Posh machines on wheels are turning heads at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1.
Revving up yesterday, close to 40 international automakers showed off their 2006 car models at the eight-day Taipei International Auto Show. The 16th annual event was organized by the Taipei Automobile Distributors Association.
Leading car brands are represented at the fair including Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Buick, Chrysler, Ford, Fiat, Land Rover, Jaguar, Volkswagen, and Volvo to name a few. Close to 90 new car models are featured at the event.
One of the show\'s stars is the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe, a stunning machine best known for its \"Gullwing\" doors. The doors are hinged in the center of the automobile\'s roof.
\"This car is not for sale,\" a Mercedes-Benz salesman said. \"It\'s a prototype.\"
Another popular model at the fair is the Mini Cabrio at the \"Let\'s Mini\" booth. Available in hot orange, the adorable Mini features a retractable roof and a supercharged engine, the company said.
Car enthusiasts who prefer muscular vehicles will fall in love with the 2006 Range Rover 4.2L Supercharged in royal blue, and BMW\'s monster motorbikes - the BMW K 1200LT in light metallic yellow and the BMW R 1200RT in metallic gray.
At Honda\'s booth, the automaker installed a Honda Riding Simulator that closely approximates vehicle dynamics in real-world situations. The simulator is ideal for trainees and drivers who want to enhance their ability to anticipate approaching dangers and improve overall safety awareness, Honda said.
The driving simulator is equipped with a sway-motion device that simulates real-world driving feel for acceleration, deceleration, and cornering. Virtually every likely dangerous situations on the road are also simulated on a computer screen. The machine even reproduces the sound of a moving motorcycle, the company said.