Tai Robinson Reports from
January 2 -11, 2004
Saturday 10, 2004 - Today amongst a huge public turn out for the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show was a protest staged by Global Exchange outside on Figuero Street to honor the OEM's with awards for achievements such as worst MPG, most hated vehicle, most squandered resources, etc... There were over 100 protesters with signs, flyers and chants. As well a string of Prius', Insights, civic hybrids, and Rav 4 EV's paraded around the block. Every time a Hummer drove by on the street it was greeted with loud heckles and boos. There was also support from both the Spanish and English speaking bus riders of the LA Metro.
While outside was under control, trouble broke out inside the show. It was reported that two protesters mounted the top of a Hummer in the GM display area of the South Hall and began to jump about and try to inflict damage while shooting and making a scene. These two unidentified individuals were reportedly apprehended by show security and escorted to the LA City Police who were also in strong attendance to manage the pedestrian crowds and vehicle traffic.
Upon my personal investigation of the damage to the Show Hummers I could find no dents or serious destruction. I did get another lead from a member of show security that they thought the vehicle to sustain abuse was the blue Cadillac Escalade EXT. After inspecting that vehicle I found that it may have been handled a little ruff today. All the truck bed covers had been removed along with the rear midgate window and cargo cover.
quite a few scuff marks in the bed and to the top of the bed
from Mercedes is going into evaluation mode here in Sacramento at the California
Fuel Cell Partnership this April. It is reported that this vehicle gets 90 - 100
miles per full tank of fuel and it holds 4 kilos of hydrogen. This is the
concept vehicle that one both special awards at the
Michelin Challenge Bibendum, one for design and
one for engineering. Both of these same awards in the production class went to
I got to take
sneak peak at what Subaru has been working on.
The group is expected to be comprised of city bus riders and hybrid vehicle drivers. I would so much rather see positive use of energy and have these people accept their own personal responsibility to take care of what we got. They themselves need to make the cut from finite resources and switch to renewable fuels and sustainable transportation. It no longer matters what vehicle you drive. What is important is the fuel you chose to run it on. With the introduction of the HydrogenHummer people can now have their SUV and be proud to drive it too.
January 8, 2004 - The Honda Kiwami is the best fuel cell car out there. The word means the best, or primo. It was debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show and is coming here. The Lexus RX 330 luxury hybrid is debuting in Detroit on the 4th but will be here the 6th.
This is a low res camera on my cel phone with no flash so the lighting is real bad downstairs for the scooters and OKA. The pretty girl was signing her picture on a poster of other girls around a formula car, or champ car, whatever races at Long Beach. Will have to go visit booth again to find out more.
Not yet an EV or HEV, but innovating great new marketing strategies, the Scion booth is right next to us and the kids bring their parents to show 'em these cars that they like. The Scion is only available in CA for now and the kids love 'em. The parents are like "yeah, right" and then they ask how much? $17,000 with 30 miles to the gallon. Then the parents are hooked and very interested.
The online ordering and building your own Scion is very popular with the kids. They get to build their dream, see what it would look like and then order it. The whole approach is definitely geared to the kids just about to get a drivers license and it is working.
They are going to have to
sell these all over the country soon. Scion has a little game online just about
to start. You start a string of pictures you take of Scions and keep adding
digital pictures to see how many different, unique digital pics you can get.
Friends and other people can join your string or start their own. There are
prizes for the longest strings. I already have a dozen or so to start my string
Front to back, the Honda FCX, Insight,
H2 Hummer, Green Hummer & H2TOY