At the New York Auto Show, Everything Old Is New Again

BMW painted its past to celebrate the future.

BMW painted its past to celebrate the future.

By Jonathan Spira on 24 March 2016
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NEW YORK—Low fuel prices and strong economic growth are propelling vehicle sales in the United States at a record pace and automakers are scrambling to exploit every possible angle by offering an increasing number of models in categories ranging from small electric vehicles to supersized sport utility vehicles.

At the New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public this weekend, automakers not only put their new wares on display but their heritage as well.

On the eve of the start of the show’s press days, BMW celebrated its 100th anniversary by painting its past. Artist Bill Patterson spent the evening creating a painting that celebrated the company’s iconic models. At a separate event, Rolls Royce unveiled its new, darker, Black Badge models of the Ghost and Wraith, sporting a much more sinister look than the traditional models.

Rolls-Royce's Black Badge series made its U.S. debut

Rolls-Royce’s Black Badge series made its U.S. debut

Toyota celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Corolla with a party with the original Corolla (in addition to several subsequent models) as the guest of honor.

In introducing the 2017 Nissan GT-R, the company’s flagship sports car, which will be available this summer, Nissan had several Nissan Skyline GT-R models, the predecessor manufactured between 1969-1973 and 1989-2002, at its stand.

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