AUTO NEWS: New York Auto Show Debuts (Video)

Honda Civic Concept

The New York International Auto Show is in full swing this week. The show marks the end of the auto show circuit until the Fall when things kick off in Los Angeles. Automakers took the wraps off dozens of new and updated vehicles as they showed off their latest and greatest. The show opens to the public Friday, April 3 and runs through April 12.


Porsche unveiled its most power Boxster Spyder ever. The 2016 edition churns out 375 horsepower and hits 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds with a top track speed of 180 mph. The classic roadster top is still opened and closed by hand, and it’s only available with a manual transmission. It doesn’t come with a radio or air conditioner as standard equipment in order to reduce weight. However, both can be ordered as optional equipment.


Lexus surprised more than a few people with its bold new RX debut. It’s the automaker’s bread and butter SUV. The newest model loses some of its conservative styling and becomes a bit sportier and aggressive looking. That’s thanks in a big part to its huge spindle grille, sharper lines and bigger tires. The new fourth-generation RX also gets Toyota’s recently announced low-cost automatic braking system dubbed the Lexus Safety System+.


Chevy brought its new redesigned Malibu sedan that will also be offered in a hybrid version. Chevy hopes the new look will put it back on the map when it comes to the midsize market.

“Midsize customers tell us they want great fuel economy, connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior. This is exactly what the 2016 Malibu was engineered to do,” said Jesse Ortega, Malibu chief engineer.

The new Malibu is larger and more fuel efficient thanks to being 300 pounds lighter. Its wheelbase has also been stretched nearly 4 inches.  The non-hybrid version gets a GM-estimated 37 mpg on the highway thanks to an all new Ecotec 1.5L turbo engine.  


Last but not least, Honda surprised us all with its neon green Honda Civic Concept. Honda vows its tenth-generation Civic will take the popular compact car back to its performance roots. The automaker says it will also be the first civic sold in the U.S. to get a turbocharged VTEC engine.

A production version of the concept shown in New York will go on sale in the fall, followed by a coupe and a hatchback version. A Type-R Civic from Europe will also finally be making its way to our shores in the near future, as well.

Photo Credit: Honda
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