Random thoughts from the Montreal Auto Show


There is a lot of very nice automobiles being exhibited at the Convention Center this week. Unfortunately we had to move around a lot of our fellow Montrealers for the privilege of sitting in the front seat of cars that we will never be able to afford.

The expensive cars weren’t the only ones getting attention, there was actually a line to get into those small Smart mini-cars. They are much roomier than we expected.

Somewhere in the design studios of large companies, there is an engineer whose only job is to make sure that touching a new automobile makes you want to buy it.

Of course, some automobiles are too good for the unwashed masses. The Bentleys and DB9 could only be admired from afar.

Am I the only one with the opinion the concept cars are the automobile equivalent of a circus freak show? I’ll return to my images 5 years from now to see how many of them actually made it to market.

I was dissapointed to see that the bikini-clab car groupies have been replaced by Windex-carrying teenagers.

Unfortunately the photography was not as good as I had hoped, bad lighting, lots of reflections and way too many people.

1 Comment so far

  1. monkey (unregistered) on January 30th, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    i’m surprised you found the prototypes too freaky, i was mostly impressed by them, and i thought the designs were adequate…

    and i also noticed that people were trying to get in not only expensive cars, but rather smaller and economic vehicles like Civic’s, Yaris’s, MX-5’s… which i totally approve since they’re much more ecologic that big dumb (and not-so-well designed) american always-bigger cars. The Yaris and Civic really impressed me.

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