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2018 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS)


#135

TSR Fallwing price list



TSR Fallwing Standard (Twin Turbo V6)
Starting price: $71927


TSR Fallwing Premium (Twin Turbo V8)
Starting Price: $79786


TSR Fallwing LSport V8 (Twin Turbo V8) This particular one has TSR Individual Manufatcure Optional Parts
Starting price: $83969


TSR Fallwing Luxe (Twin Turbo V12)
Starting price: $118250


TSR Fallwing LSport V12 (Twin Turbo V12)
Starting Price:$120250


TSR Fallwing Luxor (Twin Turbo V12)
Starting Price: $179376


TSR Fallwing Signature (Twin Turbo V12)
Starting price: $204222

All the prices are marked-up
That’s all for the confirmed price for all the trims of the TSR Fallwing.
Pre-order price (excluding price of the car): $10000


#136

2019 RCM Suburbia

The thoroughly revised 2019 Suburbia midsize crossover will be appearing at RCM dealerships early this summer!

Mechanical changes will be limited to the 8-speed transmission on the DX trim. Visit the RCM website to stay informed on when the 2019 Suburbia will be available at a dealership near you and for more information on the Suburbia EV to be unveiled later this year.

DX trim pictured in Diamond White







Royal Canadian Motors (RCM)
#137

Scagliati At NYIAS 2018.

Introducing the 2019 Scagliati Zoccarato Scoperta. Continuing A Proud Name.

Music for the reveal



2019 Scagliati Zoccarato Scoperta in Rosso Cinabro

Scagliati Motori is proud to present to you the 2019 Zoccarato Scoperta luxury roadster. The Zoccarato draws on seven decades of open-air motoring tradition from Scagliati, with the car’s bold styling and clean lines drawing a direct parallel to our very first car, the 245 Serenissima of 1947. The Zoccarato is a very special car for our company from a historical perspective, as it carries the name of the Zoccarato family, who have been associated with our company for five generations now. Gianluigi Zoccarato - part stylist, part engineer, part master craftsman - who, with our founder Amadeo Scagliati, worked tirelessly to make their dreams of a luxurious touring roadster come true in 1947, and set forth in motion the legend that continues to this very day with the car before you.


2019 Scagliati Zoccarato Scoperta, in Zaffiro

The Zoccarato Scoperta takes our company’s proven SCALE Architecture and meshes it with a flowing aluminium body, making for a strong, lightweight and resilient chassis for optimum handling, acceleration and fuel efficiency. Power for the Zoccarato Scoperta comes from a turbocharged 2.9 litre inline-6 that is the newest addition to the Amadeo modular engine family, and produces 451 horsepower and 445 newton-metres of torque in the current configuration. Combined with a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox and active aerodynamics front and rear, the Zoccarato Scoperta returns 7.3 litres per 100 kilometres in the Automation Combined Cycle Fuel Economy standard.

Inside the Zoccarato Scoperta, you will find the same luxury that any of our valued customers would expect from a Scagliati, with a handcrafted interior of the highest quality for pilot and passenger, made from the very finest materials we can source from our purchasers the world over. The cockpit has has its focus oriented toward the pilot, with important controls moved to be within easy reach for them as they drive the Zoccarato Scoperta. Eighteen-way, power-adjustable seats cosset both pilot and passenger alike, with seat heating and cooling as standard, along with integrated air vents in the headrest to allow for a much more comfortable open-air driving exprience. The folding cloth roof does not impede in the trunk space of the car, and folds completely within 13 seconds, and can operate at speeds up to 40 kilometres per hour.


The Zoccarato Scoperta goes on sale later this year, with prices starting at $141,600, and represents the first of a much larger family of variants, with more to come in the future. Please visit our website, or your Scagliati Atelier for more information.

Engine Specifications
Engine Type Scagliati Amadeo S070.995TA L6
Description inline-6, aluminium-silicon block and heads, forged crankshaft, rods and pistons
Valvetrain 4-valves per cylinder, variable valve lift and timing
Bore x Stroke 86.0mm x 82.5mm
Displacement 2876cc
Aspiration turbocharged and intercooled, direct fuel injection
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Output 451 horsepower @ 8300 RPM, 445 Nm @ 5900 RPM
Redline 9000 RPM

Model Specifications Zoccarato Scoperta
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Seating Two
Chassis/Body Carbon-fiber monocoque and aluminium body panels
Suspension Double wishbone front, multilink rear
Driveline 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, electronic differential
Brakes vented steel front and rear
Curb Weight 1569 kilograms
Weight Distribution 55.9%F/44.1%R
0-100 km/h 3.9s
100-0 Braking Distance 28.0 m
Top Speed 300 km/h*
Fuel Economy 7.3 litres/100km
List Price $141,600

*Top speed is electronically limited


2019 Scagliati Cinquetorri T - A Step Beyond The Ordinary.


2019 Scagliati Cinquetorri T, in Giallo D’Oro

Scagliati is proud to reveal to you the next step in the evolution of our luxury super SUV, the high-performance Cinquetorri T. With its distinctive front and rear treatment, the Cinquetorri T cuts an imposing figure on the road, and with 750 horsepower available from the turbocharged, 5-litre V12, it has the power to back up the image as well. With this, the Cinquetorri T is one of the fastest SUVs on the planet, with a 0-100 time of 3.5 seconds, and an electronically-limited top speed of 330 kilometres per hour. Inside the Cinquetorri T, you will find an opulent, four-seat layout, replete with the luxury and craftsmanship that is a signature of Scagliati automobiles.

Revised suspension tuning and a reengineered CAST system provides better body control and handling, with no sacrifice to ride quality whatsoever over the base model Cinquetorri. A more aggressive aero package and dynamic, 22-inch wheels adds to the aggressive stance of the vehicle, yet do nothing to hamper the excellent off-road capabilities of the Cinquetorri T.

With the Cinquetorri T, Scagliati also launches our all-new DC program, where we will build your Cinquetorri T (with other models to follow) to our customer’s exacting specifications, with limitless possibilities for colour schemes, materials and finishes, along with a wide range of individual touches made by our in-house crafstmen, to create a truly unique and individual automobile that reflects the tastes of our clients.

Specifications

Engine Specifications
Engine Type Scagliati Amadeo S050.657TA V12
Description 60-degree V12, aluminium-silicon block and heads, forged crankshaft, rods and pistons
Valvetrain 4-valves per cylinder, variable valve lift and timing
Bore x Stroke 83.0mm x 77.1mm
Displacement 5000cc
Aspiration twin-turbocharged and intercooled, direct fuel injection
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Output 750 horsepower @ 8600 RPM, 548 ft-lb @ 4600 RPM
Redline 9000 RPM

Model Specifications Cinquetorri T
Layout Front-engine, all-wheel drive SUV
Seating Four
Chassis/Body Carbon-fiber monocoque, aluminium panels
Suspension double-wishbone front, multi-link rear
Driveline 9-speed automatic transmission, electronic front, centre and rear differentials
Brakes carbon-ceramic front and rear
Curb Weight 2177 kilograms
Weight Distribution 57.2%F/42.8%R
0-100 km/h 3.5s
100-0 Braking Distance 29.5 m
Top Speed 330 km/h*
Fuel Economy 10.2 litres/100km
List Price $260,100

*Top speed is electronically limited


#138

Press Day 1 at NYIAS for TSR
TSR just revealed the new TSR Raider, a premium/luxury SUV that can be used for a family (only with the family trim). Here are the prices:



TSR Raider Standard (Twin Turbo V6)
Starting price: $46065


TSR Raider Premium (Twin Turbo V6)
Starting price: $53329


TSR Raider Family (Twin Turbo V6)
Starting price: $61333


TSR Raider XSport V6 (Twin Turbo V6)
Starting price: $67311


TSR Raider Luxor (Twin Turbo V8)
Starting price: $69385


TSR XSport V8 (Twin Turbo V8)
Starting price: $75001


TSR Raider Signature (Twin Turbo V8)
Starting price: $93999

The TSR Raider is available to buy now!


#139

Aurora Motor Company

We have made our concepts not ugly. They’re not techically different, but now, they look okay.



Airstrike R2



Firehawk R2



Jetfire R3



Ramjet R2



Nightshade R2

All of these cars have been greenlit for production.


#140

NYIAS MONTES SHOWROOM


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Welcome to the Montes showroom!

Today, we are proud to present the new F-segment model of the brand, the T90, as well the definitive Urban 2018 TCR.


2018 Montes T90


But before introduce the model, we will answer questions, which have arisen in motor magazines, and among fans:

Questions and answers

But first, we will answer the questions that have arisen in specialized media about the nomenclature, as well as resolve the rumors surrounding the Excelsior.

On montes, we decided to change the nomenclature for the sedans between the D and F segment.

The T it means tourer, already indicating the clear approach to rolling comfort, but without forgetting the typical dynamic behavior expected by a customer of the brand.

And the numbers, indicates the segment of the car. They go three by three. T30 it would be a D-segment sedan, T60, E-segment sedan, and T90, F-segment sedan. At the moment, we have no planned sedan below segment D.

And about the Excelsior, there will be no change in the denomination. It is a G segment car, and also, a historical model name, so we have not made any changes.

And once the questions are answered, we go with the presentation of the model.

Technology

To leave a more orderly, sober and clean cabin, together with Sharp’s collaboration, we have developed a transparent central screen, which the driver can hide at the touch of a button. The screen is made of a plastic material in its core, combined with the use of an OLED panel, and protected with a glass projection.

For the controls on the steering wheel, we decided to replace the traditional pushbuttons, by capacitive sensors, with an OLED screen behind them, which shows the function. Why? Because by pressing one of the buttons, we can go from controlling the audio system, to the air conditioning system, and therefore, the volume up or down button would switch to adjusting the temperature. So. The buttons are the same, but pressing the Mode one, It changes from AC to sound, and vice versa.

We wanted to introduce the greatest number of controls on the steering wheel, so that the driver does not take his hands off the steering wheel, but without accumulating many buttons or be confussing.

In the autonomous driving section, the T90 incorporates the latest technology available in the market. Like LiDAR radars, for example, as well as an AI, developed by NVIDIA, that predicts what can happen on the road, or around it, to anticipate possible dangers.

The autonomous driving system is level 3.

Comfort

In Montes, we have been around 4 years, to develop a car as comfortable as possible, while dynamic.

To do this, we designed a hydropneumatic suspension, piloted, and controlled by RADAR, which, as we have said previously, reads the road, and adapts to the contour of it.

The feeling is like going on a cloud.

As we know that 65% of customers will be driven by a driver, we have designed a car with a wheelbase of 3.10m, to provide a large space for the legs, as well as to adjust the two individual seats. Two seats, with massage function, air-conditioned, and with automatic body adjustment.

Design

The body lines are soft, with a marked waist line, covered in chrome.

The handles, are retractable, and leave once the car opens.

They provide a clean lateral line, and an improvement in the drag coefficient.

Inside, leather presides most of the interior, along with wood, glass, marble and metal for the moldings and buttons.

The customer can choose between two types of leather: aniline and semi-aniline.

For the Asian market, you can order the interior, with seats covered in wool, instead of leather.

Engines

The car is available with three engine options: a 3.0 inline 6 with 311hp, a 5.0 v8 with 490hp, and a 5.8 V12, with 560hp. All engines, comes with turbocharger, direct injection, Montes SCHI technology, and a 48v mild hybrid system, for the V12.

Prices*

T90 3.0: 80.250€.

T90 5.0: 91.406€

T90 5.8: 106.646€

*From.


2018 Montes Urban TCR


We present the definitive version of the Urban MRP TCR, which will run during the 2018 AWTCR season.

Is powered by the same engine as the stock 2.0 GT Turbo urban as base, a 2.0L inline 4, but obviously, modified, to increase power, and endure the stress from the race.

The first 2018 AWTCR race will be held on April 8Th, on Marrakech.


Montes Cars - Enjoy Driving
#141


The sL600x introduces Sachiuri’s first SUV, delivering supremely crafted and expressly modern design for those who seek a fresh, distinctive and dynamic take on a luxury lifestyle. For the first time, Sachiuri’s distinctive supreme luxury and critically acclaimed style come together in a sports utility vehicle. Its name is the Sachiuri sL600x and it aims to rewrite the rules in the full-sized premium SUV segment.



The unmistakable signature grille highlights and evolves Sachiuri’s unmistakable Evoco design language seen on the sL1000 and sL200 sedans. The design with a flowing roofline evoking the silhouette of a sports coupe. The Composite Light design comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights offer a glamorous and sleek design flowing organically from the front to the rear of the vehicle capturing the essence of the Evoco design language. The design rides on company’s well-established front and all-wheel drive global architecture (ML.I).



The sL600x silhouette is both powerful and refined, yet muscular appearance with a generous wheelbase minimized overhangs. It clearly makes a statement as the flagship of the companies new SUV lineup. In addition striking exterior and extremely comfortable ride with excellent driving dynamics both on the road as well as over rough terrain, the Sachiuri sL600x spoils its passengers with an interior which comes up to the first class standards of our luxurious saloons. The elegant interior decoration is full of vigour with high-quality materials and textures from around the world meet to provides world-class ergonomics and occupant comfort and luxury. Great attention has been paid to details and with up to seven passengers are optionally available and five standards, passengers are able to enjoy the outstanding seating. Boosted by the new panoramic sunroof offering breathtaking vistas an generous lighting into the cabin. It’s strikingly bold exterior highlight the companies design ethos to focus on the creating a vehicle that is both luxurious yet unique and bold.



At its market introduction, the all-new Sachiuri sL600x will start out with Sachirui’s X-TRAC All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system and two engine options in most markets, an extensively re-engineered 3.2 naturally aspirated V6 engine, 3.2 V6 ActivBoost engine. All engines offer supreme refinement, ample performance and high efficiency.

to the powertrain, the sL600x comes with has an extensive standard off-road package for going on tours off the beaten track. Sachiuri’s X-TRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. and a power split of up to 50/50 between the front and rear wheels with an optional mechanically self-locking limited slip differential that transfers more torque to the wheels with most grip, to optimise traction in any driving conditions. This X-TRAC AWD system includes driver-selectable modes for all weather conditions.



As with the recently introduced sL1000, the new SUV will offer Sachiuri’s new highly advanced Dynamic Trac-Management system that provides automatic driver and traffic control enabling Level 3 autonomous driving. The car takes over the task of driving in certain situations. Unlike at Level 2, the driver no longer needs to monitor it permanently.

They must merely be capable of taking back responsibility whenever the system prompts them to, with the system active, the driver can relax. They can take their hands off the steering wheel permanently and, depending on national laws, focus on a different activity that is supported by the car, such as watch a TV program on the 12-inch SACHIURI iX infotainment display in the centre console.

During highly automated travel a small camera in the driving area detects if the driver tires or falls sleep. If that happens, a multi-stage warning is given. As soon as the speed rises above 60 km/h (37.3 mph) or the line of vehicles breaks up, the traffic jam pilot informs the driver that they need to take charge of driving once again. If they ignore this prompt and the subsequent warnings, the new sL600x is braked to a standstill.


Detailed information will soon be available on the Sachiuri webpage.



#142

That ass


#143

Shromet NYIAS 2018.

Shromet


The 2018 Appalachian has arrived.

Where the road stops, the Appalacian begins.
For those of us whose inner desire for adventure cannot be so easily quelled, the Appalachian allows you to go beyond. From its Standard AWD, to its optional aggressive Cooper off road tires and locking differential, the Appalachian has the makings of a focused explorer.

Uncompromising in all aspects, the Appalachian is designed to be as versatile as it is offroad capable. Its interior is designed to be a comfortable base camp for all of your adventures. With upgraded materials and more standard features to enhance the exploring experience.

A rare option in its class, Shromet Appalacian also features advanced terrain response settings for every type of offroad experience. From sand, to gravel, to snow, the Shromet Appalachian is prepared to tackle them all.
Despite its versatile AWD, The Appalacian still manages an incredible 33MPG Combined, thanks to a combination of its 1.5 Liter 3 Cyllinder engine, and its advanced 8 Speed Automatic Transmission, making it perfect for everyday use, as well as the weekend getaway.
Don’t let the end of the road stop you. Visit your local Shromet Dealer and Drive the 2018 Appalachian today.

MSRP: $21,695. Specs and options to be displayed on Shromet Website.

#144

AL Autos (2nd Press Day)

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Hello one and all and welcome to AL Autos Booth! On the second day of NYIAS press days, we have a very special announcement. We have partnered with Hennessy Motor Company (HMC) to bring you a special vehicle to our lineup. Let’s get right into it.

AL Autos/Hennessy Motor Company Lacesso LMGT

The Body

HMC took the lead on the design w/ some AL Autos input. The front end was designed to evoke aggressiveness with some fine details: The Carbon Fiber trimmed bar in the mouth grille, the Vent/DRL/Xenon headlamp combo, and the sleek elegant vents. From the side we have carbon fiber trimmed side vents, black accent door handles, and our 5 spoke alloy rims. From the rear end, HMC and AL Autos have put together a super aggressive rear end: Tail light/signal lamp combo, aggressive exhaust system, and many other fixtures to make the rear end pop. The Aluminum Body weighs in at 3598.6 lbs (1632.3 kgs).

The Performance

AL Autos took the lead on the engine w/ some HMC input. The heart of the Lacesso is a 4.5 L Twin Turbo V8 producing 674 HP and 519 ft-lb of torque sent to the rear wheels through a Longitudinal RWD system. AL Autos and HMC equally collaborated on the other underpinnings connected to the Carbon Fiber Monocoque Chassis: a 6 Speed Manual Transmission, an Electric LImited Slip Differential, ALHMC Sports Compound Tires, Carbon Ceramic Brakes (4 piston F/6 piston R), and Pushrod (F&R) suspension system tuned for sport. This allows for the Lacesso to go from 0-62 MPH (0-100 KPH) in 2.9 seconds, achieve 217.9 MPH (350.7 KPH), and clock a 1:13.6 on the Top Gear Test Track.

Some Added Features

AL Autos added some features to the Lacesso to spruce up your driving experience: AL Autos Driving Profile with three selectable modes (Road, Road Sport, and Track Sport) and a customizable profile so the driver can customize how the car drives to suit (Active Aero angles front and rear, suspension height, throttle/brake sensitivity, and steering sensitivity); Active Sports Exhaust which allows the driver to tune the exhaust note down or crank it up to hear that engine roar; a digital dashboard with customizable gauges and colors; AM/FM/MP3 capability, and a heads up display.

Pricing

Lacesso LMGT (Fully Loaded): $136,700

That’s all for now! Thank you for attending this special reveal here at the AL Autos booth! The HMCAL equivalent of the Lacesso is on display at the HMC Booth here at NYIAS, if you have the time, please go ahead and check it out! Feel free to explore our cars up close and enjoy the rest of the New York International Auto Show!


Special Announcement from the Founder of AL Autos

“After a lot of time thinking about what kind of auto maker we’re going to be, AL Autos will finally be finalizing our lineup of cars after all this time of releasing new models and redesigning old ones. Expect a list of what our finalized lineup is will be like on our official website (forum page). In addition, after overcoming my stubbornness, I will be finally moving our designing to the newest platform, UE4, to bring AL Autos up to date.”


#145

That’s one of the most radical rear ends I’ve seen on an SUV in a while. Nice job!


#146

At first, it seems that the big flagship SUV from Sachiuri has too many sets of taillights for its own good. And yet somehow, against all odds, it actually works very well indeed.


#147

Press Days


#148

HOLTS Booth

Holts BQX-5

         This being the top of the line BQX-5 Has A lot 
         inside and out. Lets Begin with the outside. 
         (Walks to front). Here we have Quad LED Headlights
         One being A HighBeam. Up top we have a Large Moon roof With (2)
         So you can look at the sky anytime. Or you can just open it....
       Down at the bottom Another grille and vents with LED strips on them.
        The engine Is a 371HP 3.7L Turbocharged V6. Sprinting you to 60
        In 7.0 seconds for a 5000 pound SUV. Remember There is a BQX-8
                              Lets Go to the SIde

        Here we have Smart Key Access With Start/Stop function. 
        Front brakes are 14 Inches and rear 12. Stopping this car
        In Just 137Feet from 60. 22 Inch Chrome Rims. Also The
                           Fuel door is there is.
                    Lets go to the Rear

        Here We have Stuff a normal car would have, Tail Lights, Exhaust,
         Badge And A giant Spot For license plate. Back here You have 
          Wave your foot under the bumper for Rear Trunk To Open.
         This SUV Can have up to 7- Passengers. Or just 5 with a large
        Trunk. Quad-LED Tail Lights And Three LED Indicator Lights 
        Under Them.
            Lets Talk About The Inside.
       In the Driver Seat. You have Heated Steering, 13 Way Seats, A LCD 
      instrument cluster giving you alot of info. Including A GPS Option 
      including GPS there. You have 2 Air vents facing you, Open or
       Close them. The Rear is where you might want to be.
      If you have the 5- Seat. The rear seats are power adjusted.
     Reason not power adjusted for 7-Seater Is because, Room For
     Third Row. You dont want to squish thier legs do you? In the back
     You have a Digital Climate Screen For rear And a option to turn
      The Radio Station. BTW The Driver Can Disable That. And the climate
       controls for the rear. You Will Have A Quiet Ride Driving The BQX-5

(Pricing Start At $83397)

HOLTS H150


          (Walks to front)
   Here is are 2019 Holts H150. Redesigned from last year looking
   like it in some ways. Grille Kinda is still the same. Quad LED Lights
     The tiny one runs in the day. This trim is the Crew Cab Plus. 
     Featuring a 435HP 6.0L Turbocharged V8. Weird for a trucks v8 to be 
   Turbocharged? Bottom of the front, Led Strips And Extra vents for
  Cooling Purposes.
 Lets go to the back.

   The back is no diffrent, The exhaust pipes have been moved to the Rear 
    And reflectors have been added. Third tail light is there So is a 
    Antenna On the top 
    (the chrome thing down there is supposed to be a tow hitch)

(CrewCab Plus $49218)


Holts Motor Company (HS730)
#149

I have a technical question. Why thansverse instead longitudinally mounted?


#150

HMC (2nd Press Day)

Welcome back to to the HMC Showcase booth everyone! We hope you are all enjoying the second day of the NYIAS press days! We have partnered with AL Autos to bring you a special vehicle to our lineup. Let’s get right into it!

Hennessy Motor Company/AL Autos Lacesso LMGTR

The Body

HMC took the lead on the design w/ some AL Autos input. The front end was designed to evoke aggressiveness with some fine details: The Carbon Fiber trimmed bar in the mouth grille, the Vent/DRL/Xenon headlamp combo, and the sleek elegant vents. Front the side we have carbon fiber trimmed side vents, black accent door handles, and our 5 spoke alloy rims. From the rear end, HMC and AL Autos have put together a super aggressive rear end: Tail light/signal lamp combo, aggressive exhaust system, and many other fixtures to make the rear end pop. The Aluminum Body weighs in at 3643.3 lbs (1652.6 kgs).

The Performance

AL Autos took the lead on the engine w/ some HMC input. The heart of the Lacesso is a 4.5 L Twin Turbo V8 producing 674 HP and 532 lb-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels through a Longitudinal RWD system. AL Autos and HMC equally collaborated on the other underpinnings connected to the Carbon Fiber Monocoque Chassis: a 6 Speed Manual Transmission, ALHMC Sports Compound Tires, (brakes), and Pushrod (F)/Double Wishbone ® suspension system tuned for sport. This allows for the Lacesso to go from 0-62 MPH (0-100 KPH) in 2.9 seconds, 217.9 MPH (350.7 KPH), and clock a 1:14.0 on the Top Gear Test Track.

Some Other Features

AL Autos added some features to the Lacesso to spruce up your driving experience: AL Autos Driving Profile with three selectable modes (Road, Road Sport, and Track Sport) and a customizable profile so the driver can customize how the car drives to suit (Active Aero angles, suspension height, throttle/brake sensitivity, and steering sensitivity); Active Sports Exhaust which allows the driver to tune the exhaust note down or crank it up to hear that engine roar; a digital dashboard with customizable gauges and colors; AM/FM/MP3 capability, and a heads up display

Pricing

Lacesso LMGTR (Fully Loaded): $185,898

That’s all for now! Thank you for attending this special reveal here at the Hennessy Motor Company booth! The ALHMC equivalent of the Lacesso is on display at the AL Autos Booth here at NYIAS! Feel free to explore our cars up close and enjoy the rest of the New York International Auto Show!


#151

Arrowhead Vyil V6GTD


#152

Nathan García is driving…

…the Shromet Appalachian 2018.

This is the Shromet Appalachian. I reported on it yesterday, and today the fellas at Shromet gave me the keys to one, so here I am, in front of a car that now that I look at it closer, looks more like a Baja California race car than a crossover. I’m not complaining about it though…if it behaves like a baja car.

Well, you can see the Appalachian is based on the Radiant just by looking at it. I have no major complaints with the elegant styling, if anything just the fact that the lower fascia is quite wide, but by no means bad looking. The rear feels a bit bland to me however, and I’d personally have liked more detail thrown in there for good measure. But looks aren’t everything, so let’s take a look inside.

Well, what you find inside is quite surprising in a good way: five full leather seats. The dash and tech options are a bit less upmarket than the rest of the interior, but it’s something I wouldn’t really complain about. The seats hold you nicely, looks like these fellas paid attention to the design. I can already see this being a mile eater, especially with the confidence the safety systems can provide you.

As for the suspension, it’s quite soft, perhaps a bit more than I’d like. Combine that with the long travel the suspension has and if you try to have sex in the back seats, you’ll be noticed by half the neighbourhood and then a few people more. Jokes aside and in the plus side, this could give it some serious offroading capabilities and traction outside of the tarmac - which it didn’t lack in the first place, with all wheel drive. This could make it a bit bouncy on the tarmac but it will also dampen any pothole or irregularity.

Now, there’s something I don’t understand though. Why does the gearbox - an 8 speed automatic - have three overdrive gears? Two or one overdrive gears are optimal, but having three makes it feel a bit overengineered. 32MPG is what the car gets in a combined test; I still don’t think this is optimal coming from a 1.5L three cylinder turbo engine, which should definitely deliver much better fuel figures. In my opinion they should’ve used a lazier, bigger engine which not only would’ve returned better economy but would also have been more reliable, although the reliability in this car doesn’t seem to be bad anyways.

But testing this car only on tarmac wouldn’t do it justice. So I took it to a small trail, and I must say it’s quite fun to drive: it doesn’t understeer too much, while offering good traction off the road and some reassurance from the AWD system - which, by the way, is slightly front biased. At a price tag of only $20870 this could be something you want to consider if you want to have some offroad fun; however, you must be prepared to deal with the low fuel economy and minor flaws of this car. If you are willing to put up with that, however, I can assure you this is an enjoyable crossover, and no crap on stilts like crossovers seem to be these days.



Bruno’s Blabberings

14:30 in NYC says the phone. Unfortunately, flight schedules and everything haven’t exactly worked out and after a useless nights sleep, I’m making my way down to a landing in JFK some time soon, on the second day that the show is open to the prying eyes of the press. Nathan’s been sending me some of these teasers and leaks that have come out of this show to keep me updated, and I chanced upon some heated back and forths that had ensued between some PR knobs and journalists on the internet, so that evidently called for some more sleuthing. Roll the neck, stretch the fingers. Click on the buttons and watch the numbers flow into and transform into charts folding out like flowers blooming in fast forward.

What’s immediately obvious is that something happened around the time when Geneva was underway. Chicago saw roughly 32 teasers and Geneva was a sharp uptick with more than twice as many at 112.5% the earlier count - then that trend was broken when attendance dropped to 45 teasers released for New York. I had to go back and trawl through these to make sense of why this happened. There seemed indeed to be a common issue plaguing most of these - across the three shows, 5 common troublesome features could be seen for the teasers that didn’t fare well. Either the image was just:

  • A car on a dark background with not much visible
  • The previous but now with a logo
  • Some kind of indiscernible background with a logo and some naff slogan
  • …or dark and messy background with just a bad slogan
  • Badly taken photos with oversaturation or blurriness in uncontrolled ways
I think that should lay to rest any half-hearted and overzealous defences that people try. Companies, please, up the quality or lay off the teasers. If I see any PR heads at the show I’ll definitely be leaving a word for them. If anyone wants the entire thing summed up in a few words: please, put effort into the teasers and don't have them be awful, silly dark images with idiotic slogans and a large logo. It really doesn't help when on top of low quality it's just slammed relentlessly into our eyeballs like for 75% of the show, it really gets stale and painful very quickly. Anyway, tonight then I'm off to the Jacob Javits Convention Center to ogle some cars for a while and then over the next two days some test drives will be underway. Look to Nathan and Gavin’s reporting for their thoughts, I don’t feel the need to rehash things all over again. See you all in a bit then!

MotorNation
#153

The main reason was to maximize the cabin space (and consequently the comfort) and safety.
The firewall is moved as forward as possible, capable to deflect downward the engine during a frontal impact. This also increase the size of the cabin, along with the lack of transmission tunnel (or the reduced impact of it, for the AWD version)


#154

Dat visluation tho…

Bill Gates would be proud.