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
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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.