Auto News for April 12 – World Car Winners – NYC Auto Show


 Jaguar’s new SUV, the F-PACE, has been named World Car of the Year at ceremonies that marked the start of the New York Auto Show. It also captured the World Car Design award this morning.

 Other winners include the BMW i3 as World Urban Car of the Year, Mercedes Benz E-Class was named World Luxury Car of the Year, while the Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman took home the award as World Performance Car of the Year.

 Toyota’s Prius Prime was World Green Car of the Year to round out this year’s awards.

 And say hello to the FT-4X concept, a rugged little design exercise that is 13 inches shorter than the RAV4 and aimed directly at Gen Y “explorers.”

 The rear hatch opens both horizontally and vertically, while a built in camera can capture any and all off road adventures. Power wise, Toyota released little information other than saying “one could assume the FT-4X could potentially employ a small displacement four-cylinder,” 4-wheel drive and other off road items.

 On the inside are twin boxes – one warm, the other cold. They’re designated for a number of functions, such as the temporary stowage of snacks, or the warming and cooling of gear (i.e. gloves, blankets, ice packs, etc.).

 It will be interesting to see if this concept crossover ever becomes the real thing.

 If the Hellcat’s 707 horsepower is not quite enough, and I can’t believe it would not be, FCA has unveiled the Challenger SRT Demon with 840 horsepower, and 770 lb-ft of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8. Dodge said it is the highest horsepower V-8 production car ever produced with a 2.3 second 0-60 run. Further it claims the highest g-force acceleration of any production car at 1.8 g. The introduction is being applauded by tire makers worldwide.

 There were world premieres at the Mercedes stand. The Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV with an eight cylinder biturbo engine rated at 469 horsepower with 479 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with an AMG Speedshift MCT 9-speed transmission, all-wheel drive, and a 0-60 of just 3.9 seconds.

 Also there was the GLC63 and GLC62 S Coupe both with AMG heritage. They are available with a maximum output of 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Look for a 0-60 of just 3.7 seconds. MB said the Coupe “offers performance on-par with many dedicated sports cars.

 We will have still more new introductions in Thursday’s column, so as they say on the radio, “Stay tuned.”


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