New York Auto Show Press Days #1

By Chris Haak

We’re on the ground here in New York at the scenic Jacob Javits Convention Center enjoying the first day of press conferences (the construction along 34th Street leading to the building was particularly lovely) .  So far, the show has not disappointed, with far more new-model introductions than we’ve seen in past years.

In just the first two and a half hours, we’ve seen Honda release a Civic Hybrid that gets 44 MPG combined and a non-hybrid Civic that gets 41 MPG on the highway.  We’ve seen the amazing Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, which adds 45 horsepower and tastefully aggressive body tweaks.  Ford has revealed what I believe is its first 2013 production model, the revised Taurus.  The new Taurus will get a mid-cycle refresh that changes the front and rear fascias a bit, and adds MyFord Touch to the interior.  The Taurus is also getting a 31-MPG 2.5 liter EcoBoost four cylinder option.

Nissan showed its new Versa – which lost over 150 pounds in its chassis alone, and gained over four miles per gallon combined compared to the old car – all wrapped in a body that Nissan calls “elegant,” but I call dowdy and cheap against the likes of the Fiesta, Focus, Sonic, and Elantra.

More to come from us, including some more in-depth articles about the new vehicles, later today.  There’s clearly a huge emphasis on fuel economy, which is no surprise whatsoever considering CAFE and fuel prices.

Stay tuned!

Author: Chris Haak

Chris is Autosavant's Managing Editor. He has a lifelong love of everything automotive, having grown up as the son of a car dealer. A married father of two sons, Chris is also in the process of indoctrinating them into the world of cars and trucks.

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  1. I like the Taurus, still would not pay extra just to get a couple of mile per gallon on fuel for the E-Boast engine!

    The 3.5 standard V6 was rated at 28 mph on the road, and thats good or better than a Fusion with the same engine!!!

    Chris would be a good test if you could get a Fusion with V6 3.5 and Taurus with 3.5 V6 and really see the results!!!

    The Taurus gets a little pricey with options, but I still prefer it over the Fusion!!

  2. Yeah, I don’t understand why the Fusion V6 can’t do better than it does mileage-wise. Must be gearing or something. I also don’t understand why the Fusion doesn’t get the 2.5 EcoBoost as an option, potentially even replacing the 3.5 V6. I suppose they’re waiting for the next-generation car for 2013 to do that. Derrick Kuzak of Ford said yesterday that they have rolled out 30 new powertrains since 2009, and 30 more are coming by 2015. At least, I think it was 2015. I had a dizzying number of statistics thrown at me yesterday!

  3. Chris if you get the change you might could ask Kuzak why the Fusion with same 3.5 doesnt get better that heavier Taurus!

    Throw that at him!

    Also hope that 2.5 Ecoboost never ever replaces the V6 3.5!

    Enjoyed you report!!

  4. Why is the new Taurus called a SHO(SHOW)Rather than the original pronounciation
    S-H-O. ?

  5. such a pretty car hope to get one someday if I can save enough before some one in the gov’t takes it away??

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