The sight of all those headlights lined up, the blanks-slate smell of new cars, the murmurs of voices as people discuss the engineering triumph in front of them… Whether for new cars or group meetups, a car show always makes car enthusiasts giddy. [Read more…]
At the Seattle Auto Show, Jeep introduced Seattle to a new 4×4 vehicle to its outdoors lineup, but the addition doesn’t have the looks of your average Jeep.
Yes, the Jeep Renegade has that unmistakable Jeep front end and is said to have good off road capabilities when compared to other small SUVs, yet there’s something very quirky about the newest addition to the Jeep family.
And I like that.
Take the back tail lights for instance – they’re X’s. That’s awesome! They’ll mark the spot for the best tailgate parties at CenturyLink Field this season or help you find your vehicle after a long day’s hike and you’re looking in the dark. “X marks the spot!”
Similar to the Wrangler, you can take the top off, but if you want to put the top back on in a hurry, you’ll want to carry the panels in the back. This is Seattle, after all, and rain comes whenever it deigns. But, it’s those sunny, or mostly sunny, days that the drop-top community looks forward to all year long, and with the Renegade, you’d have a car for the other three-quarters of the year, too.
If you don’t like the color of the bezels inside, don’t worry, you can change that and the trim surrounds to better suit your wardrobe. Because that’s totally what outdoorsy people do – that and check our coach bag or fedoras in the backcountry.
Even the Renegade’s preview booklet is fun and full of quirkiness – it reads like an adult’s kids-book, the pages are cut for multiple story lines. The “Choose your own adventure” Jeep-style with the likes of Moab, non-descript city, snow, and more.
Despite all the quirk, the Renegade is still an off-road machine. It has a 2,000 lb towing capacity from the 2.4L turbo engine and has best in class 4×4 capability when compared to other ‘small SUVs’, but people who buy this whimsical looking Jeep may not be the Moab-romping owners Jeep showcases in their booklet.
Though, I may be very wrong about that. We’ll have to see in a future review. Take a look at it in person at the Seattle Auto Show, going on now at CenturyLink Field.
Photos by Robert Isaacs
Located around 30 miles south of Seattle, in the city of Tacoma, flourishes North America’s largest auto museum, but LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) is not just about showcasing the cars that have hit American streets – it’s about history and the future.
Currently the ACM is showcasing a select few items at the Seattle Auto Show, such as a beautiful Ford Mustang, part of the Masters’ of Mustang exhibit currently open in their Tacoma campus.
The museum can be a time capsule – showcasing the ways that auto design has been impacted by the needs of the people and how people have been impacted the industry.
“The F-Series is a bellwether of cultural change in the U.S.,” said Scot Keller, chief curator of ACM. “’The Truck That Grew Up with America’ tells the story of how the F-Series was originally designed to be a work tool and how it evolved into a family vehicle and luxury car for the working class.”
The exhibit “The Truck that Grew Up with America” will open in 2015, but you can look at the classic F-Series at the LeMay booth and the current F-Series at the Ford booth at the Seattle Auto Show.
Furthermore, the museum is a place of learning. Partnered with the Hagerty Education Foundation, the ACM enables young adults a hands-on learning experience for those students desiring to learn classic car restoration.
“Transmitting the skills necessary for the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of vintage vehicles is central to preserving our automotive heritage,” said David Madeira, president and CEO of LeMay – America’s Car Museum.
Since June 2012, the American Car Museum has been both a place for auto-enthusiasts to share their passions, but also a place of education. To learn about America’s past and to foster its future.
Take a sneak peak at what’s inside the ACM at this weekends Seattle Auto Show, going on now at CenturyLink Field.
Photos by Robert Isaacs
There are many cars to see at the Seattle Auto Show, held at CenturyLink Field this weekend, but not many with the spunk and attitude of the Fiat 500. And Seattle agrees – you see them rolling around the city all the time.
My personal fave may be the 500 Abarth, but that’s because I’m addicted to the sweet, sweet sound of turbo spool and the muscular looks. The 1.4L engine puts out a 160 hp with the manual transmission, taking this 2,500 pound car from zero to 60 in less than seven seconds.
But not everyone goes for the more aggressive looking kit and the limited choice in colors.
Those looking for less umph and more sweet Italian simplicity look no further than the original Fiat 500. This 2 door compact hatch can easily fit 4 people and the Cabrio model will make those sunny days in Seattle a treat to behold from behind the wheel.
For a bit more legroom in the back, take a peak at the 500L. The ‘L’ may have the same engine output as the 500 Abarth, but it boasts a lot more space both for passengers and for packages in the truck.
Now, if you’re one of the many eco-friendly Seattleites and you want all the 500 looks and none of the emissions – tough. The Fiat 500e, an all electric car with an approximate 100 MPGe in the city, is only available in our southern sisters of Oregon and California.
While you have the chance, head down to the Seattle Auto Show and take a peak around the Fiat booth – especially to catch the ‘1957 Edition’ in Celeste Blu, with its throwback rim styling, before it heads off to the next auto show.
Photos by Robert Isaacs.
This weekend, the annual Seattle Auto Show will highlight almost 500 vehicles from car manufacturers around the globe, along with local auto-centered companies, engaging your gearhead nature and providing great entertainment for your friends or family (or both).
From Subaru, Honda, and more showcasing the latest in sedan, SUV, and Cross-over goodness, to Jeeps’ new Renegade and the Chevrolet Colorado, to high end cars you’ll only (usually) get to see on a showroom floor or on a movie screen, such as a McLaren MP4-12C or the Corvette Stingray.
Check out the many alternative fuel vehicles – from the Nissan Leaf to the Chevrolet Spark to Tesla’s Model S, and more – for the more eco-friendly car enthusiast in the PNW.
For those wanting a more hands on experience, about a dozen manufacturers will be offering free test drives of the latest models. After you’re done looking in and around names like Scion and Toyota, you can head out to the garage and sign up for a free roll around the block – trip comes with free, in-car auto-rep.
When you’re done looking at all the new cars and trying out your select few, head over to Tacoma’s very own LeMay America’s Car Museum exhibit to take a look at the custom rods, classic Fords, and cool cars from across the eras.
The Seattle Auto Show really has something for everyone – if cars isn’t your thing, let your gearhead friend drag you along so you can get your hands on some new Microsoft products at the Xbox One tour car, featuring the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 computers.
Tickets for the Seattle Auto Show are $14 for adults and $11 for seniors over 62, while children under 12 get in for free. E-tickets can be purchased online for easy admittance.
CenturyLink’s doors open for the Seattle Auto Show at:
Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While the Seattle Auto Show may not have the pomp and circumstance that Paris or New York auto shows may have, it will still get your gearhead heart pumping. Check it out this weekend only at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Note: Some Mazda fans may be disappointed to not see the ND Miata, however, since there’s only one or two in existence currently, it’s hard to blame anyone. The 2016 Miata is a hot commodity! (And by that we mean it looks amazing [in images].) You can still romp around in the roomy and beautiful 2015 Miata and check out the full ZoomZoom-fun Mazda lineup.