That’s the age, more or less, of the automotive industry and naturally, its history is steep. Thousands of makes and models have come and gone over the decades, but only a few have really revolutionized the way auto manufacturers do business.
These are the vehicles that made everyone sit up and take notice. The ones that reshaped the North American automotive landscape.
Narrowing the field down to just one vehicle per decade was not easy. We focused on cars, trucks and SUVs that changed the industry specifically in North America, although that doesn’t mean it had to specifically be a North American vehicle. So, here are the 14 vehicles that changed the world and a few honorable mentions as well.
The press days of the 2016 New York Auto Show are all wrapped up, and although it was a somewhat quiet show with no real blockbuster debuts, there were a handful of significant reveals here.
The New York event has a tough time because it is the first show after the Geneva Motor Show, where Bugattis and Lamborghinis come out to play. Geneva is a hard act to follow. But still, here are the Top 5 debuts from this year’s New York Auto Show.
The 2016 New York Auto Show is right around the corner.
The Javits Center will open its doors to the automotive media starting March 23, and we can expect a few surprises from popular automakers. There have already been rumors about possible debuts, while some automakers have sent out teasers of what we can expect to bow in New York.
And why is this a Top 7 instead of a Top 10? Well that’s because there aren’t enough exciting debuts heading to the 2016 New York Auto Show… that we know of.
Breaking news, the prices of the coupe are finally out. You can probably start ordering a 2016 Honda Civic Coupe on March 15, so that’s around 6 days from now and a list of prices can be found on Honda’s website.
The Civic Coupe LX will be priced at $19,050 and the standard features are:
•158 hp engine
•16" alloy wheels
•Rear back up camera
•60/40 split rear seats
•LCD color audio screen
•Electronic parking brake
The Geneva Motor Show might as well be called The Supercar Show or The You Can’t Afford This Show because if a car is expensive, exclusive, has more than 1,000 horsepower or all of the above, this is probably the place you’ll find it.
And this year’s show didn’t disappoint, because all the high-end brands we know and love and even bunch of random boutique supercar makers we’ve never heard of and can’t pronounce all debuted their latest cars here.
Here are our picks for the 5 most significant and buzzworthy debuts of the show.
The 2016 Geneva Motor Show will kick off next week and there’s a lot to be excited about.
Often home to debuts of some of the world’s craziest and most exotic supercars, the Geneva Motor Show is also one of the largest auto shows in the world. Unfortunately, we now live in an age where the Internet plays a bigger role in car unveilings than actual auto shows, so many automakers now take advantage by unveiling their debuts ahead of time.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some that are still kept under wraps. We may have already seen photos for many of the debuts heading to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, but there’s nothing like checking them out in the flesh.
Honda plans to show a Civic Hatchback Prototype at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Honda says that the car previews the exterior design of the all-new hatchback model, which will launch in Europe in early 2017. The car will be built in the U.K., where it will be shipped to global markets including the U.S.
No other details were offered, but it is safe to assume that the new Civic hatch will be offered with the same 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine lineup that is available with the sedan and coupe. We can also see from the photo that the hatchback may be fit with a dual exhaust, exiting at the center of the car, though it may just be for the prototype model.
The Japanese brand will also show off the Euro-spec Honda NSX, which will go on sale in the U.K. this year, along with the new Honda Clarity fuel cell and a Honda Jazz concept.
The New Year is upon us and that means the 2016 Detroit Auto Show is right around the corner.
Each year, the North American International Auto Show plays host to numerous worldwide debuts, with last year’s show stunning the crowd with the new Ford GT, Shelby GT350R and production Acura NSX, to name a few. There will certainly be some surprises at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, but here are AutoGuide.com‘s top 10 most anticipated debuts that have been confirmed to make a public appearance from January 11-24, 2016.
The all-new 2016 Honda Civic impressed our editors with its upscale style and new turbo engine, and has won the AutoGuide.com 2016 Car of the Year Award.
The completely redesigned Civic is Honda’s most popular car and it is obvious that this 10th-generation model breathes life back into the storied nameplate.
'Congratulations to the team at Honda,' said AutoGuide Group Editorial Director Colum Wood. 'The new Civic is easily the best all-around package I’ve driven, not just this year, but in a very long time. It’s premium, yet sporty, and I just love that new turbocharged engine. A car that’s this good, with Honda’s reputation for quality, reliability and durability, just doesn’t come along every day.'
Instead of benchmarking segment competitors, Honda aspired to hit quality levels seen in more upscale brands like Mercedes-Benz or Audi, and it shows. With a beautiful interior, quality materials, solid fit and finish, and a mature yet fresh design, the Civic has huge value for drivers looking for an affordable sedan with a high-end look and feel.
Mirroring the tasteful interior design, the exterior also gets a stylish new look that is both sophisticated and unique. There’s also some impressive engineering underneath the handsome exterior, with the biggest news being forced induction. There’s also a staggering amount of technology and safety features available.
The Honda Civic has always combined practicality, fuel economy, affordability, safety, reliability and versatility in one package, and now it can add style, technology and performance back to its repertoire. For this any many other reasons, the Civic has once again become a segment leader.
The 2015 L.A. Auto Show will host at least 50 vehicle debuts, many of which will be global premieres.
There’s a lot to be excited about if you’re an automotive enthusiast or a car shopper. The AutoGuide team will be on hand to deliver full coverage of every major debut with articles, photos and our first look videos.
We’ve also got a sneak peek at the biggest world premieres with our Top 10 list of the most anticipated debuts of the 2015 LA Auto Show.
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