2012 New York Auto Show: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet’s present Impala feels like an afterthought in GM’s passenger-car lineup, yet that’s soon because of change; the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala revealed at the New York Auto Show. The new car is known as the 10th generation of the Impala, even though the nameplate has been placed on some very unique products over many years. What makes a difference is that the new 2014 Impala is developed on a totally new platform and should have a far superior interior, along top-notch refinement.

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News For 2012 New York Auto Show

Amongst the significant U.S. shows, the New York show has a good reputation for being a hotbed for high end brand and sports-car introductions, as well as the place where some fascinating concepts and particular editions rolls out.

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New Models at 2012 Manila International Auto Show

A lot of carmakers have released their new models at 2012 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) last Thursday. Different from last year, this year’s theme is “Motorsports” and MIAS concentrates on “Life in the Fast Lane” and the new sports cars.

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2012 San Diego International Auto Show

2012 San Diego International Auto Show presented by the New Car Dealers Association of San Diego County, takes place Thursday through Jan. 1 at the San Diego Convention Center. The show features more than 500 new-model vehicles covering more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space.

“The industry is on an upswing, and the auto show is reflective of that,” said Amy Foley, director of marketing for the New Car Dealers Association. “We have all our manufacturers with us this year, and the fact that a couple that were previously missing are now back is an indicator. People will be able to see the full product lines.” The auto show, naturally, offers plenty of extras.

For automotive history buffs, Jaguar and Porsche will display exhibits showing the origins of their lines from beginning to present. And for those who prefer their cars “green,” the Think Blue Eco-Center showcases the latest in eco-friendly automotive technologies.

The Mazda Family Day on Jan. 1 allows children ages 12 and younger free admission to the show when accompanied by a paid adult. The GEICO Power Sports Pavilion promotes the many recreational opportunities available in the county.

People are interested in these cars, and they are also more knowledgeable about them than ever before. Hybrids and alternative-fuel vehicles are not seen as niche anymore. They really are part of the mainstream.

Performance Cars of 2012

There will be a motor show in Paris in September, 2013. Now let’s take a preview of these cars.

Bentley

The Continental GTC Convertible will arrive in March, just in time to escape the heat of summer. The open-air cruiser packs a 6.0-litre W12 that pumps out 423kW and 700Nm mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

July will see the introduction of the much-anticipated Continental GT V8. Designed to cut the company’s CO2 emissions and fuel consumption figure, the new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 is shared with the Audi S6, S7 Sportback and S8.

The new engine is good for 373kW and 660Nm, so while it may cut fuel use it shouldn’t be slow.

Chrysler

The new version of the gansta-style 300C sedan will be headlined by the new SRT8. Powered by a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 the range-topping 300C will have its sights set on snatching sales from HSV and FPV.

Jeep

It’ll only sell in small numbers but the Grand Cherokee SRT8 will give the Jeep brand a new hero model when it arrives in March.

It will use the same 347kW/630Nm 6.4-litre Hemi V8 found in the Chrysler 300C SRT8, making it a bahnstormer, at least in a straight line.

Mini

Mini will introduce a pair of new models in February. The Mini Coupe and Mini Convertible – not to be confused with the Mini Cooper and Mini Cabriolet – boast slightly more slippery styling and are aimed more at the performance-focused end of the market.

The “helmet-head” coupe will be priced at $42,990 in Cooper S guise, powered by a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder producing 135kW and 260Nm. A John Cooper Works version is also due to debut, expected to be priced about $50,000.

Toyota

The hotly-awaited 86 coupe goes on sale in around June with an expected sub-$35,000 starting price.

The 86 marks the return of ‘badge engineering’ where car makers amortise development costs by jointly building one car that basically wear different badges. The sleek coupe is powered by a Subaru-sourced 147kW/205Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder “boxer” engine.

Nissan

The brand’s performance car hero, the GT-R, will receive another yearly update around March. This time around, the GT-R will gain more power (again!), with the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 now good for 405kW and 632Nm of torque (up from 390kW/612Nm).

A few interior updates will also appear, including an upgraded stereo and revised instrument cluster.

Suzuki

Suzuki will launch the Swift Sport early this year – a higher-powered hero version of its small city car.

When it arrives in March it will get rid of the low-out 1.4-cylinder engine seen in more civilised Swifts, replacing it with a 100kW 1.6-litre powerplant. A six-speed manual is already confirmed, but Suzuki has already hinted at a self-shifting version, too.