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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.

The 2014 Volkswagen Golf and GTI make their North American debut at the NY Int’l Auto Show 2013

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.)

The 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT is Unveiled During the 2013 New York International Auto Show

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.

2013 NY Auto Show: Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport Makes World Debut

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.

Five Mercedes-Benz Models Debut at The NY International Auto Show 2013

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.

National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) Luncheon at NYIAS 2013

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.

Exclusive Interview with Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars – 2013

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.

New York International Auto Show 2013 World Premiere Debut and Debuts of Cars in North America

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.

BMW 320i Sedan World Premiere Debut at the NYIAS 2013

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.

Special Remarks by Mitt Romney, Former Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts – 2012

Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman, politician and the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts.

Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Romney did not seek re-election in 2006. During his term, he presided over the elimination of a projected $3 billion deficit through a combination of spending cuts, increased fees, and the closure of corporate tax loopholes; Massachusetts also benefited from new federal grants and unexpected revenue from a previously enacted capital gains tax increase.

He helped develop and signed into law the Massachusetts health care reform legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, which provided near-universal health insurance access through state-level subsidies and individual mandates to purchase insurance. Romney ran for the Republican nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, winning several primaries and caucuses but losing the nomination to John McCain. In June 2011, he announced that he would seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. By May 2012, he had won enough caucuses and primaries to become the party’s presumptive nominee, and on August 28, delegates at the 2012 Republican National Convention declared him the official nominee.

Interview with Ruben Diaz Jr. – President of The Borough of the Bronx – 2012

In the State Assembly, Ruben Diaz Jr. served as Chair of the Committee on Election Law and on the Assembly’s Standing Committees on Education, Ways & Means, Children and Families, Environmental Conservation and Transportation. He was also a member of the Assembly’s Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force and the Black/Puerto Rican and Asian Legislative Caucus.

Since becoming borough president, Diaz led the opposition to the proposed redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory, based on concerns over future wages at the retail mall, traffic impact on the neighborhood and the potential of the new project to conflict with businesses on nearby Fordham Road. Following that battle, Diaz convened the Kingsbridge Armory Task Force, which released a report in June 2011 that outlined a number of potential uses for the Kingsbridge Armory that would not include a retail mall. The Bloomberg Administration agreed, and in January 2012 the City issued a new RFP for the Kingsbridge Armory that focused on a wide variety of uses.

Diaz has also led the charge for a new “living wage” law in New York City, which would require developers that receive heavy taxpayer funding for their project to pay the employees of that development a “living wage.” In May 2012, the City Council passed such a law, which had been introduced at the behest of the borough president, giving New York City the strongest “living wage” law in the United States.
Diaz has also put forward a strong agenda to bring new business to the Bronx, while also making it easier for existing businesses to stay. In November 2009, Diaz hosted the borough’s first ever economic summit, in coordination with the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, which brought together business, community and not-for-profit leaders from across the Bronx and the region to discuss the economic goals of the borough. Since then, the borough president’s office and the BOEDC have helped hundreds of businesses improve their operations, and have brought thousands of new jobs to the Bronx.

Keynote Speech by NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly – 2012

Raymond Walter Kelly is the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the first person to hold the post for two non-consecutive tenures. A lifelong New Yorker, Kelly has spent 43 years in the NYPD according to its website, serving in 25 different commands and as Police Commissioner from 1992 to 1994 and 2002–present.

During his tenure with the NYPD, Kelly held most of the department’s ranks, except for the Three-Star Bureau Chief, Chief of Department, or Deputy Commissioner. He was promoted directly from Two-Star Chief to First Deputy Commissioner in 1990. After his handling of the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, he was mentioned for the first time as a possible candidate for FBI Director. After Kelly turned down the position, Louis Freeh was appointed.

Kelly was also in the running to become the first United States Ambassador to Vietnam, after President Bill Clinton extended full diplomatic relations to that country in 1995.

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