More from the Utah International Auto Expo…

By | January 17, 2011

We don’t get new concepts here in Utah but we do get some older concepts and movie cars on occasion. We also get some upcoming vehicles that we aren’t supposed to touch yet. Below are some of the cars we got to see this year:

Although we didn’t get to see the 2012 Ford Focus ST concept we did get a chance to see the new amazing 2012 Focus next to the horrible 2011 Focus.

Is it me or do the Fast and Furious looking Scions actually make the bizarre little cars almost look appealing? Below are pictures of the stock vehicles next to the “modified” versions. Of course the TC is new for 2011 and looks to be a significant update over the first generation car.

We are happy about the return of the Subaru WRX STi sedan.

Electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf hint at the (boring) future of automobiles but it was nice to see the the 370Z convertible in the background had a larger crowd gathering around it — fun cars are still on people’s minds!

Micheal Jordan’s cardboard cutout was there on hand with his Aston Martin DB7 convertible. Finished in red with red and white interior, we assume those are his favorite colors.

A Ferrari California and a non-burning 458 Italia were also on hand to be drooled over, from a distance so not to leave water spots on them.

Only one bull was on display, a bright green Murciélago roadster, and it was caged up on the back of a see-through covered trailer. Apparently it was a contest to win the beast.

We also got Bumble Bee and the Corvette Stingray concept that were in the latest Transformers movie.

And who couldn’t smile at the Cadillac CTSv coupe and family station wagon. A 556 horsepower station wagon might even make us feel OK about parental responsibilities.

Ford had the Mustang BOSS 302 Laguna Seca edition on site! as well as several private owned Mustangs including a 1979 Mustang Pace Car, a Saleen Mustang and an old UHP pursuit Mustang!

No car show would be complete without our favorite truck: The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor! We got a beautiful blue one to crawl all over and inside.

We were disappointed that Nissan didn’t have a GTR in their booth.

In the midst of all the family cars, luxury cars and sports cars a the show, the coolest car had to be this 1969 Subaru 360 restored by Nate Wade Subaru’s body-shop. The Subaru 360, or “Lady Bug” as it was nicknamed in Japan, was encouraged by the government as the first affordable “People’s Car” back in a time when automotive ownership in Japan was rare. The Lady Bug is powered by a 356cc in-line 2 two-stroke air-cooled engine transversely-mounted in the rear hooked to a four-speed manual transmission. The car would top out at 60 mph and get as high as 66 mpg. It weighed less than 1,000 pounds and cost less than $1500. Subaru built 392,000 360s between 1958 and 1971 . We’re pretty sure it could fit in the bed of the SVT Raptor and be used as a spare…

[Jason Udy]

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