Arlene and I visited the Ottawa-Gatineau Auto Show this weekend on a lark, and if any of you are considering going, skip it. I went to this crappy auto show so you don’t have to.
Innovative work in the automotive space includes the new, tiny little Smart Car and basically nothing else.
BMW and Honda didn’t even put in an appearance. Some Porsches were there, including the much-drooled-over Carrera GT, but it’s hard to appreciate the beauty of an admittedly beautiful machine like that with the hood down, the doors shut and nobody allowed within ten feet of it. Likwise the “Exotic” car section, which included four identical Lamborghinis likewise closed up and locked away. Very disappointing.
The rest of it was completely, painfully uninspiring. This year’s cars and trucks are basically last year’s cars and trucks, just a little rounder and puffier. Trucks are, surprise surprise, a little bigger. But that’s it; this year’s new cars are apparently as exciting as watching chalk dry. Walking around the parking lot at your local BMW dealership for half an hour would be cheaper and suck less.
Seriously, answer me this: why would you have a car show, whose target market is presumably “people who like to look at nice cars” and fill it full of SUVs and minivans?