2012 New York International Auto Show

This past April, the biggest names in the auto industry unveiled new concept models and top-secret creations during the 2012 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) at the Jacob Javits center. Once again, this year’s New York Auto Show showcased the most exciting and technologically advanced cars and fascinated the Big Apple. Many fuel-efficient and environment-friendly concepts presented in NYIAS really make car lovers look for their dream cars without worrying about the price of gas! Now, follow us at Asian Fusion Magazine as we take you swinging by every booth to recap the show.

At the NYIAS, you could see the hottest cars, trucks, and other kinds of vehicles all under one roof. The show provides manufacturers with one last chance to debut models that weren’t ready earlier in 2012 or 2013. As usual, expressive European cars, including Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Bentley, Jaguar, and Audi, are still the shining stars of the show. People are crazy about these brand’s powerful engines, their driving comfort and beautiful body profile, but with a less amicable price. Asian car brands, on the other hand, have become increasingly popular in the United States because of the fuel efficiency and reliability that those cars can offer. Manufacturers such as Honda, Nissan, Toyota and many others experienced a significant increase in sales recently, which clearly indicates the auto industry is on the rise once again. These Asian brands keep on inventing and achieving their peaks by showcasing their concept vehicles at the event. Here, we bring you the most upbeat highlights of the show this year.

BMW i8 Hybrid Concept
Having stolen the limelight from Tom Cruise in the successful box office movie, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, BMW i8 is definitely one of the most impressive plug-in hybrids on the show room floor. BMW i8 combines the modified electric drive system from the BMW i3, and fit it over its front axle. It also features a high-performance  three-cylinder combustion engine that can produce 164 kW/220 hp and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear. Its futuristic technology and innovative design almost takes your breath away.

Dodge Viper SRT GTS 2013
At the NYIAS, Dodge’s CEO Ralph Gilles, who is also responsible for all product design at the Chrysler Group, talked fervently of his hopes of the car’s return. No longer a part of Dodge, the Chrysler group turned SRT (Street and Racing Technology) into its own brand, and launched the 2013 SRT Viper. The 2013 Viper will be powered by an 8.7-liter V-10, which is the largest engine Chrysler has ever used in a commercial car. Moreover, the intent isn’t just to make a faster Viper, but a more upper-class Viper. The interior has been
revamped and is more luxurious than prior generations.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
Rich with power and style, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG debuted at the NYIAS caught a lot of attention. The German automaker will stand true to the car’s aggressive and big engine heritage despite the world trend. The SL65 AMG still keeps the same 6.0-liter V12 engine, which can output 625 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with top speeds of 186 mph. The SL65 AMG is distinguished from its eight-cylinder sibling with highly exclusive design and equipment features. It provides car lovers with the capability of owning all their preferred driving modes in one car: controlled efficiency, sport, luxury and manual.

2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi
About 600,000 New Yorkers ride in taxis every day. Though a majority of NYC taxis are a Ford Crown Victoria, Ford ended production of the model in 2011. Now, Nissan gives us a new choice. Selected last year as New York’s Taxi of Tomorrow, Nissan NV200 Taxi was premiered to the public at the 2012 New York Auto Show roughly a year before the first vehicle reports for duty sometime in 2013. Nissan designed the model based on surveys from drivers and passengers. NV 2000 Taxi will offer larger room for four passengers and their luggage, independently controlled air conditioner, reading and floor lights, mobile charging station, and so on. All features aim to better both the passenger and driver’s riding experience.

2013 Lexus ES-Series
Since entering the car market in 1989, the ES has been a sales leader for Lexus. At NYIAS, the re-designed 2013 Lexus ES family debuted a hybrid edition for the first time. Featuring a progressive new design and enhanced handling, the 2013 ES sedan is set to continue being a favorite of luxury car buyers. For the first time, the Lexus ES will be available with Lexus Hybrid Drive. With a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, the ES 300h hybrid is expected to earn an EPA fuel economy rating of approximately 40 mpg combined city/highway.

2012 AUDI R8 GT Spyder
Audi showcased the limited edition supercar, the Audi R8 GT Spyder Convertible at the NYIAS. This German driving machine comes with a 5.2-liter V10. The power plant is rated at 560 horsepower. More impressively, Audi first put R8 on a diet, shedding 180 pounds out of it. The savings comes from sophisticated modifications of many parts, including battery, carpeting, and rear hatch. Unlike many cars that become inhospitable when the weight-savings team starts swinging the axe, the interior on the R8 GT Spyder still offers all the facilities that you would expect to have in a luxury car. Since Audi has 333 copies in limited production of the R8 GT, please be sure to contact your dealer as soon as possible if you are interested in owning one.

2013 Toyota Avalon
Designed and assembled in America, the re-imagined 2013 Toyota Avalon debuted as the perfect storm of look and feel at NYIAS. Positioned as an “effective foreshadow of the more compelling and passionate nature of future Toyota products,” the 2013 Toyota Avalon builds on a heritage of economic excellence and boasts no shortage of interior refinement. With plush, next-generation interior
details that provide a spacious and silent ride, the 2013 Avalon represents a sea change in the art and science of comfort.

Acura RLX Concept
“The Acura RLX will offer a level of connectivity, comfort and advanced performance demanded by today’s luxury buyers”, says American Honda chief Tetsuo Iwamura as he proudly presented the Acura RLX Concept at the NYIAS. The RLX Concept includes an all-new 3.5L direct-injected VTEC® V-6 engine and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system, with three electric motors, combined to generate more than 370-horsepower. Its lightweight body delivers V-8 acceleration with four-cylinder fuel economy. It is a fusion of sophisticated styling and smart packaging, delivering an entirely new level of performance, sophistication and comfort.

2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
The Porsche Cayenne family sport utility gets a new member for 2013: the Cayenne Diesel. Originally introduced to the diesel dominated European market in 2009, clean diesel technology and its many consumer benefits are now available to Porsche customers in the U.S. market for the first time. The new-for-2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel’s powerful, yet fuel-efficient 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine, delivers 240-hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque, available from as low as 1,750 rpm. That performance is complemented by best in class fuel economy; complemented with the classic stylish exterior and luxurious interior that Porsche always offers for every model.