AD #1505 – More LA Reveals, Toyota Updates “Big Prius,” Don’t Praise Free Hydrogen

November 20th, 2014 at 11:57am

Runtime: 7:28

- Chrysler Unveils New 300
- Full Look at Mercedes-Maybach S600
- Lexus Reveals Future Design with Roadster
- 2015 Prius v Updates
- Chevy’s Chaparral-Inspired Race Car
- Audi prologue Hints at Future Design
- Audi Fuel Cell in A7 Skin
- VW Shows Flexibility of MQB Platform
- Why Automakers Are Giving Hydrogen Away

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13 Comments to “AD #1505 – More LA Reveals, Toyota Updates “Big Prius,” Don’t Praise Free Hydrogen”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    JMO (as styling is and always will be one of the more subjective criteria in auto production). Lexus really needs to attenuate the ‘cow-catcher’ front end it professes lately. Today’s concept shown has taken, this excess, even beyond what it has shown before; to me, it is ‘way out of line’.

  2. HtG Says:

    Does Lexus really want to know what I think?

    I think we’re done. When I look at the front grills on the Audi concept and this Lexus concept I see the influence of Chinese consumer preference and conspicuous consumption. Big back seats honor the Middle Kingdom Titan, but at the price of the hideous hunchback on the Porsche Panamera. Interior lighting displays are there to please the Chinese consumer as well.

    What do I think? Do what you have to do, but don’t expect me to like it. In fact I think the Lexus GX is already a gruesome foreshadowing of the future. Garish and loud, like new wealth.

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Lexus has turned into a cartoon jokemobile.Way to kill a brand bozos.If Casey Jones was alive he would probably like it…

    @ HtG: “garish and loud”,I’ll have to add the whole gmc lineup to that.

  4. pedro fernandez Says:

    That Lexus grill is grotesque, are these designers on acid when they come up with this crap? They need to look at the Germans to see how it should be done.

  5. HtG Says:

    Let’s not forget the ‘design by bureaucrat’ era we’re deep in the midst of. Those high hoods, thick A-pillars, high belt lines are all safety solutions that give us stodgy crates on wheels. Plus, they’re mostly in gray because they sell faster. You can only make up for these atrocities so much, by doing things like making highly detailed headlight units or other jewelry. What’s worse are the decrepit loads that waddle out of today’s mingers. Bring on the mini-crossovers; like I’ve been saying, old, obese and injured customers need to be accommodated.

    I’m starting to sound like I need a time out.

  6. GUYBOB Says:

    WHILE TRAVELING OVER 5000 MILES IN THE LAST 2 MONTHS, I HAVE SEEN DOZENS OF BEAUTIFUL AUTOS. THE ONE THAT STANDS OUT THE MOST WHEN PASSING YOU IS THE CHRYSLER 300. IT LOOKS LIKE NO OTHER AUTO ON THE ROAD AND EXEMPLIFIES THE WORD
    “TOUGH” CAN’T WAIT FOR 300 HELLCAT!!

  7. HtG Says:

    6 Totally agree with you there, Bob. I got so impressed by the 300 SRT as one followed me into a parking lot. Walked around that thing, and man, I want that.

  8. Roger T Says:

    Uhh, Lexus, have you watched Predator?

    On hydrogen metering, so we can’t measure weight?

  9. RonE Says:

    Re: Lexus design. They should have just gone ahead and put a locomotive style “cow catcher” where the grill is. It wouldn’t look any worse than it is now.

  10. Jim Thykeson Says:

    In a earlier Autoline After Hours, John read my question about hydrogen fuel-cell tech being used in Norway. I think they were skeptical about usage over there. Now, with Toyota & Honda putting in their own hydrogen fueling-station infrastructure in the northeastern corridor of the U.S. I think their skepticism will dissipate. The auto cos. aren’t, and shouldn’t depend on their old allies in the fuel industry. This technology to the new fuels is coming. I’m so proud of our innovative automobile cos. Bravo!

  11. Tim Beaumont Says:

    Sean,

    Much better on the Japanese pronunciation of ‘Mirai’ !!!

    My ears (having been trained by my Japanese wife) thank you.

    Regards, Tim Beaumont

  12. Martin Says:

    Hey Audi,

    The prologue looks terrific. No door handles? Please make sure that you test how they work after a night of freezing rain before you offer it to the market.

  13. RumNCoke Says:

    They should call that thing Prius U for UGLY. The dopey looking front end reminds me of Deputy Dawg. Just when it looks like Toyota is getting their design stuff together, they go nuts again.