2011 DODGE RAM L0NG-HAULER CONCEPT
The Chrysler Group claims, “they don’t get much bigger” than its new Dodge Ram Long-Hauler Concept truck and at a whopping 24 feet (about 7.3 meters) long, who can blame them? Based on a Class 5 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab, the monstrous Long Hauler rides on an extended wheelbase measuring 197.4-in. (5,014mm) in length, which is more than enough to fit a Mercedes-Benz E-Class (191.7-in)!
The concept truck is also 79.1 inches tall and tips the scales at an environmentally…unfriendly 9,300 lbs (4,218 kg), or close to 2.5-times as much as a Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan. Ram says the Long-Hauler has a maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating of 37,500 lbs (16,783 kg).
Other highlights include the full Kelderman Air Suspension and 19.5-inch Alcoa aluminum wheels, while Ram customized the apparently spacious 2+2 interior with several options such as a DVD player with overhead screen for rear seat passengers and a rear center console that includes a refrigerator, cup holders and tray tables.
The Auburn Hills automaker said that while only a concept for now, it will show off the Ram Long-Hauler across the country over the next eight months “to gauge public opinion” for a possible production version.
2012 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF CABRIOLET SOFT TOP
The car featuring a fully automatic soft top that retracts in 9 seconds and up to speeds of 30 km/h (18.6 mph), the Golf Cabriolet continues the tradition of its three predecessors, produced between 1979 and 2002 in over 680,000 units.
The new Golf Cabriolet has no visible roll bar which has been replaced by a rollover protection system that deploys in fractions of a second. Standard safety equipment also includes front and side curtain head/thorax airbags, a knee airbag for the driver and ESP.
The car comes with 250 liters of boot space when the top is down and a split folding rear bench, the Golf Cabriolet promises to be one of the most practical compact convertibles in the segment. The 4.25-meter long, 1.78-meter wide and 1.42-meter tall Golf Cabriolet will be sold in Europe in one equipment line, just like the Eos, Passat CC, Touareg and Phaeton. Customers can add various option packs (Performance, Design & Style, Comfort, Technology) and choose from 9 exterior colors, 9 upholstery styles and colors, plus 50 individual options.