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2018 New York International Auto Show: review and A-Z of all the new cars

Published: 29 March 2018

► 2018 NY Auto Show
► Everything we know so far
► A-Z of the new cars

NYIAS 2018 is in full swing and CAR magazine has been on the show floor to get the full lowdown on all the new metal revealed there.

On this page you'll find all the things worth talking about from the Big Apple: all the new car reveals and world debuts, with a special focus on the cars that will make their way over the Atlantic to European showrooms, from the Jaguar F-Pace SVR to the new electric Miniand latest 2019 Toyota RAV4. Keep reading for the trends we spotted at the 2018 show and our full A-Z.

1) The SUV is king

Not exactly a shock, this trend, but a significant portion of show debutants were crossovers or full-fat SUVs. The new RAV4 overshadowed the revitalised and handsome Corolla (read Auris, European readers) in the attention stakes – not least as it took over from the Camry as Toyota’s best-selling car in the States in 2017.

Toyota RAV4 green

Same with Jaguar – it wasn’t an exec saloon or estate but the fire-breathing F-Pace SVR that made its official reveal in NYC. VW, Acura and Lincoln were among the others showing off new 4x4s.

2) But there’s still appetite for performance

Mercedes-AMG was out in force, having pulled the covers off the (lightly updated) C63, along with a US debut for the four-door GT, Audi slapped two more doors onto its RS5 and BMW’s only cars of real note were the M40i version of its X4 and the i8 Roadster. Chevrolet, meanwhile, let its Corvette ZR1 convertible do the talking.

VW Atlas Cross Concept

3) VW is doubling down on the Atlas

And for good reason. Its latest figures show that more than half of its US buyers are going for a Tiguan or an Atlas, so why not expand the model range? The Cross Sport concept is a thinly-veiled production version of a five-seat coupe version of the Atlas, and even threw in a pickup concept – named the Tanoak – to gauge public opinion.

VW sees a huge opportunity in selling a US-built pickup to avoid the ‘chicken tax’ – something the Amarok can't do.

Waymo I-Pace

4) Jaguar suffered from bad timing

Jag has partnered with Google’s Waymo and introduced an I-Pace packed to the rafters with autonomous tech. But given the events in recent weeks, show floor interest seemed to be lacking, from our observations – with the crowds focusing more on the V8 F-Pace and Range Rover SV Coupe instead.

Camaro Hot Wheels

5) The US likes orange

And not just in the White House. Bright orange has obviously become a fashionable colour in the States for performance cars with the aforementioned ‘Vette, Ford’s Mustang convertible, a modded Kia Stinger and even a limited-edition Camaro Hot Wheels model all on show in a tangerine hue.

6) In fact, colour in general is back!

Hooray! Ney York’s main debutants actually had expressions of vivid colour, rather than silver or white. The RS5 Sportback was resplendent in Sonoma Green metallic, Toyota’s sporty Corolla was finished in bubblegum blue and Lexus used an LC500 to demonstrate its intricate 'Structural Blue' paintwork.

Mini Classic Electric

7) Mini has done a JLR

…and raided its heritage to promote its future – for all the good and bad that comes out of doing so. The brand pulled out the undercarriage from a classic Mini hatch and electrified it. Why? Purely to promote the upcoming Mini Electric.

The 2018 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) preview guide by CAR magazine UK

2018 New York International Auto Show: all the key new cars

RDX  Production version of concept first shown in Detroit will be here

A6  Audi exec will make US debut here
RS5 Sportback  Five-door hatch version of hottest A5 adds a dash of practicality

BMW X4 rear tracking

X4 (above)
  M40i straight-six M Performance SUV joins the range in NYC

XT4  Caddy has already teased its new mid-size SUV, full reveal here in New York

Fusion facelift  Updated saloon points to refreshed Mondeo for Europe later in the year

Santa Fe  New seven-seater lands in the US

The new Jaguar F-Pace SVR: a 542bhp hot-rod at the New York auto show 2018

F-Pace SVR (above)
  Jag has officially unveiled the 542bhp super-SUV in NYC
I-Pace  Crossover EV will grace Jag’s NY stand

K900  A Genesis saloon in all but name

UX  New small SUV gets US debut

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 unveiled at the 2018 New York auto show

C-Class facelift – Updated 2018 C range arrives here
C63 family refresh (above)  C-class updates trickle up to AMG hot-rod range
AMG GT four-door  US debut for V8 four-door

Classic Mini Electric  One-off updated old Mini made EV to underline new e-plans 

Altima  Nissan has already teased the new saloon

RAV4 (below)  All-new, more chiselled hybrid SUV fully revealed in New York

The new 2019 Toyota RAV4 at the New York motor show

2018 New York Auto Show: practical information

Where is the New York motor show held?  Jacob K Javits Convention Center, 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th streets, New York City

New York motor show dates:  30 March – 8 April 2018

Opening times:  10.00am-10.00pm Monday-Saturday, 10.00am-7.00pm Sunday

How much are New York motor show tickets?  $17 adults age 13 and older, $7 children under 12. $2 off for adult groups of 20 or more, $2 off for child groups of 10 or more

New York International Auto show (NYIAS) website:  https://www.autoshowny.com/

By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches