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2004 New York Auto Show Preview


Cadillac Aims for World Class with STS

2005 Cadillac STS

2005 Cadillac STS

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2005 Cadillac STS

2005 Cadillac STS

"The standard to the world." For Cadillac, a motto once so appropriate had taken on an air of derision in recent years, as the nation's leading luxury maker fell increasingly behind its import competitors - in sales, as well as in design and technology. That began to change with the introduction of the big Escalade SUV, the "official" ute of the hip-hop generation, and a favorite backdrop for rap videos. Then, with the introduction of the CTS sedan and XLR roadster, Cadillac put a stake in the ground, wrapping the edgy and distinctive "Art and Science" design theme around a pair of sophisticated, high-performance platforms. Now Cadillac takes aim at the heart of the luxury market with its eighth new vehicle since 2001, an all-new STS. The sedan the automaker unveils at the New York International Auto Show this week replaces the old Seville, but it derives its name from the Seville Touring Sedan, one of the better-handling front-drive luxury cars on the road.

Preview: 2005 Cadillac STS by TCC Team (4/4/2004)
Smoothing out the rough edges.

 

Disco Dead - At Least in the U.S.

2005 Land Rover LR3

2005 Land Rover LR3

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2005 Land Rover LR3

2005 Land Rover LR3

This is the first official photo of the brand-new Land Rover Discovery, which likely will be renamed the LR3 for the U.S. market. The Discovery 3 has the same bold stance as its predecessor, which was on the market for fifteen years. The Discovery debuted in 1989 and had a facelift in 1994. The new Discovery's styling is a melding of the last models brutish good looks and the Range Rover's tailored shape. Land Rover design cues - like the square front, flat rear end, the roof that has two levels, and a lot of room around the wheels - are even more pronounced than before. New is the rear hatch that is split asymmetrically.

Preview: 2005 Land Rover LR3 by Henny Hemmes (4/4/2004)
Disco is dead - at least in the U.S.

 

Acura RL Prototype Headed for New York

2004 Acura RL Prototype concept

2004 Acura RL Prototype concept

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Acura's long-awaited replacement for the RL sedan will be previewed at the New York Auto Show in the form of the RL Prototype. The concept - which Acura says is a "close preview" of the 2005 Acura RL, will sport a new Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive System that Acura says distributes power not only between front and rear axles, but to the left and right wheels separately. Along with other "industry-leading technology" Acura also promises more horsepower than in today's vehicle.

 

Lexus Concept Landing in New York

2004 Lexus LF-C concept

2004 Lexus LF-C concept

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Lexus says its New York Auto Show display will include a new concept vehicle, the LF-C sport coupe. The coupe will have a high-output V-8 as its concept powertrain. The vehicle displays, a release insists, "a new, more passionate design direction," and will blend versatility and luxury, Lexus says. Lexus holds its press conference at New York on Thursday, April 8.

Toyota Intensifies Design Effort  by Joseph Szczesny (1/19/2004)
Giving Lexus a distinct image is number one on the priority list

 

Nissan Adds SE-R to Altima

2005 Nissan Altima SE-R

2005 Nissan Altima SE-R

The SE-R nameplate no longer is solely for Nissan's compact Sentra. At the New York auto show, Nissan will display an Altima SE-R with a high-output version of the 3.5-liter V-6. Nissan promises only that the engine will have more than 250 hp when teamed either to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Distinguishing features of the new Altima SE-R will include 18-inch wheels, sport-tuned shocks, a deep front fascia and rear spoiler, black leather seats and a three-gauge instrument panel like the one found in the 350Z sports car. A Bose eight-speaker audio system is standard on the SE-R as well. Nissan says the hotted-up Altima goes on sale in mid-September for less than $30,000.

Nissan Sets Blistering Feb. Sales Pace by Joseph Szczesny (3/8/2004)
Toyota hot too, GM good, Ford faltering.

 
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