Auto shows are an American tradition, some of which have continued into 100 years of automotive existence. The 2007 automotive shows again brought in the crowd to admire the new innovations, concepts, and imagination of the leading automobile manufacturers.
Typically, the popular auto showcases are held by the International Auto Show in Detroit and the LA Auto Show, both normally occurring in January. This year LAâ€™s show was moved to November which resulted in more participation than ever from auto makers. There were 21 world debuts and 14 American debuts.
The environmental theme this year definitely brought out the tree huggers and hippies LA is known for. I would like to highlight three of the most interesting of these eco-friendly models. Below are the three show stoppers that I feel deserve special attention.
1. Ford Escape Hybrid
This new electric motorized all t terrain vehicle outputs 70KW, 5,000 rmp, with a max voltage of 330V. It also has a 2.3 L Atkinson cycle using a 4-cylinder cranking 113 hp and 124 lb-ft, creating a combined 155hp.
2. Hummer 02 Concept
The winner of the California Design challenge, this was designed by GMâ€™s West Coast Advanced Design Studio. It treads lightly on the ground and sort of looks like a Moon rover an astronaut would drive.
It transforms carbon dioxide into oxygen that is then released back into the environment by using algae-filled body panels. All the vehicleâ€™s parts are made from 100% recycled after consumer products. GM also won last yearâ€™s competition in the same category.
3. BMW X5
This new, more luxurious descendent of last yearâ€™s model gives consumers two engine choices: 350hp 4.8 L V-8 or a 260hp 3.0L 1-6. All come equipped with All-wheel drive automatic.