LAS VEGAS -- They say that CES is big, but they don't tell you how big -- it's mobbed, with people coming from all over the world to a show spread over three football field-sized halls. I couldn't possible see even 10 percent of it, and how many huge woofers can you look at, anyway? So I concentrated on the cars of CES. Custom cars make great showcases for killer stereos. My only regret is that I missed the bright orange '62 Corvette replica with a supercharged engine.

These classic Camaros are showcasing Pioneer stereos:


That's a Lamborghini being blocked by an aquatic (I think) superhero, who said it took three hours to get into costume. She denied it itched:


RE Auto brought along a tiny Smart Car that had a stereo so powerful my ears were throbbing to Tech N9ne's "Sickology." And it's megawatt sound unit was matched with the video stuff — no less than three screens, two in the doors and one mounted on the dashboard:


The most important car at CES was this Ford Focus Electric, which the company chose to introduce first to the tech geeks rather than at this week's Detroit Auto Show. Why? Because the car bristles with electronic apps that make the most of its roughly 100-mile range:


Now, I'm off to the Detroit Auto Show...

Jim Motavalli ( @jmotavalli ) writes about cars, technology and the environmental world to anyone curious enough to ask.

The cars of the Consumer Electronics Show
Yes, it's a show about tablet computers, 3-D TV and cool cases for the iPhone, but it's also a showcase for custom cars, some green and others there (like the p