I was not planning on going to a car show this year. It turned out that it was “Teacher’s Work Day” for my son Kubi, which meant that he did not have to go to school on Friday. So I had scheduled a FreeGeek time for us from 3PM to 7PM to build computers. But since the car show was very close to FreeGeek, I thought I would drop him off at FreeGeek, and go to car show on my own. This idea worked fine. The only problem was finding a good place to park my truck.
Here we go! Starting with SAAB and Lincoln. These are luxury cars and accordingly you are going to get a gas milage something like what is shown below. This car looked very big. On the upside I think your survival rate in case of an accident would be very high.
Here is a Mitsubishi all electric van i-MIEV, however when I inquired about it, I found out that it was not for sale in the USA yet.
Here is how the instrument panel looks like for the latest model of Mini. I always liked this car. Everything inside is roundish and original. It is like Apple computer of cars. 2011 Mini.
Outside of 2011 Mini.
Continuing with luxury cars, 2011 Lexus gas mileage.
Subaru had this display to show their drive train being different and perhaps better.
2011 Truck drive train.
2011 Subaru symmetrical all wheel drive.
Mazda had a few race cars. Here is one.
Here is another Mazda race car.
Here is another. By the way, Mazda also had a gaming center. And of course there were many children playing games inside.
Now we are looking at 2011 Toyota vehicles. This one is 2011 Prius.
Wonderful gas mileage, but notice what is interesting: city gas mileage higher than highway mpg.
Here is 2011 Chevy Volt, it was on a rotating platform so you couldn’t just sit in it and play with dials and such. This is a hybrid car, but with a pretty amazing technology, and perhaps lot more things to go wrong in it? Also the price is pretty steep. Is it worth it? Maybe for you, but definitely not for me.
2011 Chevy Volt. It does look nice!
Here is 2011 Chevy Mustang. Good old days.
I did not include the picture here but there was Chevy Aveo on the floor. The car you see on the platform in the picture above looked very similar to Aveo and when I asked the girl on the platform about it, she said the Aveo was being discontinued and replaced with a new brand. Actually this makes a lot of sense, because Aveo had lots of problems, and perhaps the brand name was unsalvagable.
Here is 2011 Honda.
2011 Honda family van.
2011 Honda gas mileage, not bad.
Here is a game changer: the first commercial all electric vehicle at a reasonable price. 2011 Nissan Leaf. The question is: will it be successful?
Under the hood it looks like a gasoline engine. (2011 Nissan Leaf).
Headlights are awesome. (2011 Nissan Leaf).
Notice that there is no stick shift inside. (2011 Nissan Leaf).
Portland Auto Show had a new area called Eco Center this year. In this new area there were eco friendly products on display. Arcimoto is a very small auto company (perhaps one man show, I don’t know). The pictures show all electric 3 wheeled vehicle with special lighting effects.
Here is how the backside looks like.
2011 Arcimoto rear wheel.
2011 Honda mileage.
Guess what this car is?
It is all electric sports car, 2011 TESLA. Super Cool!
It is an awesome car, I want one of these NOW!
White Zombie. It beat all other cars in drag racing, electric OR gasoline!
White Zombie engine compartment.
White Zombie side view.
White Zombie brains in the trunk.
Every year they have one of these. If you can guess what this crumpled car was, you can win something in the drawing. Make a guess.
Model 4 wheel drive trucks. Remote Controlled.
If you can get it down that slope. But I didn’t see any that made it.
They kept falling.
It was too dark to take pictures so I gave up.
Here is an interesting car from way waaaay back. 1956 Isetta BMW.
It is an amazing gas mileage.
2011 Porsche Gas mileage, but why would you be worried about this?
2011 Ferrari, but lighting was not good.
2011 Ducati motorcycles.
2011 Ducati motorcycles.
Yours truly, Nev!
Kubi the clown!