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2022 New York Auto Show Roundup | All the reveals, reviews, pictures

NEW YORK — In case you missed it, the New York Auto Show took place this year after being canceled in both 2020 and 2021 due to Covid. A lot of manufacturers showed up in force, but not everybody did. No matter, we were there, and we brought you news, photos and scoops from the floor throughout the show. All of our New York-related stories can be found at our central hub here, but if you’d rather just get a small taste of everything in a quick and digestible format, keep scrolling.

Kia revealed the Telluride’s first major refresh at New York, and it makes the three-row crossover a little bit more desirable without screwing up what we liked about it before. There’s a new X-Line and X-Pro trim for someone who might want a little more off-road capability, and a number of tech improvements. Most notably, a newly-designed dash features new and bigger screens.

The Telluride’s sister car from Hyundai was treated to a similar refresh. Like the Telluride, Hyundai gave the Palisade a slightly revised look, a new off-road trim (called XRT in the Palisade’s case), more tech inside and a new dash design with full-width air vents. If we had to choose, we’re a little more impressed with the Telluride’s refresh, as a number of us on staff actually prefer the pre-refresh Palisade styling over the new one.

This one was inevitable. Jeep revealed the longer, roomier versions of its Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer in New York, and they’re designated with an “L” at the end of their names. Total length grows by a foot, and the wheelbase goes up by 7 inches versus the standard Wagoneer models. Jeep has essentially allocated all this extra room to the cargo area, as it now offers a staggering 44.2 cubic-feet of space behind the third row.

Besides the L, Jeep announced that its new Hurricane inline-six engine would find its first home in the Wagoneer. Efficiency gets a small boost, and power is more than sufficient at either 420 horsepower (standard output) or 510 horsepower (high-output version) from the twin-turbo I-6.

The Stellantis party continues with Chrysler and its slightly revised Airflow. Re-styled for the New York market after initially debuting at CES in Las Vegas, the Airflow Concept gets new paint, changed accent colors, a slightly changed interior design and a new interpretation of the Chrysler logo.

This was our first chance to get a good in-person look at the new Kia Niro models headed our way, and we were impressed. It gets a totally new design, massaged powertrains in all three variants and an EV6-inspired interior. We even got to take a little deep dive into the standout Aero Blade design feature seen on all new Niros.

This was one of the minor debuts of the show — Subaru didn’t even hold a press conference. But the Outback was there on the show floor, and it was showing off its new Wilderness-inspired looks. The cladding is much more prominent, it has new lights up front, and Subaru packed it with a number of new tech features.

One year on from the Pathfinder being all-new, and Nissan just added an off-road-focused Rock Creek trim. It gets a slightly revised suspension, more power when run on premium fuel, all-terrain tires and a fairly comprehensive styling package. We liked the looks of it on the show floor, and while it may not be a super-capable SUV, having the option of a more rugged-looking SUV is seemingly a good thing to have in dealers these days.

The Leaf is getting outpaced by EVs with far more range, better tech and more power, but that hasn’t stopped Nissan from giving it a small nip-and-tuck. It gets a new grille, light-up Nissan logo, wild new wheels and a couple of aero enhancements.

This special-edition Ford GT pays tribute to the third-place car at the 1966 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It re-creates that car’s look via matching paint, red accents and a number of other small details. Ford put it on display next to the car that raced at Le Mans back in 1966, making it an excellent display for any racing history geeks.

A collaboration between Williams Engineering, Italdesign and Deus, this electric hypercar is planned for super-low production, but incredibly high performance. Output is meant to be “more than 2,200 horsepower” and it has a claimed 0-62 mph time of 1.99 seconds. Only 99 are meant to be built, but we know that will be a tough, uphill battle to accomplish. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll see a Deus outside of the N.Y. Auto Show stand one day.

Yes, it’s another Huracán variant. This one steals a lot of the go-fast STO parts, but pairs them with a much more subdued appearance. It does well to make the appearance stand out as different from other Huracáns, and the 631 horsepower being sent to the rear wheels sound like Italian supercar bliss.

2023 BMW X7 M60i

BMW didn’t bring it to the show floor, but we still got to see the refreshed X7 in New York this week. The design both inside and out gets a heavy revamping. Its look certainly isn’t for everyone, but nobody can deny that the car is turning heads. We’re impressed with the new interior, and the base xDrive40i powertrain gets a huge performance boost, giving the entry-level X7 a whopping 375 horsepower.

Debuting alongside the regular X7 was the Alpina XB7 that received its own styling tweaks to keep it current. It also adds 8 horsepower, bringing it up to 621 ponies from the twin-turbo V8.

Genesis X Speedium Coupe

It wasn’t on the show floor, but Genesis still revealed it in New York during auto show time. The X Speedium Coupe Concept is far and away the most beautiful thing there. Its shooting brake/fastback design is long and wide, and its proportions make it a total stunner. The concept is electric, and while Genesis hasn’t committed to putting it into production, we can hope to see it on the roads one day.

Random other musings

Fiat 500 Electric

For whatever reason, Fiat brought the Europe-only electric 500 to N.Y. Our Joel Stocksdale took a close look at it, and made a case for why Stellantis should bring the little EV to America.

Radwood showed up with a large collection of epic cars from the 1980s and 1990s. They were easily the coolest part of the show, and if you’re in town, it may be worth going just to see this group of cars at the Javits Center.

Lastly, Alfa brought the Tonale for us to check out in a gorgeous Montreal Green paint. It’s a sharp little crossover in the flesh, and we’re really looking forward to seeing how this Alfa drives.

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Deus Vayanne EV hypercar reaches for 2,200 horsepower

The Deus Vayanne has touched down at the New York Auto Show. Despite a word salad press release about timelessness and infinity and symmetry and divinity, the battery-electric hypercar from an Austrian-led consortium looks like courtly but pretty standard stuff. We’re told that with “a ground clearance of 4.7 inches and useable storage space, the car integrates performance and practicality” and “truly deserves the title of master of versatility.” Hmmm. Perhaps the definition of “versatility” has changed recently.

The coupe is built on an EV platform created by Williams Advanced Engineering and Italdesign, the bodywork penned by Italdesign according to Deus’ ambitions. The front and rear grilles are abstractions of the infinity symbol. Between them is the undeniable shape of a mid-engined ICE super sports car, and since everyone’s going to pick another car or cars to compare this to, we’ll go with the silhouette of a McLaren 720S from the side. The interior checks all the hypercar boxes—sleek design, stitched leather, toggle switches, chunky shifter. It’s perfectly fine.

The wild side of the Vayanne is its target performance figures; the company wants to make this the first production EV with more than 2,200 horsepower. The Aspark Owl already touted a pony count of up to 2,012, the the Lotus Evija, Rimac C Two, and Pininfarina Battista are at or above 1,900 hp, so if Deus succeeds, it will put daylight between itself and the competition. Combined with 1,475 pound-feet of torque, Deus says it expects a teleport from zero to 62 miles per hour in under 1.99 seconds and a top speed beyond 248 miles per hour. Two vital caveats here: Deus didn’t mention any powertrain specs, and all of these stats and figures are derived from computer simulations.

We’re told there will be just 99 Vayannes produced, the first one reaching customers in 2025 for an as-yet-undisclosed price. However, the version on display in New York at the moment is still a “production-oriented concept,” so anyone reaching for their wallet might want to hold off to see what changes may come in the next three years. Until then, we’re going to go find a dictionary and look up some words that start with “V.”

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2022 Holman Moody Ford GT debuts as 1966 Le Mans tribute

For those who may have forgotten, yes, Ford (along with Multimatic) is still making the GT supercar. The latest iteration is this 2022 Ford GT Holman Moody Edition that pays tribute to Ford’s 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. If you were wondering, the Moody car finished third among the trio of GT40s. As you can tell in the photos, the new GT is meant to replicate the original Holman Moody livery from that race.

To do so, Ford applied that unique gold and red color combo to the new GT and added the number 5 roundels in Oxford White to match the original’s racing number. The number roundels have been modernized, but considering how much exposed carbon fiber this sucker has, that’s small potatoes. Ford uses glossy carbon for the splitter, side sills, rear diffuser and engine louvers. The package also includes the 20-inch carbon fiber wheels that hide Brembo brakes finished in black with silver graphics. 

Holman Moody touches on the interior include a number 5 emblazoned on to the door panels, gold trim on the instrument panel and paddle shifters in gold, as well. The carbon fiber continues inside, too. Ford applies visual carbon to the door sills, console, lower A-pillars and more.

Ford says that the Holman Moody Heritage Edition GT is being made available for approved GT customers and notes that deliveries will begin this spring. No price was provided for this special model. If you want to see it in person, Ford says the Holman Moody GT will be displayed at this year’s New York Auto Show alongside the original third place Holman Moody Ford GT40 MK II, chassis No. P/1016.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS: 2nd Gen Flagship SUV Revealed

Full-size SUV’s sell well in the US. This is why Mercedes-Benz have chosen the New York Auto Show 2019 as the stage to debut the second generation Mercedes-Benz GLS. The US is likely to be the biggest market for this particular SUV. Indeed, the first generation GLS sold very well stateside.

The updates applied to the Mercedes-Benz GLS could be predicted. The silhouette remains recognisable with small changes to increase comfort and space. The interior gets the latest infotainment system, MBUX, and the range debuts with new engine options.

The Mercedes-Benz GLS grows in size with a 60 mm longer wheelbase. Those dimensions translate to a 77 mm longer body and an additional 22 mm in width. Space inside has grown for second row occupants while the three-row layout offers either seven or six seat layouts. The boot space, with the third row collapsed into the ground, is now in excess of 2,400 litres.

Being the “S-Class of SUV’s”, the Mercedes-Benz GLS comes kitted out with the latest technology. The chassis, for example, uses E-Active Body Control which is hooked up to the 48-volt system to control body handling characteristics. Coupled to this is the gratuitous Carwash function which moves the suspension to its highest system, reducing tack width, fold the exterior mirrors, supresses various sensors and closes the side windows and sunroof.

A new model has also debuted, the GLS 580 4MATIC comes equipped with a ## V8 engine featuring Mercedes-Benz’ EQ Boost, 48-volt system. It puts out 489 hp and 700 Nm of torque with a further 250 Nm of torque and 22 hp available through the short-term EQ Boost system. An integrated starter-generator is responsible for the hybrid drive and for energy recuperation. The GLS is also offered as a GLS 450 4MATIC with the same EQ Boost technology applied to a six-cylinder inline engine (367 hp and 500 Nm of torque).

In Europe, Mercedes-Benz will offer a familiar six-cylinder in-line diesel engine in the form of the GLS 350 d 4 MATIC (286 hp and 600 Nm of torque) and GLS 400 d 4MATIC (330 hp and 700 Nm of torque). Both engines are Euro 6d- standard compliant.

That MBUX system sits pride of place in both the front and second row. The rear comfort package extends the infotainment system to the rear through a 7-inch Android tablet which gets its own dedicated docking station in the second row centre arm rest. From here, the user gets maximum control of the rear seat entertainment, radio, TV, media and web browsing. The MBUX system fitted to the front is the most advanced yet with two 12.3 inch screens.

We are currently hearing more about the new Mercedes-Benz GLS. Feel free to check out our social media pages and check back to our front page for more from the official unveil in New York!

NYIAS 2019: 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster

We are live at the New York International Auto Show 2019 and the star of the show is undoubtedly the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster.

The press conference confirmed the rumours that a GT3 engine would be used in contrast to previous Speedsters that utilised standard Carrera engines and not the GT engine we see here. In the standard GT3 there is 500 horsepower, the Speedster achieves 502 horsepower and 346 pound feet. The modest bump comes courtesy of the race-bred powerplant which has been enhanced with individual throttle bodies that make the throttle response even sharper, just like in the 911 GT3 R race car.

The 2019 911 Speedster shares a chassis derived from the 911 GT3 models with a specifically-calibrated rear axle steering system and dynamic engine mounts to deliver a maximum amount of stability and precision. Unlike the GT3, the Speedster will only be offered with a six speed manual gearbox. The 4.0 litre flat-six engines still has a redline up at 9,000 rpm and will hit 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds. The weight saving measures, including the 9 pounds saved with the manual transmission result in the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster weighing just 3,230 pounds.

The 2019 911 Speedster is planned to be available for order on May 7, 2019 and is expected to reach U.S. dealers in late 2019. The MSRP is $274,500, not including a $1,250 delivery, processing and handling fee.

New York Auto Show 2018 Highlights

Just weeks after the Geneva Motor Show the international automotive scene crossed the Atlantic for the next major event on the calendar: the New York International Auto Show 2018. Javits Center on the shores of the Hudson river in Manhattan forms the stage for a dozen new world premieres along with nearly 50 US premieres.

The automotive year started with a deception at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit but the vibe in New York is different. The halls are packed both with exhibitors as well as media representatives from all over the world. The decline of Detroit clearly leaves New York unaffected. A very strong customer base in New York and the surrounding East coast along with the general appeal of the city that never sleeps makes that manufacturers and visitors like to be here.

Before we share our highlights of the New York Auto Show with you we start with two events that took place on the sidelines of this year’s NYIAS: the Meet Mercedes preview event taking place the evening prior to show opening and the World Car of the Year Awards Ceremony.

Meet Mercedes-AMG – New York Auto Show 2018 Preview

Mercedes-Benz Manhattan hosted a select group of media representatives for the Meet Mercedes preview event. This new format was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show last year and allows media to take a closer look at some of the new world premieres from Mercedes-Benz in a relaxed atmosphere. The first New York Meet Mercedes was slightly smaller and compact version of the Geneva Meet Mercedes but still gave us ample opportunity to check out the three new AMG cars and two US premieres.

With all five of the vehicles on display coming from Affalterbach it was no surprise AMG CEO Tobias Moers was the main Daimler representative present. Following a short introduction and update about the US market, which is going very well for Mercedes-Benz and AMG; record sales and high annual growth, we checked out the individual cars.

The first is the Mercedes-AMG C63 Limousine which received the same updates as its non-AMG counterparts shown in Geneva. Slightly revised front and rear and a updated interior with new infotainment displays and software.

Next to the C63 Limousine we found the C43 Convertible and C63 S Coupe. Both received exterior updates similar to the limousine. The C63 S Coupe particularly caught our eye with the magno grey paint job. A very desirable car that has become even more desirable with this facelift. And that is without even factoring in the mouthwatering and supercar-like sub-4 second sprint from 0 – 100 km/h.

Besides these three world premieres AMG also brought the new GT 63 S four-door coupe to New York along with the new G63. Both celebrated their world premiere in Geneva where they stole the hearts of many. The new G63 represents the biggest change to the iconic G wagon in decades with only a handful of parts carried over from the previous generation. We can’t wait to drive it in a few weeks.

The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S opens up a whole new segment for AMG and is set to go head-to-head with the Porsche Panamera. The exterior and interior are largely inspired by the AMG GT while the technical platform is provided by the excellent E-Class platform. New features includes digital displays in the center console and a dedicated four seat setup. In the rear passengers have more head room than the new Mercedes-Benz CLS.

World Car of the Year Awards 2018

After a short night sleep duty called again at 7.15 for the annual World Car of the Year awards ceremony in the special events hall of Javits Center. In a setting worthy of a black tie gala executives from the nominated manufacturers mixed with ‘WCOTY’ jurors from all over the globe witnessed the awards in six different categories.

First up was the ‘Design Car of the Year Award’ with the Lexus LC500, Range Rover Velar and Volvo XC60 as final nominees. Chairman Peter Lyon slowly opened the envelop with the winner in an Oscar-style fashion and announced the Range Rover Velar as this year’s winner.

Next up was the Green Car of the Year which was won by the Nissan Leaf. A category that is particularly close to our interests at GTspirit: the World Performance Car of the Year was claimed by the BMW M5. The Audi A8 truly deserved the title as Luxury Car of the Year with it’s cutting edge technology and revolutionary interior design.

The Volkswagen Polo took the Urban car of the year award leaving only the main award still to be announced. For the World Car of the Year a list of over 40+ contenders was brought down to three competitors by the 80+ judges worldwide including yours truly. The Range Rover Velar and Volvo XC60 were among the final three again along with the decent-but-not-overwhelming Mazda CX-5. And with the words ‘This year’s World Car of the Year Award 2018 goes to…’ the Volvo XC60 took the main award home to Sweden.

New York Auto Show 2018 Highlights

The auto show in New York is one of the most pleasant shows on the annual motor show calendar. Pretty much all the action is concentrated in just one hall, with only trucks on display in the lower level hall. The air-conditioning works wonders, which is quite a relief after the sauna like temperatures in Palexpo in Geneva, and there is a good crowd but it is never too crowded. Overall the perfect conditions to take in all the new cars and have interesting conversations throughout the day.

Corvette ZR1 Convertible

Combine a 6.2 liter small block V8, a massive supercharger and a drop-top version of the mighty Corvette ZR1 and you have the new ZR1 Convertible. It nails the 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds and has a top speed well over 200mph. The immense wing on the back will make sure the new ZR1 Convertible will not go unnoticed when you cruise down your local boulevard while providing the downforce needed to put those 755hp down on the tarmac.

Audi RS5 Sportback

Audi Sport put their hands on the Audi A5 Sportback and transformed it into a 444bhp and 600Nm V6 powered four-door sportscar for the United States and Canadian market with other markets to follow later. 0 to 60mph is done in 3.9 seconds and the RS5 Sportback continues to a top speed of 174mph. The Sonoma Green Metallic color is available as an exclusive option.

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept & Atlas Tanoak Concept

Following the introduction of the 7-seater Volkswagen Atlas in 2016 Volkswagen now presented two near-to-production concept versions of future Atlas models. The first is a plug-in hybrid and 5-seater version dubbed the Atlas Cross Sport Concept which combines two electric motors with a V6 petrol engine producing 355hp. It is set to go in production in VW’s Tennessee factory in 2019.

The next one is a dual cab, short bed pick-up truck based on an extended Atlas chassis called the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept. The 276hp V6 engine with all wheel drive system provides power for all possible duties. The true strength of the Tanoak concept is found in the exterior and interior design providing a fresh and clean technology advanced style not found in other products in this segment. There are no plans for immediate production but if interest is there the Tanoak might make it into production.

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Just weeks after the unveil of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift models AMG follows suit with the new C63 Limousine, Estate, Coupe and Convertible. All receive the new AMG Speedshift MCT 9G gearbox with wet clutch which allows even faster sprints from standstill. The 4.0 liter V8 is available in S and non-S guides providing 510 or 476hp. Along with tweaks to the exterior customers can now opt for the fully digital cockpit. With wider tracks and aggressive looks it is one of our favorite new Benzes in New York.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S

US debut for the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S. The four-door all-wheel drive Porsche Panamera competitor. Combining the DNA of the AMG GT with the chassis of the E63. Brace yourself as AMG squeezed even more performance out of the 4.0 liter V8 biturbo engine – now delivering 639hp and 900Nm of torque. The GT 63 S can sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and tops out at 315 km/h.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Jaguar produced more F-Pace SUVs last year as all cars that left the factory back in 2011. Needless to say the F-Pace is an important car for Jaguar and they continue to expand the F-Pace range. In New York the high-performance F-Pace SVR celebrated its world premiere. Equipped with Jaguar’s very own 5.0 liter V8 supercharged it produces 550hp and 680Nm of torque. This allows a 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 283 km/h.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Weissach

Porsche unveiled the next level version of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS in New York. This optional Weissach package is another 18kg lighter than the already lightweight GT3 RS. On the outside you can clearly see two of many parts that have been created in carbon-fibre reinforced plastics: the front bonnet and the roof. The large PORSCHE logo on the rear wing also hints at the Weissach package.

Bugatti Chiron Sport

The Bugatti Chiron Sport celebrates it’s US premiere in New York. Like the GT3 RS Weissach it is 18 kg lighter than the base vehicle. The Chiron Sport is aimed to deliver a sportier ride with firmer chassis settings, torque vectoring and new sport focused suspension setup. Inside the sporty character is expressed through a mix of alcantara, leather and carbon. The rotary drive mode knob and engine start button are finished in black anodised aluminium. On the outside the new four-pipe exhaust can’t be missed.

Koenigsegg Regera

Koenigsegg recently announced the full production of 80 Regeras has been sold out. Still the Swedish plug-in hybrid hypercar with a combined power output of 1,500hp is worth a closer look. The 5.0 liter V8 alone produces 1,100hp and 1,280Nm of torque. The electric motors which provide a full electric range of 35 kilometers add another 700hp and 870Nm to the mix with torque fill and torque vectoring functionality.

Rimac C_Two

Having just wrapped up the Geneva Motor Show Croatian electric supercar manufacturer and tech firm Rimac flew their brand new C_Two – which stands for Concept Two – to New York to present it to press and possible customers. Promising some breathtaking performance figures like a 0-60 mph time of 1.85 seconds, 1,914hp and 2,300Nm of torque. Enough for a top speed of 412 km/h. Add a carbon-fibre monocoque with state of the art technology like all-wheel torque vectoring and a 650 km full electric range and you have one hell of a promising electric hypercar.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Series VIII

Although not a US let alone a world premiere the Rolls-Royce Phantom made it into our New York Auto Show 2018 Highlights for one simple reason; it looks amazing in black. We haven’t seen this typical New York spec of the new Phantom yet and it works incredibly well. Rolls-Royce North America was keen to add that this is a popular color in New York whereas customers in Florida and California tend to be more outspoken and exotic in their color choices.

Pagani Huayra BC

Right outside the main hall we found the multi-million dollar and 750hp+ Pagani Huayra BC on display at the Brembo booth. Finished in red with exposed carbon fibre this limited edition Huayra looks the money.


This year’s New York Auto Show proves that motor shows still work and have a place in the shifting automotive landscape. Next stop on the Motor Show calendar is the Beijing Motor Show in a mere 3 weeks. We look forward to take you there and provide you with the latest new cars from the single most important car market globally. We have already seen a few new cars and concepts due to appear in Beijing and there will be some fireworks.

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World Car of The Year: These are the Finalists

The tension is growing: The jury World Car of The Year has announced the three top candidates in its six categories. 82 international jurors, all of them active motor journalists, have cast their vote in a secret ballot supervised and certified by KPMG. Full disclosure: The jury includes founder and publisher Des Sellmeijer, as well as co-publisher Jens Meiners.

Here are the three finalists in each category:

World Car of The Year: Mazda CX-5, Range Rover Velar, Volvo XC60

World Luxury Car: Audi A8, Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Panamera

World Performance Car: BMW M5, Honda Civic Type-R, Lexus LC 500

World Green Car: BMW 530e, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Nissan Leaf

World Urban Car: Ford Fiesta, Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo

World Car Design of the Year: Lexus LC, Range Rover Velar, Volvo XC60

Interestingly, the top contenders for overall World Car of The Year are yet again three SUVs. Even in the design category, two of the three finalists are SUVs. reflecting a fundamental change in preferences: In the past, SUV proportions were seen as an aesthetic disadvantage.

The winners will be announced on March 28 at the New York International Auto Show.