Photos by MJ Klein
Hui-chen and I got up at 05:45 on Saturday to meet friend and blogger Andre and Karen for a movie and then the auto show.
The movie was Avatar and it was better than I could have imagined. During the entire movie (which is just short of 3 hours long) I kept thinking that I was witnessing the future of motion pictures. After a great lunch (sorry, no photos) we were off to the auto show.
The auto show takes place in the shadow of Taipei 101. Right across the street in fact.
It was one of those gray, threatening days. But the rain held off. I was just very humid and water drops formed on many objects.
But inside the show, the place was packed and the atmosphere was totally different.
This one shot pretty much sums up the entire day: lots of cool cars to look at, but people always in front of you, especially when trying to take photographs.
The show was an opportunity for me to find out if I could actually fit inside various cars. Believe it or not, it’s hard for me to find a vehicle that I can comfortably fit inside of.
This is Mercedes new car.
She’s quite a looker. I’m talking about the car of course.
Here is the “new” Jaguar. Their cars were very impressive looking. I’m sure the price tag is equally impressive.
This is my favorite of all the displays: the VW display.
I had never seen a huge van from VW before, but it makes sense if you know the company.
This is our favorite VW car – the Caddy van. Not only it is spacious and roomy inside, the visibility is good and so are the appointments.
Here are 3 cars from Porsche.
I like the Cayman the best out of these three. I didn’t get to sit in any of them though.
Next on our tour was Mitsubishi. This car seemed to be pretty good and I could tolerate sitting in the driver’s seat.
Meanwhile the Mitsubishi showgirls were busy throwing stuff into the crowd of admirers.
We passed through the Ford display. This is a cool looking pickup, but the bad news is the salesmen couldn’t tell us the price, when it would be selling in Taiwan, or even if it would be selling in Taiwan! Why are they showing it?
The color of this Audi car was incredible in person. It was nice to see something besides the white/black/silver colors of Taiwan cars.
This is an Audi SUV. It was huge! I didn’t bother sitting in it because it’s too big for my taste.
This is another Jaguar that was being wiped down for fingerprints by this guy you see standing here. I like how this car looks. It’s a new “E” type.
I heard a ruckus up front and it turned out to be the Hyundai girls going on stage. In this case it was a lot easier to shoot from behind than to go around front and face the madhouse.
While the Hyundai girls were doing their thing in front, we were looking at the cars in the back. We like their diesel models.
This was a typical scene all day. Photographers pushing and shoving their way up to the front to shoot the showgirls. About a minute after I shot this, 2 “photographers” brushed past me and stood immediately in front of me as if I didn’t exist, blocking my view. Thanks guys!
Have you ever seen a 4-door Porsche before? There were several at the show.
I have no idea who this auto maker is, but their car looks cool.
We stopped at the Luxgen display, and they girls started doing a dance. In the center was a girl dressed as a robot. That’s all I can tell you!
Now this is a very cool concept car.
Notice the top of the door and the hood – they are covered with solar cells.
All the lighting is LED, including the main headlights.
Inside the car is made of space-aged materials that don’t pollute when making them.
This is a Peugeot SUV. This is the biggest car I’ve ever seen from this auto maker.
Of course, this being Taiwan, they had to put a few stuffed animals in the back to make it “cute.”
Nissan was going to unveil a new car – the Cube. I was bored and didn’t want to wait for it. If you want to see what it looks like, go here. To my eye, it looks like it’s been done before.
This is a little pickup truck from Suzuki. I could not fit in the driver’s seat! Cute truck though.
As we neared the end of our tour around the auto show, we saw the new Bentleys. Nice!
And the new Aston Martins of course.
I’ll leave you with this parting shot. Don’t you feel like 007?
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