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Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan Keynote Speech at The New York Auto Show – 2012

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault-Nissan Alliance

Mr. Carlos Ghosn was born in Porto-Velho, Brazil, in March 1954. He is a graduate of École Polytechnique and École des Mines in Paris.

He joined Michelin in 1978 as manager of the Le Puy plant in France. Mr. Ghosn became Chief Operating Officer of Michelin’s South American activities based in Brazil before being appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Michelin North America in 1989.

He joined Renault as Executive Vice President in 1996. In addition to supervising Renault activities in Mercosur, he was responsible for research, automobile engineering and development, manufacturing, powertrain operations, and purchasing. Mr. Ghosn joined Nissan Motor as Chief Operating Officer in June 1999 and was named Chief Executive Officer in June 2001.

President of Renault since May 2005, he remains President and CEO of Nissan. He was appointed President and CEO of Renault on May 6, 2009. Carlos Ghosn is also a director of AvtoVAZ.

Carlos Ghosn is a member of International Advisory Council of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is also a member of International Advisory Council for American University of Beirut, Lebanon and a member of the Strategic Council, Saint Joseph University, Beirut,

World Car Awards Presentation at The New York Auto Show 2012

The 2012 World Car of the Year awards have been presented at the New York Auto Show.

Top honors went to the Volkswagen Up! which was declared the World Car of the Year. It beat out 34 other models as well as two finalists – the BMW 3-Series and Porsche 911 – to win the prestigious award.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Mercedes S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY was named the World Green Car of the Year. Despite only averaging 5.7 liters/100km (41.3 mpg US / 49.6 mpg UK), it beat out the Ford Focus Electric and Peugeot 3008 Hybrid.

Lastly, the Range Rover Evoque won World Car Design of the Year. As the only non-German champion, the crossover was praised for being stylish and “contemporary.”

Making of Shelby Cobra, the All American Car

Shelbys are some of America’s most powerful, with some boasting more than 1,000 horsepower, and top speeds well higher than most.

This year marks 50 years since Carroll Shelby produced the first Cobra. According to the Shelby museum, located at its headquarters in Las Vegas, Shelby “took the antiquated AC ‘Ace’ chassis, inserted a new small block Ford engine, and re-engineered the car to handle all the additional power. Weighing only 2,020 pounds, the Cobra easily vanquished sports cars from Jaguar, Chevrolet, Porsche, Aston Martin, and others. And in 1965, Shelby’s Cobra team wrested the sports car racing world championship from Ferrari.”

The New York International Automobile Show 2011

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.

2014 Toyota Highlander Greets the World with NYC debut at The NY Auto Show 2013

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.

NY International Auto Show 2013, Opening Press Breakfast

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.

2014 Kia Soul and Forte Koup Debut at 2013 New York Auto Show

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.

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