Nissan 350Z Roadster!

This is too easy: Just an index finger fixed on the dashboard switch is all it takes to whisk away the roof structure on Nissan’s sports car, the racy 350Z.

To make the convertible conversion, a Z-car driver must first step on the brake pedal as a safety precaution, then flick a lid latch, located at the center of the windshield header. That latch releases three separate locks used to fit the lid snugly against the top of the windshield.
Now hit the dashboard switch, set to the left of the steering column, which sends a wake-up signal to the electro-hydraulic mechanism that motivates the lid.
In only 20 seconds, the top — composed of cloth and fitted with a glass rear window with embedded heat element — flips rearward and stows beneath a lightweight tonneau cover in a slick disappearing act.
And feast on what these mechanical gyrations reveal: A daring design for a sleek but edgy open-top sports car with the cockpit configured only for two and serious hardware concealed behind all of those muscular sheetmetal bulges.
Nissan labels this new sports car as simply the 350Z Roadster, as it offers an al fresco option to the wildly successful hardtop coupe rendition.
Essential hardware including powertrain and suspension carry over from the 350Z coupe, although the pop-top version gains some additional structural elements to ensure a rigid and stiff platform in the absence of the unifying support of a hardtop’s roof.

Mercury Monterey at the Detroit Auto Show

New for is the introduction of the Mercury Monterey which is available in the three trim lines which are the Convenience, Luxury and Premium. All three models come equipped with the 4.2L, V6, 201 hp, paired to an automatic four speed transmission with overdrive. Some standard features available include tire air pressure monitor, rear rain sensing intermittent wiper, solid spoke aluminum wheels, and six-way power driver’s seat. Available options include a rear DVD entertainment system with wireless remote control and wireless headphones. Also available a Front side and head impact air bags, on the Convenience and Luxury model, and a Cargo Management System, standard on the Premium. GM Concepts

Based on GM’s new and innovative KAPPA platform, the manufacturer showcased two new and exciting concepts, along with the launch of a new production model that created a stir when first introduced at the 2002 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
The foundation for all these new vehicles lies foremost in a new cost-effective rear-wheel-drive vehicle architecture that took a mere twenty-seven months to develop and is known as KAPPA. The basis of development came from the need to maintain the aggressive stance of the Pontiac Solstice concept. To do this, GM joined its global design partners at their Advanced Design Studio in Great Britain and developed a chassis that would sustain the short overhangs, long wheelbase and wide stance of the Solstice.
car delaers“Convertibles are typically less stiff than vehicles with a fixed roof, so we set out to create the stiffest possible platform for a vehicle this size,” said Lori Queen, vehicle line executive for GM’s small cars.
Successful completion of this new platform allowed GM to happily announce the official unveiling of the eye-catching 2006 Pontiac Solstice Roadster; the vehicle is expected in dealer showrooms in fall .
Equipped with a 2.4-liter Ecotec DOHC four-cylinder engine displacing 170 horsepower, some may be disappointed with its lack of power. The Solstice will initially be offered with a close-ratio Aisin five-speed manual transmission.
The interior is sleek and clean.
In the words of Bob Lutz, GM vice chairman of product development and chairman of GM North America, “the production Solstice is all about being a ‘back-to-basics’ roadster with gorgeous lines and fun-to-drive characteristics.”