Friday, April 2, 2010

2010 NYIAS Sneak Peak: Holy Eco Overload!

I know everyone's main concern these days are gas prices and a valid concern it is. But unfortunately, this year, car companies really stopped developing design concepts. So what have they done to impress New York, one of the hippest cities in America? "Eco-cars" galore!

The Mazda 3... excuse me, Lexus CT 200h. Actually it's a pretty nice design, very sporty for a Lexus. You can see it basically has an IS nose.

The Honda CR-Z is all by its lonesome at the Honda booth. It is about the only hybrid coupe at the show. While it does look pretty plain in photos, it looks a bit better in person. It could still use a dash of "sport" derived from the older CRXs.

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was definitely the coolest hybrid. Lots of cool details, sort of a game changing car. Look out Japan, Europe, and America, Hyundai is showing its colors.

Even Porsche had a 4-door hybrid of their own. A turbo Cayenne Hybrid seems like an oxymoron. It's nice in the realms of an SUV, but putting a Porsche body on a VW Toureg should be banned.

The Cayenne's big brother rolled out with a redesign for 2011 as well along with a huge hybrid sticker on the side. The new VW design language is very modern and classy. The curves are subtle and the overall forms are refined.

To the left is the new Nissan Leaf, and while it's not a hybrid (it's electric!), it still falls into the category of 4-door, eco-friendly cars. If mass produced for the entire United States, this could change the way we get around for good. The Leaf is currently available for lease on the West Coast.  

Along with the non-hybrid Leaf, the non-hybrid Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell is in NYC this week. This is also available for lease in California. 

The Mini E available for an expensive lease in New York and Northern New Jersey. 

The Mitsubishi i-Miev which is ancient history for auto shows. Mitsubishi might have the worst display at the Javits Center.

....And just in case you doubted that the electric car can actually work, there is a driving area in the dungeon at the show (down by the trucks). 

~M/o  "Stay up to Speed"

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