It's Auto Week in NYC as the 2011 New York International Auto Show gears up for April 22nd - May 1st. I've been to a couple of preview events, ride-alongs and interviews so far this week and have to say that the overwhelming news messages are laser focused on fuel efficiency and technology enhancements. Not as sexy as seeing new car shapes and designs, but actually more relevant to how we live our environmentally-aware and always-connected lives these days.
Here's some of the highlights of the NY Auto Show so far:
Credit: Ford Motor Company
Ford kicked things off premiering the updated 2013 Taurus SHO with the exciting Eco-boost fuel efficient enegine and SYNC and MyFord Touch capabilities. My dad purchased the 2011 Taurus last fall and I can't wait to finish my post about it in detail shortly so I can share it with him. Ford started the NY Auto Show off with their technology partner, Sony and a private concert by Train. Which. Was. AWESOME. I'm really liking the track Ford's on these days - more on them to come...
Toyota showcased the Prius v which is transitioning from concept car to market-available vehicle. More on the Prius v to come...Lexus introduced their LF-Gh Hybrid concept car and the early photos make a statement with the new front shape and touches that signal they're setting the mold for the next generation of car designs.
Nissan announced the creation of the luxury crossover Inifiniti JX, which I'm the most excited about design-wise, and I haven't even seen it yet. It'll have three rows and seat seven passengers (I'm noticing a theme after the Ford C-Max introduction in January), but they've only released a blurry "artistic" rendering of the vehicle for now. Expect to see it officially unveiled this fall, and available in spring 2012.
Also, BMW showed the production version of their first electric vehicle, the ActiveE. It's a plug-in electric vehicle, with a range of about 100 miles and will be available for select test consumers this fall.
There's more announcements, but these are the ones I focused on so far. I have more to share about Ford and Toyota soon!