2018 New York Auto Show: Biggest Debuts

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A Busy Year for Cars in the Big Apple


Exciting new products tend to come in waves at auto shows. Sometimes you go to a show and you see debut after debut of bold new vehicles. This was one of those years at the New York Auto Show, where the pace was fast and furious.

Automakers released a number of bold new concepts and – of more immediate interest to consumers – redesigns of top-selling cars and SUVs. Popular vehicles like the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Altima, and Acura RDX saw major redesigns debuting on the world stage.

Potential future hits like Cadillac’s XT4 luxury compact SUV were also unveiled for the global market.

Other popular models saw milder refreshes that still carried significance for the automotive market. Kia updated its Optima midsize sedan and announced that advanced safety features (like automatic emergency braking) will come standard. Kia is following in the footsteps of Toyota, which now includes advanced safety features as standard equipment on most of its vehicles.

You can see automakers continue to pursue broader trends in the industry – electrification, automation, and more flexible ownership options – in many of the debuts. The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV made its North American debut in New York, showing the automaker’s concerted effort to beat Tesla’s Model X at its own game. The new Audi A6, also making its North American debut, will have near-autonomous driving capabilities, according to the company. And the Lexus UX, debuting for the first time in North America, is going to be available by subscription.

All of these vehicles are significant, because they show you the new designs and technology you’ll be seeing at your dealer in the next few years.

Click through the following pages to see the highlights from this year’s New York Auto Show.

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