Welcome to the 2010 New York Auto Show. This year's show was all about focus, practicality, efficiency, and hoping the public doesn't notice there weren't any REAL concepts. Auto companies seem to be investing more in alternative energy models and technology and less in conceptual design for changing brand image.
Every company under the sun unveiled some altered version of a current model with a hybrid sticker on the side and the ones that didn't were pitiful, uh-hmmmacurahhmmm. Even Porsche had hybrid SUVs, I hoped the day would never come. Imagine trying to explain to Ferdinand Porsche that their company would eventually lug a rich family of four to soccer practice in something sitting 20 inches off the ground.
But it wasn't sad for everyone. Ford announced they'd be adding an electric Focus to their line-up with some help from Microsoft's Hohm system and Chevy hit back claiming the Volt will be backed by Con Edison. Volvo bragged about their "Pedestrian Detection System" that stops the car before you can hit that person who walked out in front of you without looking.
So what can you expect when going to the New York Auto Show this year? Be ready for more hybrids than one can handle.
A few booths you have to go and check out:
Mercedes-Benz SLS Gullwing AMG GT3 racecar
BMW Alpina B7
Audi R8 Spyder
Ford F150 Raptor (down stairs truck section)
Stay tuned for lots of updates to come on the 2010 NYIAS.
~M/o "Stay up to Speed"