New York’s Jacob Javits convention center is welcoming the crowds that turned up to see the newest and shiniest introductions that automakers have on offer, with the latter cramming to daze and amaze.
Turning up as a high stakes contender to the traditional North American International Auto Show, the New York event has had its glamorous media preview days last week (actually some goodies were introduced even before those), so it’s time for the general audience to judge the show. Just like any other automotive event, it has its fair share of safe and forgettable models, but we’re not here to discuss those. We’re here for the ones that counted as being significant or simply surprising. So, here’s an utterly subjective list with our top picks for the automotive event – in alphabetical order, so as not to get anyone crossed (too much, that is).
Cadillac hit the sweet spot with its new, technologically advanced, CT6 flagship sedan. We’ll see what the German rivals have to say about the lightweight, goodie-loaded model that will come in 400 hp twin-turbo V6 and plug-in hybrid flavors. GM also nailed it with the new Malibu, shunning the old, dusty and plain boring image of the predecessor. Honda came with one of the secret revelations – the near production concept of the best-selling compact family, coming in 2016. Jaguar, a second-tier luxury automaker, amazed the world with a first ever tightrope drive across the Thames River in London and its refreshed XF is also living up to the reputation. Lexus brought a new generation for the mode that sparked a breakthrough for the brand some 17 years ago – and the RX remains a dominant sales force in the mid-size luxury crossover to this day. The other major surprising debut was the Lincoln Continental concept – Ford has been an ace at this game, just remember the GT unveiling at NAIAS.