Autos and Execs in NYC
Automobility in New York City pretty much seems to be dominated by yellow Ford Escape Hybrids and buses, both municipal and touristic. Sure, there are plenty of private cars and hired cars, too, but they are essentially locked in an endless stream of other cars and triple-parked trucks.
All that said, there is the New York International Auto Show, which has been going on since 1900, when there were more horses and carriages on the streets by an exponent compared to what remain in Central Park (for now).
Because so many industry execs go to the New York Show, “Autoline After Hours” took the opportunity to be there. Sure, there are plenty of places where you can see pictures of the cars that were first shown at the NY Show.
Cars like the Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition.
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata.
The 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Convertible.
The 2015 Nissan Murano.
The 2015 BMW X4.
Or the 2015 Kia Sedona.
You can find images of those vehicles in lots of places. In fact, you just saw them.
But we decided to do something more. Something different. Something that would give a sense of the men and women in the industry. So we got executives related to all of those vehicles, and ran a series of quick Q&As with them.
The lineup includes:
Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company chief operating officer
Raj Nair, Ford Motor Company group vice president Global Product Development
Moray Callum, Ford Motor company vice president of Design
Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO
Harlan Charles, Chevrolet Corvette product marketing manager
Pierre Loing, Nissan North America vice president Product Planning
Alanna Tracey-Bahri, BMW North America product manager, X4
Michael Sprague, Kia Motors America executive vice president of Sales & Marketing
And if that’s not enough, we also talked with Neal Pollack of Yahoo! Autos and John Krafcik, present board member of TrueCar, and once president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America and engineering leader at Ford (and my personal candidate for “Smartest Man in the Auto Industry.” Seriously.)
This is the most informative hour you are likely to spend. What’s more, we save you from dealing with delays at LaGuardia and the infernal traffic throughout the metropolis.
The 2016 model is all-new. As in platform and everything else. And the platform—which will have global use—was developed in North America.
Making improvements to existing engines, as well as working toward something entirely different.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.