• Jan 24, 2008
Episode 85 of the Autoblog Podcast finds us reminiscing about the North American International Auto Show that recently invaded Detroit. It was perhaps not as thrilling as past shows, but the new F-150 and Ram hauled and herded some excitement into Cobo. Both pickups are newly spiffed and bristling with new features and engineering. While the trucks are no doubt big news, the CTS Coupe stokes our fires far more. We hope to see it visited by the V-series gnomes, too.
There were a passel of diesels at the show, too. Audi's V12 TDI R8 concept was filled with design gumdrops for us to chew on, besides the 12-pot 500-hp diesel that returns mileage in the 20s. BMW had its 335d and some X5 alphabet soup thing, and Honda showed its clean diesel. Beyond oil burners, we took an IRL look at the Hyundais Genesis and found it surprising beyond what pictures convey. The Lancer Ralliart turned out to be a charmer, while we question the very existence of VW's Passat CC, and Fisker's bestickered Karma was certainly software-worthy vaporware. Mazda had the best car in the show with its racy Furai, and the Lincoln MKT threatens Cadillac not one whit. Ford's Verve is a bright spot, though, and it can't get here fast enough. We had a lot more to say, but ran out of time to say it this time around. Watch this space for more, but for now, enjoy all 33 minutes of #85.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      E-85! get it! ha ha
      • 7 Years Ago
      Agreed that the Furai was the best vehicle in that building. Possibly the best concept I've ever seen.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't want to sound unaprpeciative, but that podcast was disappointingly short. I think the Detroit show was covered plenty within the posts and I like that they summed up the most exciting showings, but there is much to talk about within the automotive industry.

        I'm a huge fan of the podcasts and this site in general, so maybe I'm just insatiable...

        Keep up the good work guys.