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2012 Consumer Electronics Show - DrivingScene

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2012 Consumer Electronics Show

Posted on 14 January 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski

The 2012 CES has wrapped up and we’re still recovering from the endless booths and displays of identical iPhone cases. This year’s show was pretty light on anything revolutionary, and especially lacking on the automotive front. New or updated infotainment systems dominated the displays from the few major OEM’s that decided to show. One of the few bright spots was a hands on display of the new Tesla Model S. In person, the EV has graceful proportions and a unique and instantly identifiable fascia. The interior on the show model was somehow both upscale and low quality. Leather enveloped every surface that wasn’t wood or metal, but without a padding below the leather it felt cheap and tacked on. Time will tell how the actual production model will feel.

Pulling of a simultaneous reveal at the Detroit Auto Show and CES, Ford showed off it’s new take on the Fusion, and the results are astonishing. This car is drop-dead gorgeous. Full stop. If this is where Ford’s design direction is going, especially for it’s volume products, other manufacturers should be scared. Google image this thing right now, you won’t be sorry. With this and Cadillac, it looks like American design is making a comeback.

Despite getting up close and personal with the Tesla and seeing theĀ  lust-worthy Ford Fusion (who would’ve thought that sentence would ever be said by a human being, ever?), the real star of CES 2012 for me was the electric DeLorean you see above. Do want. Made by the DeLorean Motor Company out of Texas, this car finally makes good on Doc Brown’s promise that “…this sucker’s electrical!” And because of the original DeLorean’s lackluster Renault engine, the electric version is both quicker to 60 and faster on the top end as well. The perfect car for the elusive green retro-geeks out there.

– Adam Kaslikowski