2022 New York Auto Present Recap – The Metropolis That By no means Sleeps Takes a Nap

2022 New York Auto Present Recap – The Metropolis That By no means Sleeps Takes a Nap


Though the 2022 New York Auto Present isn’t the primary main auto present to be held since COVID-19 shut the world down in March 2020 – Chicago had exhibits in 2021 and 2022, and Los Angeles was in its regular slot final 12 months. And there was Motorbella in Detroit final summer season.

Nonetheless, for no matter cause – the loosening of COVID restrictions, the very fact it was the primary New York present since COVID, the presence of NY-based journos who don’t deign to journey west of the Hudson for these different exhibits – there was a pre-show feeling that this was it. This can be the present that marked the return of normalcy. Not LA in 2021 or Chicago simply a few months in the past – no, it might be this one.

Properly, not fairly. Not if you happen to outline “regular” as at the very least one auto-show press day crammed with debuts of all-new and redesigned autos, perhaps with a cool idea or two thrown in. As a substitute, we bought two refreshed three-row SUVs that occur to share a platform, a refreshed crossover, a lengthened full-size luxo-barge SUV, one fascinating idea that’s a variation on one other idea that’s already been proven, a refresh for one more crossover that was so quiet the producer didn’t even hassle with a press convention, and press conferences from a bunch of EV startups – solely considered one of which appears value keeping track of.

Blame it on COVID, supply-chain and chip scarcity points (that are, partly at the very least, associated to COVID), the cadence of product launches, the gradual transfer to off-site occasions at auto exhibits, or some mixture thereof, however the 2022 New York Worldwide Auto Present was comparatively quiet.

I don’t even have robust takes. The updates to the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride are so gentle that I shrug. Including size to the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer doesn’t transfer my needle a lot, both, although I’ll word that already odd-looking proportions look even odder, particularly in images.

Aside from VinFast, which, once more, is an organization that bears watching, my curiosity was largely piqued by the Chrysler Airflow – it seemed nearer to manufacturing than one might need anticipated, and it may assist put the shrunken model again on the radar. It may be the closest any “new” car proven bought to being the star of the present. Paradoxically, the Chrysler stand – house of an debatable star – was means off within the nook.

Even the off-site motion in NYC was restricted. Ford did one thing with the Lightning that I used to be unable to make, and that seems to be the one off-site occasion during which a car was proven – and the Lightning has already been unveiled. BMW additionally did an invite-only occasion on the morning of the present’s second day, and TTAC wasn’t on the visitor checklist.

That’s a distinction to earlier years, during which journalists stood awkwardly sipping cocktails in random artwork galleries and occasion areas, ready for OEM X or Y to take the wraps off a brand new automobile. The spectacle often concerned thumping music and boring, self-serving speeches – and infrequently some kind of creative efficiency. I nonetheless bear in mind a Scion – sure, Scion – occasion on the West Aspect that concerned some kind of trapeze artistry and peculiar lighting tips.

Possibly it’s simply the shortage of so-called “enjoyable” automobiles. The Toyota GR Corolla was there, but it surely had already been proven off-site just a few weeks in the past. The one really “attractive” automobiles unveiled on the present have been a supercar from startup Deus and an electrical model of the outdated Shelby Cobra. In any other case, it’s crossover central, since that’s the place the market continues trending.

Once more, was the NY present a shell of itself due to the issues dogging the trade? Or simply the results of the ebbs and flows of product-launch cadence? Is that this simply one other signal of what I’ve argued for years now – that auto exhibits are for the buyer, and never the media?

I don’t know. If I did, I’d be working a high-paid consulting gig as an alternative of slugging away as a lowly blogger. I feel the true key will probably be seeing how a real late-summer present goes in Detroit this summer season – and seeing what occurs in Los Angeles two months after that.

Possibly the auto-show media day is useless. Possibly it isn’t. All I do know is that if you happen to’re hungry in Hell’s Kitchen, I do know the place you may get a great hen parm sammich for an affordable value. I additionally now learn about a sure bagel place that appears shaky about getting orders proper however produces meals so good you received’t care.

I imply “TTAC eats its means round Manhattan” must be higher than a bunch of posts about forgettable crossovers getting forgettable refreshes, proper?

OK, fantastic. I see that look you’re giving me. Let’s hope for extra information subsequent time.

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