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2000 Detroit Auto Show IV


Meritor sponsorship

Meritor sponsorship

GM HALTS EV1 PRODUCTION GM has ceased production of the battery-powered EV1 electric vehicle, and according to vice chairman Harry Pearce, won’t be starting up production again any time soon. "Right now we don’t see any particular need to keep producing the EV1, " Pearce told TheCarConnection.com. Pearce says GM has enough inventory to satisfy demand for the glacially slow-selling electric car. EV1s in circulation now will continue to be "recycled" and updated with the latest battery packs, which nearly double the EV1’s theoretical driving range to 140 miles. Pearce added that GM and Toyota together are moving quickly in technical development -- fuel cells in particular are moving "much more quickly" through development than the companies had expected when they agreed to partner on the advanced technology. Pearce indicated also that GM and Toyota may enter into a joint venture soon to produce hybrid vehicles in the near future, and that GM is focusing on solid-storage systems for fuel cells rather than the reformers that Ford and others are committed to. New solid storage systems, which have been thought to be too costly and too limited for storage, could be the key to changing the equation, Pearce said.

2000 Jaguar F-type concept

2000 Jaguar F-type concept

2000 Jaguar F-type concept interior

2000 Jaguar F-type concept interior

FELINE F-TYPE MAKES PRODUCTION PLAY What would be the only thing to prevent Jaguar from building the sensuous F-Type concept unveiled at Detroit? "Stupidity," quips Jac Nasser, CEO of Ford Motor Co. Although the stunning two-seat roadster prototype was brought to Detroit to "make sure we have the impetus to put it into production," says an insider, the concept isn’t yet assigned to a specific platform. If produced, however, sources say it would sport a choice of the 240-hp V-6 found in the S-Type, or a 300-hp supercharged variation on the same theme. We’re told the goal is production within two or three years. The F-Type is the last design worked on by the late Geoff Lawson, Jaguar’s head of styling, who passed away last year; in his honor, Jaguar will name a new design center in Coventry after him.

2000 Ford Escape concept

2000 Ford Escape concept

FORD ADDS ANOTHER E-MACHINE With more sport-utility vehicles than some car companies have models, Ford is clearly on a truck roll. And with the Escape, the new sport-ute slotted beneath Explorer, Ford may have its best effort yet. The handsome Escape is aimed at "newlyweds, small families, and the young at heart," says Jim O’Connor, Ford division president. It’s also aimed at more than three-quarters of the Earth, since it will be exported from its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant to some 150 countries. Escape features a choice of either front- or driver-selectable four-wheel drive, a 2.0-liter in-line four or 3.0-liter, 200-hp V-6 engine, seating for five and towing capacity for 3500 lb of weekend fun. Ford’s smallest E-machine (next to Explorer, Expedition, and Excursion), Escape also offers an especially nifty "No Boundaries" roof rack that slides down over the tailgate for bike carrying. Look for the Escape to hit showrooms this summer.

2000 Acura MD-X concept

2000 Acura MD-X concept

MD-X SPELLS HOMEMADE ACURA SUV Well, they say it means "multi-dimensional cross-trainer," an athletic connotation for the company’s first self-designed sport-ute.

The midsize SUV, shown here in thinly disguised form, will go into production for the 2001 model year at Honda’s Alliston, Ontario, plant. Notoriously tight-lipped Honda/Acura folks aren’t saying much, except that the production version of the vehicle, due in showrooms this fall, will have the highest horsepower and torque and best fuel efficiency and emissions of any midsize SUV, along with "advanced" four-wheel drive. The interior has four bucket seats and a quasi-Lexus RX 300 console shape. The production version bows at the April New York Auto Show. In the past five years, Honda/Acura has seen its sales of light trucks go from zero to 220,000, which means naturally that they’re "looking" at other SUVs, according to American Honda president Dick Colliver. "When you look at defectors from the Acura division, we know most of them left to go into sport-utility vehicles," he said.


 
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