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2010 New York Auto Show

2nd April 2010

Here are the major introductions from the 2010 New York Auto Show:

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class gets a new front end, which makes it look better, but I still think this is an example of M-B thinking it can make anything and we will buy it.

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sportwagon – 3rd time’s a charm, right? This is the 3rd version of the CTS-V, following the sedan and coupe. I don’t think that they will sell many, especially in the US, but this product is clearly intended for European tastes. Americans don’t like wagons very much, but think of it this way: with 556 HP from the supercharged, 6.2L V8, you won’t have to be in it very long.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

2011 Chevrolet Cruze – yeah, yeah, we’ve all seen the Cruze before, but Chevrolet wants us to keep thinking about it leading up to its introduction later this year. Rumors have been around for some time that the Cruze will get 40 MPG; now we find out how. The Cruze Eco will use fascia shutters to close off openings in the front fascia to improve aerodynamics, a special axle ratio and lower rolling resistance tires to eek out every possible bit of fuel economy without resorting to a stripped-down model that lacks features that customers want. Chevrolet is also showing the Cruze RS, which gives the Cruze a sportier appearance, but alas, no performance improvement.

2011 Scion iQ – not to be confused with the Aston Martin Cygnet, this is Toyota’s answer to the Smart car. If it has a high iQ, is it even Smarter? Scion boss Jack Hollis said it is Mini-er and Smart-er than the competition. Oh, those crazy Toyota execs.

2011 Scion iQ

2011 Scion iQ

2011 Scion tC – Scion also showed the revised tC coupe with revised styling and a bigger, more powerful engine (2.5L, 180HP/173 torque vs. 2.4L, 161/162)

2011 Scion tC

2011 Scion tC

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon – after adding the 3.5L V6 to the TSX sedan, Acura now treats us to a wagon. But the wagon will not have the V6; it will have to make do with the 2.4L I4, which makes no sense at all. The wagon is likely heavier than the sedan, and they went to all the bother of adding the word “Sport” in the name. But no V6? Adding insult to injury, the wagon will not offer the manual tranny from the sedan either. Some “sport” wagon! What they did keep is the guillotine-like grille, which is cutting-edge styling, but not attractive.

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Turbo – after showing us the base model in Detroit, Hyundai now introduces the bookends of the line. The hybrid will get 37 MPG city, 39 highway, almost equalling the best-in-class Fusion hybrid. It can also travel up to 62 MPH on electric only, which beats the Fusion. The turbo has a direct-injected, 2.0L turbo that delivers 274 HP and 269 lb-ft of torque. Heady numbers from an engine that size. And it does it on regular unleaded.

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – does to the Z what the hybrid has already done to the Fusion. Same hybrid system, and will get the same 41 City MPG and electric-only top speed of 47. This is the first hybrid for Lincoln, and its first 4 cylinder engine ever.

2011 Nissan Juke – first revealed at the Geneva show, Nissan announced that the Juke will get a 1.6L, direct-injected, turbo engine. I know what the word Juke means, and it seems a nice name for a small crossover like this. However, I don’t think that Nissan really thought this one through completely. It seems obvious what people will call it who aren’t fans. The Nissan Joke? How about the Nissan Puke? Based on its looks, I’ll go (with) Puke.

2011 Nissan Juke

2011 Nissan Juke

2011 Infiniti QX56 – on sale this summer, the new QX56 is more powerful (up 80HP to 400) and will get 10% better fuel economy. The looks of the QX have always seemed awkward to me, and the new one doesn’t break that trend. It looks like it is trying to be an SUV limo.

2011 Infiniti QX56

2011 Infiniti QX56

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport – Suzuki just launched the nice-looking but poorly named Kizashi (gesundheit!), and now they add some pizzazz to the equation with this sport model. There’s no performance upgrades, other than a slight tweak to the suspension, but the sport certainly looks like it will go fast. It has a revised fron fascia, lower ride height, rocker moldings and special 18″ wheels. Looks good – even better than the base model – though the styling more than just reminds me of a Volkswagen.

2011 Suzuki Kazashi Sport

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee – the new Jeep goes into production in early May, but Chrysler has decided NOT to show the production version at any auto show yet. They showed it in concept form at last year’s NY Auto Show. The standard reason to not show new vehicles is that you wouldn’t want to hurt the current model’s sales. But guys…come on…you’re going to start making it 1 month after the NY Show opens! Wouldn’t you like a little…you know…FREE publicity?

2011 Kia Optima – the Optima has been a nice, if not exciting product…up to now. The 2011 model will change all that, with an all-new design. Kia calls the design language “tiger” and there is a certain feline appearance to it. There will be 3 engine choices, including Kia’s first-ever hybrid. 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be available. I’ve said in this space before that most every Korean model’s design is derivative from somebody else’s. The Optima continues that tradition, looking like some kind of Lexus from the back. Nevertheless, this is a really nice-looking car that will surely gain Kia some new fans.

2011 Kia Optima

2011 Kia Optima

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