The Sydney International Motor Show has come and gone, under a blaze of spotlights and
almost continual buffing fingerprints off paintwork and glass. Of course, the
Ferraris and Lamborghinis earned lots of "oohs" and "aahs" from the admiring
crowds (and probably thoughts of "when I win Lotto . . .").
The small tank on the left is the fuel tank for the on-board generator. It sits on top of the rail containing the top of the battery bank.
But it was the more everyday, perhaps even prosaic vehicles
which attracted the most attention. Maybe it was the economic climate There was
plenty for the rev-heads but this year the theme seemed to be a definite shade
of light about 550nm in wavelength (OK, green for the uninitiated). Many
manufacturers featured small, efficient diesels (remember not too long ago when
"Diesel" was a dirty word?).
Hybrids also seemed to be the order of the day, with several
manufacturers offering their particular variants. The Toyota stand had them
stacked up the wall and sitting at 45°angles, as well as rotating in front of
you. Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive (Oh What a Feeling!) was everywhere, even in
the flashing LED and LCD signs (printed signs, such as featured on the Ford
display next door, are so passé). But there was little to differentiate the new
Camry’s propulsion system from the new Prius propulsion system. It’s a