Just two days left to see auto show


January 22, 1994|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,Staff Writer

Procrastinators' alert: You have just two more days to see this year's Auto Show. Two days to check out more than 300 of the industry's latest offerings in the comfort of a one-stop shopping environment at the Baltimore Convention Center.

To make things a bit easier, here's some of what's new on these cars:

Chevrolet has taken the top off its Camaro, and it brought back the Impala SS, which looks a lot like the Caprice, but comes only in black. The S-10 pickup has been redesigned. GMC offers its own version of the S-10, call Sonoma. Geo Prizm has dual air bags.

From Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge are both offering the Neon, a new front-wheel-drive economy car with dual air bags and anti-lock brakes. Dodge is adding a 300 horsepower V-10 engine to its Ram truck line and dual air bags in its vans.

This is also the year of the all-new Toyota Celica and a two-door version of the Camry.

Oldsmobile is showing off its new Aurora, priced at $32,000. It is a front-drive sedan due out in April, about the same time that Buick introduces its new Riviera.

The Honda Accord has been redesigned, and Honda is offering a new Passport sport utility vehicle made by Isuzu.

Volvo has turned its front-wheel-drive station wagon into a racing machine with a 222 horse power turbo-powered five-cylinder engine.

Hummer, the civilian version of the military's Humvee, comes with power windows and door locks and a bigger engine.

Acura has completely redesigned the Integra, and the Legend ** GS comes with a push-button memory system that automatically adjusts the steering wheel and the driver's seat.

Mercury has put a driver's air bag in its Villager minivan.

Volkswagen is introducing new Golfs, Jettas and GTIs.

At Nissan, executives are talking about a redesign for Maxima that's expected to make it to showrooms in May. The 240SX is also slated for a remake.

L BMW has already given its 325i convertible a new body style.

Engineers at Ford have been busy. There's a redesigned Mustang and the new Windstar, a front-wheel-drive minivan that is slated to replace the rear-drive Aerostar. Dealers like the Aerostar, and some say Ford may reconsider its decision to phase it out. Festiva has been replaced by the Aspire, which is made in Korea by the Kia Co.

Hyundai is scheduled to introduce a new Sonata in mid-February that is expected to be bigger and better than its predecessor.

Mitsubishi has redesigned its Galant and made it three inches longer.

The SVX, Subaru's all-wheel drive luxury sports car, will also be offered as a front-wheel drive for the first time.

Saab is making available a new six cylinder in its 900 series and is installing heat-absorbing glass.

Infiniti has reworked the front end of its Q45, increased the thickness of the glass to block out more sound and installed a gold clock on the --board.

Mazda is due to offer a new luxury model, the Millenia, this spring. It has put dual air bags in the 626, MX-3, MX-6, RX-7 and Miata.

Mercedes-Benz was out to build the world's safest small car when it came out with its C-Class sedan as a replacement for the 190 series. It has a base price of $29,900.

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