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2000 Dodge Maxxcab concept

2000 Dodge Maxxcab concept

DODGE MAXXCAB Using its "cab-forward" design concept, Chrysler has found ways to pack extra room into its sedans, coupes and convertibles. With the Dodge Maxxcab, the automaker takes the concept a step further. Call it Passenger Priority Spacing, a way to squeeze a lot more room out of a conventional pickup truck. The edgy looks of the MaxxCab serve as a "polar extreme" to more traditional trucks, like the Ram, says Mike Castiglione, chief designer at DaimlerChrysler’s Pacifica styling studio in California. The concept truck features a shortened, 57-inch bed, but you can stretch the bed to a full 7 feet, 5 inches with its unusual tailgate.

2000 Ford 24.7 concept

2000 Ford 24.7 concept

2000 Ford 24.7 interior concept

2000 Ford 24.7 interior concept

FORD 24.7 Here’s the car for people who like to multitask. Of all the prototypes making their debut at the Detroit auto show this week, the cartoon-like 24.7 is certain to win the "least likely to go into production award." But it nonetheless serves as a crystal ball for the auto industry’s future. The boxy exterior envelopes a high-tech instrument panel featuring an array of "Telematic" technology, including voice-activated navigation, video displays and Internet access – all very much in Ford’s production plans. The automaker announced it will begin offering some of this technology as a no-cost standard feature on most 2001-model Lincolns, and on the European version of the 2001 Ford Focus. "Go back 100 years, Henry Ford put the world on wheels. Today, Ford Motor Company will put the Internet on wheels," said Ford CEO Jac Nasser. Added Ford design chief J Mays, "We’ve entered a world where you measure speed in gigahertz and pipeline bursts, not horsepower."

2000 Buick LaCrosse concept

2000 Buick LaCrosse concept

BUICK LACROSSE A V-8 sedan with a languid, undulating body, the LaCrosse keeps a toe in the stylish past of Buick sedans while reaching to a flexibility-minded generation via its cargo area. Utter a voice command and LaCrosse lifts a rear panel to convert its trunk into an open quasi-pickup bed. LaCrosse features a 4.2-liter V-8 with 265 horsepower mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, a sumptuous interior lavished with soft-touch upholstery and high-luxe finishes. We’d bet the portholes on the fenders are a design element due to return to Buicks any day now – the pickup bed, we’re not so sure about.

2000 GMC Terradyne concept

2000 GMC Terradyne concept

GMC TERRADYNE Borrowing some style cues from Isuzu’s recent Tokyo concept cars, the GMC Terradyne takes the average GMC pickup and makes it – no, really – taller and bigger. The extendable bed is a great idea for the burgeoning four-door pickup class, but the slide-out doors – which move out and in front of the fenders – and the accompanying power-operated running boards seem like overkill even when compared to conversion vans.

2000 Opel Zafira concept

2000 Opel Zafira concept

OPEL ZAFIRA SNOWTREKKER What could the next version GM’s European-penned, globally intended midi-van look like on the slopes at Gstaad? That’s the question posed by the Zafira Snowtrekker, fully outfitted with Rossignol ski attire and suitably dour Germanic passengers during its unveiling. The proto-Zafira’s slick size and shape carry a150-hp direct-injection four-cylinder gas engine and four-wheel drive. They’re complemented by suitably snow-resistant interior materials, an integral roof bin for skis and accoutrements, and most useful, a sliding middle bench seat that moves 21 inches fore and aft, like that on the Mercury Villager/Nissan Quest minivan.


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