Friday, April 6, 2012
New Impala, Viper, and MKZ top picks at the 2012 New York International Auto Show
With all the emphasis on fuel prices and economy lately, it may come as a surprise that most of the introductions in New York were full-sized sedans, as well as other decidedly non-eco-friendly rides. Chevrolet (Impala), Lincoln (MKZ), Acura (RLX Concept), and Toyota (Avalon) all revealed the latest versions of their flagship sedans. Chrysler eschewed any hint of economy by bringing out a new Dodge Viper and Ram pickup. And Hyundai, Buick, and Honda were among the manufacturers to show off their latest crossovers.
I recently spent a week with the 2013 Malibu, and before the new Impala came out, I figured it was going to be just like that, but bigger. Well, it looks like it is to some extent, because all the fancy little details and artsy interiors are there. But this Impala looks way better than the Malibu to me. They didn’t just copy the same old bowtie-with-a-chrome strip grill treatment, and it has all kinds of interesting little creases and body lines. The shape of the top and side glass is really great. This car is so nice, it scares me to think what the price is going to be. If you can buy one as reasonably as the current Impala, they should sell all of them they can build.
You can see from the calendar that I posted Tuesday, local car shows and cruises are starting to kick in around Kansas City. That means there won’t be too many more of these big, indoor new car shows for awhile. Consider these pictures to be a little future history. There are 90 of them in the slideshow below.