2016 New York International Auto Show: Big reveals in the Big Apple

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By Sydnie Coleman, Auto Show Global (Photos by Jonathan Morales, Auto Show Global)

We traveled to New York City for the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) last week and, as always, there’s lots to see in the Big Apple. After the Lion King, the Statue of Liberty, and a emotionally moving tour of the 9/11 Memorial, we made our way to the Javits Center on the west side of the island.

The spacious convention center allowed for test tracks in the lower level for ride-a-longs in FCA vehicles. Outside, cars and trucks were displayed, with fashionable experts on hand to answer any questions.

Inside, NYIAS boasted some crowd-pleasing exhibits, such as an awesome Trans Am  display, featuring three intricately designed models — including the Bandit edition — that stayed true to their original roots with a nostalgic throwback feel.

As seen at other shows this year, the automotive manufacturers found creative ways to incorporate social media into their showcases. Chevy’s team utilized selfie sticks and iPads to allow media to take “selfies” with the vehicles and then easily post to Facebook, Twitter, or send via text or email. The photos, when sent, also included links to information and specifications about the particular vehicle or Chevy’s entire line.

And, of course, there were the reveals, including the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1, 2017 Acura MDX, 2017 Chrysler 300S with an all-new Appearance Package, 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (we forget about that brand being from the Midwest), 2017 Subaru Impreza, 2017 Kia Cadenza, 2017 Nissan Titan, the new Mercedes GLC43 AMG and many more (see gallery). Of course, the big talk of the show, which never made it to the show floor but still made a big buzz, was the Lincoln Navigator Concept. I was disappointed that it was not on the show floor during media days. Maybe we’ll see it at the next big show. Alfa Romeo had a beautiful full-color book dedicated to their stylish new Giulia models,.

After all of the excitement, our photographer and I took a break in the sleek Cadillac lounge, decorated with pristine white chairs and couches, and an open bar serving small plates, beer, wine, and other beverages.

As we looked around we reflected on the similarities and differences between NYIAS and the other shows we have covered this year. NYIAS definitely has its own swag and personality that makes it uniquely chic. We weren’t disappointed!

Public days for the 2016 New York International Auto Show run through Sunday, April 3. For ticket information, go to www.autoshowny.com.

 

Lincoln Navigator Concept at the New York Auto Show: Suit and Tie

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NEW YORK, March 23, 2016 -- €“Mark Fields, President and CEO, Ford Motor Co. reveals the Navigator Concept, introducing quiet luxury to full-size SUVs and offering a glimpse at what comes next for the brand’s best-known nameplate. Lincoln invented the large luxury SUV in 1997, and now is reimagining Navigator for modern clients interested in better performance, more space and further refinement. Lincoln'€™s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside. The Navigator Concept is engineered to provide drivers peace of mind. It features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine delivering more than 400 horsepower and smart new technologies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on different road surfaces and in changing weather conditions. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen - See more at: https://media.lincoln.com/content/lincolnmedia/lna/us/en/multimedia.lincoln-auto-products:concepts~navigator-concept.html#sthash.OUmCkAF2.dpuf

NEW YORK, March 23, 2016 — €“Mark Fields, President and CEO, Ford Motor Co. reveals the Navigator Concept, introducing quiet luxury to full-size SUVs and offering a glimpse at what comes next for the brand’s best-known nameplate. Lincoln invented the large luxury SUV in 1997, and now is reimagining Navigator for modern clients interested in better performance, more space and further refinement. Lincoln’€™s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside. The Navigator Concept is engineered to provide drivers peace of mind. It features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine delivering more than 400 horsepower and smart new technologies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on different road surfaces and in changing weather conditions. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen – See more at: https://media.lincoln.com/content/lincolnmedia/lna/us/en/multimedia.lincoln-auto-products:concepts~navigator-concept.html#sthash.OUmCkAF2.dpuf

By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

So I’m watching the news coverage of the New York Auto Show, and there’s the unveiling of the New Lincoln Navigator Concept. All I can say is: It’s about time Lincoln.

Once again Lincoln appears to be going after the Cadillac Escalade, and this time, if production schedules are in place, this should be an interesting offering. What I could see had that “wow” factor that I’ve been looking for. The pillowed interior, and the cascading running boards, had a nice classy retro feel. The grille, complementary to the new Lincoln Continental is part of the new iconography for Lincoln.

This SUV comes at a time where large luxury SUV’s losing a little popularity and while the new Cadillac Escalade isn’t as visually moving as it used to be. The rivalry between the two brands have been going on for about 20 years. The Navigator striking the first blow in the large SUV market and Cadillac was try to convert a GMC Yukon into an Escalade in the late 90’s. At the beginning of the new millennium, Cadillac finally pulled Lincoln’s number due to the long product cycle of the Navigator and bad designs. Cadillac gained and also enjoyed popularity due to the unintended advertising it received through celebrity sightings and mentions in popular music. No one was or is rapping about driving Navigators. Maybe after this reveal in New York, somebody just might have something to rap about.

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Hometown girl hits the brakes in Columbus to check out the auto show

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2016 Columbus International Auto Show is all about cars, trucks, fun attractions and — motorcycles?

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Frank Lark, VP of Marketing, Iron Pony Motorsports, next to the Polaris Slingshot at the 2016 Columbus International Auto Show.

March 17, 2016

By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global

Back in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio to see the annual Columbus International Auto Show, and instead of car watching, I’m gawking at motorcycles.

This is the local (Westerville) Iron Pony Motorsports’ sixth year on the show floor and they’re getting lots of Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 12.53.29 PMattention. For 2016, Frank Lark, VP of Marketing for Iron Pony, brought in for show-n-tell this three-wheel badass, the Polaris Slingshot, with a 2.3-liter DOHC engine and weighing in at only 1,700 lbs. It’s equipped with a back up camera and heated seats.

If you don’t want to drop the $21,999, you can rent the Slingshot for a day for less. It’s street legal, but not part of the ride and drive experiences at the show. Sorry.

The Columbus International Auto Show opens today, St. Patrick’s Day, and runs through Sunday, March 20.

Thanks, Frank!

2016 Columbus International Auto Show to offer new Ride & Drive experiences, giveaways, a design contest and lots of hot new cars and trucks

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Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 12.53.29 PMLast year automakers sold more than 17.4 million vehicles – surpassing the record set in 2000 – and the Columbus Automobile Dealers Association is hoping for another record year as consumers check out the newest rides at the 2016 Columbus International Auto Show, March 17-20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The annual event, sponsored by Huntington Bank, will feature the newest domestic and imports, three exciting ‘Ride & Drive’ experiences, a unique student design competition, a Honda Civic giveaway, and engaging attractions for the whole family.

Subura Ride & Drive Event is new to the Columbus International Auto Show

Subura Ride & Drive Event is new to the Columbus International Auto Show

Show-goers will have the chance to get behind the wheel at the Subaru “Love Spring” Ride & Drive and the Toyota Drive Center, where guests can choose from five Subaru and five Toyota models to take for a test drive through downtown Columbus. Toyota will feature the Camry, all-new next generation 2016 Prius, 2016 RAV4, the redesigned 2016 Tacoma, and Tundra. Subaru plans to showcase its new 2016 Subaru Outback, Legacy, Forester, Crosstrek, and Impreza. Both Ride & Drives are new to the Columbus show. In addition, the popular RAM Truck Experience will once again take passengers on an indoor obstacle course that includes suspension from the RAM “mountain.”

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Chevy reveals all-new 2017 Corvette at the Geneva International Motor Show

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Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter introduces the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. Like the Corvette C7.R race car, the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package and a naturally aspirated engine. The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the U.S. and in the fall in Europe. (Photo by Thorsten Weigl for Chevrolet)

Auto Show Global (March 1, 2016)

Chevrolet revealed the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva International Motor Show today in Geneva, Switzerland. On the scene was Oliver Gavin, driver of the #4 Chevrolet Corvette Racing C7.R and Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, who introduce the new performance vehicle to the world.

“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”

The Grand Sport Collector Edition features an exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes and black wheels. the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.

Here’s the official press release from the manufacturer:

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