Report from the 2015 New York International Auto Show
NEW YORK — The New York International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday and runs through April 12. The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.
On Wednesday, the first press day, multiple automakers showed a mix of large luxury and performance vehicles from Cadillac, Lexus, and Lincoln as well as somewhat smaller cars from Chevrolet and Kia.
Cadillac debuted the full-sized, rear-wheel drive CT6, which is intended to compete with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class. The CT6 replaces the DTS (DeVille Touring Sedan), last produced in 2011. It is offered with a choice of three powerplants including a new 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 that develops 400 horsepower.
Meanwhile, Lincoln resurrected the Continental nameplate after a 13-year hiatus. The deep Prussian blue concept car – the color an homage to past Continentals – is fully modern with smooth sides, hidden door handles, and a new rectangular mesh grill.
Jaguar showed off the new XF sedan, which bears a coupe-like appearance. It loses 265 pounds, gets a new supercharged V6 engine that develops up to 380 horsepower and brings the car from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.1 seconds.
Toyota’s Lexus brand debuted the revamped RX, which exhibits more aerodynamic lines and more spacious interior. A new 3.5-liter V6 with 300 horsepower serves as the powerplant and is paired with a new eight-speed transmission that the automaker claims will improve fuel economy.
BMW took top honors with the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year as well as the Diesel Car Manufacturer awards bestowed by FBT sister publication The Diesel Driver.
The new Chevy Malibu has a wider stance longer wheelbase that adds 1.3” (330 mm) of legroom. The new Kia Optima is also longer and wider and will come with optional Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
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