Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on January 6, 1994 · Page 38
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The HSR-IV also boasts futuristic "aerowave" styling to match its high-tech innards and transforms from a closed coupe to an open roadster at the touch of button. Ssr - !ff X. "Si 1 1 hi h will ,nii'TT," " ' " ill. ' jf VOLKSWAGEN: A picture, top, is worth a thousand words. The shape is etched into our automotive memory. The Concept 1 is a Beetle for the '90s. MERCEDES-BENZ: The Vision A-93, middle, is a front-wheel drive minicar with a unique design that makes it one of the most interesting cars at the show. This little Mercedes puts the engine and transmission under the floor of the passenger compartment instead of in front or behind it. A patented safety design ensures that the motor slides under the car in a collision and is never pushed up into the interior. As a result, Mercedes was able to create a lightweight aluminum body that is three feet shorter than a Mercedes C-class sedan, but still seats four with an amazing amount of room and comfort. . The version of the Vision seen at Cobo contains a 75-horsepower gasoline engine that gets 47 m.p.g. while other prototypes come with a diesel engine or an electric motor. The Vision is the basis for a new line of Mercedes cars, called the A-class, that will go on sale in Europe in 1997, and may eventually be sold in larger U.S. cities. ASC: The Southgate customizer takes the wraps off several concept vehicles, including: The ASC GMC Sunoma, an extended cab pickup with a removable, targa-style panel. The ASC Chrysler 300, a sunroofed, ground-effects takeoff on the popular LH sedans. The ASC Crown Victoria LSS polishes Ford's full-size sedan into a grand-touring vehicle. SUBARU: The Sagres, bottom, is a sleek, Impreza-sized, cab-forward station wagon that looks much too fast for carrying kids and the family dog. Indeed, it comes with a 16-valve, 203 horsepower engine that provides power to all four wheels. This is a Subaru, after all. Here are the major lots with easy access to Cobo. In addition, there are numerous, smaller surface lots and garages within walking distance of Cobo and near outlying People Mover stations. (J) Joe Louis Arena Garage 900 W.Jefferson 259-5342 Cobo Hall Garage 475 Washington Blvd. 259-3540 (DCobo Roof Deck 625 W. Congress 259-2752 Cobo Arena Garage 200 Civic Center Dr. 259-2782 Veterans Memorial Garage 300 Civic Center Dr. 259-2852 Ford Auditorium Garage 30 E. Jefferson 567-9224 John C. Lodge Fwy. U.S. 10 ULlmr .if- i : r l I J ' t?f- J I Larnld v x J People Mow Routs - i . . J . I . , v I "-t I WJefferson 4. - s- ' I ff wliiKIH j-y 'If ' 'B' (41 "I5)HaftPlaa ""U T " Tl' .: W& J.T -it i Benasaanee fe-tl. -. -i,. fX -siA L. j Tunnel to ; 1 , r ... f jy T Jf' L-J Canada f ! I . 1 Detroit Free Press A guide to roaming the floor. Where to go, what to look for . . . ACURA: Twentysomethings are supposed to love the look of the sporty new '94 Integra. Its distinctive nose has no grille, just four small, round headlamps, tunneled into the sheet metal. Some folks love it. Others don't. If you haven't seen one on the road, here's the chance to judge for yourself. AM GENERAL Listen up: The new civilian version of the Army's rugged Hummer all-terrain vehicle is more luxurious than ever. It's got a more powerful engine and transmission and loads of creature comforts standard power door locks and optional power windows, remote keyless entry system and power mirrors. It also comes with a better air conditioner, a glove box and upgraded fabric seats. If you want to go all out, you can get armrests and a roof-mounted luggage rack. All this for just $54,009. Dismissed. AUDI: Check out Audi's first convertible, the '94 Cabriolet, and the front-wheel drive 100 S Wagon. Refinements on the 90 series include a passenger air bag and other luxury options. Also on display will be Audi's new all-aluminum concept car, the Audi Space Frame. BMW: This German luxury carmaker has four new V8 models in 1994, plus a new 325i convertible, and a limited production sports coupe, the V12 850CSi, which sells for a mere $85,500. BUICK: The new '95 Riviera could be one of the show's bigger surprises. It lacks the Northstar-based V8 engine that gives Oldsmobile's Aurora so much cachet. The Riv is powered by an updated version of Buick's 3800 V6. But from a design standpoint, the Riviera will be stiff competition for all comers in the luxury coupe market. It goes on sale in early summer. CADILLAC: Cadillac's LSE show car is based on the Opel Omega developed by GM Europe and will provide some very strong hints of the new entry-level car that Cadillac hopes to introduce in 1996 to battle the likes of BMW's 3-series, Lexus ES300, and Infiniti J30. CHEVR0LET-GE0: The 1995 Lumina and Monte Carlo are the major attractions here. The latter marks a resurrection of the popular name of what was once Chevy's hot-selling midsize coupe back in the mid-1980s. Lumina's new styling should make it more competitive with shoppers who have been flocking to the Honda Accord and Ford Taurus. CHRYSLER-PLYMOUTH: The subcompact Plymouth Neon, and its twin Dodge version, make their U.S. debut, but center stage is reserved for the new nil 1 Chrysler Cirrus, which is making a surprise appearance at the Detroit auto show. It doesn't go on sale until next fall, but Chrysler is eager to show it off. The Cirrus and its sister car, the Dodge Stratus, replace the stodgy Dodge Spirit and Plymouth Acclaim. DODGE: Again, the Dodge Neon is likely to be overshadowed by the larger Stratus, which will compete head-to-head with midsized Japanese family cars such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, not to mention the Ford Taurus and upcoming Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique. FORD: Ford will show its new Korean-built Aspire, a replacement for the tiny Festiva, but the real attention-grabber will be Ford's new front-wheel-drive minivan, the Windstar. Also on display will be a thinly disguised prototype of the upcoming Ford Contour, called Profile. You'll also see a fun interpretation of Ford's Ranger pickup, called the Sea Splash, and get a glimpse of future Ford trucks with the bright yellow-and-chrome Power Stroke concept vehicle. GMC TRUCK: GMC's 1995 S-Jimmy features a much rounder look intended to make it a tougher competitor for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer among sport utility vehicle shoppers. Note how the new Jimmy has more interior room than current models, but hasn't grown any in length. HONDA: Honda finally enters the rapidly-growing sport-utility market with the Passport, a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo, built at the Subaru-Isuzu joint venture in Lafayette, Ind. Also on display is the new Accord wagon. HYUNDAI: Hyundai shows off its redesigned and roomier 1995 Sonata, which comes with standard antilock brakes and dual air bags. INFINITI: The smallest Infiniti, the G20, gets a flashier brother in the G20t touring model. The G20t is distinguished by a rear spoiler, integrated fog lights, sportier seats and a new split fold-down rear seat for extra cargo. A leather package, which is optional on the G20, is standard on the G20t and features four-way power seats, electronic key, padded leather console and power sunroof. It goes on sale this spring. 1 ISUZU: The Japanese automaker, which now makes; only trucks, introduces a special edition "SE"-Trooper, which will be available in limited quantities " in the United States. It comes with aluminum wheels, heated adjustable leather power seats for driver and passenger, leather control covers and a six-speaker AMFM stereo cassette and CD player. JAGUAR: The British luxury car maker won't be taking the wraps off anything new, but it has freshened its lineup for 1994. All Jaguars now come with a passenger side air bag and CFC-free air conditioning. The XJS convertible now has 22 : seating, and the XJS coupe and convertible are now available with the 6.0-liter V12 engine that powers Jaguar's flagship sedan, the XJ12. JEEP-EAGLE: Look for the Vision Aerie concept car, a souped-up version of the Eagle Vision. Its 275-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine is designed to run on a variety of fuel blends, including methanol, See Cruising, Page 6C i MA'MHU'anrMJHhMi'mn w MIW Restrooms MIW Restrooms MIW Restrooms Escalator to Conversion Van Show on lower level Women's W restroom NISSAN BRITISH AUTOMOBILE BUZU MANUFACTURERS' MICHEUN SUZUKI ASSOCIATION HUMMER UAW-FORD MAZDA SATURN HONDA S VOLVO MITSUBISHI GMC TRUCK HYUNDAI TOYOTA OLDSMOBHi CHRYSLER- LINCOLN-PLYMOUTH MERCURY CHEVROLET DODGE P0NT1AC Free Press booth I I ASC ACURA INFINITY PORSCHE 1 CO as j j I I 5 BUICK inus MERCEDES- BENZ EXIT FORD JEEP-EAGLE extt SAAB CADILLAC BMW AUDI SUBARU First Cass LOBBY ENTRANCE LOBBY ENTRANCE Ticket booth! LOBBY Ticket booth Center for Creative Studies -en 13 - Q n tr i Washington Blvd.

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