New York Show Preview

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    A Slice of the Big Apple

    AutoWeek | Published 03/28/07, 8:47 am et

    New York’s glitzy auto show, April 6-15 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, traditionally puts the wraps on the auto show season. But with the Shanghai show in late April taking on more prominence, New York may have to be content to be the curtain on the domestic show calendar for 2006-07.

    Advance releases from the Big Apple include a slew of new entries from General Motors and some hot properties from Nissan’s Infiniti luxury brand. Here’s a peek.A crowd pleaser at New York should be the 2008 Infiniti G37 coupe, which draws its name from the new 3.7-liter, 330-hp V6 under the hood. Chassis improvements and new available four-wheel steering have Infiniti aiming for the top as one of the best-handling and best-stopping luxury sport coupes on the market. The exterior features new sheetmetal and L-shaped headlamps, while the interior also got a makeover. The G37 coupe goes on sale in August.

    Buick LaCrosse Super
    GM wants 2007 to be a breakout year for its near-luxury brand, Buick. At New York, Buick will start shedding its stodgy image with two performance-oriented 2008-model-year variants, the Lucerne Super and the LaCrosse Super. Drawing on Buick Super heritage from more than 50 years ago, GM Performance Division engineers pumped up the Lucerne Super with a 4.6-liter, 292-hp Northstar V8 (up from 275 hp on the standard V8 Lucerne), while the LaCrosse Super gets its first V8, a 5.3-liter, 300-hp engine, along with its first set of fender portholes. Both cars ride on tauter suspensions, but engineers were careful not to dial in too much harshness. Look for the LaCrosse Super in dealers late this summer, followed by the Lucerne Super in spring 2008.

    Hummer H2
    Hummer will show two vehicles: the refreshed 2008 Hummer H2 and the 2008 H3 Alpha. Although the H2 stays on the old GMT800 chassis—though one that was highly modified for Hummer duty—for 2008, it gets a new 6.2-liter V8 with variable valve timing and 393 hp, up 68 hp over the outgoing truck, along with the GMT900’s six-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity increases to 8000 pounds. Inside, the H2 features new materials for the redone instrument and door panels, controls, seats, two-passenger third-row seating and a rear climate-control system. Additional standard features include stability and traction control, roof-rail head curtains, side airbags with rollover sensing and panic brake assist. Look for the same enhancements on the 2008 H2 SUT when sales begin later this year.

    Hummer H3 Alpha
    Meanwhile, the baby of the Hummer family, the H3, gets a performance makeover for 2008 as the second member of the Alpha crew. The H3 Alpha is fitted with a 5.3-liter, 295-hp V8 and includes standard leather seating, Monsoon sound system, chrome trim, chrome wheels, 4.10 rear-axle ratio and Alpha badges. Standard features on all H3s for 2008 include stability control, antilock brakes, head curtain side airbags and rear child-seat anchors.

    Infiniti EX
    Infiniti’s EX concept plays dual roles as both a futuristic concept car with fresh technology and a near-production look at a new luxury crossover arriving at dealers by the end of 2007. The concept includes a liquid-crystal glass roof that changes from transparent to translucent. Two world’s-first technologies expected to make production include the Around View Monitor, which uses front-, side- and rear-mounted cameras to reduce blind spots when parking, and a lane-departure prevention system that employs Vehicle Dynamic Control to help drivers maintain position if they accidentally drift from their lane.

  2. Bah, none of these excite me. I didn't pay 12 dollars to see some revamped Hummers! Where are all the exciting brands in these announcements?

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