Report from the 2015 New York International Auto Show

By Paul Riegler on 2 April 2015
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BMW had several diesels including a 535d and 740Ld (neither pictured) at the New York show

NEW YORK — The New York International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday and runs through April 12. The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.

While diesel cars were in evidence from many manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, the focus was on large luxury and performance vehicles.

BMW took top honors with The Diesel Driver’s 2015 Diesel Car of the Year as well as winning the Diesel Car Manufacturer awards. This marked the third time BMW won Diesel Car of the year and its first as Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year. In 2011, the BMW 335d was the first Diesel Car of the Year and, in 2012, the BMW X5 xDrive35d won.

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Volkswagen showed off multiple TDI models

Cadillac debuted the full-sized, rear-wheel drive CT6, which is intended to compete with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class. The CT6 replaces the DTS (DeVille Touring Sedan), last produced in 2011. It is offered with a choice of three powerplants including a new 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 that develops 400 horsepower.

Meanwhile, Lincoln resurrected the Continental nameplate after a 13-year hiatus. The deep Prussian blue concept car – its color an homage to past Continentals – is fully modern with smooth sides, hidden door handles, and a new rectangular mesh grill.

Jaguar showed off the new XF sedan, which bears a coupe-like appearance. It loses 265 pounds, gets a new supercharged V6 engine that develops up to 380 horsepower and brings the car from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.1 seconds.

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Toyota’s Lexus brand debuted the revamped RX, which exhibits more aerodynamic lines and more spacious interior. A new 3.5-liter V6 with 300 horsepower serves as the powerplant and is paired with a new eight-speed transmission that the automaker claims will improve fuel economy.

In the world of smaller cars, the new Chevy Malibu has a wider stance longer wheelbase that adds 1.3” (330 mm) of legroom. The new Kia Optima is also longer and wider and will come with optional Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)