New York Auto Show

2012 VW Beetle Roundup: All Your Bugs Are Belong To Us
2012 VW Beetle Roundup: All Your Bugs Are Belong To Us

The icon is re-reborn, and this time, it looks more the part: the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is here, fresh from its unveiling ahead of the 2011 New York Auto Show. VW calls it the sportiest, most efficient Beetle yet, with a pair of engine options pulling the weight for those appellations. The first...Read More»

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T
2012 Dodge Avenger R/T: 2011 New York Auto Show

The Chrysler 200 has a hit Super Bowl commercial and Eminem at its back--but what does the nearly identical Dodge Avenger have, aside from its quasi-superhero name? For the 2012 model year, the Avenger gets the R/T trim level it's been promised since Chrysler refurbished it last fall, complete with...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu leaked
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Sneak Peek: 2011 New York Auto Show

To say the new Malibu is an important car for Chevrolet is to engage in a daring bit of understatement. The mid-size sedan segment is a lynchpin to success in our market, and the Malibu will face stiff competition from the likes of Ford, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and Kia. With a week until the full...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 200. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
The Chrysler 200 and Eminem

With Chrysler’s release of the all new 200 sedan came the need for a stellar marketing plan. Enter stage right: Eminem. Can you think of a better composition to underscore a car commercial about hope than Lose Yourself? I can’t. The first time I saw the commercial it immediately...Read More»

1999 Daihatsu concept EZ-U, Tokyo Motor Show
My Memorable Motor Show Moment: Tokyo, 1991

It was a bright and breezy Autumn Saturday in 1991 when I found myself standing on the broad plaza of the Makuhari Messe, gazing at the modern, spacious glass buildings and watching thousands of people stepping off the arriving trains. We were to be among the record-breaking 2 million people...Read More»

2008 BMW 3-Series M3
My First Impressions of M

It's the last day of the 2007 New York International Auto Show and I'm racing onto the ferry, to at the very least, catch a glimpse of everything I had been reading about all week. On the walk to the Javits Center I began to make the mad dash across the West Side Highway trying not to get hit by...Read More»

2010 Citroen Survolt Concept
The Concept of Reality

As you approach the auto show venue, no matter whether it's Detroit, New York or Geneva, the feeling is the same: your heart beats a littler faster, your pulse races, and it's a little hard to catch your breath. Waiting inside are all kinds of models, from the exotic to the muscular to the...Read More»

TVR
The British International (Birmingham) Motor Show (2000)

I queued for an eternity to steal a brief moment in the driver's seat of an R34 Skyline, staring pensively at its metallic blue paint and wondering when I would ever have enough spare change to own one. I'd gone with a good friend and colleague, driving up from High Wycombe, the English commuter...Read More»

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 with Green With Envy paint job
Dodge Challenger Inspires a New Generation

America is filled with car nuts. Take a summer's drive down to the local Dairy Queen on any Friday evening, and one can find far more custom builds and restorations than ice cream cones. Most of us can pinpoint something in our youth that sparked our undying interest in the automobile. For me, I'm...Read More»

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Best Auto Show Moment: Chrysler PT Cruiser

It was a day unlike any other in early January 2000, as any car enthusiast would know--this is the beginning of the auto show season, and for purists it doesn’t get any better than the North American International Auto show. For a kid growing up in Northern Ontario, I never thought I would...Read More»

2006 Porsche Boxster
My Auto Show Memory: The 30th Tokyo Motor Show

In 1993 I was living in Ichigao, Yokohama, and working for an IT company in Tokyo. One early morning commute, crammed into a carriage approaching 150 percent capacity, I spied advertisements for the 30th Tokyo Motor show. A few weeks later, tickets in hand, I stood outside the sprawling Makuhari...Read More»

Lamborghini Countach
Lambo Love Affair: The Sydney Motor Show 1985

As a teenager, my walls were decorated with iconic symbols of speed. Fine examples of motor sculpture from Lotus Esprits to Ford GTs, the usual assembly of Porsche 911s, the iconic Porsche 959. But none held more fascination than the gorgeous deep red Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole...Read More»

Batmobile
My Best Auto Show Moment: The Batmobile

Going to the New York Auto Show has been a favorite springtime event for me for many years. I used to drag my wife and make her sit in each car and listen to me talk about the positives and negatives of each model. About 10 years ago, with my oldest son, then 4, my wife decides that my yearly auto...Read More»

2008 HUMMER H2 4WD 4-door SUV Front Exterior View
Why Losing HUMMER Was a Shame

Just the title of this article is going to be enough to get diehards to dig in their heels, regardless of what side of the fence they stand on with GM’s now-defunct HUMMER brand. But now that the brand is dead, I think it’s a good time to reflect on why it’s gone, if it made any...Read More»

2011 Nissan GT-R
My Memorable Auto Show Moment: The Nissan GT-R

Car shows are American as apple pie. These events are held in all corners of the country, in venues big and small. What makes a car show moment memorable? Is it the special celebrity guest? The bag full of car-related merchandise? Or is it something simple? The 2008 New Mexico International Auto...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
A Few Thoughts on the L.A. Auto Show

Beverly Hills. I woke up to a rainy Saturday thinking that by getting to the L.A. Convention Center first thing in the a.m. I’d have the place to myself; instead I was surprised that there was quite a crowd waiting to get in. So much so that the show opened 5 minutes early to process the...Read More»

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo
2009: The Year of My First Auto Show

As a young child, I never had the opportunity to experience an auto show. Neither of my parents were interested in cars, and my brother was too far away to take me. For years, I waited until the day finally came in April of 2009: my first auto show. Sure, I was older than most when they go to their...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing replica by Gullwing GmbH
California Dreamin' in My Rearview Mirror

Flashback 1970, Santa Ana, California: Seems like eons ago, but the images are as vivid as a high-resolution, 3D hologram. Yep, Fashion Square as it was known hosted the Concours d’Elegance. After noticing a newspaper ad in the Orange County Register, I told my father about the event, and the...Read More»

TheCarConnection mobile app
Bless You, Steve Jobs: TheCarConnection App 2.0 Is Live

If you're looking for car news, reviews and ratings, photos and videos, and dealer locators on the fly, there's just one place to go now--TheCarConnection, the mobile edition. Our rockstar developers skated right through Apple's notoriously finicky approval process in record time, which means you...Read More»

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