Because I write about cars as part of my work for Mobile Magazine, seeing the various concept cars and new releases isn’t quite as exciting as it used to be. Even so, it’s nice to finally see cars like the Chevy Volt in person. It was also interesting to see the Nissan GT-R with a left-hand-drive configuration (I saw the RHD model in Tokyo last November). The GT-R is a beast and I’ve been told that it represents the most expensive Nissan ever sold in North America.
I didn’t bother getting a press pass, because I was able to get a couple of free tickets from my brother. Can’t really beat the price of free. If it wasn’t for those tickets, admission to the 2008 Vancouver International Auto Show would have cost $12 per person (I went with Susanne). Anyways, if you check out the video above, you’ll see some of the pictures that I took while there.
Because there weren’t any new reveals — as far as I know — at the Vancouver International Auto Show, there really wasn’t that much for me to cover. Even so, I managed to pull three articles out if you want to give them a read:
- A Closer Look Inside the 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS
- Three-Wheel Performance Hybrid Approaches 100 Miles Per Gallon
- Hybrid X Concept: Toyota’s Vision of the Future
I was hoping to get more information about the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and the Mazda2 hatchback, but the reps had nothing for me. Shucks.
The FuelVapor concept car (seen in the video) is a local Vancouver area project and that three-wheeled “car” is said to push almost 100 miles on the gallon. This is consistent with the overall theme of the auto show, which seemed to have a focus on alternative fuels, better fuel economy, and other “green” technologies. That’s why I saw cars like the Chevy Volt, Ford Airstream, and Toyota Hybrid X. These three vehicles look very different from one another, but they’re all meant to be “green” in nature. David Suzuki would approve.
Supercars like the $178,000 Audi R8, on the other hand, aren’t very green at all… but they look like a lot of fun. Forget the Volt; get me an R8.