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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.


Nissan Teases with Image of 2013 Altima

New model set for NY Auto Show debut.

by on Mar.02, 2012

Nissan offers a first look at the new Altima.

There’s been plenty of action in the midsize passenger car market of late.  We saw an all-new Toyota Camry hit the road for 2012 while key players like Ford and Honda have weighed in this year with offerings of their own.  So, can Nissan be far behind?

Clearly not, as this teaser image makes apparent.  The second-largest of Japan’s automakers – which scored some big sales gains with its outgoing midsize model last month – is planning to lift the covers on its own new entry at April’s New York International Auto Show.


The 2013 Nissan Altima appears to borrow some cues from the maker’s Leaf electric vehicle, if this image is any indication.  There’ll clearly be an emphasis on aerodynamics – and that includes the somewhat bug-eyed headlamps that Nissan developed for its battery-electric vehicle, which not only reduce drag but also shift wind away from the sideview mirrors, reducing cabin noise.


Big Apple Preview Set for Fiat 500 Convertible

Launching by spring - whenever that comes.

by on Mar.23, 2011

The Fiat 500 Convertible is expected to make its formal debut at the NY Auto Show.

There’s some big news coming from the Big Apple.  With less than a month to go until the annual New York International Auto Show a number of makers are beginning to drop hints of what they’ll be bringing to the Jacob Javits convention center.

Among those planning to shine in the spotlight is Fiat, which will stage the formal unveiling of its new 500 minicar.

The Italian automaker recently staged its long-awaited return to the U.S. market – after an absence of two decades – with the 500 coupe heralding its return.

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Fiat officials have said they plan to roll out a procession of variants to keep demand building for the little car, and the 500C will join the line-up before mid-year – which given the weather in much of the country may just barely see the start of spring.


First Look: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Honey, I shrunk the SUV.

by on Apr.05, 2010

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a full 15 inches shorter than the standard Outlander SUV.

You hear a lot about downsizing, these days, what with the steadily increasing interest in fuel economy, but few makers have done more to shave inches and pounds than Mitsubishi has with the new Outlander Sport, which is making its public debut, this week, at the 2010 New York International Auto Show.

This entry-level compact crossover is far more car-like than the earlier Mitsubishi Outlander, and measures a full 15-inches shorter than the older SUV.  That alone should help improve mileage, but the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport also introduces a technology that might be called “hybrid light,” which could help the Japanese crossover appeal to a younger, more green-minded audience.

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Mitsubishi is counting on the 2011 Outlander Sport to “raise consumer opinion and consideration of our brand,” says Shinichi Kurihara, CEO of the Japanese maker’s sales subsidiary.  That’s something Mitsubishi has struggled with, in recent years, other sporty entries, like the Eclipse coupe, failing to reverse a long and steady sales decline.


Kia Uncovers a Quartet of New Products in New York – and Promises More

Korean maker aiming for big bump with 2011 Optima, exploring wagon options with Forte 5-door.

by on Apr.01, 2010

Kia has big expectations for its 2011 Optima midsize sedan, one of four new models unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

Aiming to build on its current momentum, Kia rolled out a quartet of new products at the New York International Auto Show – and promised more will soon follow, including the brand’s first hybrid-electric vehicle.

The most significant of the new offerings on display at Jacob Javits Center is the 2011 Kia Optima, an all-new update of the Korean carmaker’s midsize sedan.  Like its sibling brand, Hyundai, Kia has been putting an increasing premium on styling, and the ’11 Optima is no exception.

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“This is a design to be benchmarked in the future,” declared Peter Schreyer, the German designer who has been leading the automaker’s move towards more expressive styling.  If anything, said several observers, after the news conference, the 2011 Kia Optima is more up-market and distinctive than the well-reviewed new Hyundai Sonata.


First Look: 2010 Hyundai Equus

Redefining Luxury, starting with the owner’s manual.

by on Apr.01, 2010

With the 2011 Hyundai Equus, the maker intends to take on the top luxury makers, including BMW, Mercedes and Lexus.

For a brand that was long a symbol of the most basic, cheap-and-cheerful products, Hyundai is doing a surprisingly effective job of redefining the luxury car market – a process it hopes to take a giant step further with the upcoming launch of the 2011 Hyundai Equus sedan.

Equus, making its debut at the New York International Auto Show, is a step up from the Hyundai Genesis sedan, the mid-luxury 4-door that, in January 2009, was named North American Car of the Year by a jury of 50 automotive journalists.  Designed to go head-to-head with high-line competitors like the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the 2011 Equus will deliver all the standard features of a premium luxury sedan, from hand-finished wood and leather to its 608-watt, 17-speaker audio system.

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As might also be expected of a Hyundai product, whatever the segment, price will also be a differentiator, Hyundai of America CEO John Krafcik hinting the final price for the 2011 Equus will come in “somewhere between $50,000 and $60,000. “  But perhaps the most intriguing selling point, he suggests, will be “innovative customer services to save our costumers time.”


Return of the Kia Hamsters

They still have Soul -- and will prove it in a new ad campaign.

by on Apr.01, 2010

Those hip-hop hamsters will make a return in a new ad campaign planned for Kia this spring.

Those hip-hop Kia hamsters are coming back, has learned, and should be strutting their stuff, so to speak, in a new ad campaign for the Korean maker’s edgy Soul crossover sometime this spring.

The original ad campaign, which helped launch the 2010 Kia Soul, proved to be one of the most popular automotive commercials in recent years and, on Wednesday, was named the year’s best automotive ad by the marketing research firm, Nielsen Automotive.

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In the first go-around, a quartet of music-loving rodents could  only smile as they cruised through a sea of suburban sameness the rest of their breed running nowhere fast on treadmills.  Subtle details helped improve the ad’s effectiveness – three otherwise identical versions not only used different music but even displayed the song titles on the car’s audio system.


VW Polo Named World Car of the Year

German maker’s subsidiaries take three of four awards.

by on Apr.01, 2010

Design Chief Walter da Silva collects the World Car of the Year Trophy for the Volkswagen Polo.

It came close to being a clean sweep for Volkswagen and its subsidiaries, the German maker capturing three of the four trophies handed out in the annual World Car of the Year awards – the VW Polo taking the namesake Car of the Year honors.

The World Car of the Year awards are the result of balloting by 59 automotive journalists from around the world – tasked with the difficult challenge of picking winners who have significance beyond individual regional markets, like the U.S., Europe or Japan.  Balloting is weighted to minimize the influence of any one region, organizers note.

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That worked out well for Volkswagen, which grabbed the first of the awards handed out at the New York International Auto Show, the Green Car of the Year, with its subcompact Polo TDI diesel.  That was a doubly significant victory.  First, the VW offering was up against two hybrids, the new Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius, the world’s most popular gasoline-electric model.  Meanwhile, diesels are little more than an also-ran technology in the key American market.


2010 New York Auto Show

Live from the Big Apple…it’s the season's last big auto show.

by on Apr.01, 2010

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Live from New York…no, it’s not Saturday Night Live…it’s the last big event of the car show season, the 2010 New York International Auto Show.  And is, as you’d expect, combing the halls of Jacob Javits Center looking for the latest products and the hot new stories.

We’ll be there all week, posting updates as quickly as we can log onto our servers, so keep coming back to find out more about all the sedans, sports cars, coupes, cabriolets, SUVs and even an assortment of station wagons making their debut in the Big Apple.

You’ll find complete NY Auto Show coverage after the page break.


First Look: 2011 Acura TSX Wagon

The wagon is back...maybe.

by on Mar.31, 2010

Acura is betting a new generation of buyers will embrace the 2011 TSX Wagon.

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of the station wagon have been greatly exaggerated.  But so have stories predicting the comeback of that hallmark of the Leave it to Beaver era.

But that isn’t stopping Acura from giving one more try.  The luxury arm of Honda used the New York Auto Show to unveil a two-box version of its popular TSX model.  And the maker’s top U.S. executive, John Mendel, says he’s cautiously optimistic that changing tastes and lifestyles will help generate demand for the 2011 Acura TSX Wagon.

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“We see growing potential for this type of alternative in the U.S.,” said Mendel, citing a forecast projecting that in the luxury segment, wagon sales will grow by as much as 40% between 2010 and 2014.