Bodys Isek Kingelez’s “Stars Palme Bouygues,” from 1989. (Van Lierde collection/Vincent Everarts Photography Brussels) NEW YORK — A poignant utopian impulse informs the art of Bodys Isek Kingelez, the great African artist whom I suspect all of New York will be talking about this summer. Kingelez died in 2015 at 66. He made models of buildings, which he sometimes extended into elaborate cityscapes, both fantastical and familiar, with stadiums, train stations, hotels, banks and embassies — but never homes. Both the models and the cityscapes take up a lot of real estate. But they’re basically works on paper. That explains why the Museum of Modern Art’s marvelous Kingelez exhibition — an overview of his work that opens Saturday — was assembled by Sarah Suzuki, a curator in the museum’s department of drawings and prints, with Hillary Reder, a curatorial assistant. With strenuous precision and an almost dandyish finesse, Kingelez … [Read more...] about Everyone in New York will be talking about this artist soon
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Jaguar’s legendary head of design discusses designing his first electric SUV Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car Ian Callum is a man who needs no introduction. The living legend has penned some of the most beautiful sports cars of the 21st century, including the Aston Martin DB9 and Jaguar F-Type. After a nearly 40 year career of designing traditional internal combustion engine-powered coupes, sedans, station wagons, and most recently, SUVs, the long-time Jaguar Director of Design has just seen his first ever electric car, the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, enter production. We caught up with him at the New York International Auto Show to chat about the differences between designing gas and electric vehicles. Motor Trend: After a nearly 40-year period of designing internal combustion engine cars, how different was it to design your first EV? Ian Callum: Completely different because … [Read more...] about Ian Callum Talks Jaguar EVs and Supercars in New York
By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. In the aftermath of the New York Auto Show, it’s clear that just showing up still counts for something in this business in some circles, which is beyond unfortunate. But being present and accounted for doesn’t constitute a marketing strategy, or a bold reach – it’s just showing up. This was most evident in the introduction of the Cadillac XT4, which is an homage to the uninspired and expected, and living, breathing proof that Cadillac is utterly lacking in originality at this juncture. One look at the cohesive visual brilliance of the Jaguar I-Pace will tell you just how much GM Design phoned it in with the XT4. (See more of Peter’s comments about the New York Auto Show in “On The Table” -WG) The Cadillac XT4. And the CT6 V-Sport doesn’t change my opinion of Cadillac one iota. It’s a niche of a niche machine that means nothing for the brand’s tenuous upward … [Read more...] about THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE MOSTLY UGLY FROM THE NEW YORK AUTO SHOW.
By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. In the aftermath of the New York Auto Show, it’s clear that just showing up still counts for something in this business in some circles, which is beyond unfortunate. But being present and accounted for doesn’t constitute a marketing strategy, or a bold reach – it’s just showing up. This was most evident in the introduction of the Cadillac XT4, which is an homage to the uninspired and expected, and living, breathing proof that Cadillac is utterly lacking in originality at this juncture. One look at the cohesive visual brilliance of the Jaguar I-Pace will tell you just how much GM Design phoned it in with the XT4. (See more of Peter’s comments about the New York Auto Show in “On The Table” -WG) The Cadillac XT4. And the CT6 V-Sport doesn’t change my opinion of Cadillac one iota. It’s a niche of a niche machine that means nothing for the brand’s tenuous upward … [Read more...] about THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE MOSTLY UGLY FROM THE NEW YORK SHOW.
While not quite a match for last month’s Geneva extravaganza, there were a significant number of new products to see at the New York show, and a few intriguing concepts on the side. New generations of mass-market vehicles such as the bolder 2019 Toyota RAV4 and revamped Subaru Forester premiered. As did hotted-up variants such as the Maserati Levante Trofeo, theAudi RS5 Sportback and the Jaguar F-Pace SVR. More US-focused offerings that made world debuts included the all-new Nissan Altima sedan, Honda Insight hybrid car, and some American luxury including the Cadillac XT4 crossover, Lincoln Aviator PHEV luxury SUV, and Acura RDX. We also saw upgraded versions of well-known cars such as the Hyundai Tucson with its revamped cabin, and the made-over Mercedes-AMG C63 muscle car, which one of our founders in particular liked. A lot. That’s not to mention concept metal such as the … [Read more...] about 2018 New York motor show: Hits and misses
The New York International Auto Show is traditionally the high-end show in the U.S. season, one where we see a lot of eye candy that only the high rollers will actually get to drive. Not this year: Mainstream, and particularly mainstream SUVs, was the tone of this show. Related: More 2018 New York Auto Show Coverage But there still was variety, and even — gasp! — cars, as well as SUVs. And as always, there were winners and losers among the big-bucks unveilings. Here's what we thought of 10 new or heavily updated vehicles that made their debuts in the Big Apple: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Joe Wiesenfelder: Winner The XT4 is a tidy little package that seems to make few sacrifices for its compact size. Employing mechanical buttons and keeping the touchscreen functionality are positive moves, though the display's swept-back design — and the fact that it wasn't powered up at the show — make me question if the Cadillac User Experience multimedia system is truly where … [Read more...] about 2018 New York Auto Show Winners and Losers
The updates on the C-Class lineup continue. After the facelifted Mercedes-AMG C43 Saloon and Estate at the recent Geneva Motor Show, the updated Mercedes-AMG C63 Saloon, Estate, Coupe and Cabriolet models made their way to the 2018 New York Auto Show. Here are 10 key facts about the updated Mercedes-AMG C63: 1. Trims The Mercedes-AMG 63 series is available in two variants, the C63 and C63 S. 2. Engine Both the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S carry a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine. 3. Power The V8 unit of the C63 is capable of delivering 476 hp at 5,500-6,250 rpm with 650 Nm of torque at 2,500-5,000 rpm. The C63 S has 510 hp at 5,500-6,250 rpm with torque of 700 Nm. 4. Transmission The C63 and C63 S come with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission with wet start-off clutch. It promises faster response for the cars. 5. Performance The setup of the Mercedes-AMG C63 Saloon allows it to run from 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds while the C63 S can do that in 4 seconds. Then, the C63 and C63 S Estate … [Read more...] about 10 Facts About the New Mercedes-AMG C63 Lineup
NEW YORK, New York — It’s Crossover Central at this year’s New York auto show, and among the headliners is the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. The leading edge of a rework of the Santa Fe lineup, the new model replaces the previous Santa Fe Sport, growing a bit larger while adding a diesel engine option and a host of high-tech gear. You can always dive deep on the Santa Fe in our preview article, but read on for the highlight reel: Here are five fabulous facts about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. 1. There’s now a diesel engine option: a 2.2-liter CRDi turbocharged unit rated for 190 hp at 3,800 rpm and 322 lb-ft of torque at 1,750-2,500 rpm. 2. All versions of the new Santa Fe (whether gas or diesel) get a brand-new, Hyundai-designed and built eight-speed automatic transmission. The new transmission adds gear ratios at both ends of the spectrum, aiming to improve both acceleration and economy. 3. The 2019 Santa Fe will be packed with standard and optional high-tech … [Read more...] about Five Fabulous Facts About the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
NEW YORK, New York — The New York International Auto Show has hereby won the right to call itself the North American International Auto Show next year, as it has usurped the erstwhile holder of that title, Detroit, with more newsy and relevant car and truck unveilings. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Porsche all will be here again in 2019. This year, New York has the usual fleet of new sport/utility vehicles, including such high-volume models as the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. But there are actual autos—cars—here as well, including a Nissan Altima that proves the brand’s revived commitment to the midsize sedan segment. And there is a concept car that has taken our breath away like no other concept, at Detroit, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, or even Geneva has, this year … HIT: Genesis Essentia Concept And the winner of the “Wait, that’s a Hyundai?” award is this breathtakingly beautiful concept car. What a work of art. —Aaron Gold … [Read more...] about 2018 New York Auto Show Hits, Misses, and Revelations
By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. So, here we are in the Motor City, still one of the most vibrant technical centers in the United States and the world – much to Silicon Valley’s chagrin – and the unquestioned capital of the U.S. auto industry. A region that is seeing an infusion of new technical investment unprecedented in its history from companies around the world. A region anchored by Detroit, the city that is undergoing a much-touted renaissance – albeit a selectively intermittent one – that aims to transform a town long written off as “a wasteland of unfortunates” by the coastal elite into an urban center of vibrancy and elusive hipness. How could this momentum be derailed? How could this calculated rejuvenation fail? What could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, reality has a way of rearing its ugly head around here in sobering ways. The renaissance of this city is intermittent, at best; it’s a top-down fraud emphasizing the … [Read more...] about ON THE EVE OF THE NEW YORK AUTO SHOW, THE DETROIT AUTO SHOW FADES TO BLACK.