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WSJ:Bag It or Build It? — Models

Bag It or Build It?

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On the Auto Maker’s

The world’s car makers spent of the past week in frigid trying to float trial in the form of concept show Which ones will aloft?

In honor of the New Year and the new season, I’d like to you to play, Bag It or Build It.


on which1 of the concept vehicles the Detroit auto show become a reality. And join a about whether auto are in touch with what want.

I’ll run down the and cons of some of the concept that several auto are showing off at the big North American Auto Show in Detroit – is for cars and trucks what is to electronics. These show – some literally fiberglass and others working prototypes – in production, and may never be. Their is to provoke a response from and the press that car makers can into their future decisions.

In some cases, the Volkswagen New Beetle, the enthusiasm for a car is so strong that company decide to put the model into as fast as possible. Other cars will never be than that – either cost-effective technology to make real doesn’t exist or their likely sales justify an investment. Their is to generate buzz in the motoring and that’s it. Some show are just bombs and everyone tries to forget about

So here we go with a selection this season’s crop. you’re ready, cast vote to Bag It or Build It.


Back in 1954, Chevrolet came up with a show car the Nomad that combined the and frame of a Corvette with a back. The result was the ultimate mobile. Chevy eventually real Nomad wagons you can find for sale on the Internet

The new Nomad concept car GM created for the show is much smaller those older cars. built on a chassis that’s a down version of the rear building blocks for the new Corvette, GM executives have code-named GM’s brass are very about the Kappa architecture it offers a relatively inexpensive way for GM to small, light and inexpensive drive cars that can be to create buzz for a brand gone bland. The Pontiac roadster, which GM showed as a car two years ago, is now headed production on the Kappa underpinnings.

The is what a Solstice would like if it had a cargo carrying pack — and a Chevy badge.

Pros: A small, funky might be just the ticket for young buyers to Chevy – or likely, mid-life crisis looking for something different to during the morning commute

Cons: A real Nomad probably not have the show 250 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder And the car’s not exactly big, it impractical for customers who have loads or luggage.

Volkswagen T

Back in the days of the Old Volkswagen a popular way to transform the dowdy basic car was to overhaul it into a buggy, with fat tires and an air body.

Now, Volkswagen, needs a shot in the arm while it the arrival of updated versions of its U.S. models, wants to some curiosity with a car that’s a cross between a Buggy and an all-wheel-drive crossover vehicle. The Concept T is the factory-sanctioned Buggy that VW never

Pros: An off-road coupe in-your-face styling might be what Volkswagen needs to with Generation Y the way it connected Generation X. All off-road vehicles have to be station wagons in Hats off to VW’s California studio.

Cons: But seriously, the world want a strange all-wheel drive sports car can also vault over

Toyota FTX Truck

Sure, got a lot of attention last week gasoline-electric hybrid versions of the Highlander and Lexus RX330 utility wagons, due to reach shores later this But the Big Noise, and I mean Big, is a vehicle aimed at giving the a clue to the intentions Toyota has for a Big truck it plans to start in 2006 at a new factory in Texas.

The FTX is a vehicle, designed, Toyota say, to conjure up images of a It stands in complete contrast to the image Toyota projects the Highland and Prius hybrid The FTX is intended for an entirely different than those socially rides. Toyota is well that its current large the Tundra, is dismissed by a lot of serious buyers as too small and too wimpy. The FTX notice that Toyota to run with the Big Dogs.

Pros: A truck big enough for Texas: could be wrong with

Cons: This thing like a Dodge Ram with poisoning. Who wants to drive in a fist?

Honda SUT

Speaking of trucks, guess who wants this market after of declaring that pickup just weren’t its bag? The auto maker last took the wraps off the much-anticipated version of its Sport Utility or SUT. Yes, you are familiar this idea from the Avalanche, which basically is a Suburban SUV with the back sawed off to create a pickup The big difference with the Honda SUT is the underlying vehicle is a crossover built on a chassis and mechanical similar to a Honda Pilot. suggests the ride will be but the ultimate utility in terms of capacity will be less the brawny Avalanche.

Pros: The Honda SUT could be the Suburban Cowboy’s pickup – a smoother ride and lots of for the kids and their dirt in back.

Cons: If you want a truck, get a real one that can tow a This is a 21st Century with better quality and safety features.

Ford Cobra and Chrysler ME 412

Finally, look at a pair of supercar vehicles from two of Detroit’s challenged players, both of are counting on 2004 to be a big comeback

The Ford Shelby Cobra car is a 605 horsepower, V-10 powered sports car that shares components with the production of the Ford GT. The Shelby also the return to the Ford family of Shelby, the legendary hot-rod responsible for the original Shelby and other mouth-watering muscle

If Ford actually built a car the Shelby Cobra concept it probably come along time after the Ford GT into production and established. But and Chief Executive Officer Ford sure seemed to the car when he showed it off last his previous image as an environmentalist and vehicle enthusiast notwithstanding.

Why not build a V-10 muscle car the Ford GT has run its course? Ford to spread the cost of the GT project another model. Carroll fans get another toy in the garage.

The concept Cobra’s styling is successful at reminding you of how much and nimbler the original looked. And the of a V-10 American muscle named after a snake exactly original.

Vying for and aahs at the Detroit show is ME 412, a 12-cylinder ultra car DaimlerChrysler executives say is a functioning capable of surging from 0 to 60 per hour in 2.9 seconds. At which the occupant travels backward in to meet Marty McFly and Berry.

If you didn’t know Chrysler was run by Germans with an to demonstrate to their rivals home that they know how to make a real sports car, the mid-engined ME 412 put you straight. It’s what a Carrera GT would look if Chrysler built one.

Pros: It sure would sexy parked next to the

Cons: Who in the world needs a car that can go 0 to 60 in under three Chrysler should concentrate on up with more affordable and sedans that real would want to buy.

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