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Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights Innovation

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richnass
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Great photos
richnass   2/1/2013 3:35:25 PM
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These are great Chuck. Thanks. I wish I could have been there myself. We always see these amazing concept cars. I always wonder why we never see them come to production, or very few. And who gets to keep those concept cars?

 

You mentioned a car with a 17-in. display. Like drivers don't have enough to be distracted by?

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apresher   2/1/2013 3:56:19 PM
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Chuck, So will you tell us which of these developments you consider to be the most interesting, or is that putting you too much on the spot?

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Re: Great photos
Charles Murray   2/1/2013 6:52:36 PM
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Some concept cars reach production, some don't. But even the ones that reach production seldom look as good as they do in concept form.

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Charles Murray   2/1/2013 7:01:06 PM
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Actually, Al, I do have a technology that I thought was most interesting. This year, it's the engines. In the Silverado slide, you might note that I mentioned three new engines from GM (one of which is also in the Corvette). I think we'll be seeing a face-off between Ford and GM in this arena: Ford with its turbocharged EcoBoost engines and GM with its small block engines. The fuel efficiency numbers aren't in yet, but I find it interesting that the big automakers are investing in engine technology as we begin to glimpse the 54.5-mpg mandate on the horizon.

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Ummm
tmash   2/4/2013 9:35:33 AM
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Not very impressed........technical innovation 4/10 , design 6/10......just at par!!

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GTOlover   2/4/2013 11:30:15 AM
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Have to agree. Concept vehicles used to be visionary (like the BMW "Gina"). Now they are pre-production advertisements for the marketing guys to gauge responses. If something is deemed 'ugly' or 'weird' then the vision is scrapped and the dull lines of the contemporary are used.

Where are the rocket cars, fusion powered autos, and the transforming vehicles? When gull wing doors on an SUV wow people, then we have not really seen anything new!

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Charles Murray   2/4/2013 7:00:34 PM
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The automakers do have some good technical innovations, tmash. Unfortunately, the Auto Show isn't a great place to do a deep technical dive. There were some pretty good innovations in engines, and we'll be covering those over the next couple of weeks for the engineers like yourself who are looking for a little more meat.

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Charles Murray   2/5/2013 5:33:46 PM
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I don't know who keeps the concept cars. I just know it isn't me. A few years ago (okay, maybe more than a few years ago), I had the opportunity to drive a concept vehicle at a Pontiac longlead event, and I hit a speed bump a little too fast. I thought the engineer was going to throttle me. It might be my imagination, but I don't think they want to me to get close to the concept cars anymore.

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Cabe Atwell   2/6/2013 5:20:09 PM
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Model X with De Lorean doors eh? Sounds fantastic. I wonder why that style door is not a standard. Too much work? Maybe it's like pulling a garage door down all the time.

Speaking of the DeLorean, there is an EV model due out in 2013 with a 100+ mile battery range. Now we are talking!

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Charles Murray   2/6/2013 10:19:47 PM
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We did a story on it in 2011, Cabe. but I haven't heard much since.

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1366&doc_id=234956

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