New York Auto Show is now on from Apr 6 to 15. For those who do not know it yet, the event which some said to be the biggest car event on the US, New York Auto Show is happening. And as predicted many great cars is exhibited by famous car makers around the world.
According to Wikipedia, New York Auto show (formally known as New York International Auto Show) is an annual auto show held in New York City in late March or early April. It is usually held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. In 2012 the NYIAS will take place from April 6 through April 15
Despite some uneasy feeling due to bleak economy forecast in Europe, I got impression from news below that car makers is still thinking that the business still can profitable. Otherwise, it shall be not many car makers in New York auto show.
Read more about New York Auto show after the break.
Ford chose the New York auto show Monday to unveil its redesigned Lincoln MKZ, a first step to reinventing Lincoln as a competitive luxury brand. The 2013 MKZ, a bold midsize sedan, is the first of seven new or refreshed models coming to market by 2014. Sculpted by a team led by former Cadillac designer Max Wolff, MKZ incorporates one of the industry’s largest retractable glass roofs and is meant to attract a younger buyer.
Lincoln was the best-selling U.S. luxury brand as recently as 1999. Now it is eighth, with a stodgy reputation defined more by the bulky Town Car airport limousine than anything hip. Ford is looking to change that.
Lincoln unveiled its all-new 2013 MKZ midsize sedan Monday night on New York Auto Show, taking the most important step yet in the beleaguered luxury brand’s reinvention.
“The new Lincoln MKZ represents the future of Lincoln in both style and substance,” Jim Farley, Ford’s top global marketing executive, said in a statement. “It is proof of our commitment to deliver a new breed of Lincolns for a new generation of Lincoln clients.”
To build buzz, Lincoln chose to show the car in the curvaceous glass headquarters of InterActive in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Lincoln hopes the building, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, serves as a metaphor for its transformation.
Lincoln has been laying the foundation for this makeover for nearly two years. The MKZ is the first of seven all-new or refreshed models coming to market by 2014.
Sculpted by a team led by former Cadillac designer Max Wolff, the MKZ incorporates one of the industry’s largest retractable glass roofs.
Drivers will be able to choose from three powertrains:
• A 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that delivers 20% better fuel economy compared with the 2012 MKZ.
• A 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 37 more horsepower than the V6 it replaces.
• A 2.0-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain that is expected to enable the 2013 MKZ Hybrid to remain North America’s most fuel-efficient premium sedan. The 2012 MKZ Hybrid is rated at 41 m.p.g. in the city and 36 m.p.g. in highway driving.
The 2013 MKZ and MKZ Hybrid must take sales from Cadillac, Audi and other luxury brands, and keep current Ford owners in the family when they want a more premium vehicle.
But restoring Lincoln to a leadership position among luxury brands in the U.S. could take a decade or longer.
Lincoln must overcome an image that its cars are for older buyers, and that its cars and crossovers are little more than dressed-up Ford models.
“Lincoln’s resurgence isn’t going to be … a two- or three-year project,” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ auto test center. “It’s going to take five to 10 years of continually good products.”
Lincoln was the best-selling U.S. luxury brand as recently as 1999, the year Ford created the Premier Automotive Group, after an acquisition binge that left Lincoln to languish in the shadow of Jaguar, Volvo, Aston Martin and Land Rover, all since sold off in Ford’s turnaround. Now Lincoln is eighth, having sold only 85,643 vehicles last year, compared with 117,561 for Audi, 152,389 for Cadillac and 198,552 for Lexus.
“They have a similar problem to what Buick has,” said Edmunds.com analyst Michelle Krebs. “Even if they can come out with great product, there is the image that they are for older people.”
Lincoln has shrunk its dealer network from about 500 to 350 stores and focused on the 130 largest metro markets that account for 90% of luxury vehicle sales.
Source : http://www.freep.com/
We’ve seen GM’s updated versions of the GMC Acadia and the Chevy Traverse on New York Auto Show, and now the company’s luxury three-row crossover gets similar enhancements. Most noticeable is a reworked hood running into an industrial-styled grille and, as is par for the course these days, LED running lights.
The back gets similar LED lights and a few other slight tweaks you can see in the photos below, and there are some new wheel choices, but the Enclave will probably be the hardest to tell apart from its predecessor of the three.
The interior gets similar updates as the other two but with a higher grade of leather finishes and more wood. Stylistically, the biggest change comes to the dashboard with a ring that runs from the tops of the front doors across the bottom of the windshield. It’s a similar design to newer Buick sedans as well as Jaguar on its XJ flagship sedan.
GM’s new multimedia system, IntelliLink, is standard with an LCD touch-screen, Bluetooth, USB input, voice recognition, Sirius XM satellite radio and HD radio standard. A navigation system and a 10-speaker Bose stereo are options.
On the safety front, a new center airbag for front-seat passengers is standard, along with a backup camera.
Under the hood, things remain the same with the 288-horsepower V-6 engine from the 2012 model powering things, but the six-speed automatic transmission has been revised for a “smoother” driving experience, the company says. Mileage remains the same at 17/24 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive and 16/22 mpg for all-wheel drive.
We’ll have a firsthand look at the Enclave from New York later today. The media preview officially kicks off Wednesday.
Source : http://blogs.cars.com/
The strong yen and ongoing debt crisis in Europe will force Nissan Motor Co and Renault PA to operate in “crisis mode” in two of the world’s major auto markets, their chief executive said on Tuesday on New York Auto Show.
“Over (a) period of five to 10 years, I have no doubt that the lack of restructuring in Europe, particularly for those carmakers who need it, is going to be a drag on their potential strategy in the future,” CEO Carlos Ghosn told car dealers ahead of the New York Auto Show.
He also said that the strength of the yen continues to put Nissan at a disadvantage.
While Ghosn was cautious about markets in Japan and Europe, Nissan continues to make gains in the United States. U.S. data released on Tuesday showed a 12.5 percent increase in sales for March.
Additionally, automakers overall are earning more profit per vehicle. Incentives continued to trend downward last month while the average transaction price per new vehicle rose, autos consultant TrueCar.com said.
Source : http://www.reuters.com/
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