2013 New York Auto Show Media Preview - Day 2

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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.

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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 for Performance.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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