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2003 Detroit Auto Show, Part I


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2003 North American International Auto Show banner

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The Detroit auto show is underway, and TCC is on the ground to bring you the latest product introductions. Stay tuned today as we update you on the latest from GM, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai and Audi.

 

 

 

Related Articles:
2003 L.A. Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (1/1/2003)
2003 Detroit Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (1/2/2003)

 

2003 Volvo XC90

2003 Volvo XC90

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IMPORTS DOMINATE COTY AWARDS
Import automakers dominated the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year awards Sunday. The winners? Well, first a tip of the hat for the finalists. A first-time ever tie put four nameplates into the running in the truck category, the Honda Element, the Nissan Murano, the Volvo XC90 and the Hummer H2, the only American model in either category. On the car side, the Mini Cooper S was challenged by two more Nissan products, the 350Z and the Infiniti G35. Drumroll, and the winners were the Volvo XC90 and Mini Cooper S. The XC90 is Volvo's first-ever entry into the truck segment, and was first shown at the Detroit auto show last January. "To come back one year later and collect this trophy is a great honor for me," said a clearly ecstatic Volvo Cars CEO Hans-Olov Olsson. For his part, Mini's U.S. chief, Jack Pitney, noted that the car ran counter to the advice parent BMW was given by consultants, who said it would better spend its money on an SUV. "If we'd listened to their advice, we'd have never launched the Mini." The award is given by a panel of 49 North American auto writers.

 

2004 Ford F-150 FX4

2004 Ford F-150 FX4

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NEW FORD F-150 BREAKS COVER
Ford’s next-generation F-150, due in the 2004 model year, represents a major step away from the soft-sided styling that marked the last generation. Still America’s best-selling vehicle (Ford sold more than 800,000 of the F-150 again last year, the fifth year in a row it’s hit that mark), the F-150 will again come in a bewildering array of bed lengths, cab configurations and drivetrain choices.

2004 Ford F-150 FX4

2004 Ford F-150 FX4

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The body on all versions is exponentially stiffer than the last generation; Regular and SuperCab models have cabins six inches longer for better interior room, and all models come with at least two rear-hinged doors (a full four-door model is available, too). The 5.4-liter V-8 now has three-valve heads and makes 300 horsepower; the base engine is the 231-hp 4.6-liter V-8. Most interesting, the new F-150 comes in five trim levels that have markedly different interior styling – from the sporty FX4 to the luxe XLT and Lariat trims. Pricing has not been announced.
Stay tuned for more on the 2004 F-150.

 

FORD CONCEPT SLEW COMING

This afternoon’s introductions include a slew of concepts from Ford Motor Company, which is eager to convince the public that record losses and job cuts in 2001 have led to a leaner, product-driven car company. Among the concepts coming this afternoon:

 

2003 Ford Mustang GT concept

2003 Ford Mustang GT concept

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Ford Mustang Coupe: TCC brought you the first exclusive shots of the Mustang GT Convertible concept last week. This time it’s the coupe, a strong indicator of the next Mustang’s styling.

 


2003 Ford 427 concept

2003 Ford 427 concept

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Ford 427: According to Ford, the 427 concept is a modern, all-American sedan inspired by the exuberance of the company's landmark sedans of the '60s, replete with an uncompromising, powerful engine, and is powered by an ultra high-tech modular V-10 with the same engine displacement as Ford's landmark '427' engine of the 1960s.


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