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Catapharact
19-02-12, 15:37
Well, its that time of year again :D; Toronto once again gets the privilege of seeing some Auto Manufacturers showcase their magnificent sculptures of steel and Fiberglass.

This year's Autoshow was way more entertaining as compared to last year; This year, more concept models were being shown off as well as quite a lot of magnificent models being showcased from manufacturers that you wouldn't have expected :p.

Ford certainly surprised me with their new Fusion (the styling is obviously taken from Aston Martin.) Lexus and BMW had AMAZING concept lineups (Lexus always wins the crowd over with the LFA.) And offcourse, Jaguar had an amazing lineup as always ;). I am biased :p (proud Jag owner here.)

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/8342/show20i.jpg

http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/3669/show1p.jpg

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/7423/show2is.jpg

The new 2013 Ford Fusion. Yeah... Looks nothing like a "Ford" does it :p. To me, it could very well be a downgraded Aston Martin:

http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/6002/show3o.jpg

The Ford Mustang 5.0:

http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/7923/show18.jpg

The Lexus LFA. Always a crowd pleaser. Booootiful car:

http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/216/show4q.jpg

http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/1618/show5o.jpg

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/4848/show6h.jpg

The Mercedes AMG roadster:

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/8563/show7o.jpg

This is a Hyundai... Yeah I know...Wild non? Hyundai is DEFINITELY not an underdog anymore.

http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/1484/show8q.jpg

BMW's vision concept:

http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/4109/show9v.jpg

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/7739/show10t.jpg

Me being... Me:

http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/3824/show19.jpg

Jaguar has certainly upped its game now:

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/4612/show11d.jpg

Chevorlet's Stingray concept. You might remember this car from the Transformer's 2 movie:

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/6554/show13xg.jpg

http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/4966/show16.jpg

http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/2138/show17.jpg

And where there are Transformers, there is Bumblebee ;):

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/9948/show14.jpg

http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/9744/show15h.jpg

pekirock
19-02-12, 16:30
All of the cars seem so futuristic like! I love it!
And my friend was one of the models there :D

Catapharact
19-02-12, 16:35
And my friend was one of the models there :D

Was she by any chance working at the Chevorlet Camaro Hotwheels Edition showfloor? If so, I talked up a storm with her :p.

KurtisandLara
19-02-12, 16:38
In love with the stingray!
All these look great!

Your_Envy*
19-02-12, 16:41
And where there are Transformers, there is Bumblebee ;):

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/9948/show14.jpg

http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/9744/show15h.jpg

Bumblebee! :jmp:

It needs this inside of it though and it's perfect (Bee-otch):

http://i.imgur.com/kAYD3.jpg

WANT. With the Autobot sign, oh dear, oh dear. :cln: No Optimus though? Would be badass to see it live. :D

Catapharact
19-02-12, 18:11
In love with the stingray!
All these look great!

Yeah I like the Stingray concept as well. Chevrolet hasn't announced yet as to if they are going to bring that car out into mass production. Lets hope they do.



WANT. With the Autobot sign, oh dear, oh dear. :cln: No Optimus though? Would be badass to see it live. :D

Unfortunately, no Optimus prime :p. The showrooms are filled with enough cars as they are without putting in a monster of a rig in there as well :p.

StefanJ94
19-02-12, 18:14
Were there any Mini Coopers on show? :D

Catapharact
19-02-12, 18:16
Were there any Mini Coopers on show? :D

Lots. Mini even show cased their new Cooper S convertible as well. But, I am not a fan of Minis :p. So I kinda just glanced over the Mini Cooper section.

Cochrane
19-02-12, 18:17
I really like the Stingray concept, and I hope the next Ford Mondeo will be identical to or at least similar to the Fusion. Yes, it looks like a long Aston Martin, but I don't see that as a bad thing. :D

The Lexus and Kia are not really the style I like, and that BMW is just plain ugly.

Catapharact
19-02-12, 18:24
I really like the Stingray concept, and I hope the next Ford Mondeo will be identical to or at least similar to the Fusion. Yes, it looks like a long Aston Martin, but I don't see that as a bad thing. :D

Yeah its not a bad thing at all! Aston Martins are some of the most well designed and beautiful cars out in the world right now so its a sound strategy to apply the ascetics of one of your high class manufacturers to some of your moderately priced vehicle models. Ford certainly got the attention it wanted this year.

The Lexus and Kia are not really the style I like, and that BMW is just plain ugly.

Well the Vision concept was certainly a head turner that's for sure :p.

Your_Envy*
19-02-12, 19:03
Unfortunately, no Optimus prime :p. The showrooms are filled with enough cars as they are without putting in a monster of a rig in there as well :p.

But they should! Optimus is just badass! :cln:

I was so into Bumblebee pictures I forgot to comment on everything else, typical. Put some Transformers and I am sold! Anyway, really nice pictures, I love Lexus one (my uncle has Lexus and I like it so much), especially the colour. Yum! Thank you for showing! :D

Draco
19-02-12, 20:18
I was and am still planning to make up my own Optimus Prime show truck. Maybe even Megatron from the third movie as well.

Catracoth
19-02-12, 20:21
I might get that Ford Fusion when it comes to market. Looks enough like an Aston Martin to have my mouth water.

Nausinous
19-02-12, 20:38
Cars look nice.

maximum_123
19-02-12, 21:04
Aren't Aston Martins made by Ford anyway?

But they look good. Ugh, I want a car so bad. I've always loved Ford Mustangs, they're fierce, lmao. <3

Catapharact
19-02-12, 21:14
Aren't Aston Martins made by Ford anyway?

No and Yes. Aston Martin was an independent Automaker that made its own cars. It landed into financial trouble numerous times however and significant shares of the company were bought by many different consortiums in the 70s and 80s. In the late 80s, Ford decided to buy a huge stake in Aston Martin and thus the company was under Ford's control.

However in 2007:

A consortium led by Prodrive chairman David Richards purchased Aston Martin for £475m / US$848m. Prodrive had no financial involvement in the deal.[22] Ford will keep a stake in the company (valued at £40m / US$70m). The consortium also consisted of John Sinders, an Aston Martin collector; and two Kuwaiti investment companies, Investment Dar and Adeem Investment Co.

So now, Ford does has a stake in the company but not enough to have the final say as to which direction Aston Martin should go into.

Catracoth
19-02-12, 21:17
Aren't Aston Martins made by Ford anyway?

Er...what ?

maximum_123
19-02-12, 21:22
I didn't know that they got bought again in 2007, I still thought they were under Ford's control. I really like the look of the Fusion though.

Er...what ?

Didn't you know that? Well, they're not anymore evidently! But they were.

Gracious Days
19-02-12, 21:24
I'm really liking the Ford Fusion and the Hyundai, especially the latter, and I agree they've stepped up their game.

The Chevrolets are not to my tastes.

Catracoth
19-02-12, 21:47
Didn't you know that? Well, they're not anymore evidently! But they were.

I did not. Wow, learn something new every day.

Catapharact
19-02-12, 22:27
How can any self-respecting auto-enthusiast not know that Aston Martin was under Ford`s control until 2007 :p.

Comeon... Casino Royale should have been a dead giveaway given the fact that the two cars that James Bond is featured driving in that movie happen to be made by Ford and Aston Martin :p.

Cochrane
19-02-12, 22:32
Casino Royale was fun in that regard. I most liked the car park in the caribbean that was filled only with cars from brand that belonged to Ford. So many Range Rovers, Volvos, Aston Martins and so on in one place…

But I haven't had too much faith in the knowledge of self-described auto-enthusiasts ever since I was in a forum for a racing game where people had no clue what the "b" next to the window of a Lancia Stratos stood for. Some actually suggested it might have to do with the engine or something! :D

knightgames
19-02-12, 22:50
I must be getting old (shuddup!). The Stingray looked good in Transformers because it looked like a cartoon car. Not liking it.

Now the Mercedes coupe? I'm lovin' it.

The first new car I bought was a 1985 Hyundai Excel. $4,995.00 plus tax. LOL They have come a long way, baby.

Catapharact
19-02-12, 23:11
Casino Royale was fun in that regard. I most liked the car park in the caribbean that was filled only with cars from brand that belonged to Ford. So many Range Rovers, Volvos, Aston Martins and so on in one place…

But I haven't had too much faith in the knowledge of self-described auto-enthusiasts ever since I was in a forum for a racing game where people had no clue what the "b" next to the window of a Lancia Stratos stood for. Some actually suggested it might have to do with the engine or something! :D

Glad I am not the only one who picked up on that :D.

Anecdote time:

When me and my girl were watching Casino Royale in theaters for the first time, I actually chuckled during the parking lot scene. The missus just looked at me awkwardly and asked what was so funny.

Me: "Oh nothing... Just that Ford are such sneaky f***s; Brilliant f***s... But oh so sneaky."

I must be getting old (shuddup!). The Stingray looked good in Transformers because it looked like a cartoon car. Not liking it.

Now the Mercedes coupe? I'm lovin' it.

The first new car I bought was a 1985 Hyundai Excel. $4,995.00 plus tax. LOL They have come a long way, baby.

Oh you are not getting old at all! Infact one of the most popular section of the show happened to be the classic car showroom; Especially the Triumph lineup all the way back from the alpha days of auto racing.

Classics will always have their appeal.

Spong
20-02-12, 07:28
All those cool motors, and you still look as grumpy as hell in that pic.

knightgames
20-02-12, 07:59
Oh you are not getting old at all! Infact one of the most popular section of the show happened to be the classic car showroom; Especially the Triumph lineup all the way back from the alpha days of auto racing.

Classics will always have their appeal.



TYVM!

Now, the Triumph line I'd liked to see. I don't consider myself an automobile affectionado, but I do appreciate the older cars for their beauty - and even crudeness in some instances. I just don't feel the passion about car stylings like I used to. Seeing a 65 Thunderbird would make me drool in envy. Now adays, there's few cars that stoke my fire. A Caddy Coupe would be nice. If I'd not been witness to so many craptastic Chrysler products I'd look at them with a different eye.... but no. Even though I think they have some of the best LOOKING American made vehicles.

I do like those new Fords. You're right about them looking all Astin Martinesque. I'd consider getting one. They've come a long way from the Pinto.

Catapharact
20-02-12, 13:31
All those cool motors, and you still look as grumpy as hell in that pic.

You can practically cut the irony in that statement with a butter knife :p.

And that`s not my grumpy look! That`s my indifferent look :p.


TYVM!

Now, the Triumph line I'd liked to see. I don't consider myself an automobile affectionado, but I do appreciate the older cars for their beauty - and even crudeness in some instances. I just don't feel the passion about car stylings like I used to. Seeing a 65 Thunderbird would make me drool in envy. Now adays, there's few cars that stoke my fire. A Caddy Coupe would be nice. If I'd not been witness to so many craptastic Chrysler products I'd look at them with a different eye.... but no. Even though I think they have some of the best LOOKING American made vehicles.

Your sentiment is perfectly understandable :). There are many who argue that the artistic element from car designs nowadays has thinned down and continues to thin down as years progress on. I personally disagree since there are cars out there that are designed with purely ascetics in mind first and engineering second :p (Spyker would be a good example of that.) But the love of the classics hasn`t vanished at all.

I only had a chance to get a quick glimpse of the Triumph section :p. You will have to forgive me; There was just way too much to see and way too many concepts were making their debut in the show so the Trumph lineup ended up being on the back-burner list for me :p.

But here are two shots from the Triumph Showroom:

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/8599/show21.jpg

http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/282/show22n.jpg

Spong
20-02-12, 13:36
You can practically cut the irony in that statement with a butter knife :p

I don't look grumpy in my profile pic (I look downright scary if I'm honest). My posts though? I can see where you're coming from there ;):p

And that`s not my grumpy look! That`s my indifferent look :p

How you manage to maintain that level of indifference when surrounded by such automotive greatness is anyone's guess :eek:
I'm no petrol head, but I'd still have a constant look of awe walking around a show like that.

Catapharact
20-02-12, 15:00
How you manage to maintain that level of indifference when surrounded by such automotive greatness is anyone's guess :eek:
I'm no petrol head, but I'd still have a constant look of awe walking around a show like that.

What do you take me for? The average TRF mindless horny f***wit :p? (Its a joke people; Stay calm.)

Being around magnificent cars is like being around very amazing ladies; You can not just act like some slobbering idiot that is accustomed to using very VERY bad pickup lines :p. No... Your interest should go beyond that and as such its good to keep a poker face on and admire the cars with a higher standard in mind ;).

knightgames
20-02-12, 16:25
Thanks for the Triumph shots Catapharact. If I'm not mistaken - is that a Jag XKE behind #77?

How about a 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom? I'm not the ostentatios type, but I must admit that driving one of these would be nice.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e354/knightgames/rollsroycephantom.jpg


or this: 1959 Mercedes 300 Roadster

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e354/knightgames/1962MB300S.jpg

Cochrane
20-02-12, 17:01
By the way: I know it's a bit old, but I still got some pictures from the IAA 2011 in Frankfurt. Is anyone here interested in those?

Catapharact
20-02-12, 18:32
Thanks for the Triumph shots Catapharact. If I'm not mistaken - is that a Jag XKE behind #77?

Actually that is the 1970 Triumph GT6 special :); A very well known classic racer that was actually quite reasonably priced for the time :p.

How about a 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom? I'm not the ostentatios type, but I must admit that driving one of these would be nice.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e354/knightgames/rollsroycephantom.jpg


or this: 1959 Mercedes 300 Roadster

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e354/knightgames/1962MB300S.jpg[

The Phantom has always been way wayyy too ostentatious for me personally :p, but I cannot deny the fact that the car is indeed a magnificent work of art. The Mercedes 300 looks good as both a collector`s car and as something that I wouldn`t mind driving either :D.

Personally, when it comes to classics, the 1965 Corvette Stingray Coupe has always been a personal fav. of mines:

http://www.collectormotors.com/65_427/05.jpg

Along with the 1967 Shelby GT 500:

http://chrisescars.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/1967-Shelby-Mustang-GT500.jpg

And just for a bit of Neo-Classic flavour...The 1988 Lotus Esprit 300 :D:

http://www.works-y3f.com/m_cars/1_euro/lotus/esprit300/01.jpg

By the way: I know it's a bit old, but I still got some pictures from the IAA 2011 in Frankfurt. Is anyone here interested in those?

Go for it :D. I would love to see them.

Jester Head
20-02-12, 20:37
The Mercedes and the fusion are beautiful! Nice photos!

Since this is becoming a cars general, I'd love to have these two babies:

Toyota AE86 Trueno
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wlZpxF39-Jk/TizmfacqPQI/AAAAAAAAApk/j34viQXvNdc/s1600/trueno-ae86.jpg


Citroen 2cv
http://chrisescars.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/4.-citroen-2cv.jpg

Catapharact
21-02-12, 21:25
Toyota AE86 Trueno

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wlZpxF39-Jk/TizmfacqPQI/AAAAAAAAApk/j34viQXvNdc/s1600/trueno-ae86.jpg

Let me guess; You are a fan of Initial D :p.

knightgames
22-02-12, 06:30
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Stingray. The 65 is a beaut, and that picture of it is a great example of its lines. Nice picture of the classic.

This just does it for me... a 67 Olds Toronado: front whhel drive with a 440 engine.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e354/knightgames/67toronado-270-1.jpg

a 65 Riviera

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e354/knightgames/1965Riviera.jpg


Looking at the Triumph again, the back end does look a bit bulbous for a Jag. I'm not familiar with that make of Triumph.
I bet she rides nice.


Looking at the Citroen 2cv reminds me of one of my best teachers ever. Mr. Cavenaugh. He taught French and would regale us with tales of his experiemces in Paris. I don't know if he owned a Citroen 2cv, but he managed to mention the "Two Horse" (forget how to say it in french) in almost every escapade. When I saw how humble of a car it was it fit him to a tee. Great man, and much loved by his students.



Cochrane, yes. I'd like to see the images, if it's not a hassle.

robm_2007
22-02-12, 06:38
The windshield on that BMW's vision concept looks dangerously low. Like people could split their heads open on it.

Catapharact
22-02-12, 22:51
Toronado! Excellent choice! Though I am more partial to the Hemi Cuda :p. HP wise its a sound example of pure American muscle. Torque wise, I would like to see it step up toe to toe with a modern Muscle. I so would wanna pit a Toronado against my current car :D.

The windshield on that BMW's vision concept looks dangerously low. Like people could split their heads open on it.

Which is why its only a concept :p. The Audi R8 would be a perfect example of a car that started off as a concept and went through a lot of design changes before hitting mass production. So if the vision concept does ends up creating a buzz, then you can sure bet that design changes will be applied to the car.