Follow us:

Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

January 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

CES photos: The hottest cars, bikes and …

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:

IMG_0475.JPG

The University of Washington may have to test this Murcielago’s resistance to bass vibrations:

IMG_0694.JPG

Tell Police Commissioner Diaz it’s time for the Batt Kruiser …

IMG_0684.JPG

They couldn’t squeeze this one into the Corvette:

IMG_0520.JPG

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:

IMG_0514.JPG

Will eco-friendly Seattle provide special privileges to this Sony Hybrid Scion?

IMG_0673.JPG

This Nissan provides carbon offsets to the Leaf. Cities need to provide it with special fueling stations:

IMG_0530.JPG

So what wrench do you use on this Ford hybrid motor?

IMG_0545.JPG

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:

IMG_0617.JPG

They could really blast the oldies in this one:

IMG_0490.JPG

Monster’s Audi and Bentley were parked at the Paris Las Vegas hotel:

bricar1.jpg

Pioneer brought three Camaros with different levels of customization, to illustrate it’s “mild to wild” entertainment options:

IMG_0495.JPG

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:

IMG_0688.JPG

Win a Tesla!

bricar2.jpg

Comments | More in | Topics: audi, bikes, cars

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►