The best, worst, and weirdest cars at the 2018 New York Auto Show
The New York International Auto Show opens to the public this weekend, and upon entering the Javits Center attendees will be bombarded with new cars, SUVs, trucks and even a handful of supercars that will most likely be out their price range. Here’s our primer for anyone who wants to cut through the noise and see the stuff that really matters.
It’s the unfortunate staple of auto shows that car companies feel compelled to produce live-action versions of their commercials when revealing their new models. Take Volkswagen: the German auto giant had four actors dressed as outdoorsy millennials drive its new Atlas Tanoak truck on stage and then take a selfie in front of it. One was wearing a fishing vest covered in hooks and lures. Another had a bike helmet, but no bike. I can’t say for sure, but they may have been the same actors who presented the Toyota FT-4X at the auto show last year. VW hasn’t said whether it plans on actually producing the Tanoak, so this bit of Kabuki theater may be the closest the truck gets to any millennials, real or fake.
Let’s be honest: there’s no sign that any other car company that’s making an EV right now has the same kind of cultural cache as Tesla. But this is the year where Tesla is going to start facing real, comparable competition in the space, and that all starts with the I-Pace. It’s fast, it’s got range, and it’s cheaper than anything Tesla sells. In Geneva, amongst a show full of wild concepts, the I-Pace almost felt intangible. But the electric SUV’s North American debut made the threat feel all the more real — especially because Jaguar also announced a team-up with Waymo to compete with companies like Tesla on reaching full autonomy. The best, worst, and weirdest cars at the 2018 New York Auto Show – The Verge