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After each major auto show, we like to sit back and simmer on what we saw for a little bit. It’s important to think about what we saw and where we think the auto industry as a whole is headed. Oftentimes, an auto show will have an underlying theme or trend beyond the glitz, glamor, and luxury of the latest and greatest new cars. For instance, last year in Detroit, the North American International Auto Show was all about sports cars. The Los Angeles Auto Show tends to alternate between driving fun, sporty cars or big, lumbering crossovers. The New York show, a one-to-one transfer of urban and affluent world around it, was loaded up with high-end luxury vehicles and sports cars. And with over 25 new vehicles making their debut in the halls of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this year, we figured we should pick a few highlights from the show that warrant a closer look.
Most Fun: This has to go to the new Mazda MX-5 RF. Although the beautiful flying buttresses and hardtop mechanism add an estimated 100 lb weight penalty to the lightweight roadster, we’ll gladly take the extra style and security of a hardtop in this case. Mazda took a car we already loved to drive and gave us a reason to drive it even more.
Best Concept: This was a tough decision between the Lincoln Navigator and the Genesis New York Concept but the Genesis wins because it’s the one we most want to drive. We like the edgy, overstyled design cues and high-tech futuristic tech but what really got our attention was the 3.3L V6 making 365 HP that we were promised. While we’re not sure if Genesis will actually implement technologies like gesture control and a 21-inch curved 4K display sprawling across the dash, we’re looking forward to seeing a production version in the near-ish future.
Best Overall Booth: It’s pretty safe to say that Nissan had the best booth of the entire show (they actually had two booths). We loved Nissan’s booths so much because for the 2017 GTR unveiling, Nissan brought out six vintage GTRs from 1969 all the way up to 2014 to show their lineage. While we were impressed by the 2014 Nurburgring record-holding GTR NISMO and enjoyed a bit of nostalgia for the R32, R33, and R34 models that we idolized in Gran Turismo video games, the true stars in our eyes were the 1969 KPGC10 and 1974 KPCG110 models that just ooze style.
Most Luxurious: Now the Lincoln Navigator Concept gets its chance to shine. Aside from the huge gullwing door opening, Lincoln Motor Company’s tagline “Quiet Luxury” couldn’t be more fitting for this SUV concept. The interior design is pure opulence while the exterior styling makes more of a statement than any Rolls Royce. Assuming Lincoln stays true to this design for the production Navigator like they did with the Continental, we’ll be happy campers.
Driver’s Choice: As you might know if you follow our Morrie’s Heritage Car Connection blog, a bunch of us here at Morrie’s love to get out and drive. Many of us are also loyal Porsche enthusiasts which is why the new 911R spoke to us the most as the car we wanted to get in and drive at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. A 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated Flat-6 generating 500 HP carries over from the street-legal race car GT3RS but what makes the 911R special is that it’s linked to a model-exclusive 6-speed manual transmission instead of the usual PDK gearbox we see in Porsche’s GT models. It’s meant to be driven hard and put away wet, and that’s what we’re all about.
Unobtanium Award: Just because we’ll probably never see another one of these again, we’ve got to pick the Koenigsegg Regera (and its One:1 stablemate) as the biggest jaw-dropper of the show. Something about having well over 1,000 HP packed into a lightweight, carbon-fiber shell with loads of other technologies including a hybrid drivetrain that eliminates the need for a transmission, and this is pure, unfiltered, car-nerd dream fodder. More than any other booth at the show, we probably went out of our way to walk past the Koenigseggs the most. Soak it in, my friends. This thing is wild!
While Day 1 at the 2016 New York International Auto Show was packed to the gills with all sorts of major reveals, there were only a handful by comparison on Day 2. This left us with more time to wander the showfloor and see anything we missed in the chaos on Day 1 while also making sure to see what had just been revealed. For instance, we couldn’t keep ourselves away from the rows of supercars where we saw a Bugatti, a Spyker, and two brand new Koenigseggs on the stand. The same was true for the Porsche stand which drew us in with the rare and beautiful 911R and the new 718 Boxster S. We also got to spend a little more time with the Maserati Levante, where we checked out the gorgeous Zegna-trimmed interior (it’s pretty dang nice!)
We also circled back to Genesis – Hyundai’s new luxury brand – to check out their New York Concept vehicle that we ought to see hit the compact luxury sedan segment in the next couple of years. Although this was very much a style exercise for the show, Genesis already had a list of drivetrain specs as well as a beautifully designed interior, although it’s unlikely many of the interior details (like the 21-in curved 4K display from LG on top of the dash) will make it to production.
We’re in New York this week covering the 2016 New York International Auto Show during the press preview. In addition to creating a ton of fresh video content from the showfloor, we made sure to snap a ton of photos of our favorite new (and some old) cars that we found at the show. Now, we love the big international auto shows as much as anybody but we’re going to walk you through some of the highlights so keep reading!
First up, Mazda excited us with the MX-5 RF, a retractible hardtop model that carries more of a targa look when the top is stowed. It’s a great new look for our favorite convertible and we think Mazda really outdid themselves this time. How could you not love that shape?!?
Nissan also rolled out another updated version of the GT-R. With more power, more comfort, and more luxurious materials throughout, the GT-R continues to justify its existence for another year while we wait with bated breath for a completely new version that is rumored to come out next year as a 2018 model. Still, it’s hard to fault Nissan for building a bright orange, 580 hp rocketship, but the real stars of the Nissan booth were all the vintage GT-Rs they brought out for the show, dating back to 1969!
Last week, Morrie’s Automotive Group sent a team of brave souls – Adam, Gabe, and Alex – to the heart of Manhattan for the 2015 New York International Auto Show press days. Together, we were excited to see all of the latest and greatest cars, eat some pizza, and explore a little slice of the Big Apple. After arriving at JFK airport on Tuesday night, we took a cab to our hotel and quickly ventured out in search of food. While the street food vendor on the corner next to the hotel was tempting, we took the hotel doorman’s recommendation and grabbed some pizza down the street. After a few slices of pie, we quickly hashed out a plan for the following day and got some rest.
The first day of any of the big auto shows around the country is usually the most hectic, with a full day of press conferences, big reveals, and insane crowds. After getting checked in at Javits Center, we hatched a plan that allowed us to skip most of the crowds by avoiding the big reveals altogether and just check out all of the vehicles we could get access to. This included all of the latest and greatest at Ford such as the all-new Focus RS, Raptor, Ford GT, and GT350R Mustang. While we saw most of Ford’s new performance range back in January in Detroit, we were excited to see the Focus RS in production form for the first time in the US. The powerful little hatchback really stood out in its bright blue color. Hyundai and Mazda were nearby so we checked out the Sonata Hybrid and Miata as well. Perusing the rest of the show floor, we also made sure to stop by Cadillac to see the new CT6 as well as Lincoln to check out the sleek new Continental Concept. Maserati also had a few of their Centennial Edition GranTurismos on display that caught our eyes with the updated interior options as well as redesigned wheels. We also made sure to check out the Aston Martin Vulcan, which is simply insane in person. It’s shockingly long, low, and sleek. By the end of the day, we had taken over 800 photos and recorded 16 videos.
Day 2 of the 2015 New York auto show was a little slower, but no less exciting. Of the few big reveals we’d missed out on the day before, we had no problems getting up close to cars like the new McLaren 570S, Hyundai Tucson, and Subaru VT15x RallyCross car. We also made sure to stop by Nissan to check out the new Maxima later that day. A few other highlights of Day 2 included seeing the new Porsche Boxster Spyder, a handful of BMW race cars, pretty much everything on display at Alfa Romeo, and getting up close in personal with the incredibly rare and valuable McLaren F1 XP GT longtail and P1 GTR race car, one of just three ever built. We also managed to film another 10 videos before the day came to an end which made this trip one of our most successful auto shows to date!
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We’re wrapping up day 2 of the New York International Auto Show. It was a great time full of amazing cars including the new Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Maxima.
Here’s a quick recap in photos of some of the highlights from the second press day at NYIAS and make sure to stay tuned to our YouTube channel for al the latest video news from the show.
Morrie’s Automotive Group is on the ground this week at the 2015 New York International Auto Show to bring you the latest information on new cars and concepts as they debut. Day 1 of the show was a huge success with some major reveals from Ford, Lincoln, Subaru, and Cadillac, among others. Here’s a quick recap in photos of some of the highlights from the first press day at NYIAS and make sure to stay tuned to our YouTube channel for al the latest video news from the show.
As many of you already noticed, we make it a point to head to all the major auto shows in the country and we just got back from the New York International Auto show where we got coverage of all the latest KIA models for you.
Kia’s big debut wasn’t for the K900 at NYIAS, but rather the Sedona, which truly impressed us with its redesigned interior & exterior. The Sedona will be Kia’s first model to offer Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert, and Driving Score. Although the Sedona was a big hit, we want to stay focused on the K900 and share a few pictures we captured of this beautiful sedan that was on display.
After seeing the K900 in person, we know that this gorgeous vehicle will bring big changes for Kia in the luxury segment. Check out some of the photos we took of the sedan while at the New York Auto Show. Make sure to stay tuned to the Morrie’s Minnetonka KIA Facebook page and website to be the first to know when the K900 lands here at Morrie’s!
Day 2 at the 2014 NY International Auto Show
We had another full day at the Javits center bringing you live coverage from the New York International Auto Show. We’ve been busy shooting plenty of video footage to share with you, so make sure to head over to our YouTube page, or just click on the playlist below to see what we’ve been up to!
A majority of the reveals that we have shared with you took place on day 1 here at the NY Auto Show, but Subaru made us wait until the very end to see what they had in store. The morning was spent anticipating the reveal of the 2015 Subaru Outback, but it was well worth the wait. Subaru never disappoints when it comes to their press conferences and this one was no different. The Outback was first revealed at the New York Auto show as a concept 20 years ago and it has come a long way since. The refreshed wagon gets an updated interior that adds a bit of class to the cabin. The exterior also gets a refresh with a wider, hexagonal grille and a sleek new design. Subaru’s EyeSight Assist technology is also an added safety feature available on this model giving you peace of mind behind the wheel.
Subaru didn’t leave it at that, they also surprised us with the 2015 WRX STi Global Rallycross car! From what we hear, a stage rally version is currently in the works and should be released later this year with Travis Pastrana and David Higgins as pilots for the Subaru Rally Team USA in the Rally America Championship. Here at Morrie’s, rallying is close to our heart due to our own Scott Putnam’s involvement as a Subaru rally co-driver. Keep your eye out on this one, it should be fun to watch!
There’s always a lot going on at the various Auto Show’s we visit but this was the first time we’ve encountered a robot, a manicure booth and a full lineup of Mustang pinball machines. We made sure to capture all of the fun and interesting elements of the auto show to share with you, so make sure to check out all of our photos in the album below.
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We’re proud to bring you live coverage from the New York Auto Show!
The crew from Morrie’s traveled over 1200 miles this week to the big apple to bring you coverage of the New York International Auto Show. We’ve been gearing up for the big event for months now and we are proud to be able to bring you exclusive coverage from the biggest automaker’s in the world.
Day 1 was quite busy with a number of different press conferences to attend. Our first stop of the day was the Ford Motor Company press conference where the all-new 2015 Ford Focus and 50th anniversary Mustang were released.
We hightailed it over to the Hyundai booth following the Ford press conference to catch the unveiling of the all-new highly anticipated Hyundai Sonata. The goal of this redesign aims to appeal to a broader audience and make the vehicles look more like the rest of the Hyundai vehicle lineup, which we think worked great.
Next on the list was the Nissan press conference where we got our first up close look at the all-new redesigned Murano. Based off the resonance concept that was introduced at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. This production ready version drew a lot of excitement among spectators here in NY.
Toward the end of the day we began to lose steam but not enough to miss the last two big events of the day! Bentley held their press conference to re-introduce the 2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed and Flying Spur V-8 models, which we originally saw at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013.
Last, but certainly not least, we waited patiently for the last press conference of the day, where Mazda unveiled the 2015 25 year edition of the MX-5 Miata which turns 25 this year! We got tons of great coverage today and we can’t wait to share the rest of the excitement with you tomorrow when we return for press day 2! Head over to our YouTube page to check out the videos that are live from todays events! Also, make sure to follow us on twitter @morriesauto for live updates!