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NAIAS 2008: Lincoln Goes Mainstream

Lincoln MKT

We were fortunate enough to chat with Steve, who told us all about the newest concept car from Lincoln. The 2010 MKT is destined to reach showroom floors in the fall of 2009 and will be made in Chicago. While we mistakenly assumed that concept cars were supposed to be something unique, Steve’s spiel was full of these comments:

  • It has same frame as the new Taurus X
  • It has a platform similar to the new Ford Flex.
  • There is a commonality here, “exactly like Toyota does.”
  • We are expanding our portfolio to include a crossover utility vehicle.

Ho-hum. Whatever happened to ingenuity? More shots after the jump.

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Toyota Bots Play the Violin

Just as Honda publicly entered the field of robotics with its spokesrobot Asimo, Toyota has 3-upped them with their trio of Partner Robots. Designed to carry out simple tasks for its humans, the first two can not only be programmed for assistance to the infirm or elderly, they can literally play the violin and trumpet. Mobiro was designed as an advanced sort of wheelchair for those who have difficulty walking. Look for him to achieve the status of being a part of Tokyo Disney Theme Park in 2008. Visit Toyota’s site for more robots that are in various stages of R & D.

 

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Toyota Unveils Green iQ

Toyota iQ

Toyota’s new iQ concept car was recently introduced at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. The vehicle is only 2.98 meters in length yet has room to seat up to three adults and 1 child with its innovative 3+1 system which allows the fourth seat to be utilized for luggage space. We could not find any information concerning what type of fuel the vehicle will use, leading us to believe that this is not a plug-and-play automobile. All the same, we are hoping we will get a glimpse of it at the NAIAS early next year. The iQ will make its formal debut in Europe probably in 2009.

 

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DJ Robot Delegated to Receptionist Duties

DJ RobotToyota created DJ Robot to be a part of their robotic band, which included a trombone, tuba, French horn, and percussionist that entertained at the Aichi World Expo in 2005. Unfortunately, he has since undergone retraining for his new gig as a receptionist. Perhaps Toyota feels that rapping to customers will be a boon to its business or maybe the company put the 1 meter tall DJ in the realms of the blue collar worker so that it could concentrate more of its efforts on its new musically inclined bot, one that really can play the violin.

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Fox Begins Streaming Shows to Local Station Web Sites

Fox On DemandFox has apparently become the first network to stream primetime shows on local sites, according to paidContent.org. This trial service, launched in areas covered by nine owned and operated Fox stations, lets viewers watch free streaming episodes of Prison Break, Bones, The Loop, Stacked and American Dad. Discussions are apparently underway to bring this programming to Fox affiliates. Toyota is the first sponsor.

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