Thursday, March 29, 2018

NY Auto Show 3/28/18: Who Let This Guy In?

Disclaimer: I have bought one new car in my life and drove to NYC in a new to me 2002 Honda Civic Si.  My strategy to save the environment involves buying used cars and keeping older cars on the road (preferably pre-2000 Mercedes).  With all this in mind, I headed to NY Auto show on Wednesday armed with DT press credentials to see what the auto industry had new to offer.  Here are a my unvarnished ramblings and many pictures from the day.


Trends:
  • If there was a lot of carbon fiber in 2017, there had to have been double the amount this year.  It was slathered on any car that had a hint of performance.
  • Busy exterior and interior design language is rampant- no chance of a Volvo 240 or W123 Benz being built today
  • Sinfully ugly grills
  • Better integration of the nav screens and tablets into dashes
  • Lots of diamond stitching or quilted patterns on seats 
  • Quite a few appealing full size wagons available
  • It seems like only a Euro thing with the matte paint
  • Tailpipe within a tailpipe thing- huge cutouts in the bumpers with small real pipes inside
Hits:
  • The interior of the $300k Range Rover SV coupe was sublime
  • Alfa Romeo Guila pushes all the right buttons
  • The Lexus RC500 coke bottle shape
  • Ford GT
  • Volvo V90 was superb in and out
  • The Lambo door mechanism for the BMW i8 was pretty cool 
  • The Cadillac twin turbo and Corvette ZR1 supercharged V8 engines are impressive efforts from GM
  • Dual side exit exhausts on the new Mercedes G-wagen 
  • Hatchback Toyota Corolla available with a 6 speed
Misses:
  • The Lexus corporate grill is straight out of a horror movie 
  • The Fiat 500 soldiers on with very little changes since US introduction
  • Honda Fit seems like a half baked effort compared to other cars from them
  • Toyota C-HR styling was busier than 5th Avenue
  • Prius Prime rear end
  • Visibility out of the Camaro was abysmal 
General comments:
  • The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry were both redesigned and are really damn nice cars
  • I could not believe my ears when Johan from Cadillac mentioned there was a "track mode" for the new CT6 V series.  It struck me as bizarre feature to have on a full size luxury sedan.   
  • I would love to take a Alfa Romeo 4C for a spin!



Volvo V90 wagon


Mercedes E class wagon


Buick Regal wagon


Jaguar XF wagon


Carbon fiber roof panel


Carbon fiber wheel


Carbon Fiber fender flares


Carbon fiber body shell


Carbon fiber hood scoop


Carbon fiber interior trim


Great looking coupe from Lexus


Lexus sedan front end looking decidedly not so good


Diamond stitch overload on this Mercedes Maybach


Mercedes G-wagen had these twin exhaust pipes on both sides of the car


BMW i3 had the most unusual dash and door panel trim material.  It could be recycled plastic....


Prius Prime- where to start???


The roof rack only adds more visual interest to the rear of the C-HR


This full size BMW might have had the most interesting exterior color of the show


The lack of view out the back of a Camaro


Ford GT- lots of carbon fiber on here


Classic Alpina BMW wheel


Cool Trans Am rear end treatment- notice no fake vents or strakes!


Rimac goes 0-60 faster than a person can count


Polaris Slingshot for those who don't need four wheels or a roof


Huge plastic exhaust cutout with a smaller real exhaust pipe


Range Rover coupe door panel and interior was sublime


People were all over this new Lincoln Aviator SUV


Cadillac's tidy and powerful twin turbo V8 engine


700+ hp Corvette ZR1 convertible


BMW i8 Lambo door hardware- get a load of that massive shock



More diamond stitching in this Jaguar coupe red interior


Alfa Romeo Giula interior with blond wood


Pumped up Jeep Grand Cherokee


Nice looking real wood trim in Cadillac CT6


Classic BMW M1 in livery colors above their display


Matte gray colored Mercedes AMG GT


Cory just towed home a neglected 1993 Porsche 968 this past weekend and is trying to figure out a game plan on how to resurrect it.

15 comments:

  1. Nice write up and pictures, your hits and misses list seems spot on!

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  2. With all the diamond stitching in the Maybach, I half expected it to be riding on Dayton wheels.

    As for where to start with the Prius, "Beam me up, Scotty, no comprehensible car design on this planet" seems about right.

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  3. Nice review, Cory. Just one small correction required: the Jaguar wagon is a XF. The XJ never had (and probably will never have) an official wagon.

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  4. Cory, I have a 1988 924S SE and am interested in your progress with the 93 Porsche 968. George in Toronto

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    1. I will have a piece up about the car sooner than later. It is in very rough condition and has not run or moved in roughly six years.

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  5. All aboard the wagon train! So cool

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  6. "Prius Prime rear end" It looks like Optimus Prime has indeed fallen on hard times since the "upgrade"

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    1. Either part Cylon -

      [image src="http://byyourcommand.net/CylonCent.png width="400px"/]

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  7. Great review. My bucket list includes a Press Day pass. Think of it: no strollers.
    The Corolla seems like the utility for the masses. Let's see what 2023 says.

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  8. Thanks for taking us along for the road trip! Those side pipes on the G-Wagen make me wonder: as far as I know, they need to exit BEHIND any opening doors. That's the rule up here in Ontario if you opt for a side-exit exhaust.

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    1. Maybe it is a design feature so that the passengers can blow off mud and snow from their boots as they get in?

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    2. Ach der leiber, but of course! Zos Chermans zink of EVERYSING!

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  9. Cool! This era of ours will be remembered as the era of overdesign.

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  10. Believe that Volvo wagon is the new V60, which is equally attractive as the V90.

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  11. Good stuff Cory, I'm glad you enjoyed the show. If anybody here wants to go to a local auto show, it is simple...just write a few articles for DailyTurismo!! hit me up at vince@dailyturismo.com if interested.

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