The Wall Street Journal is having yet another poll about the new concept vehicles. It's another poll with basically a "yes or no" answer on whether or not Dodge should build this car. Everyone head over and vote BUILD IT! Here's some more info:
Click here to go to the article and rock the vote!The North American International Auto Show, the U.S. auto industry's answer to Comdex and the Cannes film festival, is in full swing. Eternally optimistic auto makers are putting memories of 2005 behind them with a gaggle of shiny dream machines.
That means it's time for Eyes on the Road readers to give the industry a piece of their minds by giving an up or down vote on some of the Detroit show's crop of "concept cars," those one-of-a-kind prototypes designed to decorate auto-show stands, create buzz and offer a preview of attractions that may someday come to a dealership near you.
This year's Detroit show was light on way-out and wacky concept cars: It seemed that most of the big players, especially General Motors and Ford, didn't have time or money to waste on goofy designs that will never make it to a factory. Many of this year's show cars looked a lot like production prototypes that got hauled out of working studios. BMW's Mini Traveller concept was barely out from under wraps when Mini executives confirmed plans to build a real Mini wagon much like it.
The Dodge Challenger, meanwhile, looks like somebody jumped in a time machine, went back to 1970 and stole a Challenger off Woodward Avenue in Detroit while the owner was gobbling down sliders at a White Castle. Granted, the new Challenger looks a lot tighter and cleaner than the original, which never sold all that well. One notable improvement: The car's body matches the wheelbase, so the vehicle doesn't look like it's zipping around on a too-small pair of roller skates.
Pros: This is a car Chrysler could actually build, really soon, because its underpinnings are the same as the production Dodge Charger sedan and Chrysler 300C. Chrysler also has a Hemi V-8 engine just waiting to go into the front end.
Cons: Where's the creativity? It looks like a note-for-note cover of the old car.