The Next Generation Weighs In On the New York Auto Show

April 14, 2009

Whether you love or hate auto shows, there’s no denying they’re a family affair. And without getting ourselves in trouble, a look across any show floor suggests that of the kids eagerly climbing in and out of new cars, boys outnumber girls by a substantial factor.

Those boys are tomorrow’s car buyers, and they may even influence their parents’ choice of vehicle. Many of us writers tried to tell our parents what to buy from the time we were old enough to tell a Chevy from a Volkswagen.

So we enlisted our friends’ son Luc, who at 9 years is already a three-year veteran of the New York Auto Show. We covered Luc’s take on the show’s green cars elsewhere, but he had more thoughts on other cars as well.

2010 Mazda3

2010 Mazda3

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2009 MazdaSpeed3: He loved the bright metallic blue color of Mazda’s hot hatch, not so much the insane-clown grin on the restyled front end. With a lower grille sporting mesh rather than the blue car’s “smile strakes,” a more sedate Mazda3 GT won his approval.

2010 Volvo XC60

2010 Volvo XC60

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2010 Volvo XC60: When you’re four feet tall, high beltlines can doom your rear-seat view to power lines. We were both impressed by Volvo’s “dual booster” seats, in which a front portion of the rear seat cushion lifts up on top of the piece behind it, adding a good four inches to the seat height for smaller occupants. He also liked the XC60’s styling and brown-bronze color.

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