile. The next few photos show it in several configurations. Really classy, and reasonably priced to boot.

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Big trunk on the Mazda 3 hatchback. Insert your favorite mobster whack-a-guy joke here.

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Cool truck? Absolutely. $55,000 worth of cool? Pass.
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Here’s Ford’s new taxicab, a Transit Connect minivan hybrid.
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The back of the Transit Connect minivan taxi. When will someone turn one of these into a small RV?
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The Ford SUV. Also known as sex on wheels.
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The Honda Ridgeline was named Truck of the Year. I wanted to hate it, but couldn’t. Here’s the instrument panel. Kinda reminds me of some of the busy electronic IPs of the 1980s.

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It IS a really cool looking truck. And more than $10,000 cheaper than the Ram, even all tricked out.

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I wanted to hate the Honda Fit minicar too, but couldn’t. It seemed way roomier inside than my Ford Fiesta. Here’s the instrument panel.

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The Fit. I sure wouldn’t pick that color.
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The latest Cadillac concept. Like all Cadillacs, it looks like it’s ready to attack you.

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The BMW i8 with the doors open. Where’s the flux capacitor?
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Direct to you from the 1917 Detroit auto show…

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