NewsPublic Affairs / March 30, 2016

Automakers Get Real In New York

Automakers get real in New York. There were a few glitzy concepts, but the big deal is all of the factory fresh production models shining under the lights. auto, Buick Encore, Lincoln Navigator Concept, New York International Auto Show, Genesis Hybrid Sport Sedan Concept, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, Mazda MX-5 RF, Toyota Prius Prime, VW Golf Alltrak, Subaru Impreza, Nissan GT-R2016-03-30T00:00:00-04:00
Automakers Get Real In New York

Automakers get real in New York.  There were a few glitzy concepts, but the big deal is all of the factory fresh production models shining under the lights.  From a gull-winged SUV to 640 horsepower Camaro and Nissan supercar, here are the highlights from the New York International Auto Show:

Lincoln Navigator Concept

Inspired by yachts, and maybe the Mercedes Gullwing, Navigator Concept mashes Range Rover with Continental for a next-generation luxury SUV.  The cabin features middle row lounge chairs, Revel audio, light blue leather, and a built-in wardrobe.  Head restraint monitors with Wi-Fi allow music sharing.  The 400 horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 gets it moving.

Genesis Hybrid Sport Sedan Concept

Hyundai's recently-separated Genesis brand issues a contemporary sport sedan with sleek aggressive body over 21-inch wheels and a fully leather-wrapped interior boasting floating screens.  3D gesture controls let operators throw content from one screen to the next.  The hybrid powertrain taps a 2.0-liter four-cylinder enngine and 8-speed transmission.  Genesis promises an exciting future.

2017 Buick Encore

Buick's little crossover gains a sportier face with elegant wing grille, angled LED headlamps, and LED taillamps.  Inside, the elegant wing-style dashboard cribs the new LaCrosse.  A new 8-inch touchscreen accesses 4G LET Wi-Fi and compatibility with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.  All this makes a great little crossover even better.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Heaven and Hades comspire for the ZL1, available as a coupe and convertible.  Between fenders is a supercharged 640 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 connected to a rev-matching six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission.  Magnetic Ride Control, dual-mode exhaust, and Drive Mode Selector go with bulging body mods to deliver what it promises.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

Hot on the trail of the new GLC crossover is a sexier coupe version that's 3.2-linches longer, 1.6-inches lower, and sports a shapely rump.  Designers amped the exterior with diamond radiator grille, LED headlamps, spoiler lip, and up to 21-inch wheels.  Chooose the GLC300 with 241 horsepower turbo-four and off-road suspension or GLC43 AMG and enjoy a 362 horsepower Biturbo V6.  A 9-speed automatic transmission, air suspension, and full sutie of crash avoidance systems are available.  Sales begin early 2017.

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

I adore the Miata's elegant manual cloth top, but see this:  A hard top for touring, but with the flip of a switch, converts into an open roof targa.  Fastback styling gets pulses quickening -- as does a choice of SKYACTIV 1.5- or 2.0-liter gasoline engines.  The RF is sure to please MX-5 enthusiasts while enticing a new fan base.  Beautiful.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The best-selling hybrid plugs in to deliver efficient performance.  Prius Prime is estimated to achieve 120-MPGe -- the highest rating of any plug-in hybrid.  One 11.3-gallon tank plus a full charge takes the car 600 miles.  Flashier styling and interior with 11.6-inch center screen, head-up display, and wireless phone charging take it higher.

2017 VW Golf Alltrak

Meet the German Outback.  Volkswagen takes the Golf SportWagen, jacks it up, slides 4MOTION all-wheel-drive under it, and adds an off-road mode with hill descent control.  Body cladding gives it a rugged look.  The wagon channels a 170 horsepower 1.8-liter turbo-four.  Adaptive cruise, forward collision warning, and auto braking enhance safety.

2017 Subaru Impreza

Check the production-ready Impreza that comes from Subaru's expanded Lafayette, Indiana plant.  Riding on a new global platform, the body is more dynamic and chiseled while the powertrain includes a 152 horsepower 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission.  All-wheel-drive remains standard.  Apple CarPlay, android Auto, and Harman/Kardon audio join a refined interior harboring Subaru's EyeSight crash mitigation and adaptive cruise system.  Sales begin later this year.

2017 Nissan GT-R

Nissan's supercar receives its first major updates since 2007.  Start with an additional 20 horsepower (565 total), available hand-selected Nappa leather interior, refined seat design, and 8-inch touch panel with app suite.  Nissan's corporate V-motion grille and hood with pronounced character lines gives the car visual stimulation.  Sales begin this summer.

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