The auto shows this year have been choke full of brawling sport utility vehicles, feature-rich luxury offerings or mind-blowing supercars. And all that’s fine, but the automakers also need to deliver those run of the mill, pretty decent and boring sedans that (still) make up a large portion of their annual sales.
And, when it comes to the annual New York International Auto Show starting this week when we say sedan we’re not referring to the flagship novelties, such as the Cadillac CT6 or the Lincoln Continental prototype. No, we’re talking about the “soldiers” that make the bulk of the army – the mid-sized offerings. Chevrolet is gearing up to present a new Malibu – one it says it will finally pick up the pace and lift lagging sales. South Korea’s Kia is also present in the game with the latest Optima. Nissan is also introducing the refreshed Maxima. All these fine vehicles will have all the niceties and amenities expected in the segment, and possibly even a tad more. But they won’t race your pulse and if you’re going to visit New York in time for the auto show your eyes will immediately roll towards the supercar models.
Back in the day, the sedan was the car option to go. Variations meant you could go for a station wagon. But now the auto industry has expanded like a balloon – from huge SUVs or pickup trucks to pods such as the smart models. And anything you can imagine in between. As statistics will show, the truck and SUV segments are the fastest growing of the bunch. They’re rising so swift they already have many months of overpowering traditional sedan sales in the US.