Each spring, the New York Auto Show signals the unofficial end of the auto show season, a prime opportunity for the big carmakers to introduce their latest models to the North American market. This year’s show, which just wrapped up, featured some surprise unveilings to excite anyone interested in auto careers. Here are some of the models that have enjoyed particular attention!
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
The legendary Z/28 is back! The original 1967 model was a track-ready machine and this one has already been rumoured to be a speed demon. The most iconic model in Camaro history was unveiled to an eruption so ecstatic that Chevy representatives were right to pass out earplugs beforehand. With a 7.0-liter LS7 small block V8, it is 300 pounds lighter than the ZL1 but still packs in at least 500 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Their chief engineer says their goal was “to make the fastest road-racing Camaro possible that was still street legal.”
Let’s take a closer look:
2014 Cadillac CTS
Critics were impressed with this all-new luxury sports sedan. The third generation model is lower, longer and lighter than previous designs with turbocharged engine options and no shortage of comfort perks, including automatic parking assist.
2014 Jeep Cherokee
The Cherokee is making a comeback with this crossover SUV, offering improved fuel economy and the first 9-speed automatic transmission in this type of vehicle. Four-wheel-drive systems are optional, and the Trailhawk version delivers the “Trail Rated” off-roading power that has made Jeeps famous.
Subaru WRX Concept
Making its world debut was this sleek, sexy ride, which promises to feature sharp handling and an all-new turbocharged engine by the time it goes on sale next year.
2014 Range Rover Sport
Another SUV making its debut in the Big Apple was the Range Rover Sport, featuring an all-aluminum chassis 800 pounds lighter than the last model. With a supercharged engine and fancy features, including the ability to parallel park itself, it hardly needed Daniel Craig to drive it off into the night to wow the media. But Bond did it anyway:
2015 Volkswagen Golf
A panel of journalists named this redesigned Golf as World Car of the Year at the show’s opening. The new car is longer, wider, lower, sportier and more fuel-efficient than the previous model. Hatchbacks are often a tough sell but the new generation of “hot hatches” are trying to change that with attractive European styling, sharp handling and premium features that should make it easy for anyone with car sales training.
2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT
This special edition Jag can sprint to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds and its new suspension system includes Adaptive Dynamics damping, featuring an adjustable ride height, giant 20-inch alloys and top quality brakes. Any auto technician would be thrilled to see one of these roll into the shop!
Check out this video for more highlights! Which one would you like to drive first?