Our reporters have scoured the present halls to search out out what’s actually occurring
The New York motor present may not be the largest on the worldwide calendar, however its location signifies that it at all times attracts a number of the automobile trade's main names.
You'll be able to try all the brand new launches from the present right here. In the meantime, Autocar has been on the bottom to take a look at all the brand new vehicles on show, chat to the trade consultants in attendance – and discover out what’s actually occurring on the present stands.
Right here, our reporters empty their notebooks to carry you the behind-the-scenes data from the New York present.
Moving into the NY present, you’re immediately greeted by one of many greatest developments of latest years - downsizing. Whether or not we’re speaking powertrains or automobile dimensions, Nissan’s stand was the proper instance of the downsizing we so typically see lately.
The 370Z 50th Anniversary mannequin sits alongside its forebear, the Datsun 240Z. Unsurprisingly, the latter appears positively dinky by comparability.
The birthplace of the Speedster
There’s no higher place for Porsche to launch its 991 swansong, the 911 Speedster, than New York. The unique 356 Speedster was created on the request of New York seller Max Hoffman, who wished a ‘stripped-down’ model of the 356 to promote on the West Coast.
The brand new machine makes use of the identical Four.Zero-litre flat six as the present 911 GT3 however is closely modified with a revised gas system, completely different revs and extra. It’s a variety of work for simply 1948 examples, so there’s each likelihood this unit will make its approach into extra mainstream fashions…
Rivian is go
This electrical start-up rose to prominence solely final 12 months (regardless of being round for a decade). Its stand, that includes its R1S SUV and R1T pick-up, took delight of place alongside outstanding automobile makers resembling Audi and Mercedes. Its presence is prone to be a press release of intent as a lot as the rest however exhibits how critical founder RJ Scaringe is. He advised Autocar earlier this 12 months that he believes he has now discovered a distinct segment with Rivian, and may construct one thing completely different and lasting.
New York is new house for Genesis
Genesis remains to be discovering its ft in America, having launched as a stand-alone model 4 years in the past. Model boss Manfred Fitzgerald stated, on the unveiling of its Mint Idea, that New York had develop into Genesis’s “second house” and is the place it chooses to premiere ideas 12 months after 12 months.
The Mint Idea - most likely the best-looking automobile at this 12 months’s present, for my part - is completely suited to New York. It’s not confirmed for manufacturing however Genesis says it doesn’t create ideas with out having an curiosity in making a completely fledged automobile. We are able to however hope.
Merc-AMG B-Class, anybody?
The Mercedes-AMG vary now spans an unimaginable variety of fashions, however boss Tobias Moers can namecheck one Merc mannequin that doesn’t have an AMG model - the B-Class.
In the meantime, he confirmed that the brand new GLS luxurious seven-seater will get an AMG mannequin in time.
On present right here is the revised GLC 63 and new CLA 35. So which 2019 mannequin is Moers most enthusiastic about? The brand new A45 scorching hatch. He says it’s dramatically improved when it comes to driving dynamics.
Kia’s SUV focus
Kia America’s COO, Brit Michael Cole, advised us that historically the maker has been well-known for its saloons within the US. On condition that vans and SUVs now account for 70% of car gross sales there, that’s a notion it’s making an attempt to vary. The not too long ago launched Telluride, a Ford Explorer rival, helps that trigger for the model. In the meantime, we’re extra excited for the special-edition Stinger with a drift mode…
Carry on truckin’
It’d be simple to overlook the vans and mods corridor when you weren’t cautious. Right here, you’re reminded of the sheer hulk of many autos on US roads. Private favourites included the Ram 2500 Energy Wagon with a mere 6.Four-litre V8 and 429lb ft of torque, and the brilliant orange Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.
Away from the vans within the deepest, darkest corners of the present had been some fascinating modified and basic vehicles. Listed here are our prime three, simply because…
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