Happy July 11th! Today is a very special day for car-lovers: the relatively newly dubbed National Collector Car Appreciation Day is a (real and official) holiday celebrated to raise awareness of automotive restoration and collection and its role in American society. A resolution was passed (one of the few truly bipartisan efforts) by the U.S. Senate in 2010 in order to to recognize the important roles played by automobiles in music, literature, cinema and other cultural and artistic aspects of the American identity. Organized by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the event has been held on the second Friday in July since 2010. This makes today the fifth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, and its popularity (and knowledge of its existence) is growing. And we couldn’t be happier about that.
We came away from the 2014 New York International Auto Show so loaded with great images of fantastic cars that we wanted to put together a quick slideshow of some of our favorites for you. The show will offer a great time to car fans of any age, and as usual, it offers plenty of interactive fun as well as stands full of gorgeous new cars. Attendees can participate in the “Camp Jeep Ride Along” on an obstacle course or take a quick trip in Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle. Multiple simulators will keep gamers battling on electronic tracks, and Spongebob Squarepants will make an appearance.
The New York International Auto Show runs through April 27th, and anyone interested in attending or keeping tabs on the excitement should check out the NYIAS app and look for the official #NYIAS hashtag in social media.
Which is your favorite car at this year’s New York Auto Show?
The 2014 New York International Auto Show opens to the general public today, but we were lucky enough to preview it during Press Days. Featuring the debuts of more new models, redesigns and special editions of older models than we could possibly cover in a single blog post as well as huge crowds, lots of loud music and crazy lights, and a growing social media focus, carmakers threw a terrific event for the press that bodes well for the public event as well as the next year’s worth of new cars. Here are some highlights.
Talk about being ahead of its time.
There’s nothing better for a company than introducing a new product so revolutionary that your closest competitor can’t touch it for about 4 years.
Even better is when the competition’s product chief wants to get his hands on your product and examine how it was done so it can be copied. That’s called hitting a home run.
That is what Ford has done to GM. It’s not a knockout punch by any means, but the blow has effectively left the General staggering and grasping for ways to catch up. Round 1 goes to Ford.
Thursday was by all accounts an awesome day. The sun was shining, the temperature was above freezing and, oh, the New England International Auto Show started! We were lucky enough to get to check out the annual show (which runs until January 20 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center), and boy oh boy did we see some amazing cars. For anyone interested in checking out the show, 35 automakers are showing off their newest creations this year and have loads of manufacturer representatives on hand to answer questions.
While we had a great time checking out 2014′s latest and greatest (and believe us, the show has tons of really great cars to see), there were a few we saw for the very first time that really caught our attention. We’ve covered many of these cars in the past, but never had we actually seen one in the flesh. We’re extremely grateful that changed yesterday, and if you haven’t had a chance to see these cars yet, get down to Boston’s Seaport District and check them out.
We’re biased, of course, but it looks like 2014 should be another amazing year for car fans. We unfortunately couldn’t attend this year’s Detroit Auto Show, but based on the heaps of coverage we’ve seen, automakers are doing exceptionally well, and that means they’re putting on quite an impressive show in Motor City this week and next. CarGurus did attend the New England International Auto Show press preview this week, and while our local show featured fewer debuts and smoke machines, we did get to see plenty more evidence that the car business feels strong—and that new cars keep getting better and better.
Didn’t. See. It. Coming.
Unless you happen to work for Toyota’s R&D department, I’m willing to assume that you didn’t either. The Toyota FT-1 concept has already received ungodly amounts of coverage and even more doses of praise, without even being on the radar of cars to expect at the Detroit Auto Show.
No one knows very much about the car yet, but it follows on the heels of many rumors of Toyota producing a midsize sports coupe collaboratively with BMW.
The new concept also gives us a glimpse into an exciting new direction in terms of Toyota exterior design. It’s hard not to see the FT-1 as potential successor to the legendary Toyota Supra, and it harkens back to Toyota’s past of production sports cars such as the infamous 2000GT, Celica and MR2. If this is any indication, we are in store for the resurrection of Toyota fun.
Of course, Toyota isn’t the only automaker making hearts pound in Detroit.
It’s the beginning of January, and that can mean only one fantastic thing: the 2014 North American International Auto Show is right around the corner. While kids all over the world were sitting up last month waiting for Santa, we were sleeping soundly, knowing Santa probably didn’t have the ability to bring us the things on our wish list.
My, how the tables have turned. Now we’re the sleepless ones, waiting impatiently for Detroit’s auto show to kick off Monday (for the press, at least—the general public can’t go until next Saturday). This year looks to be a particularly promising one, with cars like the 2015 Subaru WRX STi, 2015 GMC Canyon and 2015 Lexus RC F set to make their debuts. We could go on for hours about what we’re excited to see in Detroit this year, but we thought it would be more fun to take a look back at our favorite cars that had their big coming-out parties at the North American International Auto Show in years past. (Don’t worry—we’ll have plenty to say about the 2014 show in a few days.)
The small blue Volvo pulled out in front of me in heavy traffic. I was doing about 40 miles per hour and had to slow to about 15 to avoid hitting it. I don’t think a collision would’ve hurt me much—it probably would have been more like a bug splattering on the windshield.
The Volvo was s-m-a-l-l.
I have no idea what model the old car was, but I swear its driver was none other than Mr. Bean. Or maybe Mr. Bean’s dad, because he had gray hair and much larger ears.
For all I know the car was a Volvo 66, of which only a handful exist. One of them has been seen running around the Seattle area, so perhaps I should have had more respect for the slow-moving dwarf-car directly in front of me. Instead I jerked into the neighboring lane, passed it and carried on with my quest to arrive at the nearest Starbucks in a timely matter.
I thought about that little Volvo yesterday after reading a little bit about the future of the brand. Volvo doesn’t get a lot of time on these pages, but that could change with some of the concepts lurking just around the corner.
I found a $900 minivan for sale and I seriously thought for a moment that it would be a great idea to buy it.
I know, I know. What self-respecting car blogger buys a used minivan for $900 and then goes back to writing about Porsches?
Well, first of all I would have never offered more than $700 for the van. Secondly, cars for under a grand are probably a common occurrence for auto writers. We may spend our days lusting after 1,000-hp super machines, but we spend our nights lugging families around in cheap vans.
If only there was a 1,000-hp van to bridge the gap…