Auto Shows are some of the most awe-inspiring spectacles on the planet. Anyone from any walk of life can enjoy the extravagance and presence of an automaker’s newest creation. From Geneva to Detroit, Auto show’s give the public a glimpse of transportation’s future.
The United States has the pleasure of hosting some of the most lavish shows in the world, like NAIAS, The Chicago Auto Show, Pebble Beach Car Week, and the NY International Auto Show.
The NY Auto Show has been running on innovation for over 100 years. Since 1900 to be exact, making it North America’s first auto show. Through every bit of world turmoil the New York Auto show stuck around and provided visitors with automotive showmanship.
For years, the show held its ground at the legendary Madison Square Garden, Grand Central Palace, New York Coliseum and the Jacob K. Javits Center. Every year, the Auto Show gets more and more popular among the people.
NY Auto Show 2017-Highlights:
The New York Auto Show 2017 was April 14th – April 23rd. We saw some incredible releases this year, as we do every year from one of the world’s most extravagant shows.
Some key releases this year included the long-lusted Dodge SRT Challenger Demon. A 840 horsepower monster (or demon, if you will) made it’s debut here, and stunned everyone.
Then there was the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, a crazy Hellcat-engine-powered SUV to get groceries doing 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.
Mercedes brough there AMG CLG 63 that is just as ridiculous as the Trackhawk. A 4.0 L V8 twin turbocharged monster.
Toyota brought along the FT-4X concept, that seems like it might be replacing the the FJ Cruiser. Some big shoes to fill there.
Genesis, formerly part of Hyundai (they want you to forget that), brought along a GV80 concept SUV that lets everyone know what Genesis wants to cash in on the SUV craze that’s going on right now. I can’t help but think that they may miss the big spike in SUV sales, though. Regardless the thing is cool looking!
Lincoln brought along the Navigator for 2018, but this is the cycle of concept cars as we usually see. The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is beautiful, but will most likely be far off the real car. It’s a shame really, because the concept has always been so lovely to stare at.
The new Enclave is following Buick’s newest design language, and looks pretty good as well. Buick also brought along the new 2018 Buick Regal and the wagon version, which both look to really define the brand.
Electric and Autonomous:
On the technology front, Cadillac released their highly anticipated semi-autonomous driving technology called Super Cruise. There are some details to be known, but it looks great. Cadillac employed some systems we see in other level two vehicles, like lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and blind spot warning. But the system also employs an optical sensor in the cabin to tell how attentive the driver is. This allows the new system to be in a more autonomous mode for longer than the industry standard of 15 seconds. If the optical sensor notices the driver looking away too much from the road, the system will blink the lights on the steering wheel, and can be configured to shake the driver seat and make an audible tone. Cool stuff.
Also making a global debut was small electric car company Lucid Motors who promise giant numbers and performance for their car. One of those giant numbers is a proposed 217 MPH top speed.
Rimac also brought along their Concept 1 hypercar. The thing is insanely fast if you’ve ever seen videos, and it has a huge fan base. While I’m personally not a fan of it, I can’t
It seems to be a trend, as always, that automakers release the latest technology at these auto shows. In recent years, we’ve seen a ton of new automotive technology leaning toward the electric car and autonomous car segment. Do you think we’re headed down that path?
Other Important Faces:
The Bugatti Chiron also made an appearance at the NY Auto Show 2017. The thing packs 1,500 Horsepower into Bugatti’s rather well known W16, quad-turbo engine. The older Bugatti Veyron held the speed record for a production car, but the Chiron’s top speed is unknown. I think it is within reason to suspect this car should put up some very impressive numbers. But will it be faster than the Veyron? We’ll have to wait and see.
By the way, Nissan did this. I have no idea why.
The New York International Auto Show in 2017 brought along the best of the best in the world. Even Swedish make Koenigsegg attended, bringing their absolutely ridiculous Koenigsegg Agera RS1. The arctic blue interior and snow white exterior are just lovely. Part of the newer United States family, the RS1 produces well past 1,300 horsepower and can do 0-62 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.
The NY Auto Show is always an amazing show. The 2017 Show brought out the finest examples of automotive excellence in the world. From that Nissan thing with tank tracks, to the autonomous vehicles of tomorrow, the NY International Auto Show delivered as it always does.
Next year, the show will be held March 30th – April 8th 2018. Mark your calendars everyone!