Cars as Characters
The filmmakers wanted the cars to look and feel authentic, so that the audience would relate to them as characters. A hotshot racecar was the early choice for lead character Lightning McQueen, and a rusty real-life tow truck found off Route 66 came to life as Mater. The Pixar team chose other cars to reflect people they had met on the road during their research for the film.
Lightning McQueen is a hotshot, rookie race car, poised to become the youngest car ever to win the Piston Cup Championship. He has just two things on his mind: winning and the perks that come with it. But when he in-advertently gets lost in the town of Radiator Springs, he meets a new group of friends who challenge him to reconsider the car he wants to be.
Mater is a good ol' boy tow truck with a big heart and a lovable laugh to match. Though a little rusty, he has the quickest towrope in Carburetor County and is always the first to lend a helping hand. He's the sweetest, most loyal guy in town and the first to befriend newcomer Lightning McQueen.
Sally is a beautiful 2002 Porsche 911 from California who grew tired of life in the fast lane and made a new start in the small town of Radiator Springs. Charming, intelligent, and witty, she is the town's attorney and the car most dedicated to one day getting Radiator Springs "back on the map."
Doc Hudson is a 1951 Hudson Hornet, a quiet country doctor with a mysterious past. A cornerstone of Radiator Springs, Doc runs the local medical clinic and serves as the town judge. But when Lightning McQueen rolls through town, Doc's old competitive engine gets revved up once more.
Luigi & Guido
Luigi is a 1959 Fiat 500 who runs the local tire shop, Luigi's Casa Della Tires. Big-hearted, gregarious and excitable Luigi is assisted by Guido, a little Italian forklift, and together they serve up more than a new set of wheels for customers. Their positive energy and enthusiasm have a natural way of rubbing off on anyone who passes through their shop doors.
Fillmore is a 1960 VW Bus and Radiator Springs' resident hippie. A believer in individuality and all things natural, he brews his own organic fuel and preaches its many benefits.
Sheriff is a 1949 Mercury Police Cruiser. As Radiator Springs' resident peacekeeper, he takes his job very seriously. Between his law enforcement duties and the stories he tells about his beloved Mother Road, it is no surprise that Sheriff can often be found napping behind the Radiator Springs billboard.
Sarge is a 1942 Willys Army Jeep and a patriotic veteran to the core. He proudly flies the Stars and Stripes and begins each day with a rousing rendition of reveille. When he's not running Sarge's Surplus Hut, he can be found precisely manicuring the lawn in front of his Quonset garage into a perfect flattop.
Ramone is a 1959 Impala low-rider and the owner and proprietor of Ramone's House of Body Art, the local custom body and paint shop. Ramone has formed the habit of repainting himself daily because he hasn't had a real customer in years.