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10 Hottest Debuts at the 2015 NY Auto Show

Compacts and full-size luxury; hybrids and high-performance supercars.

by on Apr.06, 2015

The Cadillac CT6 makes its NY debut.

The turnstiles are now open at New York’s Jacob Javits convention center, spinning rapidly as the crowds rush in to check out all the new sheet metal on display at the annual NY International Auto Show. team was on hand for all the unveilings at last week’s media preview, a two-day extravaganza that saw more than two dozen different unveilings. Some of the new models played it safe, others are simply forgettable. But there also were plenty of surprises and significant debuts.

Best of the Best!

Here’s our list of the Top 10 Debuts at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. Click on the product names for more complete coverage.

Cadillac and Lincoln Set to Go Head-to-Head in NY with New Flagships

But the real challenge comes from European, Japanese luxury brands.

by on Mar.30, 2015

Lincoln digs into its history to come up with an all-new Continental flagship concept sedan.

It’s been a busy year for luxury automakers who have unleashed a flood of new products at shows around the world in recent months. And the season will wrap up with the unveiling of such new models as the popular Lexus RX crossover, as well as the $205,000 Range Rover SVAutobiography at the New York Auto Show this week.

But two of Detroit’s two luxury brands are likely to capture much of the spotlight in the Big Apple as they roll out new flagship sedans that Cadillac and Lincoln hope will begin the process of rebuilding their once-lofty rolls in the high-line automotive market.

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Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln brand has been giving a select group of journalists a sneak peek at the new Continental sedan ahead of the NY Auto Show’s two-day media event. Cadillac has been only a wee bit more secretive about its own new flagship, dubbed the CT6.


New Range Rover Sport to Debut in New York

SUV maker promising “groundbreaking line drive.”

by on Mar.11, 2013

The new Range Rover Sport is set for a debut in the Big Apple later this month.

With the latest-generation Range Rover now rolling into U.S. showrooms, the folks at Land Rover aren’t relaxing. They’re set to roll out an all-new version of the smaller, more nimble Range Rover Sport later this month.

The launch of the 2014 model will begin on March 26th, the night before the start of the upcoming New York Auto Show with a drive through the streets of the Big Apple, says the British maker, promising a “groundbreaking line drive.”

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The maker also plans to broadcast the event live to fans from around the world. You can sign up via a dedicated microsite if you Click Here.

For a company that used to go years without making any significant changes, the debut 2014 Range Rover Sport marks a distinct shift in strategy. It’s the third all-new model in just two years, following the launch of the 2012 Range Rover Evoque and 2013 Range Rover flagship.


Officials Confirm New Jeep Liberty to Debut in NY

Name may yet change.

by on Feb.19, 2013

The 2014 Jeep Liberty undergoing testing prior to its introduction at the NY Auto Show.

Chrysler Group is planning to show off the new version of the Jeep Liberty at the New York Auto Show, Mike Manley, president and chief executive officer of the Jeep brand has confirmed.

Manley also said Chrysler plans to have the new version of the Liberty on sale by “the end of the second quarter,” following its debut in New York at the end of March.

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Other sources inside Jeep said the final, final call on the name for the upcoming vehicle has yet to be nailed down. There is plenty of speculation Jeep could drop the Liberty name and start fresh. The final call, however, will be made by Manley and other Chrysler executives prior to the unveiling at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.


Dodge Confirms New Viper Debuting in NY

New driveSRT website promotes upcoming launch.

by on Feb.29, 2012

This tease of the new Dodge Viper also introduces the sports car's new logo.

The Chrysler Group has confirmed the all new Viper will be unleashed for the first time in the Big Apple, normally not the place one might expect to be driving a high-performance sports car.  But the reborn Dodge sports car will reappear during a press event at the New York Auto Show in early April.

In anticipation of the upcoming Viper reveal in New York, the Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology brand has launched a revamped “” website to help show off its vehicles, which
are designed and built by the Chrysler Group’s in-house performance division.

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“We’re excited to bring the newly redesigned to life,” said RalphGilles, the SRT president. “The new site not only offers more exclusive content but it also provides unique ways to connect and stay connected with many enthusiasts groups that we’re building the new SRT brand around,” he added.


First Look: 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S Automatic

Catching the eye of even jaded New Yorkers.

by on Apr.16, 2009

New Yorkers may not drive, but they couldn't ignore the appeal when the 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S Automatic staged its world debut in the Big Apple.

New Yorkers may not drive, but they couldn't ignore the appeal when the 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S Automatic staged its world debut in the Big Apple.

Crowds in New York seem to gather almost anywhere at almost any time. Last week as a run-up to the New York Auto Show, Maserati at 55th and Park Avenue showroom, drew a red carpet group of auto journalista’s inside and jaded New Yorker’s outside for an automotive event.

An automotive event? Yes … but it was a dual event  of Maserati and Ferrari who were not showing at Javits convention center on the lower West Side, probably as a result of  Q1 2009 sales declines of  58% and 29% respectively. First the Maserati Gran Turismo S Automatic.

Available in a variety of colors, including elegant white, the GT-S model, when the silk-like covering was removed by Jeffrey Ehoodin, Maserati’s public relations director, was equally stunning in black.  This is NY, after all, and black is still the fashionista’s only color of choice.


NY Auto Show Goes to the Dogs

Honda unveils pet-friendly Element

by on Apr.09, 2009

Anyone who says things are going to the dogs should first check out this pet-friendly version of the Honda Element.

Anyone who says things are going to the dogs should first check out this pet-friendly version of the Honda Element, on sale next autumn.

We expect we’ll continue to hear the one-liners for some time.

“I’ve always wanted to do a real dog-and-pony show,” suggested Honda PR-meister Sage Marie.  “The New York Auto Show is really going to the dogs,” chimed in a colleague.

What triggered the puns?  The Japanese automaker’s introduction of a pet-friendly version of its boxy van-alternative, the Element.


First Look: 2010 Subaru Legacy

How long does it take to build a legacy?

by on Apr.09, 2009

Subaru's 2010 Legacy is bigger in every dimension, which should better position it in the midsize segment.

Subaru's 2010 Legacy is bigger in every dimension, which should better position it in the competitive midsize sedan segment.

There’s something to be said about being the only automaker in the American market to post a sales increase in 2008.  How Subaru pulled that off is going to be debated for some time, but certainly a good share of the credit goes to products like the Subaru Legacy which, suggests Subaru CEO Ikuo Mori, is the company’s “iconic model.”

The icon is about to go through a facelift, Subaru introducing the all-new 2010 Legacy at this year’s New York International Auto Show.  A spitting image of the Subaru Legacy Concept sedan first shown in Detroit, last January, the production, 2010 model is a moderately larger package that “now competes head-on in the midsize sedan segment,” asserted Subaru of America COO Tom Doll, during a news conference at the NY show.

The new sedan measures 1.4 inches longer, overall, with a wheelbase stretched 3.0 inches.  The 2010 Subaru Legacy is also 3.6 inches wider and 3.2 inches taller, with a trunk 30 percent larger than the model it replaces.

clickherebutton The new model will be offered with standard All-Wheel-Drive and three optional powertrain packages, including the mileage-miser 2.5-liter, 170 horsepower Boxer 4-cylinder engine, a turbo variant pumping that to 265 ponies, and the performance-oriented six-cylinder, 3.6-liter engine.  There are a variety of transmissions available, including a fuel-efficient CVT.

The 2010 Legacy is the latest in a flood of new products from the Japanese maker, which also plans to launch an updated version of its Outback wagon for the coming model-year.

Sneak Peek: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

4 doors, 7 gears, 518 horsepower.

by on Apr.09, 2009

What part of 518 hp and 186 mph don't you understand?

What part of 518 hp and 186 mph don't you understand? Oh, and the 7-speed gearbox shifts in just 100 milliseconds.

Think of the possibilities provided by 7 gears and 518 horsepower.  (Of course, it helps not to think about the possible fines and points on your license.)

The new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is the most powerful model to ever wear the German maker’s midsize badge.  In fact, Mercedes officials claim it will outperform the smaller, lighter C63 AMG.

With the delicious brap of its big, 6.3-liter V-8 echoing through the halls of Jacob Javits Center, AMG President Volker Mornhinweg drove a pre-production prototype of the E63 out for its turn in the spotlight, Wednesday – one of an array of new Mercedes products that are staging their premier at the 2009 New York International Auto Show.

The E63 stands in sharp contrast to the rest of the new offerings, primarily a mix of high-mileage diesels, as well as the German marque’s first hybrid-electric vehicle, the ML450.


Mercedes Eyeing “Wonder Diesel” for U.S.

E250 Bluetec could deliver 44 mpg.

by on Apr.08, 2009

Mercedes wants to know if Americans would embrace a 4-cylinder diesel delivering 44 mpg in a midsize luxury sedan.

Mercedes wants to know if Americans would embrace a 4-cylinder diesel delivering 44 mpg in a midsize luxury sedan.

Would American luxury buyers embrace a midsize Mercedes-Benz sedan delivering fuel economy better than most of today’s hybrids?

That’s the question the German automaker is trying to answer as it ponders whether to begin importing its E250 Bluetec, a high-mileage luxury car that European autowriters have taken to calling the “wonder diesel.”

“We’re asking whether (people) could imagine a 4-cylinder diesel E-Class here in the U.S.,” said Klaus Meier, Mercedes’ executive vice president of sales.

The automaker already plans to introduce a new Bluetec version of its E350, shortly after the launch of the gasoline-powered 2010 E-Class sedans and coupes, later this year.  The E350, which will meet the toughest emissions standards in all 50 states, provides near-V-8 performance but V-6 fuel economy.  The E250, would provide V-6 levels of horsepower and torque, but fuel economy Meier estimates at 44 mpg.  That would meet or exceed the mileage of the best hybrid models in its segment, but still offer substantially better performance, according to the automaker.