New York’s Finest at The Auto Show

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It’s that time of year again, the annual New York International Auto Show took over the Jacob Javits Center this past week. Automakers from across the globe showcase their latest, most innovative vehicles for the upcoming year. This year we saw the excitement of the all the new redesigned Dodge Challenger and Charger and the 50th year celebration of the classic Ford Mustang. Of course, the high-end companies displayed their masterpieces for the public to see.

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In my opinion, this years show stopper was Koenigsegg Agera R. This heart-pounding, carbon fiber, head turning super-car gathered quite the crowd at the auto show. With 1,140 horsepower, the rare beast will reach 60mph in 2.8 seconds, 200mph in 17.8 seconds and will max out an astronomical speed  of 278mph. Follow CarZach as we will do a more in depth report on this unique vehicle.

Koenigsegg Agera R

Koenigsegg Agera R.

American muscle came up big at this years auto show with the all new redesigned Dodge Challenger and Charger. The famous ‘racetrack’ tail lights of the Challenger are no more and the front end received a nice facelift. The Charger keeps the ‘racetrack’ tail lights but receives a new front end and some different styling cues on the side profile. Both vehicles will be offered in the Super Bee, SRT and R/T editions. The interior has been redone but due to the set-up of the displays I was unable to snap pictures of it. Chevrolet also rolled out the new ZO6 edition for the beautiful Corvette Stingray.

Challenger SuperBee

Challenger SuperBee.

R/T Charger

R/T Charger.

Corvette Stingray ZO6

Corvette Stingray ZO6.

On the hybrid end of things, the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder simply embarrassed the New York Yankee special edition Toyota Prius. With both a gasoline and electric engine the new Porsche super-car won’t lack any of the thrills that are supposed to come with this type of vehicle. The stunning BMW i8 was also on display and drew a huge crowd. At $136,000 the new BMW hybrid is the best looking vehicle to ever come from the company in my opinion. Back in reality, the decently priced Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a stylish car and competitors such as Lexus should be nervous about the MKZ taking some business.

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Small sized SUV’s are an increased demand and numerous car companies have answered. Porsche rolled out their smaller, “more affordable” SUV called the Macan that starts at $49,000. Jaguar also showed a new SUV that looks a bit like its British cousin, the Ranger Rover Evoque. Chevy rolled out new Trax which looks to be an affordable everyday vehicle that will challenge Jeep’s new small SUV the Renegade. Both of these cars will go head-to-head with the Mazda CX-5.

The new Porsche Macan.

The new Porsche Macan.

A surprisingly lack of innovation was seen from Honda, Mitsubishi, Acura, Hyundai and Infiniti. All of their new vehicles looked basically the same as the ones traveling the streets now. There didn’t seem to be any major redesigns or introductions of crazy concept cars.

Going to the Italian vehicles, Maserati proudly displayed the new Quattraporte, Ghibli and MC-Stradele. All were beautiful and had an excited crowd as the doors to some of the vehicles were unlocked for the spectators to go inside. Alfa Romeo, had two absolutely beautiful 12C’s on display as the company is trying to regain territory here in the United States. With a reported starting price of just $55,000 the 12C is sure become popular once it hits the streets. Sadly, I was unable to snap pictures of the vehicle due to the massive crowds gathered around. Lamborghini showed off a vibrant Aventador Roadster; but to my disappointment did not have the all new Huracan at the show.

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Out of Japan, Toyota displayed the newly redesigned Camry, and Carolla. The concept FT-1 was a sign of sophisticated innovation from Toyota and I know many people, including me are hoping the flashy sports car sees production in the near future. Nissan of course displayed an out of this world concept car that took major styling cues from the Altima and Maxima. They also released a new track monster GTR Nismo edition; which I was unable to find at the show. The pint sized Juke SUV also will see a Nismo edition available for just $26,000. Lexus, did lack a bit of innovation but their new ‘F’ marked vehicles are set to take aim at AMG, S series and R-Design vehicles from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo.

For limited time only, the DUB Magazine tour filled up a room at the auto show. Of course upon entry, there was loud music being blasted from a DJ booth. The excitement was centered around local Long Island company, Martino Auto Concepts as they displayed a very unique Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640. Already massive Rolls Royce’s saw some crazy body kits and huge rims. A pair of Lamborghini Gallardo’s were set with their GoldRush Rally stickers. The blacked out Elite Motorsports Lamborghini was looking sexy next to a white Ferrari 458 Italia. A chrome Audi R8 was also on display.

Martino Auto Concepts shows off some insane crazy exotics.

Martino Auto Concepts shows off some crazy exotics.

Chrome Audi R8.

Chrome Audi R8.

Elite Motorsports Lamborghini Gallardo.

Elite Motorsports Lamborghini Gallardo.

It is safe to say that the 2014 New York International Auto Show was a success. With hundreds of vehicles on display and thousands of people wanting to get a look, it was very difficult to snap perfect pictures and pictures of all the cars mentioned here. There will be many articles to come in the near future that will strictly focus on cars such as the Koenigsegg.

In addition to the auto show, I attended a local event here on Long Island. There was over 300 locally owned vehicles that met up early on a Sunday morning. Cars included an SLR McLaren, chrome blue Nissan GTR, and numerous Lamborghinis. Stay tuned for more articles on these vehicles as well.

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Review: From Sweden To The Roads of New York!

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Well here it is everybody- my daily driver! It is a 2004 Volvo S60 2.4. Now as an exotic car enthusiast this obviously is nothing to boast about. The car carries a basic 2.4 liter engine that produces 168hp. The car was purchased right off the showroom floor ten years ago and is the most basic model for the S60. Yes, I know nothing too exciting and certainly nothing to be compared with the exotics in previous posts.

Volvo, a Swedish company has always been known more for their innovative safety rather than design and performance. The company was started in 1927 and produced just a few hundred vehicles a year. Since then the company has grown and now produces many vehicle models. Volvo also builds 18-wheelers, construction vehicles, luxury busses and even sail boats. Today, Volvo sits in the entry-level luxury vehicle category although strong, and successful efforts are being made to compete with Mercedes, BMW and Audi.

My car features affluent leather seating that helps make trips of all durations pleasant. The driver seat has great electronic memory, and at a push of a button will adjust both the seats and mirrors to the drivers pre-set position. I find this very useful when I return to the driver seat after another family member has been driving. Also, the stock radio has been replaced by a simple JVC unit. This was done about a year ago, as the original tape deck in the car stopped working and would no longer accept an MP3 connection.

The installed JVC unit.

The installed JVC unit.

The car has about 138,000 miles on it, but upkeep hasn’t been too stressful. There have a been a few costly repairs, the most recent was for about $1,000 and will most definitely be the vehicles last major fix. I do find that lightbulbs seem to constantly die out; but they are a quick, cheap, do-it-yourself fix. Of course, like any 10-year old vehicle there are the average dings and dents but the car was never in any serious accidents. The S60 was purchased for just over $28,000 in 2004. Kelly Blue Book has valued the car at about $1,200 for a trade-in.

The car drives pretty well, especially in the snow. My favorite feature of the car is the “W” mode the vehicle is equipped with. What this button does is slow down the acceleration of the car making sure that the front tires (FWD) do not spin to fast on ice. I find that driving in the snow is often easy. The car does slide around on occasion but traction control swiftly corrects any issues. The car does not have any sort of rear-window wiper, which sometimes makes visibility difficult under certain conditions. I am very surprised of how well it handles the bad weather. I very rarely find myself stuck or sliding, I always feel that I am in complete control.

Notice the "W" in the top left corner. A great feature.

Notice the “W” in the top left corner. A great feature.

In dry conditions the car handles like any luxury vehicle should. The ride is pretty tranquil and outside noises are well silenced. On hot summer days, the AC works fast, cooling off the often scorching hot black leather seats. The sunroof and moonroof allow for great airflow and do not cause any unnecessary noises. In the winter, the two-level heated seats for the driver and passenger offer great warmth as does the powerful heating system. I’ve noticed that the car does have a heavy steering wheel compared to other vehicles I have driven. The car will do 0-60 MPH in a sluggish 7 seconds but I find that once the car is up to speed (about 40MPH) it swiftly responds when more power is needed. The engine even gives a nice growl as it accelerates up to speed.

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The back seats are just as opulent as the front. Leg-room is not to great, depending on the seating position up front. Although the car seats three in the back I find that it’s better off with only two people. The trunk is absolutely massive and can fit multiple suitcases, camping gear or even an inflatable kayak with ease! The headlights offer unique “mini” wipers that help keep them clean anytime windshield wiper fluid is being used.

In summary, this 2004 Volvo S60 has stood the test of time and miles. The car continues to start perfectly, and rarely has any concerning issues. The car gets decent gas milage about 18 City and 21 Highway. I would most definitely recommend a Volvo for anyone wanting a well-priced luxury vehicle. If you’re in the market for a first car, or luxurious used vehicle, I would again recommend a Volvo at any milage. The new Volvo’s are a bit more pricey at $32,000 but are very delightful and even powerful. I definitely see where Volvo is competing with top luxury brands. They offer great vehicles for often less money than other competitors! Stop by any Volvo dealer and check out their new line up; you won’t be disappointed!

Look for the wipers on the headlights.

Look for the wipers on the headlights.

A snowy drive made simple.

A snowy drive made simple.

Exotic Car Sales Rev Up

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It may be shocking to hear, but yes it is true! Exotic car sales are revving up. The economy may be struggling to fire on all cylinders but it seems as though the “1%” are doing just fine. It’s not just the United States that is seeing this market grow. According to CNN.com, the global sales of exotic vehicles are on the rise (Valdes-Dapena, 2014). Partly, these heightened sales are due to the fact that China’s wealthy are just now getting much easier access to these beautiful machines.

With 2013 over and done with, Lamborghini says that they sold a whopping 2,121 vehicles globally last year. According to CNN, this is the third straight year Lamborghini has had a sales increase! The Italian company currently sells only two different vehicles, one – the 700hp, $400,000, Aventador and the other, a more modest 562hp, $225,000, Lamborghini Gallardo. CEO, Stephan Winkelmann mentions that the United States continues to be the number one buyer of these high-priced cars (Valdes-Dapena, 2014). Personally, I would not be shocked to see the sale numbers increase yet again at the end of 2014 due to the release of the replacement Gallardo and a rumored SUV is in the making!

Need an exotic vehicle that can carry more then two people? And do it in opulent style? Well it seems the wealthy are in need of that. Rolls Royce, the fancy and sophisticated sister of BMW is also recording high sales. The very highly regarded brand sold 3,630 voluptuous vehicles this past year (Valdes-Dapena, 2014). This marks the fourth year in a row that the company recorded record sales numbers. Look for the new two-door Wraith, which seems to be the hottest car on the market for the wealthy who want to arrive in style.

The other luxury company to roll out of England is Bentley. They too recorded sales of more than 10,000 cars last year alone. Wolfgang Schreiber, the CEO of the company says that most sales come from China and that he expects them to continue to drive up sales in the coming years.

Yet again, it’s another company from England that is setting records. Aston Martin, has seemed to capture a huge audience of James Bond wannabe’s. The company sold 4,200 cars in 2013 (Valdes-Dapena, 2014). The British super car maker hasn’t seen numbers like that in nearly six years! 

Heading back to Italy, Maserati sold 15,400 cars last year (Valdes-Dapena, 2014). Compared to every other exotic company listed here, Maserati offers the most “affordable” cars. The company even lessened its exclusivity and has released the Ghibli which will set back the buyer at least $66,000. This is the new entry-level vehicle and is meant to rival BMW and Mercedes. If you don’t want to be driving around in car that’s less than $100,000 please don’t worry as you can still buy an MC Stradale for $155,000!

If you’re curious as to why Ferrari didn’t make the list it’s because they’re actually cutting down on production. No, they’re not short on money. They just think that even if you have a few hundred thousand dollars to drop on a car, you should still have to search hard to buy a Ferrari.

With an inconstant global economy right now, who knows whether or not exotic car sales will continue to rev up in the coming years. I  certainly would not predict that any of these companies will mass produce their vehicles. They will always hold their place in society as rare, exclusive, and of course exotic!

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Reference:

Valdes-Padena, P. Exotic Car Sales Surge to Record High-Except Ferrari. CNN.com