Auto shows, and specifically New York’s edition, tend to focus on the big reveals. What’s brand new? What haven’t the media and public seen before that they want to feast their eyes on? True, as stated in our last post, this year’s NYIAS did seem to lean more toward auto brands filling out their trim selections and special editions, but that didn’t stop them from bringing 2019’s earlier releases along for the ride.
What auto show would be complete without aimlessly strolling through the displays and peeking in whatever catches your eye? I hope it’s not just me. I do get easily distracted by shiny things and, well it’s an auto show. Everything’s shiny. To be fair, we had some specific destinations throughout the show, but between the few select press conferences I let the varying intricacies of manufacturer displays guide me through the spotlight of each group, and I think it’s very much worth going through that experience.
Nissan came in strong, and it may have helped that it was the first display in the show. They might as well have brought their museum with them. 2019 marks the 50th birthday for the beloved GT-R and Z programs. The centerpiece of the display was the juxtaposed 50th Anniversary Edition 370Z and 1969 Datsun 240Z, but the real star was the GT-R.
Lining the wall is Nissan’s Dream Garage, but more specifically a selection of track-based GT-R’s from the Datsun Committee GT-R to the freshest face in the R35 generation. Members of the media crowded around the Z’s and the R36 Concept for a presentation hosted by CarCast’s Matt D’Andria, featuring Nissan’s enthusiastic Chief Product Specialist for GT-R, Hiroshi Tamura, and Datsun racing legend Peter Brock. The three exchanged their favorite memories with different Nissan sports cars before breaking out the cake and ice cream.
If the GT-Rs weren’t eye catching enough, the timeless periwinkle on orange color combo on the latest Ford GT was the next shiny thing. Though it was encased on a pedestal, it was still quite impressive to see those flying buttresses keeping the rear wheels in place.
Ford clearly did their best to outshine the Nissan display. From the walls of Ford blue shipping containers lining their lot to the life-sized Lego driver keeping watch over the GT500, there was plenty to keep you in Ford land for some time.
Fords were the main objective. If there was one specific goal of the day, it was to make the pilgrimage to the most anticipated release of the year for Toyota. Yup. You guessed it, the TRD Camry.
Though we’ve all already seen the promo videos, it was a necessity to see the A90 Supra in captivity. There was no way we were going to pass up the opportunity to scour over every curve, vent, and line in the new shell. Though, we weren’t able to peek under the hood to get an in-person look at the B58 situation under the hood, so we’ll just have to wait until one of these makes an appearance in our R&D facility.
Where do we go from here? It was like meeting a celebrity, and I needed some fresh air to avoid being completely starstruck. I moved on to the one display that would rather play outside – Jeep. Jeep pulled out all the stops in order to fully demonstrate the off-road capabilities across the entire line. Trained drivers chauffeured intrigued showgoers on this obstacle course that pushed each vehicle to its limits.
Most everything with a tall ride height and high payload capacity was sequestered to the lower level of the Javits center—from the latest Ram Power Wagon to the increasingly popular Toyota trucks and all the way over to Chevy’s life-sized Lego build of the Silverado Trail Boss. The main attraction, for us at least, came back to that blue oval, but this time on a small truck.
Where auto shows tend to focus on the new, New York featured some of the old. Throughout the displays, we found a few old-timers that still turn heads to this day. Specifically, this 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta.
Even though this show is fairly condensed in physical size compared to others, there’s a higher concentration. With so many different things to see, both new and old, it’s almost hard to put completely into words. Since that’s the case, make sure to visit our photo gallery to get a look at more from the show. Until the next show, we’ll just keep pining for the new Supra.
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