New York Auto Show: We Say Goodbye To The Big Apple

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We've had a lot of fun this past week, but with most of us having already run along home, we wanted to linger over some of the good times, the drunken times and even some of the wet and sloppy ones. However you looked upon out past week here in the city that's big, red n' delicious — we think you've at least enjoyed yourselves, and the memories will last a lifetime — or for Spinelli, whenever he happens to stick his face out the door to catch a whiff from northeasternly winds out of Flushing. We know we sure have. So without further ado, here's a round-up of everything we've seen out here in the land where FoMoCo taxi cabs flow through the streets like milk and honey. Or a plague. We guess it depends on how you look at it.


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I have to say, this year's auto show was disappointing. The big three and the Japanese had very little. Ford had the Flex, which is very very cool and probably the most unique and fresh idea at the entire show. But aside from a bunch of glued-together concepts that will never see production, that was it for FordLincolnMercury. GM had three microcar concepts that all looked like ticks. Or Poke Mon characters. Pontiac's G8 was stunning, but to my chagrin, Cadillac's much anticipated CTS was conspicuously absent. The Chrysler area, with the Sebring sedan and convertibles, was hideous. The four year old 300C was the freshest vehicle and still created a crowd of onlookers. Toyota, typically lame. Hondas only newsworthy vehicle was a silly riced-out Honda S2k. Subaru has just committed to a sharp sales decline with their new Impreza. The only car worth seeing at the dying Mitsubishi brand, the Evo, wasn't available yet. A critical mistake for them. The BMW reps were noticeably agitated about answering repeated questions about why the heavily publicized M3 wasn't in attendance. The new 3 Series coupe is insignificant and few people knew it was all-new. Mercedes had only carryover vehicles and the unchanged SLR somehow looks even more ridiculous and phallic this year.

The two brands that really shined were Volvo and Audi. Volvo had their cool C30 and C70. Both cars drew a sizeable crowd. Audi had the TT, the menacing A5/S5 and the R8. However, Volvo and Audi are niche brands that won't bring in the crowds at an international auto show. Sadly, I was in and out of the Javits Center in only three hours.