Coverage & Photos: 2008 New York Auto Show

Last Stop!

Editors of Truck Trend
Mar 26, 2008
Photographers: Kirill Ougarov, Rory Jurnecka
The 2008 New York Auto Show comes a month earlier this year and just two weeks after the previous stop in Geneva, thanks to the early coming of Easter. The last stop on the first leg of the annual auto show world tour, the NYC show is never an epic event in the vein of Detroit, but there's always plenty to look at in the Big Apple.
Debuts: • Ford Transit Connect Taxi concept
• Mercedes-Benz Diesel SUVs
• Nissan Denki Cube Concept
• 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
• 2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck
Photo 2/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck front Three Quarter View
2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck
"Sport Truck," or ST, is just a placeholder. It's the generic name for the El Camino-style 2010 Pontiac G8 variant based off the Holden Ute. GM is holding an online contest at www.pontiac.com/namethiscar to pick a name. The result will be announced on April 15.
It could've been Caballero, after the late-1960s/early-1970s GMC version of the Chevy El Camino. It wasn't the cost of a new nose that made GM pick Pontiac over GMC. It was, to quote product manager Brian Shipman, because of the Ute's sportiness, and "it probably wasn't the best fit for 'Professional Grade.'" The two-door, he says, is a better fit for Pontiac.
Photo 3/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck side View
Photo 4/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck rear Three Quarter View

Photo 5/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck rear View
Photo 6/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck rear Three Quarter View

Photo 7/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck rear View Open Bed
Photo 8/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck rear Three Quarter View Open Bed

Photo 9/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck rear Three Quarter View
Photo 10/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck side View

Photo 11/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck front View
Photo 12/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck interior

Photo 13/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck front Three Quarter View
Photo 14/43   |   2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck rear Three Quarter View


Photo 15/43   |   mercedes Benz ML320 GL320 R320 BlueTEC diesels Together
Mercedes-Benz Diesel SUVs
Mercedes-Benz is revving up its U.S. market diesel push by offering its ML320 BlueTEC, GL320 BlueTEC, and R320 BlueTEC diesels to American consumers before any other market gets the vehicles. All three Benzes are powered by a 3.0-liter, 211 horsepower turbo V-6 generating 398 lb-ft of torque. Mated to Benz's seven-speed automatic transmission, all three people-movers will meet the U.S. Bin 5 standard as well the European EU6 standard, Mercedes says.
Photo 16/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz GL320 Bluetec rear Three Quarter View
The diesel at the heart of the efficient trio utilizes Mercedes' AdBlue technology, which involves injecting an aqueous urea solution into hot, pre-treated exhaust gases. The process helps reduce nitrogen oxides -- a harmful exhaust gas found in high levels in diesels -- into nitrogen after the exhaust gasses pass through the catalytic converter. The tank carrying the solution is monitored by the engine management system. Since the tank only needs to be refilled at regular service visits, no extra maintenance is required for a GL320 BlueTEC over a GL450 or any other Mercedes SUV.
Photo 17/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz GL320 Bluetec front Three Quarter View
Photo 18/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz R320 Bluetec side View

Photo 19/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz R320 Bluetec engine
Photo 20/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz R320 Bluetec front View

Photo 21/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz R320 Bluetec rear Three Quarter View
Photo 22/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz ML320 BlueTEC right Front Three Quarter View

Photo 23/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz ML320 BlueTEC front View
Photo 24/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz ML320 BlueTEC left Side View

Photo 25/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz ML320 BlueTEC rear Right Three Quarter View
Photo 26/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz ML320 BlueTEC rear View

Photo 27/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz ML63 AMG rear View
2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mercedes knows the midsized luxury SUV segment is bursting with competition, and if attacked properly, high profits as well. To keep its M-Class moving out of dealerships, Mercedes has refreshed the SUV, making exterior changes that bring it in line with its boxy GL and upcoming GLK siblings while interior upgrades are subtle unless you go for the two-tone leather and the two huge eight-inch screens for watching DVDs in the backseat.
Photo 28/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz ML63 AMG front Three Quarter View
Powertrain options remain the same, although Mercedes notes that fuel economy is marginally improved with most engine options. The easiest way to tell if a refreshed M-Class is following you is to look for the "smiling" lower grille which is especially apparent -- for better or for worse -- on light-colored models. The refreshed grille is framed by fog lights pushed to the edges of the SUV, enhancing its presence. Larger side mirrors that follow the new C-Class design have been added and in back, smoked taillights (clear lenses are available) and reflectors integrated into the rear bumper again emphasize the M-Class' size. 19-inch wheels, standard on V-8 models, won't hurt that impression either.
Photo 29/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz ML420 CDI rear Three Quarter View
Photo 30/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz ML63 AMG front Three Quarter View

Photo 31/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz ML63 AMG side View
Photo 32/43   |   2009 Mercedes Benz ML63 AMG rear Three Quarter View

Ford Transit Connect Taxi concept
Add taxi to the list of Transit Connect's potential uses here in the U.S., with a special livery of the van debuting this week in the Big Apple -- the nation's No. 1 taxi town. The Transit Connect Taxi concept makes sense as a potential replacement for the Crown Victoria (Ford's omnipresent taxi), with its high roof, ample rear space for tourist luggage and three passengers, and its relatively frugal 2.0-liter four banger that is rated at 19 mpg city and has lower tailpipe emissions than most present taxis. Being a concept, the Transit Taxi also features an innovative 13-inch, touch screen designed to provide a variety of entertainment and other services for the customer, not the least of which is an automated payment function.
Photo 33/43   |   ford Transit Connect Taxi front Three Quarter View
Photo 34/43   |   ford Transit Connect Taxi front Three Quarter View

Photo 35/43   |   ford Transit Connect Taxi front View
Photo 36/43   |   ford Transit Connect Taxi rear Three Quarter View

Photo 37/43   |   ford Transit Connect Taxi Concept interior
Photo 38/43   |   ford Transit Connect Taxi Concept side

Photo 39/43   |   ford Transit Connect Taxi Concept front

Nissan Denki Cube Concept
The Nissan Denki Cube Concept is a lithium-ion battery equipped take on the much-discussed Nissan Cube designed to showcase Nissan's green initiatives. The Cube's 1.3-liter fourbanger makes way for an electric motor powered by laminated batteries that the Japanese automaker says provide twice the energy of traditional "cylindrical" batteries along with safer operation. To accomodate the electric powertrain, the car's wheelbase has been stretched by 9.4 inches and the interior, which has only two rows instead of the production car's three, includes a new steering wheel, new door panel and cargo area trim, and a redesigned instrument panel.
Photo 40/43   |   nissan Denki Cube Concept side View
Photo 41/43   |   nissan Denki Cube Concept rear Three Quarter View

Photo 42/43   |   nissan Denki Cube Concept rear Three Quarter View
Photo 43/43   |   nissan Denki Cube Concept front Three Quarter View

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