The New York International Auto Show is on, busily dangling the latest toys from the world’s carmakers in front of an avid public keen for some new wheels.
New York is the world’s number one luxury car market, and that was reflected in the models on show, with several making their debut appearances, including rival big-ticket limousines from Cadillac and Ford. It is also the show where many products destined for the Chinese market are revealed for the first time. Many will reappear at the Shanghai show next month, the last before the autumn.
While there were debuts for several new SUV and four-wheel drive vehicles, that segment appeared to have cooled as manufacturers refocus on sedans and coupes, and slim down; many models are lighter, and with claimed better fuel consumption.
However “green” cars using renewable energy are creating less of a stir as companies make an effort to improve performance on conventional cars with technological fixes.