2013 New York Auto Show Media Preview - Day 2
By Larry Nutson
Senior Editor, New York Bureau
The Auto Channel
The New York Auto Show is the last big show in the annual U.S. auto
show season. Globally it is sandwiched in between the Geneva and Shanghai
shows, which keeps automakers scrambling. Day 2 of media previews started
off just as big as day 1 with the announcement of the World Car Awards.
The complete World Car Awards story is here on The Auto
Channel for you to get the details on the cars and their manufacturers who
were rewarded for their clear global vision. In quick summary, the 7th
generation VW Golf was the overall World Car winner. Tesla Model S took the
honors as Green Car; Jaguar F-type for Design; and, Porsche Boxter/Cayman
Prime Research highlighted the top trends in the industry, which
are: 1) Connectivity, 2) Efficiency, and 3) Plug-in hybrids. More details
on that story are also available here on The Auto Channel.
Rolling along into the new model previews, Scion took
the wraps off the new 2014 Scion tC and also a line-up of limited edition
“10 series” cars. Volvo continues to offer a station wagon (yay
to that) and has now added a V60 Sportwagon R Design to the S60 sedan and
XC60 crossover, all with 325HP.
Subaru had two world-premiers…note “world”, a
reflection on the importance of the NY show. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid and a
very beautiful WRX Concept took the stage. Dodge revealed its freshened
Durango with floating-crosshair grille and race-track taillights.
While Honda’s new 2014 Odyssey with built in vacuum cleaner
sucked the media off their feet, the all-new Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact
hatchback with its 40mpg combined rating should make things interesting in
the efficiency wars. Shelby American announced its 1200 HP Shelby 1000S/C
and also a new entry in the truck market, the Raptor.
The 2013 New York Auto Show is indeed exciting and the good news is
that there are lots of great vehicles for American drivers to shop and buy,
some high efficiency and some high horsepower. Do your cross-shopping right
here on The Auto Channel. We’ve got lots of great data and
impressions for you to see. The manufacturers themselves also provide
loads of detail, equipment, build-your-own opportunities, and price quote
opportunities on their websites.
For now, goodbye from New York City.
© Larry Nutson