2006 New York Show, Part II

April 12, 2006





2006 New York Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (4/10/2006)




Scion Gets Bold FUSE Coupe


2006 Scion FUSE concept

2006 Scion FUSE concept

It’s been three years since Scion,Toyota’s youth division was launched. Since then the brand has introduced a two-door tC, a sporty and affordable coupe that’s slightly upmarket of the more basic xB and xA compacts. Now Scion seems to be contemplating another coupe for its future as it debuts the FUSE Sports Coupe Concept at the New York auto show.


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Ghosn Says He’s Not Goin’ to GM


Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said during the New York International Auto Show today he "was not interested" in taking over for Rick Wagoner as chairman and CEO of General Motors. He added he still had things he wanted to accomplish at Nissan. GM Vice Chairman Robert Lutz defended his boss, saying Wagoner would "preside" over the resurgence of GM and would still be standing after all was said and done. "Rick Wagoner is the right man to lead General Motors." Lutz also told reporters he was confident there would not be a strike by Delphi Corp.'s union workers. —Mike Strong



Lutz Touts E85 Hybrid


While surrounded by a crush of reporters after the Saturn Sky introduction at the New York International Auto Show today, Bob Lutz said that while hybrid vehicles are nice, an E85 hybrid could exceed 100 mpg. He qualified it by reminding media types that since E85 is 85 percent ethanol and just 15 percent gasoline, the figure is kind of skewed, but he said it was still better than the average gasoline hybrid, which averages about 45 mpg depending upon the vehicle type. Of course, Lutz' company makes more E85 vehicles than any company in North America. He was also attempting to avoid more public spats with oil companies. "They (GM's public relations staff) prepped me for this one: big surprise, eh?" —Mike Strong



Ford's Fields Flaunts Firepower

Ford Executive Vice President Mark Fields said his company plans to offer one high-performance Mustang and one high-performance truck every year going forward. After introducing the new Shelby-inspired Mustang GT350-H, which can be rented at selected Hertz locations, Fields told a horde of reporters that he felt that high-performance vehicles were an important part of establishing a car company's brand image.


Fields said he expects to sell between 5000 and 10,000 of each vehicle annually. The company's Mustang GT500 is expected to be in showrooms shortly. Fields said the new Ford F-150 FX2, a street-friendly version of the F-150, will arrive in dealer lots sometime this fall. He didn't give a suggested price for the new truck, but anticipates it will be five percent of F-150 sales. —Mike Strong



Tops Away at Bentley


2007 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

2007 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Bentley categorizes the new Continental GTC as the world’s fastest convertible. As with the Continental GT coupe and Flying Spur sedan, power comes from a twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter W-12 engine transmitted via a six-speed ZF automatic transmission to all four wheels. Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, Bentley CEO says, “It is the world's fastest convertible, with a top speed of 195 mph, or 190 mph with the roof down.”


The GTC has a soft fabric roof and heated glass rear screen and fully automatic operation. When stored below its “hide-covered tonneau, efficient packaging ensures excellent space for both rear passengers and their luggage.” Deliveries of the GTC start in late 2006. The MSRP in the U.S. is $189,990 or roughly $201,000 out the door with taxes and gas-guzzler charges. U.S. customers have already bought 1500, or about a year’s worth of deliveries here, equal to the 2005 U.S. sales of the GT coupe.


According to Bentley, the U.S. is the largest market in the world for luxury convertibles. Last year nearly twice as many luxury convertibles as coupes were sold in the U.S., and nearly a third of those sales were in two cities alone: Los Angeles and New York. —Ken Zino


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