Traditionally marking the end of the auto show season, the NY Auto Show is often full of surprises. With luxury German automakers having consistent debuts, it’s also become a staple for Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Nissan and Scion. Debuts planned or rumored for the 2011 show include the 2012 Subaru Impreza, Hyundai Accent, Chevy Malibu, Nissan Versa, Volkswagen Beetle, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Mercedes A-Class Concept.
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The new third-generation Highlander will come with the buyer’s choice of three different powertrain options. The base model will be powered by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel-drive. Next up the ladder is a 3.5-liter V6, also mated to the 6AT, which can be had with either front-or all-wheel-drive. Finally, the Highlander Hybrid will be equipped with all-wheel drive, its 3.5-liter V6 mated to an electric motor, all hooked up to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The automaker has not released any specs for fuel economy or output yet, though we’re promised increases in both power and efficiency.
Inside, the most important feature of this model is that it seats eight humans. Beyond that, the automaker is crowing about contrast stitching on the seating surfaces, soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and accents in wood grain, silver satin and chrome. The third row is now easier to access via a sliding second-row point of entry, and is more capacious thanks to 4.3-inches of added width. There’s also a raft of newly safety tech including lane-departure warning, pre-collision warning and blind spot monitoring systems.
The NY International Auto Show 2013 Opening Press Breakfast took place at The New York Javits Center on March 27, 2013. It started with Neilsen Global’s Automotive Advertising Awards. Remarks were given by Mark Schienberg, President of Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, Peter Lyon, Co-Chair of World Car Awards, and keynote speech by James D. Farley Jr., Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Sales and Service, Lincoln Ford Motor Company.
The 2014 Kia Optima facelift has made its public debut this week at the New York Auto Show 2013, The 2014 Kia Optima SX benefits from 18-inch rims, aero wiper blades, bespoke front/rear lower bumpers and side sills. The range-topping SX-T gains HID headlights with auto leveling, 18-inch chrome wheels, red brake calipers, LED fog lights, Nappa leather seats, chrome-accented side sills and an electronic parking brake.
LX, EX and SX have a 2.4-liter GDI engine while the SX-T makes use of a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI. Both engines are linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission, but the SX-T is the only one to offer a Drive Mode Select which can adjust steering weight and transmission shift points.
The new Golf, which we get roughly next spring, promises to be not only a bit bigger, growing about two inches, but also lighter by 60 lbs. A bigger car that weighs less is typically tough to achieve; VW managed it by upping the use of high-strength steel from 66 to 80 percent. Ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel usage has jumped from six to 28 percent.
The GTI’s 2.0-liter four gas motor is also far more potent, jumping to 220 hp and 258 lb. ft. of torque—enough to make current Golf R buyers miffed (the R makes 256 hp but only 243 lb. ft. of torque.)
Besides sports sedan XJR, Jaguar has prepared another premiere for this year’s Motor Show. It’s XKR GT-S, which will be produced in an exclusive run of only 30 pieces, and all of 30 pieces are intended for the North American market.
It is used as the XKR-S, which means that the facility cares 5.0 liter V8 engine with a compressor that has 550KS and 680 Nm, in combination with the six-speed automatic transmission.
Top speed is limited to 170mph, while its acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is 3.9 seconds. Definitely another positive surprise from the Jaguar, but customers in Europe will be certainly disappointed.
Although Jaguar officially launched the car at the New York Auto Show, it is not scheduled to go on sale until the summer, when it is expected to cost $174,895.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport will be available in four different models: the Sport SE, Sport HSE, Sport Supercharged, and the Sport Autobiography. Customers will be able to choose from 11 interior color themes (plus a seat color), three real wood veneers, 4 aluminum interior finishes, 19 exterior paint options, wheel size from 19-inches to 22-inches, 3 roof colors (Santorini Black, Indus Silver, and Corris Grey), 3 exterior accent finishes (Gloss Black, Dark Atlas, and Atlas Silver), as well as illuminated side sills.
The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG will be unveiled for the first time at the NYIAS and it is expected to appeal to new markets. It features the AMG brand identity and a next-generation Driving Performance to potential buyers. Its turbo-charged two-liter engine features an output reaching 133kW (181hp) for every liter displacement, which surpasses a good number of sports cars in the market. Its handling will be first-class due to the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, and offers a 0-100km/h sprint of 4.6 seconds.
The series-production model of the latest Mercedes-Benz CLA will also mark its US debut. It will feature turbo-charged engines that generate an output of 155kW (211hp) and the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive also made its world premiere in New York.
The latest Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4MATIC Wagon will also debut in the US market. It offers dynamic driving for the entire family. The 5.5-liter bi-turbo-charged V8 engine offers ultimate efficiency as it combines high performance with low fuel consumption. The multi-plate clutch also offers optimum traction, which adds to its safety when used under wet and icy conditions.
The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. Founded in 1980, NAMAD is committed to increasing opportunities for ethnic minorities in all aspects of the automotive industry. NAMAD seeks to ensure the presence of a meaningful, representative number of minority entrepreneurs and employees in the retail sales, supplier and service sectors, and the manufacturing ranks
NAMAD is committed to working closely with domestic and international nameplate manufacturers to achieve win/win, sound business arrangements designed to create reciprocal trading partnerships. Over the past year, astute automobile manufacturers have joined forces with NAMAD to work together to advance the nation’s efforts to promote equal opportunity and access for all Americans. These partnerships have uncovered new markets, new ideas, new talent and new capital – all to the benefit of automobile manufacturers, entrepreneurs and consumers.
World Liberty TV’s team was on hand to hear the speakers and the car companies talk about what partnerships are formed with the minority.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith made its American debut at the New York Auto Show 2013. The Rolls-Royce Wraith is the fastest, most technically advanced Rolls-Royce ever built. It revives a name, not used since 1939. It also revives the lost shape of the Fastback.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith develops 624bhp and 800Nm of torque from a 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 with direct petrol injection. This makes it the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever! This means the Wraith will hit 62mph in just 4.6 seconds and go on to an electronically governed top speed of 155mph. The power is routed through an eight speed, automatic ZF transmission to the rear wheels.
World Liberty TV had a pleasure of speaking to Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, in detail about the North American debut of the Rolls Royce Wraith at the NYIAS 2013.
2013 marks the 113th anniversary of the New York International Auto Show, North America’s first and largest attended auto show. Featuring 1,000 vehicles plus the latest in tech, safety, and innovation in nearly 900,000 sq. ft. It is one of the hottest tickets in town.
See hundreds of new cars debuting at The New York International Show 2013, most of them covered in our World Liberty TV Motor Channel.
The 320i will be powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. Priced at $3,405 less than the 328i, it also has 60-hp less and 55 lb-ft of torque less. Transmission options include an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual, available only on the non-xDrive models.
In true BMW fashion, options on the 320i will be plentiful including ConnectedDrive, Sport Package, Cold Weather Package, Premium Package, Driver Assistance Package, and Lighting Package.
BMW used the New York International Auto Show to showcase two new additions to its venerable 3 Series lineup, a new diesel-powered 328d and a Gran Turismo hatchback. The 328d is making its U.S. premiere at the show and will go on sale in late summer.
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