2005 Detroit Show Preview II (12/9/2004)
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2005 Los Angeles Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/5/2005)2005 Detroit Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/8/2005)
TCC Previews Los Angeles/Detroit Auto Shows
If you’re even only vaguely connected to the auto industry, you’re most likely preparing for the winter onslaught that is the dueling Los Angeles and Detroitauto shows. This year’s pair of shows — as always — promises to be the best yet.
But there’s no need to wait to see the new models. Much of what you’ll see at both shows is already showing up on Web pages — especially ours. Pull it all together in one place and you have our omnibus Detroit and L.A.show preview. We’ve lumped them together because we hope you’ll be too busy celebrating to discern a difference — plus we’re sure most, if not all, of these concepts appearing first at L.A. will make an appearance in Detroit as well. L.A.show debuts are noted where appropriate. Return here as often as you can for frequent updates as news breaks. And stay tuned starting January 4 as we bring the Los Angeles show to you, and January 9 as Detroitopens its doors.
Ford Explorer Sport Trac Concept
Ford's aging Explorer Sport Trac could be getting a replacement — if a new concept bowing at theDetroit
auto show is any indication. The Explorer Sport Trac concept due at the January show, Ford says, will deliver "more of everything that helped the original sport utility truck launch one of the fastest growing segments in the industry." With competitors like the Honda Ridgeline coming to the party, Ford seems prepared to grow the Sport Trac into a size class larger than it occupies now: the new concept is almost five inches longer, two inches wider, and two inches lower than today's Sport Trac, giving it a "street" look, according to a press release. Powered by a version of Ford's 4.6-liter V-8, the Sport Trac concept also gets Roll Stability Control, which Ford says it will put on more than a half-million vehicles this year. The 21-inch wheels add to the bling factor of the concept, which loses door handles in favor of keyless-remote controls. An independent suspension is fitted in the rear, and Ford promises more cargo options in the Sport Trac's bed. The Detroit
auto show opens to the media on Jan. 9.
Mercury Meta One Concept
A safety-inspired Mercury concept — with heavy Ford Freestyle undertones — takes the stage at this January's Detroit
auto show. The concept vehicle will be known as the Meta One, and it will be outfitted with a raft of safety features such as a lane-departure warning system and Roll Stability Control, which Ford says it will put on more than half a million of its vehicles by the end of 2005. The lane-departure system uses cameras to sense the striping on the road, and alerts drivers who pass outside the lanes with visual, aural or vibrational warnings. Mercury's concept also will show off a new Collision Mitigation by Braking system that uses cameras and radar to predict when a crash may occur and to prep the vehicle for the impact by up to five mph by applying the brakes. The production Mercury version of the Ford Freestyle is due in 2007.
Mercury Latest To Launch Net Films by Jim Burt (11/8/2004)
The "Lucky Ones" score a rare hit for Merc ads.