Seattle Auto Show

Stopped into the Seattle Auto Show today. Some great models on the floor. A great deal of space was dedicated to more practical cars. I imagine this is due to the economy and rise in gas prices. The build quality and feature sets on compact cars is improving greatly with each model year.

Ford showcased their all electric focus at the show. Unfortunately, the car was not accessible to the general crowd. Though, it looks like any other Focus. Instead of a gas cap, there’s plug-in port located on the drivers front quarter panel.

Scion rolled out their Iq, which is a Toyota Nano. This little thing gives Smart a real run for their money. The 1.3l engine puts out 96hp @ 6,000 RPM compared to Smart’s TwoFour at 70hp @ 5,500 RPM. With the Iq, I feel like I am in a car, rather than a go-kart. It’s body styling is pretty nice too.

Seems like this auto show should be free. I felt like I paid $11 dollars to see a couple advertisements from car makers. It was interesting to see but I’ll stick to car and driver and visiting dealerships when a model strikes my interest.

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