By on March 29, 2013

The New York Auto Show is over, signaling the end of yet another highly successful auto show season, unless, of course, you’re Suzuki. For some, there’s still the Shanghai show, where we’ll get to see all the latest midsize luxury sedans with slightly longer wheelbases. I also highly recommend next month’s Africa Auto Show (officially called the “Automotives and Spare Parts Exhibition”) in Nairobi, where Toyota will show off a lightly-used 2001 Land Cruiser.

Of course, some of you may have missed the New York Auto Show because you were focusing on actual news, like the fact that North Korea is aiming weapons at us that may be able to hit the ocean, if there’s a tailwind. Fortunately, I’ve compiled a summary of the most important things I learned from New York.

The new Acura MDX has some sort of V6 and some new features. You don’t care about any of that. What you do care about that Acura says the new MDX’s suspension was tested at the Nurburgring. Truly. This was in the press release. The reasons for this are completely unknown, but now you can show up all those losers who come to the track in a Highlander, which was only tested on Road America.

Apparently following a careful review of the Ford Mustang lineup, Chevrolet decided the Camaro needs more retro-themed special editions. So New York brought us the Camaro Z/28, which Chevy says is “three seconds per lap” faster than the ZL1. Unfortunately, the Chevy press release forgot to mention where this lap occurred, presumably because the measurement was taken two days before the show on I-696 in Southfield. Chevy will reportedly continue the retro-themed special edition trend at next year’s West Virginia Auto Show when it revives the IROC-Z.

The 2014 Dodge Durango is out, boasting a new transmission, a bunch of screens, and those taillights that make it easy to spot cops on the highway.

The latest Honda Odyssey is available with a vacuum cleaner to clean up after messy children. Unfortunately, the vacuum is only offered on the $45,000 Touring Elite mode, meaning less fortunate children will have to continue picking up after themselves.

The debut of the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid taught me something amazing. Last year’s Infiniti JX is the QX60, while the FX is the QX70 even though it’s smaller. And the former QX56 is now the QX80, though it reportedly won’t be adopting an 8-liter engine. This makes about as much sense as creating a two-door, convertible version of your midsize crossover. Really, though: at some point, Nissan and Infiniti are just going to run a full-page ad in the New York Times saying “SURPRISE! Just Kidding!” right?

After years of begging people to buy the XKR-S, Jaguar is adding another performance model to the XK range. This one is called the XKR-S GT and features, among other things, more letters in its name. Limited to 25 units for the US, the XKR-S GT will start at $175,000, virtually assuring its future at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

The biggest debut was the coldly-received Jeep Cherokee, which reminds automakers that when consumers say “we don’t want mainstream” they really mean “we only want mainstream.” Personally, I don’t think it’s that bad. But we’ll all be able to judge for ourselves this fall when the airport Enterprise runs out of Escapes.

The new Mitsubishi Mirage reminds us that Mitsubishi does, in fact, still exist, but barely. Reportedly packing a 73-horsepower four-cylinder, the Mirage seems poised to attack the Chevy Spark and Nissan Versa in the in the notoriously profitable “cars that cost eleven grand” segment.

The Range Rover Sport now has three rows of seats, which inspired a collective round of applause from Long Island’s North Shore. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the Range Rover’s fake door-mounted fender vents; instead, Land Rover made the bold decision to include an actual vent on the actual fender.

From the “I can’t believe they still sell this” files, the Scion tC is updated for the 2014 model year with new front and rear fascias and, bizarrely, one less horsepower. These changes will give the tC one more year of strong sales before it’s dramatically outsold by a two-year-old FR-S.

Subaru rolled out a wild WRX Concept, which promises little aside from showing us precisely what the next WRX won’t look like. A long-wheelbase version is probably slated for Shanghai.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf brought home VW’s fourth World Car of the Year award in five years, not that VW’s counting or plotting world domination or anything. Interestingly, it won the award even though American shoppers have yet to drive the car and reject it in favor of the Jetta.

Volvo is bringing the handsome V60 to the US, finally giving it a contender in the hotly contested Acura TSX Sport Wagon segment. It gets better: there will be a plug-in hybrid, Volvo’s first, which means guilty liberals can finally swap out their 240DL for a new car.

We’ll miss New York. But we’ll always remember this auto show season as the one that gave us some of today’s top cars, and also yet another Acura NSX Concept. Unless, of course, we’re wiped out by the North Koreans.

Doug DeMuro operates PlaysWithCars.com. He’s owned an E63 AMG wagon, road-tripped across the US in a Lotus without air conditioning, and posted a six-minute lap time on the Circuit de Monaco in a rented Ford Fiesta. One year after becoming Porsche Cars North America’s youngest manager, he quit to become a writer. His parents are very disappointed.

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117 Comments on “What I Learned From the New York Auto Show...”


  • avatar
    philadlj

    Ah North Korea, The “The Onion” of nations. I would say there’s never anything newsworthy about their constant posturing, except for the little matter of our allies in Japan and South Korea being perhaps just close enough to actually be harmed by whatever Soviet-derived trash the North Koreans still have on hand.

    • 0 avatar
      carrya1911

      The Norks always make noise when they want something. They get belligerent, and the rest of the world gives them food or money or something to make them less belligerent and so they get to stave off mass starvation for a little while longer.

      Wash, rinse, repeat.

    • 0 avatar

      “North Korea” is really a war between China and the USA. Without CHINA backing them, they’d have faded from this earth long ago – probably from starvation alone. This is an economic war and North Korea is a Chinese proxy state. America is LOSING because we basically can’t muscle the Chinese due to their economic position above us.

      WHY DO YOU THINK I LEARNED MANDARIN?

      I might have to expatriate!

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        Do you really think the Chinese need us less than we need them? They would be screwed six ways to Sunday without the continuing influx of our money. We COULD make our own crap, the Chinese can’ afford to buy their own crap. It is about the most co-dependent relationship the world has ever seen, and I cannot imagine the Chinese are stupid enough to tip over the apple cart. They are NOT Communists, if anything they are some sort of wildly Capitalist dictatorship.

        There is nothing wrong with North Korea that a couple of cruise missiles through that little twit’s bedroom window wouldn’t fix. Call it “Humanitarian Relief”.

        • 0 avatar

          krhodes

          If you don’t think that the Chinese are doing their best to DECOUPLE from America’s toxic debts then you are CRAZY.

          China is making strides to bring up Africa and India – which are land masses large enough to be self-sufficient in resources and have workforces-in-waiting ready to come up.

          Do you REALLY THINK China is stupid enough to wait around for America to collapse in on itself?

          Thank God I kept that apartment on Guo Ding Road cause it looks like I might need it.

          • 0 avatar
            JD23

            The other thing to remember is that the Chinese government is less concerned about the standard of living of each individual citizen, and more concerned about national power and prestige. I think the government would be willing to make a temporary economic sacrifice if it meant strengthening their long-term position by weakening a rival. The relationship between America and China is far more complicated than that of friendly trading partners.

          • 0 avatar

            Nothing makes an argument sound well reasoned and level headed like ALLCAPS.

          • 0 avatar
            corntrollio

            Yes, the Chinese are trying to dump US Treasury debt as fast as they can. In fact, in the past year of available data, they’ve only added to their US Treasury debt by just over $98 billion.

            http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Documents/mfh.txt

            Go ahead and move to your fake apartment, Big Trucks, then you can brag about your new Chery, instead of your Mercedes or Jaguar or whatever you supposedly have now.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          How many trillions does the US owe China?

          Yes, they need the US, to pay its debt.

          North Korea, the Chinese want it as a buffer between them and democracy.

  • avatar
    cheeky.monkey

    Doug, are you writing this from the future? Today is only the first day of the NYIAS as it continues/drags on until April 7th.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    After reading the Odyssey vacuum cleaner story I realized Honda is really lost in automotive malaise.

    • 0 avatar
      gearhead77

      Do you or did you have kids? If you don’t or haven’t, just wait. A vehicle with a built in vac would be great. The only mistake is not offering it on the lower trim lines. Come on, Honda. An LX gets just as dirty as a Touring Elite! I would pay $300 or whatever as a stand alone option,dealer installed option,etc. But, this being Honda, it will take a while for that to happen, if ever.

      The kids don’t always wait for the ShopVac to be available to make a mess.

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        Or you could actually control your children. My Brother and I were not allows to eat in our parents cars, never mind “make a mess”. Why are children allowed to run wild these days?

        • 0 avatar
          340-4

          Word to this post.

          We were not allowed to eat or drink in the car (a ’69 Dart, no less).

          If we ate, we found a roadside picnic table.

          Look, a rest area with a drinking fountain!

          The crap I see today with sloppy fat kids stuffing their faces in minivans has led to this. It’s not surprising.

        • 0 avatar
          gearhead77

          The day will come when I can outlaw eating in the car. Mine are in car seats right now and most of the time they don’t eat, but they do on longer trips. They will make a mess, it’s guaranteed. Nothing big, crackers, fruit snacks, but being able to do a touch up cleaning on the road would be nice.

          I’ll hit it with the shop vac at home, coin op as a last resort, but it would be nice to have the capability on board. These vans are so similar that the manufacturers must be looking for any edge, however slight.

          My problem is with people taking exception to a minivan having a built in vacuum. Is it a shame that’s the most noteworthy thing? Yeah, it is. But minivans are people movers and people make messes.

      • 0 avatar
        Volt 230

        Gas station vacuum is only 50c around here or I can bring mine out and do the same, what’s next? built in car wash shystem?

    • 0 avatar
      jeoff

      A vac–another thing to break, or lose pieces to, or for get to clean out for a year.

  • avatar
    LeeK

    Man, this DeMuro guy’s pieces are hilarious. Long live Doug DeMuro!

  • avatar
    Caboose

    That was seriously chuckle-worthy. Well played.

  • avatar

    The graf about Infinity was way too convoluted to comprehend. So, what the heck happened, in plain English? Infi now sells 2 CUVs of different sizes or something?

    • 0 avatar
      Jason Lombard

      G35 = 3.5l motor
      G37 = 3.7l motor

      QX60 ≠ 6.0l motor and is a bigger car than the QX70 (which also does not have a 7.0l motor) even though it’s numerically smaller.

      If you were confused by Doug’s quips about Inifiniti, wait until you get to the showroom…

    • 0 avatar

      It’s so bizarre. Right now:

      FX37/50 = smallest
      JX35 = midsize
      QX56 = largest

      But soon it will become:

      QX60 = midsize
      QX70 = smallest
      QX80 = largest

      So the QX56 is getting an increase of 24 and the others are getting name changes that don’t match their relative size. This would be like Audi taking a long look at its model names and saying “Nah, this makes too much sense. Let’s be more like Lincoln.”

      • 0 avatar
        Tifighter

        And don’t forget the EX37. Wait, customers already have. Anyhow, maybe it can be the QX90.

      • 0 avatar

        Thanks, Doug. Do you think they could be doing this on purpose, so that buyers do not know what kind of car would be suitable before they get to the showroom? I heard that sometimes that works to make sure that “the brand” is the only thing on buyer’s minds, and not relative merits of any submodels.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        Okay, guys…the new Infiniti nomenclature is not that ridiculous, and it’s not that hard to remember. The model names actually ascend according to *hierarchy*, not size. That is why the very-impractical but powerful and RWD-based FX(QX70) that is in reality a 370Z on stilts can be positioned above the larger, slower JX(QX60). With the alphanumerical nomenclatures quickly being capitalized, I understand why Infiniti went in the direction they did. As far as them effectively “throwing-away” the equity of the G-Series, that may be so, but the G enjoys a large enthusiast crowd, and anyone who likes it as much as he claims to will quickly realize the change in name. The less-informed or less-avid consumers can be told by the local Infiniti dealer, or the nearest car aficionado.

        If you can rattle off all of the BMW chassis codes–which are *NOT* sequential according to size or hierarchy and *ONLY* make sense to the powers-that-be at said company–you can remember Infiniti’s new naming system. It’s not that hard.

        On a somewhat-related note, exactly when did they discontinue the EX?

        • 0 avatar
          thelaine

          Ok, so the FX is a QX that is really a 370 but the JX is also QX with a smaller number but it is a bigger car that is below the FX QX that has a smaller number?

          • 0 avatar
            Kyree S. Williams

            Well, the point is that the FX is a higher-end product, based on the same front-mid-engined platform as the already-pricey 370Z. Meanwhile the JX is a luxed-out Pathfinder, which is a stretched-out Murano, which is an expanded Altima. So the JX is clearly more plebeian than the FX. The JX is also less expensive than the FX, because I’ve seen the FX50 start at $60 (which is more or less where the JX ends), and tops out around $70K. And as down-to-earth as I try to be, I’d be absolutely pissed if I had to pay more for a higher-end product with a smaller model-number. So it is that the JX becomes the QX60 and the FX becomes the QX70.

          • 0 avatar

            Kyree – your point may be that the FX is sportier than the JX, but it’s certainly not higher-end! The demographic difference between the two vehicles is quite clear.

            To your question “When did Infiniti cancel the EX35?”… Don’t you mean the QX50? :)

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            Well Kyree, you certainly have proven to be a good sport, as usual. I don’t think a customer should have to outwit a bridge troll in order to get permission to purchase an Infinity.

            Just because BMW or someone came up with a numbering system on premium cars and sold a lot of them doesn’t mean they sold a lot of them because they put numbers and letters on them. People liked the cars. Camrys and Accords have names. People buy a lot of those. Anyway, I guess I just prefer names, but the point is that the numbers or letters should make sense with little or no explanation. 3 series. 5 series. 7 series. F-150, F-250, F-350.

            Infinity needs to start over. They can afford to. No one is buying their cars anyway. Same with Lincoln. Just start over. How about starting with the Infinity I-100? Just a suggestion. Infinity knows best, or not.

      • 0 avatar
        George B

        Too bad they don’t use some JDM names for the Infiniti cars. The Skyline name is kind of cool. For the car formerly known as “M”, Fuga is a fail, but recycling the old Leopard name would work.

    • 0 avatar
      Stumpaster

      I think what happened is that the marketing geniuses pulled way too many lines of coke, shot some meth and then said “Need new names, let’s order pizza and have a brainstorming session!” Infinity steals the Most Stupid Model Names from Lincoln.

  • avatar
    turbosaab

    Doug = TTAC’s Dave Barry

  • avatar
    MrWhopee

    What new Mitsubishi? The Mirage is OLD!! It’s been on sale in Japan for years. Look at its door handles. It’s straight from the 1990s. The car’s probably designed when these were still the norm. Sadly, new Mitsubishi seem to have been extinct.

    I’m just thinking, for the American market, would the equally old Mitsubishi Debonair be a better choice, since they’ve stopped making the Crown Vic?

  • avatar

    Getting bored of the XK! Soon the speds should end. I think Jaguar is doing it better than Aston-Martin.

    One less horsepower is because they’re more efficient.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    If Jeep is wondering what it got wrong they should look at the RR Sport to understand how to get things right!

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Not sure if joking, or serious…….

      Although I highly dislike this vehicle, I’m sure those that do end up buying it would rather not return to the dealer within 10,000 miles to correct problems….

      • 0 avatar
        Matzel

        Well, it *is* a pretty sexy looking vehicle. http://image.automobilemag.com/f/auto_shows/new_york/2013/1303_2014_land_rover_range_rover_sport/49224873+w968/2014-Range-Rover-Sport-side-profile.jpg

        The new Jeep GC is just plain fugly.

        Dependability is another topic and difficult to evaluate correctly for either, at this time.

    • 0 avatar
      racer-esq.

      If the Cherokee competes against any RR it competes against the Evoque. The Grand Cherokee already crushes the RR Sport and RR. Plus Jeep still offers the Wrangler, while LR is killing the real Defender and likely replacing it with a softroader.

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        “LR is killing the real Defender and likely replacing it with a softroader.”

        Please tell me this is not so.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        I would say it aligns closest in hierarchy and function to the LR2 (which shares a platform with the Evoque and Volvo XC60 and is known as the Freelander 2 in other markets). But of course the LR2 is smaller than the Cherokee, and probably has fewer features too. I would compare the LR2 to the Patriot and Compass, but they get no points at all for being lifted Dodge Calibers…

  • avatar
    WestwardGeoff

    Gonna go ahead and applaud Chevy for expanding the Camaro lineup in such a way as to make the dream of attaining an ever less attainable new Corvette less painful to part with.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Assuming the price isn’t insane, technically, the 7.0 should be cheaper then the supercharged 6.2, those superchargers aren’t cheap, where as the 7.0 is a basic design that’s been perfected with it’s siblings.

      So…. slightly faster at less money…

      Wondering if GM will play that game, or ask quite a premium just to keep the ZL1 relevent

      • 0 avatar
        WestwardGeoff

        +1. Very good question.

      • 0 avatar
        doctor olds

        With its large bore requiring a special, low volume block, I wouldn’t assume the LS7 is much less cost to build than the LSA, which does share bore and stroke with the higher volume 6.2L engines. That block alone is priced at thousands more than the 6.2L in the parts system. The LS7 will not be faster than the LSA. It is down on both HP and torque, cool as it is. ZL1 is still the top performing Camaro.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          I’m sorry, but what *on earth* does anyone need with a 7.0L Camaro..?

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            It’s a CAFE mandate.

            No?

          • 0 avatar
            doctor olds

            Most cars, especially Camaros, are way above the “need” level. Someone may “want” a Z28 because of their “need” to beat almost anything else on the street or racetrack.
            In most cases it is just to have the hot new thing, I suppose.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            I take it you’ve never had the thrill of a 7.0+ engine?
            Don’t knock it til you try it

            There is NO replacement for displacement

  • avatar
    seth1065

    Just got back form the show ( day one for us non auto writers ) and must say the most interesting car was the new Mazda 6, loaded is about 31K , well appointed is about 26 K nice looking car, the new vette looks better in person than pics but still not my cup of tea. Almost had a heart attack when I looked at the price of the BMW z4- optioned up to over 61K Holy S***. Looked at the Infinity display and still do not know what they are naming cars and this is after seeing them all in display. I did look for the Honda vac but did not see it, great idea if it is not to bulky

  • avatar

    I’m uploading my NY Auto Show video – just got back from it.

    GM killed it – took over a whole wing for themselves. Z28, Camaro SS, new CTS, CTS-V… it was spectacular. Disappointed they wouldn’t let you in or near some models. Sexy hot chick explained the ELR but all the info went over the men’s heads as we were staring at her legs.

    Also gotta give props to JEEP for setting up a “thrill ride” in front of the Javits center. Chrysler’s SRT show was awesome, but I think their placement wasn’t that great. As I walked in I ran into the Jaguar XJR and Hyundai “CL Ripoff” HCD-14 almost immediately.

    Really happy to see the Aventador and Veyron there, but disappointed it wasn’t a Super Sport.

    I was very happy to see the SRT 300c Core there. I definitely want my next car to be a silver exterior (or Black) with the cream/orange seats.

    Kia also had a great showing with the Cadenza.

    Big show for the FR-S but wasn’t as good as the Hyundai/Kia lineup.

    THE BIG LOSERS…

    LINCOLN and VW. Nothing interesting to show unless your really want one.

    BTW – love it or hate it, that CLA and CLA45AMG are AWESOME – and priced to sell.

    • 0 avatar

      youtube.com/watch?v=7Oh0saXoJPU&sns=em

    • 0 avatar
      AFX

      “Really happy to see the Aventador and Veyron there, but disappointed it wasn’t a Super Sport.”

      I’d like to go up to the Bugatti guys at the show and ask them about the Veyron. First thing I’d ask them was if it was AWD. When they said yes, I’d ask them what the towing capacity is, and say that I’ve got a bass boat I’d like to haul with it. I wonder what their reaction would be ?.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      You’re right that Volkswagen didn’t capitalize on the New York Auto Show, but I think their assault is going to be less exciting in concept form, but far more deadly to the other automakers when it comes to sales. It’s very smart that they are planning to release a seven-seat crossover on the Passat’s platform. As long as they keep the price of this new vehicle in check, they could give the Highlander, Pilot, Durango, Santa Fe LWB, Explorer and GM Lambdas a run for their money. They really should get rid of the overpriced and cramped Tiguan altogether and replace it with something less expensive and more-spacious, but that is still a dedicated five-seater with fashionable styling…like a Murano/Edge/Venza competitor.

      As for Lincoln, they really have no choice but to keep stalling with the MKZ until the new Escape-based MKC crossover comes out. We’re also anticipating a new Navigator, which, if they’re smart, will find a prudent use of the 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost…

      • 0 avatar

        The biggest loser at the auto show was TESLA.

        They should have had their Model S and Model X there. Have no idea why they didn’t show up.

        Lincoln is a loser until they get an MKS with performance numbers that rival anything coming from the competition. Chrysler is churning out 470HP/lbs of torque from all it’s SRT cars, Cadillac has a twin turbo V6 coming making 420…meanwhile Ford is over exaggerating its numbers to 360HP/lb of torque. I hear the Ecoboost can do well over 400, but the transmissions Ford uses can’t handle em.

        The Tranny in my Chrysler is a Mercedes W5A580 and can handle over 750 lbs. My supercharger doesn’t phase it at all.

        • 0 avatar
          thelaine

          Gosh, great point. I wonder why Tesla didn’t show up at the New York Auto Show? Maybe there weren’t enough charging stations between the factory and the exhibition hall, or the driver didn’t plan his trip carefully enough, or it got hot and he had to turn on his air conditioning, or it got cold and he had to use the heater, or he decided to take a short unplanned detour or he drove his sports car faster than the speed limit or their was road construction and he had to take a different route…

        • 0 avatar

          Why Ford cannot fix 6F35? It comes to the point when people say they never buy Ford again given that they were reluctant to switch from Camcords to Fusion/Milans in the first place. Honda and Toyota also had issues with new transmissions some time ago but were able to fix bugs. Interesting thing is that it is the same 6 speed transmission co-developed with GM and still GM’s version works perfectly fine.

          • 0 avatar
            doctor olds

            Ford’s “co-development” is essentially to pay GM royalties for the GM design. Ford makes the parts and is responsible for the controller and calibrations.

  • avatar

    Not sure how, but of all the cars I saw, I did not see the new WRX. I didn’t go to the basement to see the trucks/SUV’s either. Didn’t really give a shit. I should have – they charged me double to park my XJ-L @$40 for up to 13 hours.

  • avatar
    racer-esq.

    Why did GM make the back of the Camaro look like a ’90s Integra?

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      Because thats what 69 ‘maro tail lights look like.

      • 0 avatar
        Ryoku75

        ’69 Camaro tailights don’t go passed the corners of the car, slant at the center, and the old tailights had subtle chrome for the light separators.

        If anything I think they’re just copying the Charger though, tacking on “retro” tailights that the car was never initially designed with in mind.

        • 0 avatar
          doctor olds

          Why did Honda make the Integra tail lights look like the ’69 Camaro?

        • 0 avatar
          MadHungarian

          I figured the taillights were changed to distinguish the Camaro from the Malibu, now that the new Malibu has what appears to be the taillights from last year’s Camaro, only without the tops of them looking like they were cut off to fit the decklid.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          I do not like the rear end of the refreshed Camaro *at all*. I am a GM person, but I’ve always thought that a Mustang from a given year looked better than the Camaro of that year, and that opinion has been reaffirmed with this refresh. The ’14 model’s tail-lamps are supposed to be reminiscent of those on a vintage Camaro, but they rather remind me of the half-witted (and thankfully departed) Buick Lucerne. And the bumper ridge is now far too high. Quite frankly, the rear-end on the Malibu is now the best (in my opinion) on the current Chevy production-lineup. Hopefully they won’t ruin the Malibu’s rear end during the ’14 refresh…

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    No Vette mention? Unless it was drowned out by all those North Shore folks clapping too loudly….

  • avatar
    kjb911

    does anyone think it’s strange that chevy has redesigned the tailights on the camaro after re-vamping the rest of the models to mimic the look?

  • avatar
    needsdecaf

    Wow, another snarky, sarcastic article by Doug. Yippee. Stop trying to be Jack and find your own style.

    • 0 avatar
      GiddyHitch

      Different strokes, decaf. Personally, I found this piece to be more lighthearted and less bitter than Jack’s work of late. Really enjoyed it, personally. I think that Mr. Baruth may have jumped the snark a while back.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Well, you don’t have to be all sarcastic about it.

    • 0 avatar

      I had never read a single Jack post until about eight weeks ago. I don’t find our writing styles even slightly similar. Primarily because he’s a very good writer.

      • 0 avatar
        McGilligan

        I also find you and Jack very dissimilar, primarily because YOU are a very good writer.
        I’ve been a TTAC reader since its early days but had been returning ever less frequently. Your arrival has reversed that trend. Your articles bring wit and humour that has been sorely missing.

        Keep the fun stuff coming.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        I think that you’re both very entertaining writers, and I appreciate you both for different reasons. I do *not* at all see you as copying Mister Baruth’s writing style; yours is all your own, and it’s just as good.

  • avatar

    “The 2015 Volkswagen Golf brought home VW’s fourth World Car of the Year award”

    Doug, did you just came back from the future? By my estimates it is still 2013. BTW does The World include also United States of America or it is anything outside of America including Moon, Mars and other planets. No wait – every other planet already has American flag firmly planted on the surface and on the Moon and Mars – all over the place. So it is safe to assume that the World is the part of planet Earth not controlled by (and therefore not paying taxes to) American government. Oh man we (well actually Government) owe so much to the World!

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Thank you. I can finally stop feeling guilty about my past incoherent posts.

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      The WCotY jury includes journalists from the world over — US actually has the biggest contingent, with nine jurors (by comparison, UK and Japan have six each, and Germany has three).

      Just because a car is (not yet) available in the US doesn’t make it ineligible.

    • 0 avatar

      The situation with the Golf is unusual. In order for a car to qualify for WCOTY, it simply needs to be on sale in two different continents. The Golf has been on sale in Europe, Asia and Australia for a few months. But it won’t go on sale in the US until early next year, which is why it’s a 2015 model, no matter how many times Autoblog calls it a 2014.

  • avatar
    Morse

    As far as trading in my 1991 Volvo 740 , I am afraid they will have to perform a
    miracle to ever entice me to buy a new one.

    I did take the time to look at the Volvo lineup at the Vancouver Auto Show but
    was not impressed. Seems like the design is getting long in the tooth and not
    in a good way. The two tone interior was nauseating.I suspect the percentage of
    240 / 740 drivers that would buy a 2013 Volvo is single digit.

    Good thing my local Volvo dealer also carries Subaru. Now just have to convince
    Subaru to bring in the Legacy Wagon from Europe.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I don’t think there’ll be too much contention with the interior or exterior schools of design (since new Volvos still aren’t as ostentatious as anything from BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar or even Acura and Infiniti)…but I do think that Volvo will draw ire from some traditional buyers that feel space is compromised in the new models due to their curvy profiles.

      Right now, the Swedes are number one in my book for tasteful, luxurious design in cars. They’re not putting all sorts of tacky styling cues on their cars that are going to look ridiculous in several years, and yet they are still quite nice for today’s standards. Also their matte wood finish makes the competitors’ glossy veneers look tacky by comparison…

    • 0 avatar
      Stumpaster

      I keep my 240dl while wifey drives tsx wagon. Today’s Volvo, with its 3 foot front overhang and Chinese ownership, can pound sand.

  • avatar
    cargogh

    I’m just happy I have 10 months to grow a mullet to properly view that IROC-Z.

    • 0 avatar

      January 2014, buddy. You bring the mullet, I’ll bring the wifebeater. Better get there early – I hear the Charleston Middle School gymnasium fills up so quickly they may hold the 2015 show at the high school.

      • 0 avatar
        gearhead77

        I find Charleston proper to have a bit of class. The IROC-Z will have to debut in Wheeling at the casino/horse track. Or maybe its Ohio cousin, Steubenville. That way, it’s only a short drive for all the Yinzers from Pittsburgh to go see it too. The Black and Gold IROC edition will debut at the Pittsburgh show.

        • 0 avatar
          cargogh

          I may have to wait a month then.

        • 0 avatar
          Stumpaster

          Stubenville, or Zanesville as Plan B.

        • 0 avatar
          AFX

          “That way, it’s only a short drive for all the Yinzers from Pittsburgh to go see it too. The Black and Gold IROC edition will debut at the Pittsburgh show.”

          Jeez oh man, a special version for da Picksburgh Stillers too, get outta town !. I thought yinz guys was just jaggin’ around, but I can see it now. It’d have a built in cooler in the console for a few Iron Cities, and a coupla Primanti sammiches. You’d also get a Terrible Towel holder built into the grab handle on the dashboard. You’d get the same can of Final Net in the glovebox too as on the Kip Winger Special Edition, only without his signature. It’d also come with a Shop-Vac option so you could red up the interior.

          The Black and Gold Special Edition would come standard with the base suspension package from the Hummer H-1 to tackle the Picksburgh potholes, as well as Goodyear runflat tires to deal with any stray pieces of rebar that might be sticking out of the bridge decking around town. The navigation system would come pre-programmed with three destination options, “beer joints”, “sammich shops”, and “lottery tickets”.

          In 2014 Chevrolet will release the Wilkinsburg Special Edition Black and Gold Camaro. Based off of “The Beast” Presidential Limo, it’ll feature bulletproof glass, full armour plating, and will come without outer door handles to prevent carjackings.

          • 0 avatar
            gearhead77

            Uh, there’s TWO d’s in redd up, AFX, ya jagoff. Udder den dat, yeah, it’s all true. Dem potholez are killer.

            Yinz see that new Camara? Pretty friggn awesome. Hope it comes in black and yeller! Go Stillers!

            Current or expatriated Picksburgher, AFX?

          • 0 avatar
            AFX

            I’ve just visited Picksburgh too many times in the past, and the western part of Pennsyltucky.

            I forgot another option for da Black and Gold Camara, the talking computer. Instead of it saying “A door is ajar”, it’ll say “Close da friggin’ door fer cryin’ aht loud”. When the hood isn’t closed it’ll say “Kennywood’s open !”.

    • 0 avatar
      strafer

      I thought you had to be an Italian with gold chain to drive IROC-Z?
      Or is that only in NY/NJ?

  • avatar
    nickoo

    A couple of these quips could be right at home on “wait, wait, don’t tell me”. Impressive writing.

    • 0 avatar
      cargogh

      I’m getting pretty grey, but it looks like a straight shot from Louisville. Did you ever see The Onion’s NASCAR Coach Reveals Winning Strategy: ‘Drive Fast’? I’ll try to get there early.

  • avatar
    360joules

    This just in: Infiniti now has their new THX 1138 minivan.

    • 0 avatar
      kvndoom

      With a luxury vacuum, no less! AND high chairs!

      …wtf is a luxury vacuum? I go back to bed.

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        Easy kvndoom. Shopvac, wet/dry, carpet shampoo attachment. You could even include a little air compressor so you could blow up balls and keep your tires inflated.

    • 0 avatar
      gearhead77

      With Infinity THX audio system! The marketing writes itself. On the other hand, I could see Nissan “Infinitizing” the Nissan Quest(or NV van?) and actually making a luxury minivan. This is the same company that brought you the Crosstour Cabriolet, not exactly a volume vehicle.

  • avatar
    jaje

    The most memorable thing I got from Honda was a vacuum cleaner in a minivan. In fact NSX Concept # 1,343,808 was well as it has always – vaporware and thus, largely ignored (you remember the old adage: fool me once…). It’s newest models – the MDX and RLX.

    Hyundai/Kia is matching and bettering Honda in almost every category where they have competition. Cars such as a cool urban box (Soul), a closer reincarnation of the CR-X (Veloster Turbo), small and frugal compact (Accent / Rio), good looking and powerful midsize family sedans (Sonata / Optima), small car that has coupe, sedan and 5 door hatchback configs (Elantra / Rio), a true luxury car we’ve always asked Honda to build (v8 + rwd = Genesis), the rwd CL Coupe we’ve always wanted (Genesis Coupe), and now a bargain basement chauffeur’s car (Equus). 2014 there’s supposed to a sportier version of the Genesis sedan from Kia and Hyundia is supposed to bring us a true sportscar and its more sporty version of the Kia Soul.

  • avatar

    If Mitsubishi is able to make cars why GE cannot? At least they could jump into the electric car bandwagon. Wouldn’t it be wonderful? They not only pay zero (or rather do not pay) taxes but they will get taxpayer money from Government – net profiting from dumb American taxpayers! What a brilliant idea of giant multinational company which payrolled current administration becoming food stamps recipient from the same administration! I said it first – I want a patent on it. BTW Mitsubishi also makes electric cars and despite of all odds is still alive. Is it a coincidence?

    • 0 avatar
      AFX

      “If Mitsubishi is able to make cars why GE cannot ?”.

      If GE built cars and they needed serviced you’d have to wait on hold for half an hour to talk to a customer service rep in India to schedule a service appointment at the dealership.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    I love the bright-red tow hooks on the gray Cherokee. They scream “TOW ME FROM HERE!”


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