Detroit 2010 NAIAS: First Day Observation
Yes, half the fun is just being here
By J. Smith
First day yesterday, and the lovely snow and temps in the teens conspired to make me a little late for the show. Fortunately, my arrival was heralded by protests and men on horseback.
Outside Cobo, in the Motown chill, were teabaggers comparing our first African-American President with Hitler. Classy. BTW, a kilt does not make an overweight hausfrau look any less hideous. Note: These people in no way represent my home state. A few Chinese journalists seemed intrigued by the protests.
Across the way can be found bank bailout counter-protesters.
Inside, we find many delightful things. Witness the new Ford Focus and the New Ford Fiesta. The Ford display was hopping with people, including political dignitaries, presumably there checking in on our investment in the other two Detroit auto manufacturers.
The new Transit Connect features massive cargo space in compact dimensions.
The Chrysler display had a slew of local beauties. It did not have a slew of new vehicles, but did have several rehashed ideas that would make Walter P. blush with shame. I mean, jeez-louise, you have to feel for the good people at Chrysler.
Free lip balm from the Smart Car lady!
The commuter of the future? One surely hopes not.
Buick Regal GS looks very nice in person. Yes, Virginia, that’s a manual tranny in a Buick. Curiously, the GM people asked for my credentials before they gave me a press kit. Given that it was the press preview, and you couldn’t get in the building if you didn’t have press credentials, this seemed wholly unnecessary. No other company asked to see any credentials.
Maybe it was a security screening measure, although they didn’t ask me to also remove my shoes.
There’s a leprechaun under the Merc! Or, maybe a snake; hard to say.
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