“The New York Show didn’t offer much that is truly new and exciting, with a number of manufacturers seemingly drawing on their heritage for clues to the future.”

Chevrolet has introduced the all-new 2016 Malibu at the New York Auto Show.

Buoyed by the critical and sales success of its full-size Impala, Chevrolet set about creating a mid-size Malibu with same visual and performance appeal.

The proof will be in the driving, of course, but on first sight at the Javits Center, the GM marque may just have another winner.

The new Impala, set to arrive in showrooms in the latter part of this year, will feature an all-new, Ecotec 1.5L turbo as the standard engine, with an estimated highway fuel efficiency of 6.3 L/100 kms. A hybrid version is expected to sip a miserly 4.9 L/100 kms.

The Ford Focus RS is a year away from production but that didn’t stop Henry’s company teasing show goers with a pre-production version.

It’s a high-performance road car in a small package. The third-generation high-performance hatch features a 2.3-litre EcoBoost® engine delivering well in excess of 315 horsepower, along with the most powerful Ford RS braking system ever. Its dramatic exterior design offers optimized aerodynamics and cooling, with 9 percent less drag over the previous model. By the way, it is equipped with selectable drive modes – including industry-first drift mode as well as launch control! Make a note not to follow one on the freeway.

Chrysler is the king of nostalgia, sorry FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Anyway, in the past ten years or so they have produced cars for today that are reminiscent of yesterday. There have been some successes and the less so have quietly gone away. Do we remember the PT Cruiser?

By all rights, the big Chrysler 300 should have been ripe for Dodo status but it keeps coming back for more. And, I have to admit there is something majestic about the big bruiser.

The new 2015 Chrysler 300 is more fuel efficient than ever but let’s not pretend. The 3.6-litre Pentastar engine is for those that love to cruise and the 5.7-litre HEMI V8 is for the road trip of a lifetime.

The new 300S is a show off. It has unique blacked-out accents, large 20-inch Hyper Black finish wheels, more athletically sculpted side sills, unique deck-lid spoiler and a higher output Pentastar V-6 engine with 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, plus Sport mode and paddle-shifting capabilities now as quick as 250 milliseconds

Scion is expanding its line-up this fall to include its first-ever sedan in the shape of the 2016 Scion iA. The car has a sporty look though I’m still not enamoured with the Toyota-Lexus-Scion gaping front design, which just seems unfinished to me.

A quick-revving, high-compression 1.5-litre engine with 106 hp, matched to a choice of either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions, should get the blood coursing. The price tag will be under $20,000.

The Beetle began arriving in North America in 1949; the first two arriving not too far from today’s show in the Big Apple. Volkswagen is showing four Beetle concepts, all of which have traces of the past heritage and offer a glimpse of what might be next.

The Beetle Pink Color Edition, painted entirely in Pink Metallic, was designed for the style-conscious says VW. The Convertible Denim has a denim-look soft top and a matching Stonewashed Blue Metallic body color. The Beetle Convertible Wave is an open-top four-seater and the Beetle R-Line is all about performance – not something, you could ever attribute to the early Beetles!

The New York Show didn’t offer much that is truly new and exciting, with a number of manufacturers seemingly drawing on their heritage for clues to the future. Maybe that’s not so bad.


Contact: keith [dot] morgan [at] drivewaybc [dot] ca

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