The International Motor Show 201
This year's show was mostly boring (a lot of new crossover and SUVs), so one nightman Justin Westbrook and I decided to take a walk the second media day to see what unusual things we could find.
Formula drift racer Fredric Aasbø was there, displaying his new Toyota Corolla hatchback-based drift car. It was knotty! We blessed the car with the Jalopnik push.
Then it happened:
It was a sort of dealer meeting or something. People were holding glasses of champagne. We did not know what we should do. We just wanted to try the new CT6 V-Sport.
Then we were finally able to fly away to look at a few German cars.
In particular, the reversing camera in the BMW Alpina B7 is very well a pickup by journalists.
Our favorite display, however, was on the Mercedes-Benz stand. We have seen it from afar and only had to try it.
We had no idea what it was, but it looked like a Futurwagen, so we called it. It was a fully functional seat attached to a steering wheel and screen and some speakers. You can control the volume of the music with the steering wheel. It was a lot of fun.
Ultimately, our antics caught the attention of two very German Mercedes product specialists who called us and asked helpfully if we had any questions about the product.
The conversation went something like this.
"Is this a Futurwagen?"
"It's our MBUX kiosk, it's supposed to show the UX systems of our new cars, you can use the natural language to control it, for example:" Hey, Mercedes, I'm cold, "and the car It's going to be warming up in the upcoming A-Class. "
" But I like this setup, can I just buy it? "
" No. "
" Have you seen WALL-E? It reminds me of those places everyone will go to in the future. "
* dumb for a moment *" Yes, I saw that, no, it's not the same thing. "
Then We decided to go (and spare those two poor product specialists), because the day was over and it was time to visit our own party where guests of honor had a Yugo and a 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo
However, if you have time, go and watch the show. If you're thinking about buying a new car, sitting in them and comparing them all side by side, without a disgusting salesman getting up in your personal space, is a great way.
And if you're lost or unsure Where the convention center is, it's right next to this great billboard.