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10 Best Tour across America
by Rick Smith

Car and Driver recently voted for the 10 best vehicles under $59,000. The winners are touring malls throughout the United States in the next few months (Schedule below).

The first mall outside of the Detroit area to host this tour was the Northbrook Mall in Northbrook, Illinois. Although there are ten cars in the 10 best, only 5 of them are on the tour. Reviews OnLine visited the mall on April 9th, 1999. Here are pictures of the cars and other related items.


View of cars from upper level of Northbrook Mall


Main display showing pictures of the 5 cars on tour
This display showed pictures of the 10 cars that one and had an interactive touch screen, powered by a PC tower, displayed electronic pictures of the cars. The other side of the display showed the 5 cars not on tour.


Chrysler kiosk
Chrysler had a kiosk which helped people get further information about each of their brands. It was also a touch screen device and allowed you to find cars several different ways (price, lifestyle, etc.). It worked very well and even included exciting video clips of the cars "in action".


Screen shot from kiosk showing Chrysler, Plymouth, Jeep and Dodge brands.


Chrysler 300M Sedan
This vehicle was completely designed on a computer. See 1999 NDES Show - Automotive Technology article.


Chrysler 300M fender badge
The name comes from the Chrysler 300 series from the fifties and sixties, the last model was a 300L, so this is the 300M, thirty four years later.


Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
One option particularly interesting on this vehicle was the "heads up" display.


Chevrolet Corvette insignia


Dodge Intrepid Sedan
This vehicle was the first vehicle to be designed, assembled and "tested" in a completely digital environment (all the way back in 1993).


BMW 328i Sedan
In addition to its unique BMW Head Protection System, other available features are an integrated GPS navigation system and rain sensing wipers.


Honda Accord Sedan


Honda VTEC engine compartment

Even though Car and Driver didn't bring the other 5 cars, this tour is definitely worth a trip, if you are near one of these shopping centers.

The proposed (subject to change) event schedule is:

 
City Mall Name Scheduled Date
Atlanta, Georgia Northpoint Mall June 11-13, 1999
Boston, Massachusetts Natick Mall May 14-16, 1999
Chicago, Illinois Northbrook Court April 9-11, 1999
Cleveland, Ohio Beachwood Place May 28-30, 1999
Dallas, Texas North Park Center Jun 11-13, 1999
Denver, Colorado Park Meadows Mall May 28-30, 1999
Detroit, Michigan The Somerset Collection April 9-18, 1999
Houston, Texas The Woodlands Mall June 4-6, 1999
Los Angeles, California Brea Mall
Fashion Square
May 14-16, 1999
May 21-23, 1999
Miami, Florida Town Center at Boca Raton June 18-21, 1999
Minneapolis, Minnesota Southdate Center April 23-25, 1999
New York/North New Jersey The Mall at Short Hills
Roosevelt Field Mall
May 21-23, 1999
May 7-9, 1999
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Plaza at King of Prussia April 30-May 2, 1999
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania South Hills Village April 23-25, 1999
San Francisco, California Valley Fair Mall May 7-9, 1999
Seattle, Washington Alderwood Mall April 30- May 2, 1999
St. Louis, Missouri Plaza Frontenac June 18-20, 1999
Washington, D.C. Tysons Galleria June 4-6, 1999

Dated: April 9, 1999


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