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2012 North American International Auto Show

Saturday, 21 January, 2012 9:21 PM

My Reflections on the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS)

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The 2013 Malibu Eco has a lithium-ion battery in the trunk.

 

by Mike Wrathell
mwrathell@yahoo.com

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DETROIT -- I decided to go to back to the auto show on a whim. I had just gotten out of court and parked at the Greektown Casino. Then, I had lunch at Loco's Tex-Mex Grille, and had a nice chat with Lori, the bartender. She even said she would vote for me for Macomb County Prosecutor. The lunch special was pretty good and so was the draft Dos Equis Dark with limes on the side of the tall glass.

I took the People Mover over to Cobo Center and got my press credentials, finally walking into the show and going to the Jeep exhibit first. I had to see the new Rubicon. It was golden rod in color with a stickshift. The Rubicon is a kind of Wrangler. Top shelf. If you ever want to go on the logging roads of the Cascades, it would be an excellent choice of vehicle. I lived in Oregon for four and half years. Trust me.

Make sure you go to Frog Lake by Mt. Hood. LOL!

I tried to sit down in a new Dart, but it was locked. The grey Dart looked cool. They have a Rallye model of Dart. Yeah, not Rally. Rallye. How clever. Not. LOL!

Next I went over to the smart cars. Daimler AG makes them. They are little electric cars whose batteries even charge when the car brakes. How cool is that? You still have to plug it in now and then, but the little brake trick delays that need a tad. They come in a wide variety of cool designs.

Next I decided to go see Obama Motors, I mean, GM, and in the distance I saw a giant Cadillac logo, sans the ducks. Not sure what donkeys have against ducks.

I saw a really big, black Escalade. The trunks were up on all the Escalades. Michiganders have a obsession with the rear ends of new cars. Ask Freud what that means if you see him. None of the hoods were open. But a plethora of rear ends. I guess people are thinking about space. I thought what a great vehicle to go to Alaska with in the middle of winter to see the Northern Lights. But if the Straits of Hormuz are closed, the cost to fill the tank on that sucker would be as scary as Ronald McDonald in a tutu.

Still, you need a 4x4 in the winters of Alaska; they don't hurt in the U.P., either.

Next up were the GMC SUVs like the Denali. They were nice, too.

The all-new 2013 Malibu Eco had a nice display with a clean-cut, twentysomething male model/speaker who looked everyone listening in the eye as he highlighted the outstanding attributes of the Malibu next to him on a rotating platform. It has a lithium-ion battery in the trunk that runs the systems when the car is not running. It is not a hybrid, but it does save a smidgen of energy. Sort of like a pea in a sea of mattresses -- but it is better than nothing. It has regenerative braking like the Smart car, too. Internet radio, lots of cool features, really. I wouldn't mind having one. I always buy American, too. When I get a spare 26K, I just might pony up. I wonder if Bill Ayers has one.

The guy looked like he just stepped out of Glee, and he assured us that soon a new model of Malibu would be released without the lithium-ion battery, giving customers more trunk space. I don't think he noticed the irony of plugging a future car by GM that will be less environmentally-friendly as an evolutionary design – or, at least a pleasant regression to an earlier, more hoggish time. No disrespect to pigs,who they say are smarter than dogs. Who is "they," you say? Why, none other than Porky Pig! LOL! I bet cats are smarter, though. I read Secrets of the Cat by Barbara Holland. Mercury did not name a car after a dog or a pig, ya know.... There is no Dodge Dingo. I love dogs, don't get me wrong. I had a weimaraner named Misty as a kid. She had amber eyes. So cool. Don't get me going on Impalas....

And I think it would be très cool to have a pet pig; I must admit.

Lastly, I checked out the new Chevy Spark. It is the newest Chevy, smaller than the Sonic. Then the Cruze. Next up is the Malibu. Then the Impala is the biggest Chevy. No more Caprice. No more Pontiac. No Olds. No more old stock. It is as worthless as Confederate money. No bailout for those who owned those shares as they are not bankers, viz., the 1 percent. Nope, just ordinary, hard-working Americans. The lowest strata on the totem pole, apparently.

By this time, that Dos Equis was telling me to skip the Ford exhibit. Sorry, Ford. Don't feel bad. I missed the Maserati exhibit, too. And Mercedes.

Oh, by the way, cars are not the only good-looking models at the show. It is worth a ride on the People Mover to see the show. Bring six quarters per person to save a lot of bother. Loco's might run out of quarters, you know.


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PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

smart cars even charge when the driver is braking.

 

PHOTO BY MICHELE K. / ©AMERICAJR.com

I particularly liked the grey Dodge Dart.

 

Photo credit: vulcan.wr.usgs.gov

A view of Mt. Hood from Frog Lake, Oregon.

 

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