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Old 01-30-2010, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default Went to DC Auto Show 1/30/2010

I went to the DC Auto Show today at the DC Convention Center in Washington today and had a great time. Highlights there included the Fiat 500, Cadillac Converj and a very nice Ford display that showcased some cool looking Mustangs.

However, I was very sad today. I've been going to this show most years since the early '90's and this is the first year that there were no Saturns at the show. There were also no Pontiacs, Hummers, Mitsubishis or Suzukis. Since we had a major snowstorm in the DC area today, the crowds at the show were smaller than last year. Didn't see any Chinese cars.

The number of vendors selling shammies and other car accessories were smaller as well this year. Hopefully, the automotive market will pick up and this show will have some new additions next year.

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Old 01-30-2010, 10:29 PM   #2
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Thanks for the post. I'm going tomorrow, and come to think about it, I'll bring my Saturn bag for old time's sake.

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Old 01-31-2010, 11:58 AM   #3
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I have been following the Auto shows incl Detroit via RSS. I really like the Fiat 500, seen it on Top Gear, very cool car (shame it is on a very limited production here in the US) . Ford seemed to the the show winner though this year, Fiesta, Focus and 5.0 Mustang.

I like to view the shows as an indication as to the direction where each company is going.
I was wondering though what direction is indicated by the GM show vehicles as far as integrating Opel products? Buick? (other than the Insignia) Anything?

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I didn't see anything exciting in the GM area at the show. They had some neat Corvettes. They were trying to hype Buick. I'm over 50 and I still view Cadillacs and Buicks as old fart cars. I want to drive something that is contemporary and fresh. If it has a Buick badge on it, I expect to see stickers on it that say things like "Official Old Fart's Car" or "Suspension by Sta-Puft Marshmellows".

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Hmm, this will be a change.

I am heading out to it here in a bit myself. I am interested in seeing the 500 mostly.

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Top Gear Fiat 500 video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZmGv-ecm3I

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