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2001 New York Show Preview

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New York’s a great place in spring — just ask Bill and Hillary. What better time to go rowing from the Chelsea Piers, see Ricki Lake in full pregnancy waddle, and get a glimpse at all sorts of future car models from the floor of the convenient, glamorous and well-run Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan?

The New York Auto Show is upon us again, and since the automakers love to show off their new lines in the fashion capital, we’re headed to New York too. This week, The Car Connection will be on foot and over the Internet to bring you the latest introductions from the Javits show floor. We’ll have all the news from Ford, GM, DaimlerChrysler, Asia’s biggies and Europe’s microbrands alike.

This year, TCC will carry video footage from the show for the first time. Just click into our New York Auto Show index and follow the links. Your computer’s RealPlayer will handle the rest; we suggest connections of 56K or higher.

We’ll be updating you daily on the breaking news and model introductions from Detroit as the show begins on April 11. Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy a short preview of what we’ll be bringing you this week from the Big Apple.


Hummer H2 SUT

Hummer H2 SUT

Hummer H2 SUT

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The look of the future GM-built Hummer is coming to New York, in the form of the Hummer H2 SUT (sport-utility truck, we’re assuming). The new Hummer, already the subject of a DaimlerChrysler lawsuit over its Jeep-alike grille, is set to enter production next year at a new facility in Indiana. But first, it’s headed for stardom: on Tuesday, April 10, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rudolph Giuliani will drive the H2 through the streets of New York and into ABC Studios for a celeb intro.

 

Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible concept

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible concept

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Sure, it’s only a design study. That’s what Chrysler is saying about the PT Cruiser Convertible it will display at this week’s New York Show. After having sold 170,000 of the vehicles, the company is said to be keeping a keen eye on buyers’ impressions of the new ragtop for possible production.

 

Kia Sedona

2001 Kia Sedona

2001 Kia Sedona

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With so much financial turmoil surrounding Korea’s car industry, it’s hard to remember that Kia has doubled its sales in the past year and has introduced a slate of new models, including the Optima and Spectra. The next one in line is the oft-delayed Sedona minivan, which made the show-circuit rounds over the past two years while the company foundered in bankruptcy (Kia is now owned by fellow Korean manufacturer Hyundai). The 3.0-liter V-6-powered minivan is scheduled to go on sale by the end of the year.

 

Honda Civic Si
Enthusiasts are still mourning the long-gone CRX, and Honda knows it. That explains the rumored new Civic Si, which is basically a toned-down version of the Type R shown at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Si is a hatchback-only vehicle built in Honda’s Swindon, U.K. plant. Under the hood is a 170-plus-hp four-cylinder.


Acura RSX

Acura RS-X Concept

Acura RS-X Concept

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Remember the Acura RS-X show car from the Detroit auto show? You’ll be seeing double in New York, as a strikingly similar car is unveiled as the replacement for the Acura Integra. You can bemoan the loss of a great name, but there’s no whining allowed since the RSX carries a 200-hp engine, a good-looking body and an available Type S variant of unknown horsepower.

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