Scion t2b Concept
Auto show season is just halfway through — and next up is New York's auto show,
which opens to the media on March 23. Among the introductions set for the
New York show is a new concept from Toyota's Scion arm. The
concept, dubbed t2b, shows off the brand's "style, versatility and surprise," a
release said in sufficiently vague prose. No photos were released to accompany
the announcement. While media days start on Wednesday the 23rd, the Scion press
conference will be held on Thursday morning, the 24th, at 8:30 a.m. at New
York's Javits Center.
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Nissan Sport Concept Could See Production
Is it simply a "design exercise," in
the words of one senior Nissan official, or are there production plans for the
new Nissan Sport Concept, the edgy little show car that will officially make its
public debut in New York next week? The three-door Sport Concept is arguably the
most aggressive design exercise to emerge from Nissan's design studios in recent
months, the trio also including the Azeal sports coupe and the Actic, a
crossover/SUV. Like the Azeal, the Sports Concept was developed by Nissan's
newly expanded design center in suburbanDetroit
. The prototype's wedge design was
heavily influenced by the U.S.
tuner market, noted
Nissan Senior Vice President of Design Shiro Nakamura. The high-tech cockpit
boasts an assortment of digital touches, including its large video screen. The
race-style seats emphasize the sporty nature of the design. Yet if it were to go
into production, an admittedly less edgy version of the Sports Concept would be
targeted "below the Sentra price range," said Nakamura, and targeted at
"first-time car buyers." A decision on which, if any of the three concepts to
build will be made in the near future, Nakamura hinted, adding that "otherwise,
it will be too late." He said he believes a vehicle like the Sports Concept
might be seen as niche right now, but is likely to appeal to the mainstream as
the so-called Millennium Generation grows older. —
2005 New York Auto
Show Preview by TCC Team (3/16/2005)
What you'll find on the ground
at the Javits Center next week.
Hyundai Brings Two to New
Hyundai's stand at the New York Auto Show will feature two brand-new
vehicles, one at the top of the Korean automaker's lineup and the other at the
entry level. The first car will be a big four-door sedan that replaces the
XG350. A new 3.8-liter V-6 with 265 horsepower will be under the hood of the new
vehicle, called Grandeur in its home market, and the sedan will be outfitted
with stability control and eight airbags.
The other vehicle on the Hyundai stand will be the new Accent. The 2006 model
comes with six standard airbags and, Hyundai promises, an even longer list of
standard features than before.
The New York show also will host the North American
debut of the Kia Rio5, the new five-door version of the Rio
sedan shown earlier
this year. Like the Rio four-door, the 5 is taller, wider, and shorter than the
last Rio lineup, and the new five-door model gets only the 1.6-liter
four-cylinder in the U.S. market. Kia execs promise two trim levels, manual or
automatic transmission, and an extensive range of option packages.