5 Most Impressive Cars at the LA Auto Show 2009

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 | SMASH Pop Culture, SMASH Technology with No Comments »

Audi Etron 2009 LA Auto Show

Before the main US trade show for cars, held next month in Detroit at the North American Auto Show, Los Angeles holds an annual display, bringing together many new models and concept vehicles for the public to see.

LA Auto Show

Overall, the show at the LA Convention Center is important for the volume of cars held in three cavernous halls. And even if Detroit still rules supreme because it attracts the world media for the occasional “world” debuts and the annual announcements of the cars of the year, LA is still a pretty fine show.

Here are some of the more impressive new models that I saw last weekend: Read the rest of this entry »

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Zap Alias Video Exclusive: Three-Wheeled All-Electric Sports Car

Friday, August 8th, 2008 | SMASH Technology with 1 Comment

In a previous SMASHgods post, we discussed the stylish and decidedly quick Zap Alias. When surfing around I’ve found that there isn’t too much in the way of media (videos specifically) regarding the upcoming all-electric sports car, and most of the information has been conjecture on the part of Alias followers and supporters.

Zap Alias (Santa Rosa showroom)

Today I had a chance to visit the Zap showroom in downtown Santa Rosa and record a video of the Alias (on my cell): the chassis, the engine(s) (there are two), the suspension system and a little of the showroom floor can all be seen in the footage.

The car is still deemed a “prototype”, according to the gentleman who let me in, but in an effort to lay any claims to rest regarding the car’s authenticity or its viability as a conveyance, Zap has the Alias’ innards laid out to bare (next to the outer body), and it’s certainly a simple, yet smart design. What you see in the video is the real deal, and the whole package — yet split apart for all to see.

I also picked up an official Zap Alias pamphlet detailing Read the rest of this entry »

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Repeat: ZAP-mobile not BAT-mobile!

Monday, July 28th, 2008 | SMASH Technology with 1 Comment

Zap Alias

Have you had a look at Zap’s website lately? No? Who’s Zap? Zap stands for Zero Air Pollution.

The forward-thinking folks at Zap are currently taking reservations for their latest (and perhaps greatest) all-electric zap-mobile: the Alias.

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, this developer of ingenious, high-efficiency cars, scooters, cycles and boat engines (yes) hasn’t been asleep at the wheel lately. They’ve come up with quite an assorted selection of alternative energy conveyances that surely fit the needs and driving styles of many consumers.

Here are a few specs on the Alias from the company’s website: Read the rest of this entry »

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