Category Archives: New York 2009

Hot Hatch duel: GTI vs. MazdaSpeed3

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The newest version of the original sport compact – a.k.a. ‘hot hatch’ – was introduced at this year’s New York auto show and so was the latest iteration of its closest and fiercest rival. The sixth-generation Volkswagen GTI and second-generation Mazdaspeed3 will soon be dueling for the top spot on the wish lists and shopping lists of pocket rocket enthusiasts. Continue reading

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Cars for living and driving in NYC

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If you listen to Jane Marx, tour guide extraordinaire – and you always listen to Jane – no one should own or drive a car in New York. The thing is Jane is a native New-Yorker and passionate about her city: “You either love it here and there’s no place else you want to live, or you hate it and the rest of the world looks great”. Continue reading

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The Best of the Green Brigade

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The quest for the ultimate clean and cheap powertrain technology has been raging for more than a decade and every auto show is a showcase for the latest and greatest developments. New York is no exception this year and, as usual, contenders and pretenders went in almost every imaginable direction. Continue reading

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“Worst of Show” from NYIAS

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Among all the glitz and glamour of the auto show, some less than impressive cars get introduced too. Yes while these cars still might have decent engines or gadgets, something about them was very disappointing. The list below is my personal “Worst of the Show.” Feel free to agree or disagree with me. Continue reading

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Top Production – The Sensible and the Feisty

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New York is a city of extremes and its auto show this year is a feast of sharp contrast when rounding up new production iron. While struggling US automakers Chrysler and GM presented a mere couple of new models amidst discussions of restructuring plans, European rivals were rolling out new 500 horsepower-plus sport-luxury SUVs alongside eco-friendly diesels and hybrids. And in the Japanese and Korean camps, shiny new metal ranged from stylish to sensible and frugal to fast. Continue reading

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Top concepts: The Good, The Bad and The Crazy

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Concept cars are the bread and butter of any auto show. They offer a look into the future, and while not all concept cars make it to production, their technology and design cues certainly do. Continue reading

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Most powerful = Bentley Continental Supersport

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Of all the production cars that made their North American debut at the New York International Auto Show, the Bentley Continental Supersport takes the title of being the most powerful. Take a look at its engine and you’ll see why. It has a 6.0-liter, W12 (that’s 12-cylinders, placed in a double-V configuration, hence called a “W”), with two-turbo chargers, and as a result it produces 621hp and 590 lb/ft of torque. Continue reading

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Audi A5/S5 vs. Infiniti G37

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Audi and Infiniti have been locked into a sales battle for over a decade, and from the looks of things, the battle is far from over. At the 109th New York International Auto Show, both Audi and Infiniti brought along their latest drop-top offerings Continue reading

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Best muscle-car at the NYIAS

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Despite the downed economy and the unpredictability of crude oil pricing, the American automotive industry thinks that this is still the right time to re-introduce muscle cars into the market. Continue reading

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Golf voted ’09 World Car of the Year

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The latest version of the Volkswagen Golf, one of the most popular cars in history with more than 26 million sold to date, is the winner of the 2009 World Car of the Year award. The announcement was made in a press conference held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on April 9, during the second media day preceding the public opening of the New York Auto Show. Continue reading

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