A lot of these newish rides are “bricked” – they can’t go at all anymo:
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Consider this car an expensive hobby.
Ah look, from Marin it’s a red Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid in red and in the background it’s a silver Tesla Model S electric car.
Don’t they look super similar?
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“On 14 April 2008, Tesla Motors filed a lawsuit against Fisker Automotive, alleging that Henrik Fisker stole Tesla’s Model S hybrid technology and was using it to develop the Karma. Tesla’s suit claimed that the design work done for the Model S sedan by Fisker Coachbuild was substandard, and that Fisker Automotive diverted its best ideas to the Karma. On 4 November 2008 CNET News reported that Tesla Motors would discontinue its suit after an interim ruling in favor of Fisker et al. A news release on the Fisker Automotive website stated that Tesla was ordered to pay US$1,144,285 in costs.“
Our San Francisco International Auto Show runs through Sunday, November 27th, 2011 down at Moscone Center.
That’s Fisker Automotive down there on the left. They make the Karma hybrid car. (Half a decade ago, Fisker competitor Tesla Automotive had this very space, but they’ve run into trouble since then and they were nowhere to be seen in 2011):
This is the second thing you’ll see as you descend from Howard Street:
From the Academy of Art University (“the Art School of Art Schools”) collection:
Isn’t it cute?
It’s a 1959 Autobiancho Bianchina Transformabile, “the rich man’s Fiat 500.”
Lot’s of nostalgia on hand this year, as per usual:
Classic 1965 Ford Mustang pool table with working headlights:
Here’s your Best in Show #1, the 2012 MINI John Cooper Works Coupe:
All the deets:
A huge Nissan something or other:
The American Pride Camaro:
Here’s the Aftermarket Avenue. Why would you need even one flat panel TV in your trunk?
Oh look, Tesla Automotive makes gasoline-powered cars now! These Lotus cars are shorter and lighter than those failed Tesla Roadsters, so handling is probably much better. Oh, they’re a lot cheaper to boot:
Does your Rolls Royce convertible have suicide doors? If not, why not?
Toyota will slam your Prius hybrid these days. What’s next, a factory chop and channel job?
And here’s your other Best in Show, the Scion IQ 3+1. That 3+1 means that the seat behind the driver has zero legroom, basically, but the seat behind the front passenger is roomy owing to the front passenger seat being mounted closer to the windshield than the driver’s seat. Check it:
See you there!