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again, the 2005 North International Auto Show in attracted journalists near and all itching to see how auto manufacturers see the Concept cars that their debut here to appear and disappear like in a hat, never to be seen But automakers are now turning some into actual production at a quick clip.


At this show, automakers didn’t Vehicles ran the gamut from a armored truck to a 500-hp car, promising an interesting indeed. Will this crop of fantasies ever hit floors? Only automakers the answer. The rest of us will to wait until next

FORD SYN US

Ford took consideration how some people suburban life for city in the design of an urban, compact According to the company, the SYN us takes its cues from bank and armored cars, not an image to much confidence in urban In the same vein, protective cover the windshield and side when the vehicle is parked. Two rear windows and a glass are fixed and sport bulletproof A vault-style spinner opens the hatch.

A notable feature is the LCD in the tailgate. It can be used to watch surf the Internet (perhaps to out America’s Most Wanted and also displays a high-definition of what a rearfacing camera behind the truck.

The compact SYN US is by a turbocharged, intercooled 2.0-liter banger diesel with 134 hp and 236 of torque. The powerplant mates to a manual transmission. With a nod green driving, the engine is with biomass diesel The MacPherson strut front echoes that of the Ford (with which it shares the platform), and a semi-independent torsion-bar suspension. The wheelbase is 100.1 in. Syn US is and 158-in. long. For a finishing its 18-in. alloy wheels are with performance tires.

Saturn Aura

Once to be a dying breed, Saturn to the future with its Aura sedan. The sporty four-door a 3.6-liter DOHC V6 boasting 250 hp, links to a sixspeed automatic The biggest news with concept is its European styling. known for utilitarian looks, is branching out toward the sophisticated. The features a panoramic roof four sliding glass for a modified convertible feel. leather seats and titaniumfinished round out the luxury accoutrements.

let all this flash fool Safety features abound in the It not only carries GM’s Gen 6.1, but also features rail-mounted head curtain air bags, side-impact thorax air four-wheel ABS with traction and StabiliTrak, an electronic stability system. As if this weren’t Advanced Automatic Crash (AACN), is along for the ride. It collisions and rollovers, independent of deployment. AACN transmits to crews such data as the of impact and the maximum change of velocity, as well as how many and air bags deployed.

LEXUS

Known for its luxurious vehicles, enters the exotic sports car with the LF-A concept. a 500-hp engine with than five liters of the LF-A is said to hit a 200-mph top It features a 103-in. wheelbase, and is high and 73.2-in. wide. tires front and back the LF-A. With a nod to its commitment to One racing, Lexus isn’t whether this will a production vehicle, only the automaker is branching out into new

ACURA RD-X

The RD-X is another version of what introduced two years ago at NAIAS. time around, Super All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is the of this compact ute. to combine sportsedan performance and of an SUV, the system distributes between the front and rear as well as between the left and A fully independent front and suspension accompanies the AWD. disc brakes with rotors, and five-spoke alloy with 19-in. tires the RD-X.

The RD-X concept is out in ivory leather and suede, by tangerinecolored leather seat and finished by metallic gages on the panel and a rosewood-covered floor. An LCD sits in the center of the instrument for navigation and audio systems. a satellite-communication system, provides traffic info and a link to customer service. Two small cameras sit on the upper front of the driver and passenger doors, the place of traditional sideview For more illumination, a moonroof over both the front and seats.

According to Acura, the concept is a strong indication of the production version will like in 2006.

Mercury One

Said to be the world’s first zero-emissionscapable diesel hybrid, the One concept is a blend of Mercury’s Mariner SUV and Montego sedan. The diesel-hybrid powertrain gets its from a twin turbocharged V6 assisted by a 35-kW, three-phase motor with a 325-V nickel-metal hydride traction in the hybrid transmission. The powerplant on a special renewable fuel reduces carbon-dioxide production. is working with BP to develop a diesel fuel. The fuel come from biological that absorb CO2 during growth. The point is to close the loop, offsetting emissions the carbonnegative fuel production. The produces 248 hp and 431 lb-ft of torque and is to be 97% cleaner than the Tier 1 standard for NOx.

The Meta One carries an independent front suspension and independent coil-over-shocks in the rear, bolstered by bars front and back.

concept is laden with and whistles including WiFi and video entertainment from satellite. Lest this be of as a potential accident on wheels, added the Collision Mitigation by system that applies the if a crash is imminent; and Lane Warning, which warns the when the vehicle wanders its lane. Other techie include SmartNav, for real-time info and directions; and KeyDA, marries a personal-digital assistant with the ignition key.

says it will add a crossover to its lineup in 2007, and it may just like the Meta One.

Gladiator

You’ve got to hand it to the at DaimlerChrysler: They’re not afraid to Taking the name from 1962 full-size pickup, the concept looks like a H2 crossed with a Wrangler. aside, the Gladiator is said to be a pickup that features an canvas roof, removable a fold-down windshield, and an expandable bed replete with storage On the utility side, there’s Trac, a part-time 4 x 4 system, and rear-locking differentials, and a front and full skid plates.

Toyota FT-SX

The Gladiator surges forth by a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder common-rail diesel that puts out 163 hp and 295 of torque. The powerplant mates to a manual transmission and a traditional transfer case. A multilink and rear suspension assists off-road maneuvers, with shocks at all four corners for Off-road specs include of ground clearance, a break-over of 23.2°, and approach/departure angles of respectively. Fat, 34-in. that sit on 18-in. wheels off the Gladiator. For those who are directionally there’s GPS, navigation, and systems. Also, the 4-ft-wide bed can into the passenger compartment more length is needed, from 5 ft, 8 in. to 8 ft, 11 in. with the midgate and down. Weatherproof seats and an that can be hosed out complete the truck. No word yet if the Gladiator enter the arena as a production

TOYOTA FT-SX

The Toyota crossover concept appears to be a of a sedan, SUV, and wagon. toward young families and nesters, the FT-SX carries a V6, allwheel drive, glass suicide doors, and 21-in. At 74.4-in. wide, 61-in. and 187.4-in. long, the crossover is lower and wider than an but taller than a sedan. much of the excitement is with the hatch. It opens three The upper glass pivots up; the hatch pivots down; and the roof has two panels that toward the center to create an as well as a rear sunroof. A for older drivers, as well as for with their hands is the tray in the cargo area. It extends when the lower opens for loading large and objects.

The interior has natural woods, and durable metals, and seats integrated armrests which are to create a living-room effect and clutter. Now if they could apply the anticlutter idea to Toyota might have a here.

Infiniti Kuraza

suspiciously like an elongated Cooper, the Infiniti Kuraza is supposed to be an exploration of future utility vehicles. Actually, could be left out of the equation as extra cargo room, and compartments are deliberately eliminated. concept-ute is marked by six doors, the third set opening from hinges. There’s stadium-style for the second and third rows, and the is designed to seat only six Three overhead glass help illuminate the interior is laid out in leather, handcrafted and aluminum-alloy accents.

Underneath the are lighted side steps swing out when the doors and are, of course, aluminum dark wood inlays. LED headlights feature a tiny camera to help eliminate spots. A 16-in. touchscreen in the instrument panel, displaying and road condition info. The concept is finished with aluminum-alloy wheels.

Jeep

Teetering on the brink of extreme, the Hurricane concept just may itself right over. to be the most powerful 4 x 4 ever the Hurricane boasts two 5.7-liter engines: One in front, and one in back. engine is capable of 335 hp and 370 lb-ft of To rein in all this power, a system (MDS) lets the run on 4, 8, 12, or 16 cylinders, depending on the driver’s The powerplants mate to a five-speed transmission.

The power flows through a transfer case and split with a mechanically controlled torque-distribution system. Suspension and aft is SLA independent, with coil-over featuring remote reservoirs. The has 14.3-in. of ground clearance, and approach/departure angles. A zero radius is made possible by the to turn both front and tires inward.

Also, are two modes of automated four-wheel The first has the rear tires in the opposite direction of the front, the turning circle. The second all four wheels in the same letting the Hurricane move like a crab.

The one-piece is structural carbon fiber, and the and suspension mount directly to it. An spine runs under the to connect the underside as well as as a skid plate. The powers-that-be at aren’t saying whether a of the Hurricane will blow production any time soon.

Toyota FT-SX
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