2010 New York Auto Show

  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid at 2010 New York Auto Show at CEO John Krafcik

    "OK, let's get you signed in here. The car brand you're representing would be? Uh-huh. And the lineup your company will be showing this year will be...? And your plug-in eco-hybrid diesel electric model is...?" "Oh?!?" "Your brand has no alternative fuel solution to show?" "Thanks very much for stopping by. You can leave now." Or at least that's my impression of what went down before the doors opened to the public at this year's New York International Auto Show. Acronym-badged multi-hyphenated surrogate-fuel options are everywhere. And you get the sense it's no fluke, no fad. It's coming on...

  • 2011 Scion iQ at 2010 New York Auto Show, with Scion's Jack Hollis
    Green Car Roundup: Best & Worst of the 2010 New York Auto Show

    Well, it's done. The public are streaming in, and the two media preview days of the 2010 New York Auto Show are over. It wasn't a hugely significant show, but clearly the apocalyptic meltdown that automakers were experiencing last year has lifted. Sales are starting to come back, slowly, and while...

  • The Dark Side of Green
    NY Auto Show Puzzler: 'Darker Side of Green' = New Lexus Hybrid ??

    Hmmmmmm. First Sarah Silverman, now "The Darker Side of Green." What exactly is going on with Lexus these days? The ominous message is the tagline for an interactive web video called, logically enough, Lexus Dark Ride. It'll be released May 13. "Young, energetic, tech-savvy" It's meant to attract...

  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid at 2010 New York Auto Show
    2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, At Last

    For a few years, the only full hybrid sedan sold in the U.S. was the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Then came the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which won North American Car of the Year and upped the ante considerably. Now Hyundai has raised the bar again. Its 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, available this fall, is...

  • 2011 Scion iQ at 2010 New York Auto Show, with Scion's Jack Hollis
    2010 New York Auto Show: Can 2011 Scion iQ Out-Smart the Mini?

    One year ago, Scion previewed its iQ mini-car, the smallest model yet from a brand known for its small, quirky cars. Today it revealed the production version of the 10-foot-long 2011 Scion iQ. The little "three-plus-one-seater" will go on sale between January and March next year, powered by a...

  • 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
    2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

    Hybrids originally came from mass-market brands--Toyota, Honda, then Ford--before they ascended into loftier realms (Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche). Now Ford is taking its well-received hybrid sedans upscale, by adding a hybrid model to the 2011 Lincoln MKZ lineup. The MKZ, although it shares a...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

    The trend started in Europe, and now every car make seems to have a green sub-brand. For a while, Chevy used the "XFE" label, but its highest-mileage 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is to be called the Eco. The EPA hasn't released final gas-mileage figures, but Chevrolet expects the 2011 Cruze Eco to be rated at 40 miles per gallon, on the highway cycle, when fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco (along with the LT and LTZ models) gets its high fuel efficiency in part from a small 1.4-liter engine with variable valve timing, turbocharged to extract 138 horsepower. Other...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Makes U.S. Debut at New York Auto Show

    Well, when we get it wrong, we really get it wrong. Just yesterday, when we reviewed the new green production cars from the Geneva Motor Show, we said the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h compact hatchback hybrid would be restricted to Europe. Not so. This morning, Lexus dropped a press release saying the...