I am back and I wish to apologize for the long absence which I failed to inform you of.
I have been promising a serious holidays to my wife (which she wanted me to take) since a long time and I had to oblige before the end of the year. We decided to let our children and grand children free to enjoy Christmas on their own and we left for Oman ten days before Christmas.
We were seeking a different but superb civilization, a mild and dry climate, friendly people and a touch of exotic experience and we found it. We knew Oman would not disappoint us and it did not, even it if has changed a lot since we where there ten years ago.
Back home, I will be offering you a photo review of OMAN cars, roads and deserts, hoping you will enjoy my collection of snapshots shot with my lovely, light and handy, Ricoh GX 200.
Back from the Arabian peninsula, it took me some time to return to work and to my desk, I will concede it. After 43 years in car and publishing I must slow down, if I am to continue enjoying writing about cars, their design and the people who do it.
Yes, I did not go to Detroit and I do not regret it. I even did not go to Miami for the unveiling of the new Audi 8 and, if I listen to some horror stories from those colleagues of mine, I should not regret that either. It is a long way from my hut to Miami and back just to see the new car standing in a studio-like setting. I might still travel long distance it the car I can see is as attractive and intriguing as the A8. I would certainly enjoy looking at an excellent design in daylight, on the road and in action. Not a static car on a stage.
Audi’s new A8 looks a lot more dynamic and modern in comparison with its, rather rational and formal, predecessor and I certainly look forward to seeing it on the roads of Costa Smeralda with great interest. In the meantime you may have a look for yourself to the official pictures I have selected for you.
Also from Audi, I am proposing many good pictures of their E-tron show-car series E-tron @ 2009 IAA and in the U.S.A. † and this time I will not write anything about them but rather ask you to comment on them. Perhaps, I shall sum up here few key-notes that may guide us all to guess what Audi has in mind for the next TT generation and beyond.Audi E-tron design sketches and renderings
Some of you, quite rightly noted that I am offering too many images from the German car industry. You are absolutely right. I will try to offer more of other sort of cars in the future. However, today I shall complete this review with another German premium car, recently unveiled: the Mercedes-Benz 2010 E Class cabriolet.
For more affordable and all-round cars and their design, the newcomer unveiled at Detroit’s NAIAS that one has to look at these days is not the non-sense “Chrysler Delta” but rather the new Ford Focus.