Notes from the The New York auto show

At Dodge, 2 reworked muscle cars hold the key

Posted 11:15 am U.S. ET, April 17
At Dodge, 2 reworked muscle cars hold the key
(REUTERS)
 
Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis introduced the refreshed 2015 Challenger and Charger on Thursday. "Our Dodge designers have resculpted nearly every single body panel of the Charger for 2015, giving it a sleek, nimble appearance," he said. “When you say Charger and Challenger, you’re talking about two nameplates that could only belong to Dodge.” The brand is counting on the updates to help reverse a 23 percent drop in its U.S. car sales so far this year. And with the end of the mid-sized Avenger, along with the weak launch of the Dart small car, Dodge must now count on the updated Challenger and Charger even more so.
 

Asimo's star turn

Posted 3:10 pm U.S. ET, April 17
Asimo's star turn
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Honda's Asimo humanoid robot waves after a presentation Wednesday during the Honda press conference, where it mostly hopped on stage to showcase its latest capabilities.

'I can make it anywhere!'

Posted 2:47 pm U.S. ET, April 17
'I can make it anywhere!'
(REUTERS)
 
Asimo demonstrates its craft for members of the media after Honda's press conference Thursday at the New York auto show.

Alfa draws a gaggle

Posted 2:45 pm U.S. ET, April 17
Alfa draws a gaggle
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
The Alfa Romeo 4C will mark the Italian brand's return to the U.S. market when it goes on sale this summer. Its appearance at the show this week has drawn a steady flow of photographers and journalists. It's the first time since 1992 that Alfa Romeo has shown a vehicle at a major U.S. auto show. Some 100 4C's will be shipped to the United States by late June or early July, with about 850 scheduled to land here by the end of this year. -- David Phillips

Rolling art

Posted 2:37 pm U.S. ET, April 17
Rolling art
(MIKE COLIAS)
 
Artist Ioan Florea shows off his creation: a 1971 Ford Torino overlaid with 3-D printed liquid metal and sandstone. He calls it: "Revolution from assembly line to mass customization." -- Mike Colias

A proud CEO

Posted 2:14 pm U.S. ET, April 17
A proud CEO
(REUTERS)
 
Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent of Subaru, posed with the revamped 2015 Outback after its unveiling in New York today. The Outback was first shown at the New York show 20 years ago.

Coming soon to the Big Screen

Posted 1:25 pm U.S. ET, April 17
Coming soon to the Big Screen
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
There's a new Transformers movie coming out this summer and General Motors wants fans to catch a few of the action film's four-wheeled stars before heading into the GM display.

Camry draws a crowd

Posted 12:05 pm U.S. ET, April 17
Camry draws a crowd
(JENNIFER VUONG)
 
John Mendel, right, executive vice president of American Honda, is spotted at the Toyota stand today taking in the refreshed Camry sedan.

For closer inspection

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, April 17
For closer inspection
(BLOOMBERG)
 
A cutaway of the Hyundai Genesis luxury sport sedan draws onlookers at the New York auto show. 

A global honor for Audi A3

Posted 9:55 am U.S. ET, April 17
A global honor for Audi A3
(REUTERS)
 
The Audi A3 grabbed the World Car of the Year Award today, beating out two other finalists -- BMW's 4 Series and the Mazda3. “The thing I’m proudest of as a car salesperson in America is that it went on sale a couple weeks ago and it’s off to a great start,” said Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America. Audi has a lot invested in the A3 -- its lowest-priced car, starting at $30,795 with delivery -- including a Super Bowl ad earlier this year. -- Jim Henry
 
 

Stately ride

Posted 6:53 am U.S. ET, April 17
Stately ride
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
This 1967 Lincoln Continental executive limousine was used to transport New York's top elected official beginning with Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller in early 1967. It has clocked some 86,000 miles and was last used in 1988. Under the hood is a 340 horsepower, 8-cylinder engine.

The red simulator

Posted 6:46 am U.S. ET, April 17
The red simulator
(REUTERS)
 
It's all about keeping the visitor engaged -- digitally, visually, spiritually -- with the world of automobiles at the Javits center this week in New York.

Ready for the checkered flag

Posted 6:32 am U.S. ET, April 17
Ready for the checkered flag
(REUTERS)
 
Bentley is showcasing the GT3 -- a monster of a race car -- this week. Bentley unveiled plans to enter the Pirelli World Challenge this year with the Continental GT3. The British luxury maker said a single Bentley race car will debut in June at a race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and a second car will be added for the second part of the 2014 season before a full season assault is launched in 2015. -- Autoweek
 

At GM, rare calmness these days

Posted 2:30 pm U.S. ET, April 16
At GM, rare calmness these days
(MIKE COLIAS)
 
It was a mostly sleepy day Wednesday in the distant North Hall at the Jacob Javits center, where the General Motors stands were noticeably quiet. You could literally hear the fluorescent lights buzzing overhead. -- Mike Colias

Birthday wishes from the top

Posted 5:15 pm U.S. ET, April 16
Birthday wishes from the top
(REUTERS)
 
Mazda Chairman Takashi Yamanouchi was on hand Wednesday to celebrate 25 years of the Miata roadster.

VW Jetta sports a fresh face

Posted 1:30 pm U.S. ET, April 16
VW Jetta sports a fresh face
(REUTERS)
 
Michael Horn, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, showed off the new face of the VW Jetta hybrid on Wednesday.

A new war horse for Acura cars

Posted 11:36 pm U.S. ET, April 16
A new war horse for Acura cars
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Honda Motor Corp.'s Acura brand, helped introduce the TLX luxury sport sedan on Wednesday. The TLX -- a replacement for the TL and TSX -- is key to reversing a decline in Acura's car sales that kept record U.S. sales out of Honda's grasp in 2013.

Land Rover's future Discovery Sport

Posted 3:45 pm U.S. ET, April 16
Land Rover's future Discovery Sport
(REUTERS)
 
Land Rover said Wednesday that the first vehicle in its new family of SUVs will be called the Discovery Sport. It will go on sale in the U.S. market in 2015, Land Rover executives said. Land Rover is giving strong hints about the vehicle's styling with the Discovery Vision Concept on display this week in New York. Land Rover vehicles are sold under both the Land Rover and Ranger Rover nameplates. -- Diana T. Kurylko

A pair of bold strikes from Nissan

Posted 12:30 pm U.S. ET, April 16
A pair of bold strikes from Nissan
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Andy Palmer, executive vice president and chief planning officer for Nissan Motor Co., with the 2015 Murano crossover, left, and a sedan concept, right, that offers a striking hint at the next Maxima. "Murano helped create a new segment, and the latest version," Palmer said, "redefines that segment."

A familiar facelift for Focus

Posted 2:55 pm U.S. ET, April 16
A familiar facelift for Focus
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Ford COO Mark Fields showed the new face of the 2015 Ford Focus coming this fall. It borrows heavily from the Fusion and Escape.

Toyota hits reset on King Camry

Posted 9:45 am U.S. ET, April 16
Toyota hits reset on King Camry
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of Toyota Motor Sales USA, with the refreshed 2015 Camry. Toyota is making rare but bold styling changes to the Camry just halfway into the car’s usual design cycle.
 

All quiet on the Chevy floor

Posted 10:15 am U.S. ET, April 16
All quiet on the Chevy floor
(MIKE COLIAS)
 
An unusually quiet Chevrolet stand on the opening morning of press days. For the first time in many years, General Motors didn't host a press conference at the New York auto show. Chevy instead hosted its global debuts at an off-site party Tuesday night with the unveiling of the 2015 Chevy Trax and Z06 Corvette convertible. -- Mike Colias

Jeep Renegade coming in 4 trim lines

Posted 2:42 pm U.S. ET, April 16
Jeep Renegade coming in 4 trim lines
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Mike Manley, chief of Chrysler Group's Jeep brand, helped unveil the Jeep Renegade Trail Hawk SUV on Wednesday. The Renegade expands Jeep's product portfolio and will serve as a critical test for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the carmaker formed by the merger of Fiat S.p.A. and Jeep parent Chrysler. The Renegade will be offered in the United States in 4 trim lines.

A Miata parade

Posted 3:15 pm U.S. ET, April 16
A Miata parade
(RYAN BEENE)
 
It's the 25th anniversary of the Mazda Miata, and Mazda has dug into storage to pull out 11 special roadsters from over the last quarter century to put on display at the New York auto show. The blue Miata up front is production No. 14, one of three Miatas that took the stage at the 1989 Chicago auto show when the car was first revealed.

Reunion at Hyundai

Posted 1:44 pm U.S. ET, April 16
Reunion at Hyundai
(RYAN BEENE)
 
It's not just all about the cars at the New York auto show. Former Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik, middle, catches up with former Hyundai Motor America colleagues on Wednesday. That's current Hyundai America CEO Dave Zuchowski opposite Krafcik, product planning VP Mike O'Brien to Krafcik's left and public relations boss Chris Hosford to Krafcik's right. -- Ryan Beene

Zuchowski praises new Sonata

Posted 11:19 am U.S. ET, April 16
Zuchowski praises new Sonata
(REUTERS)
 
Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, did the honors in introducing the 2015 Sonata at the New York auto show today. “We’re not looking to try get to unprecedented volume levels with this vehicle." he said. "We want to get back to the area around when we first launched the [current Sonata].”
 

On the air

Posted 1:00 pm U.S. ET, April 16
On the air
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
TrueCar.com, the online automotive shopping site and pricing guide that strives to match car shoppers with dealers, is about to go public. But the quiet period surrounding the IPO didn't stop TrueCar founder and CEO Scott Painter, right, from taking time for an interview with Automotive Radio Network's Bob Long, left, at the New York auto show on Wednesday.

Star attraction

Posted 1:00 pm U.S. ET, April 16
Star attraction
(REUTERS)
 
Actor Jon Hamm, the voice of Mercedes-Benz ads, posed for photographers next to the S63 AMG Coupe after its unveiling on Wednesday.

A mad man in the house

Posted 11:57 am U.S. ET, April 16
A mad man in the house
(MIKE COLIAS)
 
Mad Men star Jon Hamm, the current voice of Mercedes-Benz ads, upstaged the unveiling of the S63 AMG coupe today by attracting his own throng of gawkers. -- Mike Colias

A Renegade conquers Manhattan

Posted 11:50 am U.S. ET, April 16
A Renegade conquers Manhattan
(TOM WOROBEC)
 
The latest Jeep -- the baby-sized Renegade -- had its North American auto show debut today in New York. Outside the Jacob Javits convention center, Jeep has set up an off-road camp where trail enthusiasts can navigate an obstacle course in their favorite 7-slotted SUV. -- David Phillips

The blue oval checks out the latest King Camry

Posted 11:32 am U.S. ET, April 16
The blue oval checks out the latest King Camry
(JENNIFER VUONG)
 
Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford's Americas unit, is spotted checking out the refreshed Camry at the Toyota stand just hours after its unveiling on Wednesday. The top-selling car in the United States will square off against the mid-sized Ford Fusion starting this fall.

Standing guard

Posted 11:13 am U.S. ET, April 16
Standing guard
(REUTERS)
 
A model stands next to a Dodge Challenger during media previews Wednesday at the New York auto show. Dodge plans to show a refreshed Challenger for 2015 at the show on Thursday.

A 'Triple Yellow' sunrise

Posted 7:45 am U.S. ET, April 16
A 'Triple Yellow' sunrise
(REUTERS)
 
Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford -- marking 50 years of the first pony car -- posed with a 2015 Triple Yellow Ford Mustang GT on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York today.

Toyota's clone factory?

Posted 10:36 am U.S. ET, April 16
Toyota's clone factory?
(DAVE GUILFORD)
 
A family resemblance -- the Lexus spindle grille migrates to the refreshed Camry.

The latest pony car

Posted 10:00 am U.S. ET, April 16
The latest pony car
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., introduced a limited-edition, 50th anniversary Mustang today. Only 1,964 copies will be built to mark the Mustang's 50th anniversary. It goes on sale this fall.

Paying homage to Mustang high over Manhattan

Posted 7:12 am U.S. ET, April 16
Paying homage to Mustang high over Manhattan
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
A helicopter hovers over the Empire State Building in Midtown Manhattan an hour after sunrise today. Ford planted a Triple Yellow 2015 Mustang convertible on the building's 86th floor observation deck early this AM to pay homage to the car's 50th anniversary. Ford said today it will offer a limited edition 50th anniversary Mustang in just two colors -- Wimbledon White, like Mustang serial No. 1 that was first sold to Capt. Stanley Tucker in April 1964, or Kona Blue. Only "1,964" cars will be built. -- David Phillips

Back home again

Posted 9:16 am U.S. ET, April 16
Back home again
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
After a speech opening press previews for the New York auto show today, Ford COO Mark Fields, left, a native of Brooklyn, was presented with a tray of local delicacies, including cheesecake, from the famous borough. Fields told the audience he was four when he visited the 1964 World's Fair, where the Mustang was first shown 50 years ago this week.

Speed bump on information highway

Posted 8:18 am U.S. ET, April 16
Speed bump on information highway
(RYAN BEENE)
 
This is what happens when the Internet goes down at the press credentials desk at the New York auto show on opening day of press previews. Show organizers said today that media credential requests are up 10 percent over 2013.

Under the lights

Posted 6:45 am U.S. ET, April 16
Under the lights
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
A lighting technician makes some final adjustments to the Scion stand. It's going to be a quiet show on the product front for the Toyota Motor Corp. brand, but, as always, look for it to reach out to metro New York's young consumers in clever ways when the doors open to the public on Saturday.

A big week for Ford's famous pony car

Posted 6:15 am U.S. ET, April 16
A big week for Ford's famous pony car
(REUTERS)
 
A 2015 Ford Mustang hangs inside the Jacob Javits convention center as workers prepare for the first day of media previews on Wednesday at the New York auto show. Ford is marking 50 years of the original pony car this week with a series of events nationwide and in New York. The Mustang was introduced at the World's Fair here in 1964. -- David Phillips

Back in the spotlight

Posted 7:15 pm U.S. ET, April 15
Back in the spotlight
(GM)
 
General Motors CEO Mary Barra attracted another gaggle of photographers on Tuesday evening when Chevrolet formally introduced the small Trax crossover. Barra said that by sometime next year, after five “significant all-new products,” 95 percent of the models in Chevy’s lineup will be less than 4 years old. She called it “the strongest product lineup in Chevrolet’s history” and added that 75 percent of Chevy’s dealerships have started or completed facility overhauls. -- Mike Colias

A big blue toy with a bow tie included

Posted 7:00 pm U.S. ET, April 15
A big blue toy with a bow tie included
(REUTERS)
 
Mark Reuss, head of global product development for GM, helped take the wraps off of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible on Tuesday evening. It is the most powerful convertible ever produced by Chevrolet, with at least 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque.

Packed house for Barra speech

Posted 4:00 pm U.S. ET, April 15
Packed house for Barra speech
(TOM WOROBEC)
 
Some 99 credentialed journalists, 22 camera crews - even a 60 Minutes crew - waited Tuesday afternoon in a ballroom at the Grand Hyatt in New York to hear Mary Barra give her first major public speech as GM CEO amid the company's recall crisis.

Polishing the bow tie

Posted 3:03 pm U.S. ET, April 15
Polishing the bow tie
(GM)
 
Workers put the finishing touches on Chevrolet's display Tuesday prior to the start of the New York auto show. Chevy is showcasing the refreshed 2015 Cruze and Corvette Z06 convertible at the show.

The 2015 Sonata's big moment

Posted 1:59 pm U.S. ET, April 15
The 2015 Sonata's big moment
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
It makes its formal auto show debut on Wednesday, but Hyundai is already giving the all-new 2015 Sonata the star treatment inside the towering atrium of the Jacob Javits convention center.

Final touches in N.Y.

Posted 11:52 am U.S. ET, April 15
Final touches in N.Y.
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
Some final preparations were under way on Tuesday morning for the 2014 New York auto show, which opens for two days of press previews on Wednesday at the Jacob Javits convention center.

An Aston Martin priced below $100,000 for North America

Posted 5:45 pm U.S. ET, April 14
An Aston Martin priced below $100,000 for North America
(BLOOMBERG)
 
Julian Jenkins, president of the Americas for Aston Martin, posed with the V8 Vantage GT on the streets of New York on Monday. Aston Martin is showcasing the U.S.-spec V8 Vantage GT, priced from $99,900, at the New York auto show this week. “We’d like to sell a few more cars and we believe this will offer an opportunity to broaden our appeal and bring a few more customers to the brand,” Jenkins told Bloomberg in the interview. With a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 430 horsepower, the special-edition exotic car can rip from zero to 60 mph in a mere 4.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190 mph. Customer deliveries begin in the third quarter.

 
 

Land Rover Discovery Concept's twilight debut

Posted 9:38 pm U.S. ET, April 14
Land Rover Discovery Concept's twilight debut
(DAVID PHILLIPS)
 
Land Rover's Discovery Vision Concept had its world premiere at twilight Monday on the deck of the Intrepid - a mothballed aircraft carrier turned air, sea and space museum in the Hudson River. Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s design director, said after showering attention on Range Rover, Land Rover is ready to retool the Land Rover brand. And it will all start with a new family of Discovery models. "Look at it. Look at that strong stance," a proud McGovern said. "It's great design at the very core."
-- David Phillips
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