LAS VEGAS — The hall full of car stereos and auto gadgets is getting smaller, squeezed by new areas for health products and accessories for the iPad and other Apple gadgets.
Carmakers are also higher profile as they recast cars and trucks as rolling gadgets, with electric propulsion and dashboard computers.
But there are still a few crazy hot rods to be found on the 1.4 million square feet of show floor. Here are a few of my favorites so far.
Audi may start selling this all-electric “e-tron” by the end of 2012. Buyers will need every tax credit they can get:
The University of Washington may have to test this Murcielago’s resistance to bass vibrations:
Tell Police Commissioner Diaz it’s time for the Batt Kruiser …
They couldn’t squeeze this one into the Corvette:
Arc Audio heard people are into electric cars nowadays, so it built this battery-powered rig on a 1959 Cushman platform with a 1923 Model T bucket grafted on:
Will eco-friendly Seattle provide special privileges to this Sony Hybrid Scion?
This Nissan provides carbon offsets to the Leaf. Cities need to provide it with special fueling stations:
So what wrench do you use on this Ford hybrid motor?
Speaking of hybrids, Polaris brought one of its all-electric, all-terrain vehicles, which went on sale last fall. A spokesman told me they’re popular at retirement communities among men who want something cooler than golf carts to drive around:
They could really blast the oldies in this one:
Monster’s Audi and Bentley were parked at the Paris Las Vegas hotel:
Pioneer brought three Camaros with different levels of customization, to illustrate it’s “mild to wild” entertainment options:
This one’s just for show — it’s basically a chair, equipped with a car stereo, an LCD panel and a PlayStation 3 – with racing games:
Win a Tesla!