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This Week In “What The Hell” News

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?

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  1. sean

    …because suv is to nice car like paint primer is to waiting for next tech bubble?

    Mike, I gotta send you this calender thing one of my crazy buddies at Burton sent me… and you thought minivans were painful to look at.

  2. sean

    …because suv is to nice car like paint primer is to waiting for next tech bubble?

    Mike, I gotta send you this calender thing one of my crazy buddies at Burton sent me… and you thought minivans were painful to look at.

  3. Skwid

    Smart cars are, sad to say, not exactly innovation, given that they’ve been common across the pond for about half a decade, now.

    The thing is, personally, I’d rather look at a minivan than 95% of SUVs, frankly. What cracks me up are the minivans that they market *as* SUVs. How could anyone look at a Pacifica (marketed as an SUV), which is one of the finest minivans I’ve ever seen, and see anything *but* a minivan?

  4. Mike Kozlowski

    Dude, the Pacifica is totally a jazzed-up station wagon, not a minivan.

  5. Mike Hoye

    I’m starting to think that the functional differences between SUVs, station wagons and minivans are all about whether or the line between the top of the headlights and the top of the front windshield is concave or convex. And maybe the faux roof-rack.