NY auto show: Automakers spicing up Big Apple

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News
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Automakers will shine in the Big Apple this week with premieres of dozens of new and updated vehicles at the New York International Auto Show.

Highly anticipated global debuts such as the 2017 Acura MDX midsize sport utility vehicle, 2017 Subaru Impreza compact and a Genesis concept from Hyundai Motor Co., and a host of luxury cars, crossovers and SUVs will begin Tuesday and continue until the show opens to the public on Friday.

“We always see luxury, and part of that is because New York is the No. 1 luxury market in new and used vehicles across the country,” said Autotrader.com senior analyst Michelle Krebs. “There’s lots of sport utilities.”

The United States in recent years has experienced a growing love affair with utility vehicles such as SUVs, pickups and crossovers. The show, Krebs said, is a testament to their growing popularity and sales.

General Motors Co.’s Buick brand is expected to get things rolling Tuesday with the debut of its refreshed 2017 Buick Encore subcompact SUV, followed by at least three other debuts during the show: a refreshed 2017 Chevy Spark hatchback, a blacked-out 2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition and a 640-horsepower 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have been coy about what they plan to showcase this week in New York.

Ford’s luxury Lincoln brand has a Wednesday news conference scheduled but has not released details of its plans. However, following remarks by Ford CEO Mark Fields and other executives since the beginning of the year about four all-new SUVs debuting by 2020, industry insiders expect the debut to be an SUV.

After Fiat Chrysler decided to unveil a compact SUV replacement for the Compass and Patriot during the fourth quarter this year in Brazil instead of at the New York auto show, global brand chief Mike Manley told reporters that the brand would share “pretty exciting news” about its important Jeep Grand Cherokee at the show.

Driving across the pond from Italy for Fiat Chrysler for the auto show will be the North American debut of the $72,000-plus Maserati Levante SUV, Fiat 124 Spider Abarth and 2017 Giulia and Giulia Ti midsize sedans.

“All-new from the ground up, the 2017 Giulia lineup marks Alfa Romeo’s return to the heart of the premium sedan segment and the next chapter of the brand’s rich 105-year heritage,” Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo North America, said in a statement.

Also expected this week are five global debuts from Mercedes-Benz, including three high-performance AMG models; a surprise debut from Audi and other exotic auto brands, including the North American debut of the C8 Preliator, a hand-built sports car produced by Netherlands-based carmaker Spyker.

Porsche also will unveil a base-model Macan crossover at the New York auto show this week that will also be powered by a four-pot turbo. Until now, the base Macan has been the 340-horsepower, six-cylinder Macan S.

Not everyone is driving into the Big Apple with luxury crossovers and SUVs, though.

Toyota Motor Corp. will showcase its refreshed Highlander mid-size SUV and the “next mechanical marvel” in its Prius lineup, which is expected to be the plug-in version of the all-new Prius.

Nissan Motor Co. is expected to take the wraps off a refreshed 2017 Nissan GT-R and 2017 Nissan Titan full-size pickup, which it showed photos of during the Chicago Auto Show in February.

Others debuts include a surprise from Mazda that some have speculated could have something to do with its popular Miata; Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle; updated Kia Cadenza; and others, including a surprise from Honda.

“The 2016 New York International Auto Show will reflect introductions of vehicles in a variety of segments, price points and sizes, though introductions of new or updated utility vehicles (both SUVs and CUVs) are expected to dominate, followed by a notable presence in sports car segments,” said IHS Automotive senior analyst Stephanie Brinley. “The introductions help set the stage for continued growth among sales of utility vehicles, as well as increasing demand for sports cars.”

IHS forecasts U.S. sales of premium segment SUVs and CUVs will grow more slowly over the next several years. It also predicts premium utility vehicle sales are forecast at 1.1 million units in 2019, up from 1 million in 2015.


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