Blogs from the New York auto show

Apple is a no-show at the New York show

Posted 10:19 am U.S. ET, April 2
blogs Neal E. Boudette covers Toyota and Honda for Automotive News.
 
NEW YORK -- Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto are finally here! Well, almost here. Kia unveiled its 2016 Optima sedan in New York and announced the car would offer both CarPlay and Android Auto, the heavily hyped and eagerly anticipated software systems designed to get your car and smartphone to operate seamlessly as one device. But the reality is a little fuzzier than that. ...
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After two N.Y. unveilings, what's next for Scion?

Posted 9:50 am U.S. ET, April 1
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NEAL E. BOUDETTE:  Scion unveiled two new cars Tuesday night and almost immediately shifted the focus to what’s coming next. “And a third model is coming within the next two years,” Scion brand group vice president Doug Murtha said The smart money is betting on a small crossover, which would give Scion an entry in a very hot segment. And at the Paris show back in September, Toyota showed a concep ...
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Cadillac's challenge is to be incomparable. Escalade is.

Posted 12:34 pm U.S. ET, April 1
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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN:  NEW YORK -- Having witnessed the dramatic unveiling of the new CT6 luxury sedan Tuesday night at a swanky soiree on the Brooklyn waterfront, I think it’s safe to say that Cadillac has something very special in its stable. But it’s not the CT6. For sure, the new range-topper from Cadillac looks like a capable vehicle. Brand chief Johan de Nysschen described it as being as large as a s ...
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Malibu? Not the biggest splash at Chevy this week

Posted 2:34 pm U.S. ET, April 1
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GM President Dan Ammann said today that focus groups loved Chevy's new spots. Before seeing the commercials, they used words like “tough” and “traditional” to describe Chevrolet, Ammann said. Afterward, they were more likely to use “changing,” “innovative” or “leading.”
MIKE COLIAS:  NEW YORK -- Quick: What’s Chevrolet’s most important unveiling this week? You’d be forgiven if you answered the redesigned 2016 Malibu that debuted here today, the car that General Motors execs believe finally will put the midsize sedan on the shopping lists of Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion buyers. But you’d be wrong. The major Chevy brand ad ...
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Traditional sedans fading away? Not in New York

Posted 12:10 pm U.S. ET, April 1
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Alan Batey, head of North American operations for GM, unveils the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The longer, lighter Malibu has been restyled to offer more interior space and improved fuel efficiency, more connectivity and more advanced safety features.
LINDSAY CHAPPELL:  NEW YORK -- One of the more troubling sales trends for car buffs lately has been a shift away from sedans. Especially larger sedans. But watch the runway at this year’s New York auto show. There is a hot new sedan from Cadillac -- the CT6. A stylish new Kia Optima. An eighth-generation Nissan Maxima with an unprecedented collection of bells and whistles. A retooled Chevrolet Malibu. And ju ...
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Mini pulls the pranks and N.Y. stand -- for now

Posted 10:45 am U.S. ET, March 31
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Mini will go missing from this year's New York auto show. (BLOOMBERG)
DIANA T. KURYLKO:  Mini has been a fixture at the New York auto show since the brand was relaunched in the United States in 2002. But don’t look for the British marque this year. Mini USA, saying its money is better spent on experiential marketing, is skipping the 2015 New York auto show. One possible reason: The brand has no products to unveil in the nation’s biggest media market. “Mini is diff ...
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How Ford is stealing the show again -- this time with Continental

Posted 10:30 am U.S. ET, March 31
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NICK BUNKLEY:  NEW YORK -- Ford Motor Co. seems to have its formula for creating auto show buzz down pat these days. Let a major competitor talk about an upcoming important new vehicle for months, even years, then swoop in with a surprise just as that competitor is finally unveiling that vehicle. Ford stole Acura’s thunder at the Detroit auto show in January, rolling out its own supercar, the GT, hours a ...
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Can these cars fuel brand comebacks?

Posted 10:15 am U.S. ET, March 31
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A spy photo of the iA, Scion's first sedan.
DAVE GUILFORD:  Every vehicle that rolls out this week at the New York auto show represents a high-stakes bet. Hundreds of millions of dollars, years of work. But some vehicles have even more riding on them. These are linchpin vehicles from several of the industry’s comebacks in progress, offerings from automakers who need to make a statement. They may be striving to revive a sagging brand, or to atone fo ...
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CEO media scrums are as ineffective as they are dangerous

Posted 9:22 am U.S. ET, April 18
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Twice this week, Barra was cornered by journalists shouting questions and jamming microphones, TV cameras and digital recorders in her face.
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:  Journalists chasing a meaty story can act like a pack of wild dogs sometimes. They tear into the living flesh of their subject and rip it away, scurrying off to some more private place to process their information meal in peace. For the most part, this process is figurative. No one’s flesh is ripped away. But this week in New York -- and earlier this year at the Detroit auto show after la ...
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Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

Posted 10:17 pm U.S. ET, April 17
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The latest GMC Sierra features a giant console for hanging files and laptop storage. Adding a fast, reliable Internet connection would only enhance the truck as a mobile office.
MIKE COLIAS:  NEW YORK -- At an exhibit on the auto show floor here, I sat inside a Cadillac XTS sedan equipped with General Motors' new 4G LTE wireless connection. But I couldn't help but think: GM should have put the 4G demo unit in a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup. Because it’s in those trucks that the technology could very well give GM the biggest advantage over the competition. The 4G LTE ser ...
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Some New Yorkers really want that Nissan cab

Posted 9:48 am U.S. ET, April 17
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Despite a judge voiding Nissan's lucrative 10-year, billion-dollar Taxi of Tomorrow contract with the city in October, the company has gone ahead with sales here. (LINDSAY CHAPPELL)
LINDSAY CHAPPELL:  NEW YORK -- First a New York judge blocked a deal to make the Nissan NV200 the city’s official taxi last year. Now the cops want to write one of the van’s drivers a ticket. A stiff-upper-lipped Nissan is rolling out a couple of mock NV200 yellow New York taxis this week to carry visitors and VIPs around the city during the New York auto show. But the pretend taxis may look a little t ...
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At Chrysler Group, 2 brands seek new frontiers

Posted 7:15 am U.S. ET, April 17
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Jeep: Poised to take a big but complicated step and build SUVs in China. (BLOOMBERG)
DAVE GUILFORD:  NEW YORK -- From the moment that Fiat’s Sergio Marchionne pulled off the audacious deal to gain control of a deeply damaged Chrysler Group in 2009, the new ownership has confounded expectations. The company’s very survival has surprised many observers, of course. So has its continuing streak of sales increases, now at 48 months of year-over-year gains. And the Ram brand, headed by Rei ...
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Brace yourself for 'velocity'

Posted 1:06 pm U.S. ET, April 16
blogs Lindsay Chappell is the Mid-South bureau chief for Automotive News.
 
NEW YORK -- There’s a new buzzword trending through the car business right now: velocity. It has been popping up in conversations and presentations for a while, and is on the lips of visitors here at the New York auto show. And it might be a good thing. In its new use, velocity simply means the speed with which auto dealers can process a customer from tire-kicker into a satisfied new owner ...
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Why the Mustang II should get its due

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 16
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The smaller and more fuel-efficient Mustang II rolled into Ford showrooms just weeks before several Middle Eastern countries declared an oil embargo.
RICHARD TRUETT:  One member of the Mustang family won’t have a very high-profile role at this week’s 50th anniversary celebrations: the 1974-78 Mustang II. But if you reconsider the case of the Mustang II, you may find it is time to give the car the respect it is due. Had the Mustang II not been a massive sales success -- more than a million were sold in five model years -- the Mustang story may have ...
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Mazda throws a big birthday party for Miata

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 16
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Mazda is heralding 25 years of the Miata at the New York auto show this week. (DAVID PHILLIPS)
RYAN BEENE:  Editor's note: An earlier version of this blog had the wrong given name for former Mazda executive George McCabe. On paper, the MX-5 Miata probably shouldn’t be that important to Mazda. Last year, the roadster accounted for just 2 percent of Mazda’s U.S. sales, with fewer than 6,000 units sold. Toyota sells more Camrys in a week. The market for sporty, two-seat cars is a shadow of w ...
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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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