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2010 Tampa International Auto Show: GM And Korea

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On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 12:25PM | By: John Welch


2010 Tampa International Auto Show: GM And Korea

The AutoShopperBlog spent Sunday perusing the Tampa International Auto Show, presented by Motor Trend. Not expecting grandeur on the scale of a Geneva or Detroit show, we were none the less disappointed at the glaring absences from the Tampa show. No Audi, no Porsche, no Ferrari. More surprisingly there was no Fiat. You would think that the Tampa/St. Pete area would be a hot-bed of Cinquecento activity, that Chrysler/Fiat might expect to sell more than a few of the little hatchbacks in our area. Apparently they don't see it that way.

The automakers who did show up brought their best and brightest. In this post we cover three important brands from everybody's favorite bankruptcy survivor, General Motors, as well as the best from Korea. There are some interesting vehicles showcased here, from the Chevy Cruze and Hyundai Elantra, to the Hyundai Equus and Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. I can tell you, with unabashed certainty, that the Buick Regal and Kia Optima are both excellent candidates for that second mortgage. Both cars are similar in tactile feel and interior quality. The Regal, under the sheetmetal, is a German car, so it should be this nice. The Kia is such a good car it is shocking that it isn't Germanic. The steering wheel could have come straight out of a Volkswagen GTi; the dash is raked toward the driver at an alarming angle. The sight lines are perfect, the buttons and knobs click and whir in satisfying fashion. Consult the image gallery to find out what we though of the rest of the best from General Motors and Korea . . .


Photo Gallery (click a thumbnail to enlarge)


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jeepgirl325 | 2:30PM (Tue, Dec 7, 2010)

These photos look GREAT!!! Looks like a good time. Wish I could have been there.



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