Blogs from the New York auto show

Waiting for Alfa. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

Posted 10:46 am U.S. ET, April 15
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The Alfa Romeo 4C already is well-known in Europe, but its appearance at the New York auto show will mark the first time since 1992 that Alfa has shown a vehicle at a major U.S. show.
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:  If you show up decades late for your own surprise party, are guests still expected to cheer your arrival? Maybe not for most. But it might be a different story if your name is Alfa Romeo. This week, the Alfa Romeo 4C will appear at the New York auto show, marking the sporty two-seater’s North American debut. There won’t be a formal news conference -- the 4C is already well-known in ...
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Autos' enthusiasm for emerging markets hits brakes

Posted 2:11 pm U.S. ET, April 15
blogs Dave Guilford is news editor for Automotive News.
 
NEW YORK -- It’s been common for years to hear that emerging markets will power global growth in auto sales. Global automakers have jostled to position themselves for that growth, particularly in the much-touted BRIC markets -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. But that growth formula has been looking a little less solid lately. Tension with Russia over the annexation of Crimea, with the pr ...
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With SportWagen concept, VW mulls awd for North America

Posted 11:39 am U.S. ET, April 14
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VW says the new SportWagen's body shell is lighter than the current Jetta SportWagen and offers an enhanced crash structure. (VW)
GABE NELSON:  WASHINGTON -- A certain type of person went gaga when Volkswagen AG released details on the Golf SportWagen that it will show at the New York auto show this week. A station wagon? Oh, yes. With a diesel engine? Bingo. And a manual transmission? You bet your hatch. For those enthusiasts who take pride in going against the grain of the U.S. car market, it doesn’t get much better than that. W ...
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Land Rover provides more clues to expanded Discovery family

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 3
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A teaser photo of the concept's interior shows little detail but the new Discovery likely will use Land Rover's new lightweight aluminum architecture and feature a more appealing exterior. (LAND ROVER)
DIANA T. KURYLKO:  Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the Discovery, and making a family of it. In March at the Geneva auto show, Land Rover said an expanded Discovery range would debut in 2015. Part two of the Discovery story is coming this month to the New York auto show. Land Rover said on Wednesday it will reveal the Discovery Vision Concept SUV in New York. The use of only the Discovery name on the co ...
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Land Rover's vision of an expanded Discovery family

Posted 7:15 pm U.S. ET, April 2
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Land Rover says the headlights on the Discovery Vision Concept SUV emit the closest thing to daylight than any other form of artificial light. (LAND ROVER)
DIANA T. KURYLKO:  NEW YORK -- Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the LR4 in the United States and the Discovery elsewhere, and making a family of it. The luxury SUV specialist said at the Geneva auto show in March that an expanded Discovery range would debut in 2015. The second part of the story is unfolding in New York this week with the introduction of the Discovery Vision Concept SUV. The use of only th ...
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Why Toyota will buck convention with '15 Camry update at N.Y. show

Posted 10:53 pm U.S. ET, March 26
blogs David Phillips is managing editor of autonews.com
 
It’s been rumored for months and now it’s official. Toyota is updating the Camry for 2015 and will use the media glare of the New York Auto Show next month to showcase its latest mid-sized sedan. The company said Wednesday the refreshed Camry planned for New York “will challenge conventional expectations of a mid-cycle model change,” and left it at that. It’s unusua ...
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For '15 Mustang, deją vu high above Manhattan

Posted 1:06 pm U.S. ET, March 25
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The 1966 Mustang on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York in 1965.
DAVID PHILLIPS:  If it suddenly feels like 1964 and 1965 all over again, you’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’. Again. As the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the Mustang in New York nears, Ford Motor Co. has rediscovered its old marketing playbook and using it to herald the occasion. The company said today it will place the redesigned 2015 Mustang on the 86th floor observation deck of the famed ...
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Cadillac tries to overcome walk-on status

Posted 10:01 am U.S. ET, April 2
blogs Mike Colias covers General Motors for Automotive News.
 
When I was in college, I walked onto the football team. It didn't take long for me to grasp a cold reality: I couldn't just be as good as the scholarship players, who already had the reputation and name recognition. To get the coaches' attention, I had to be better.That's where Cadillac is today in its quest to play on the same field with the German luxury brands.And today's March sales report cer ...
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What took so long to scrap the Routan?

Posted 1:24 pm U.S. ET, March 28
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VW has sold fewer than 58,000 Routan minivans since its U.S. debut in 2008.
DIANA T. KURYLKO:  Volkswagen of America finally decided to do away with the slow-selling Routan minivan and will phase it out this year.What took so long?It’s a rebadged Chrysler minivan with a Chrysler engine and it costs more: Its base price is $27,840 vs. $20,990 for the base Dodge Grand Caravan. Prices include shipping.VW says its dealers were clamoring for a seven-passenger vehicle. The company that&rsqu ...
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Hybrid wave raises marketing questions

Posted 2:23 pm U.S. ET, March 28
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Infiniti has a plan to expand its hybrid vehicle offerings. Its mass-market sister brand, Nissan, is following suit. Pictured is the QX60.
LINDSAY CHAPPELL:  The wraps came off of the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid Wednesday afternoon in New York, and the model signals a clear new path for the luxury brand. There will be hybrid powertrain options for almost every new model Infiniti introduces.But there will also be new marketing challenges -- not just for Infiniti, or for the rest of Nissan Motor Co., but across the auto industry.Infiniti has a plan to expa ...
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Range Rover banks on 3 out of 3

Posted 1:24 pm U.S. ET, March 28
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The Sport is 800 pounds lighter than today's model thanks to the new platform it shares with the larger and more expensive and redesigned Range Rover.
DIANA T. KURYLKO:  NEW YORK -- With three new or redesigned models in three years, Range Rover is poised to grow in the U.S. market and better compete with rival vehicles it couldn't take on before.Range Rover is the more upscale brand of the two SUV/crossover brands -- the second is Land Rover -- that Land Rover North America markets here.The newest redesign is the Range Rover Sport, smaller than the Range Rover bu ...
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Subaru turns a new leaf: Bold styling

Posted 7:44 pm U.S. ET, March 28
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The WRX concept: Hints at what next year's WRX will look like
DIANA T. KURYLKO:  Subaru isn't known or widely praised for bold design. Loyal buyers of the brand often are more concerned about safety and durability than styling; they often shun conspicuous or expensive cars.But Subaru has been updating its styling and you can no longer call its models quirky. The BRZ coupe that went on sale last year turned some heads.But the WRX concept at this year's New York auto show did mo ...
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Re-engineered Durango punches its ticket to the ball

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 28
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Dodge is giving the re-engineered 2014 Durango a new transmission and interior electronics along with new exterior lighting and styling.
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:  Since its relaunch as a 2011 model, the Dodge Durango has been the large and largely ignored stepsister of its much-celebrated platform mate, the Jeep Grand Cherokee.While the Grand Cherokee scooped up awards and headlined Chrysler Group's marketing campaigns, the Durango soldiered on in relative obscurity, despite its role as the automaker's only three-row, all-wheel-drive vehicle.With no marketi ...
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Kia compact coupe, hatchback go turbo

Posted 10:15 am U.S. ET, March 27
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Kia revealed the Koup today at the New York auto show, prior to its fourth quarter U.S. sales debut.
RYAN BEENE:  NEW YORK -- Most compact cars are engineered to be a means of affordable transportation for the masses, often sacrificing fun for practicality.With its redesigned Forte lineup, Kia seems to be doing the opposite. The Forte will be the industry's only compact car lineup that offers sporty versions with turbocharged engines in two body styles -- a coupe and a hot hatch. A 201-hp, 1.6-liter turbochar ...
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Audi backfills lineup with new A3

Posted 2:44 pm U.S. ET, March 27
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The new Audi A3 sedan, pictured, isn't a replacement for the old hatchback; it's a relaunch of the original A4.
MARK RECHTIN:  NEW YORK -- The auto industry is full of creeps.By that, I mean automakers that engage in the phenomenon known as "segment creep" -- that gradual increase in vehicle size with each subsequent generation of product. Example: The current Honda Civic is as large as a '90s-era Accord.So it's heartening to see Audi engage in a bit of lineup backfilling with the redesigned A3 that will arrive in early 2 ...
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Why the next wave of Italians is important

Posted 12:56 pm U.S. ET, March 27
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It's quite clear that Fiat isn't merely playing for time with attention-getting variations on the 500. It's running the Mini playbook.
DAVE GUILFORD:  NEW YORK -- The next wave of Italians has arrived, as the wall at the Fiat stand here proclaims: The 500, 500c, 500e and 500L.You might argue there's only one Italian in U.S. Fiat stores -- the 500 -- and that until dealers get some more product, Fiat is extending the brand any which way it can.But there's another side to the proliferation of 500s, which you can see just a couple stands away at Mi ...
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Why the '14 Honda Odyssey won't be a crummy minivan

Posted 5:00 pm U.S. ET, March 26
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The HondaVAC's electric motor does not need an outlet or recharging.
MARK RECHTIN:  NEW YORK -- Don't take this the wrong way, but the 2014 Honda Odyssey sucks. Literally.For its midcycle freshening, the Odyssey is including the "HondaVAC," which Honda claims is the first-ever in-vehicle vacuum system.Available in the Odyssey Touring Elite trim level, the HondaVAC will be marketed to young families whose kids' Cheerios often find their way into minivan crevices.The HondaVAC was d ...
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In N.Y., cars consumers actually want to buy

Posted 9:44 am U.S. ET, March 26
blogs Dave Guilford is enterprise editor of Automotive News.
 
The automotive sales climate is quite different on the different sides of the Atlantic Ocean -- and the auto shows in Europe and the United States show it.The European auto market continues to crater, to put it bluntly. With the stream of unsettling financial news, European consumers seem reluctant to buy new vehicles, even if they can afford them.Yet the recent Geneva auto show seemed like a will ...
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Kia's challenge: Keep the heart in the Soul

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 26
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Kia Soul: The top-selling subcompact in America in 2012.
RYAN BEENE:  It's an age-old problem: how not to screw up a smash hit when you design the successor. Thus close attention will be paid to the second-generation Kia Soul at the New York auto show this week.The Soul, the first production vehicle done under chief stylist Peter Schreyer, helped put Kia on the design map when it arrived in 2009. The boxy subcompact with the wide stance introduced the brand's "tiger ...
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Why the LaCrosse facelift is sorely needed

Posted 2:00 pm U.S. ET, March 25
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The reskinned 2014 LaCrosse, which hits showrooms this summer, will address many of the vehicle's shortcomings.
MIKE COLIAS:  Buick is showing a refreshed LaCrosse sedan this week at the New York auto show. And it's not a moment too soon.The LaCrosse has been the workhorse of Buick's recovery. The sedan, launched just weeks after General Motors' mid-2009 bankruptcy, was deemed by many as the most important debut in decades for Buick, which was fighting for relevancy after almost being eliminated during GM's retrenchment. ...
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