Last week, my intelligence sources indicated that an auto show was about to be held in Boston. So I made my way to the Paragon Expo Center in downtown Boston. Predictably enough, I started with Camp Jeep where I got to experience the amazing off-road ability of the Jeep which any soccer mom would appreciate when negotiating the frost and twigs on one of her Rubicon runs to the neighborhood Costco. Hey, but that’s what marketing is all about.
|Jeep Wrangler showing off|
Then I made my way to the BMW stand and ogled the new 3 and 5 series like Charlie Sheen ogles women on “Two and a half men”. Repeat for Audi R8, A4/S4 and A5. You definitely have this sense of occasion when approaching and sitting into a BMW or an Audi. Driving impressions will have to wait. I am not one of those lucky Car and Driver journalists who get everything short of an escort on one of their vehicle introductions in the French Riviera. So poor old me will have to hike my way to the nearest BMW dealer in spring or summer.
|Ooh la la !|
What Audi lacks in visual flash, it makes up in the dash(board). Looks like Audi reallocated some of those styling dollars from the exterior to the vehicle interior. Seems like BMW and Audi took a peek at Steve Jobs’ playbook.
The Cadillac CTS, Merc C-class, Infiniti G37 and Lexus IS might play in the same sandbox as the BMW 3 series and Audi A4 but they lack the sheer panache of the attractive duo. Hey, if Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova had the same ATP rankings, whom would you prefer? The CTS coupe, though, has the visual flash to rival the Beemer.
|The CTS=V coupe|
Now lets shift our attention to the more attainable cars rather than the cars that make you go green with envy. Rather than write an exhaustive narrative about every car on the block, I have limited my activity to the cars that caught my eye. So climbing down the ladder of monetary dearness, the next cars that caught my fancy were the VWs minus the Jetta and the Passat. I found the 2012 VW Tiguan with the new corporate nose to be particularly fetching. Now if they did something about the rear which appears too plain-Jane and snub compared to the front, that would make life interesting. And the gasoline and diesel turbos should quicken your pulse too.
|The Tiguan – My fav under 30K|
The sole car from the Toyota family which caught my eye was the Scion tC (till the Toyobaru .. sorry, Scion FR-S comes along) . Scion has done a good job of jabbing a shot of testosterone in the car’s styling, inside and out. In fact, the FR-S might look too tame standing next to the tC.
|Get your dose of testosterone from the Scion tC|