Test Driving Kia Optima Ex At Atlanta Automobile Display (Video)
It is an auto enthusiast’s dream – every major auto company in the world, and even a few of the minor ones, assembled under one roof. Hour after hour, covers are pulled off of new cars as they make their worldwide debut.
The iQ was a hit with the European press, and Toyota expects to have a ‘petrol’ version with a 1.0-liter engine rolling off the assembly line some time in 2009. And maybe even a diesel version. As of this moment, the iQ is for Europe and Asia, not North America. But that will change.
They call it the North American International Blog Car Show, but it is really three mega-auto show all rolled into one. First, more than 6,500 reporters, photographers and TV crews from more than 60 countries invade the Cobo Conference Center in Detroit as auto company CEOs from the Americas, Europe and Asia offer updates, forecasts and previews of the latest offerings from their respective design studios. Then the show transforms, and becomes an insiders-only show for most of a week, open only to auto industry employees. Finally, the show opens for a two-week plus run to the public, where more than three quarters of a million people can check the more than 65 vehicles being unveiled to the public for the first time.
July 7 The Soul Men with Paradise Band Here from Cleveland, Ohio, The Soul Men are a Blue Brothers Tribute Band, and considered one of the best in the country. This is a high energy, fast paced show. The 6:30 pre-show is by Edward Sharp.
The visuals are similar to that of the recent Chronicles of Riddick demo: they look fine from a distance, but look closely, and the visuals start to fall apart. The fact that officers who have been thrown from their exploding cars show no sign of injury is a little jarring. Aside from similar animation quibbles, the game has a definite sense of speed, which really helps immerse the player. The damage on the cars is also impressive, with paint scratches and dents looking fantastic.
Car buyers can also choose between three wheel covers. The brakes that the new Scion xB will use will also be bigger than what is being used on the current model. Brake discs for the front wheels will be a 10.83-inch ventilated disc, while a 10.98-inch disc will be installed at the rear. These are about a couple of inches larger than what the first generation of Scion xBs used. The vehicle can also perform better if OEM parts of high quality are used. Just like Volvo OEM parts which makes parts replacement easy and gives reliable performance.
With so many appealing attractions, coupled with such awesome weather, and inexpensive fun you’ll enjoy visiting Dallas so much that you’ll make it an annual trek.