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2000 New York Auto Show, Part I


Yukon Denali

Yukon Denali

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GMC SEES FUTURE IN HYBRIDS. If GM’s recent forays into car/truck hybrids are any indication, the company sees a vast potential for crossover vehicles, even at its truckiest brand, GMC. At the New York show, GMC unveiled the C-Series, a luxo-minded version of the full-size Sierra pickup. Externally it’s a little tidier about the nose; underneath, it’s quite a philosophical change of direction. The C-Series offers a 325-hp Vortec V-8 for supple, smooth power, mated to the first all-wheel-drive system in a full-size truck. Are you ready for a $40,000 pickup? Still on the upscale face of the mountain, GMC also introduced two new Denali versions of the Yukon and Yukon XL sport-utes. With the same 325-hp engine and all-wheel drive, the Denalis also sport 17-inch wheels, black cherry interior trim, and a new 11-speaker Bose audio system sure to shake the retainers off of soccer-bound kiddie passengers.

Olds Bravada

Olds Bravada

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BRAVADA NEW WORLD. With Tracker mini-utes and Suburban full-size utes pumping out a stready stream of profit, GM’s turning its attention to midsize trucks over the next two years. Launching the latest iteration of its midsize truck and sport-ute family, GM brought forth the 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. Wider and longer than the current ute, it’s also been massaged to include a five-link independent rear suspension with air-spring control for constant load leveling. In the engine bay, a new 4200-series (read: 4.2-liter) engine with 250 hp or more – and six inline cylinders – is the foundation of a new engine family for General Motors. With 24 valves and inherent straight-six balance, GM says it’s a marked improvement over the current Vortec V-6.

Inifiniti Q45

Inifiniti Q45

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NISSAN COMMANDS LUXURY PERFORMANCE. More than a decade after the seminal Q45 was birthed in 1989, Nissan’s luxury brand is back with its next stab at "performance luxury," the quite early 2002 Infiniti Q45. When it arrives in dealer showrooms a year from now, the new Q will sport a 4.5-liter V-8 to please nomenclature freaks everywhere. Performance geeks, too, will be reveling in the Q’s 340-hp V-8 engine, with 333 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-60 dash in 5.9 seconds, Infiniti says. Infiniti also promises the power and the increased interior room will better its competition, including the V-8 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series, and newly minted Lexus LS430. A standard navigation system, rear-mounted video camera for tricky reversing maneuvers, radar-assisted cruise control, airbag curtains, and a standard five-speed automatic transmission round out the comely new luxury missile.

Ghosn Speech

Ghosn Speech

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SIZE MATTERS. Just ask Carlos Ghosn, the diminutive president of Nissan Motor Co. The long-troubled Japanese automaker will take a shot at one of the U.S. markets most profitable product segments when it rolls out its first full-size pickup truck in 2003. The yet-unnamed truck will be produced at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn., assembly line, Ghosn gave out, and that could require some new brick-and-mortar at the plant. The Brazilian-born executive, keynote speaker at the annual breakfast kicking off the New York International Auto Show, used his speech to give a six-month update on the Nissan Revival Plan. Things are going better than expected, Ghosn hinted, with Nissan all but certain to meet its goal of breaking even in the 2000 fiscal year. With new vehicles like the Xterra drawing buyers back to Nissan showrooms, global production is up 9 percent so far this year. Product is the key, Ghosn emphasized, so look for 22 all-new products — including the full-size pickup — over the next three years.

Acura MDX

Acura MDX

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