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Old 01-23-2010, 10:31 AM
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Detroit Auto Show?

Has anyone gone to the Detroit Auto Show this year? I need to be near Detroit all next week, and I will probably have some time to kill on Sunday so I'm thinking about dropping in and checking it out. Just wondering if anyone though it was worth the time?
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:34 PM
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Has anyone gone to the Detroit Auto Show this year? I need to be near Detroit all next week, and I will probably have some time to kill on Sunday so I'm thinking about dropping in and checking it out. Just wondering if anyone though it was worth the time?


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Old 01-23-2010, 08:46 PM
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I ended up stopping in this afternoon. It was "OK," about what I expected. The show was very crowded, so I didn't hang around that long. I just have trouble getting very excited about new cars.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:09 PM
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I did see one of these:
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:12 PM
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I ended up stopping in this afternoon. It was "OK," about what I expected. The show was very crowded, so I didn't hang around that long. I just have trouble getting very excited about new cars.
I was there this afternoon!

I thought it was pretty good, I go every year though.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:17 PM
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Was the Chevy Volt their? Thats the car to see, I wonder what pricing on it will be.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:24 PM
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Was the Chevy Volt their? Thats the car to see, I wonder what pricing on it will be.
Yes it was there. It looks pretty cool, if they do a good job and the price is not insane, it might be a huge seller.
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Yeah I think if they can get the price under $30k they will sell a ton of them. For a large majority of Americans they would be able to use it as an electric car most of the time.
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And they are 100% built in MI, which is pretty awesome too. Hopefully they pull it off, if the USA had a couple million of them on the road that would probably make quite a difference in our nationwide fuel consumption. Personally I could drive my daily commute for free with one of those....charge at home off the complex for free. Then charge at work off an outlet on the building.
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I'm troubled by the prospect of people casually plugging in their cars. Is it OK to show up someplace and just plug in your car like its a cell phone or some little appliance? I'm sure it adds up to serious money.
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Was the Chevy Volt their? Thats the car to see, I wonder what pricing on it will be.
I didn't bother with the domestics, it was pretty crowded around the major manufacturers' areas.
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I'm troubled by the prospect of people casually plugging in their cars. Is it OK to show up someplace and just plug in your car like its a cell phone or some little appliance? I'm sure it adds up to serious money.

and then you have the moron who will be standing in a puddle and in the poring rain plug his VOLT in ya think - jz
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I'm troubled by the prospect of people casually plugging in their cars. Is it OK to show up someplace and just plug in your car like its a cell phone or some little appliance? I'm sure it adds up to serious money.
I believe most electric cars need a specific charging station, not just a plug. It also raises an interesting question of road taxes; will these charging stations have to be metered to assess taxes, or will that be handled in some other way? I assume that there will eventually be paid charging stations available to the public.
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I was in Detroit on business all last week. Went to the show Wednesday night. Yawn...

BMW didn't even come (at least I couldn't find them, and that's what someone there told me). The show lacked energy. On that night, at least, there probably were no more than 1500 to 2000 people.

I think on Thursday night there was a fire in the Audi display and they cleared the building out. That would have been exciting.

All in all, it was just a way for me to actually leave the RenCen. Working and sleeping in the same building for several days without getting outside is just WEIRD.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:23 AM
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I believe most electric cars need a specific charging station, not just a plug. It also raises an interesting question of road taxes; will these charging stations have to be metered to assess taxes, or will that be handled in some other way? I assume that there will eventually be paid charging stations available to the public.
The volt uses a normal 120V outlet to plug in its little portable charger unit thing.

Ford had a pretty impressive display of their products, you could tell they are in WAY better shape than GM and especially Chrysler.
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