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.
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
Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible concept
2001 Kia Sedona
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 RS-X Concept
Think Maxima, not Altima. The next generation of the compact Nissan is said to undergo a huge metamorphosis, into a vehicle larger than the current Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Powered by a range of engines including an optional 260-hp 3.5-liter V-6, the new Altima is already being called a groundbreaking vehicle for Nissan by insiders who have watched the company’s midsize offerings pale against those Japanese juggernauts, as well as Ford’s Taurus.
As the new Q45 powers its way against Lexus and the new Altima takes over Nissan’s big guns, both the Maxima and twin Infiniti I30 are getting a mild reworking. In advance of a major redo two years hence, the I30 will receive a boost in horsepower from a 3.5-liter V-6, and will be thusly renamed the I35. As for the Maxima, we’ll have more for you this summer.
2001 Lincoln MK9 Concept
Nick Twork contributed to this report.