This week’s news is dominated by the recent New York International Auto Show, taking place from April 19-28 at the Javits Center in Manhattan. And we’re sure they will be more exciting news to come as the show continues. For now, read on for this week’s top auto news stories.
Jaguar I-Pace Wins Car of the Year
Jaguar Land Rover received some good news this week – it’s Jaguar i-Pace was announced World Car of the Year at New York’s International Auto Show. The car beat out two other finalists – the Volvo S60 and the Audi e-tron – to claim the top spot.
The electric vehicle was chosen by a panel of 86 independent judges, who praised the Jag for its good looks both inside and out, as well as its environmentally friendly credentials. In a triple win, the car also took home the World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car awards. It was also named European Car of the Year at the Geneva Motor Show back in March. As reported by Ars Technica, Ian Callum Head of Design at Jaguar said “Electrification’s given us the option to do something quite unique and quite different. And I think it’s something people like.”
Ford to Introduce More Affordable Options by 2022
Ford left many customers surprised and not a little frustrated when it announced last year that it would be cutting all its Fiesta, Taurus, and Fusion models by the end of 2019-2020, focusing instead on SUV’s and trucks.
The announcement last week by Jim Baumbick (Ford’s vice president of enterprise product line management), that Ford will re-introduce some more affordable options within the next three years, will go some way to appease these unhappy customers. One of these vehicles could be the so-called “Baby Bronco”, a smaller crossover vehicle that’s currently in development.
Concept Cars Create a Buzz in New York
Car manufacturers used the New York Auto Show this past week as a chance to show off some of their more unusual production models. One highlight was Korean car manufacturer Hyundia’s Genesis Mint electric concept, a sleek 2-seater city car with Batmobile-style rear scissor doors that open to allow access to the trunk space.
Another electric concept getting visitors’ attention was the Volkswagen all-electric I.D dune buggy, made in treefrog green. The concept would see the buggy designed as part of the manufacturer’s MEB Platform – a production architecture for electric cars that will support multiple model types. It remains to be seen if the Beach-Boy-style vehicle will ever see the light of day on our streets, but from the creators of the iconic Beatle, anything is possible.
Over 100 Car2Go Vehicles Stolen in Chicago
Daimler’s Car2Go car-sharing scheme temporarily shut down in Chicago this week after the theft of over a hundred of its shareable Smart Cars and Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles. Reports suggest the Car 2 Go app may have been “hacked”, allowing unregistered or fraudulent use of its vehicles, which have not been returned. It is thought that a number of the cars have subsequently been used to commit crimes in the city. Police have recovered some of the missing cars, but at the time of writing over 100 are still unaccounted for.
Car 2 Go allows subscribers to access a fleet of vehicles across the city on demand, which can then be left anywhere within the active zone, ready for the next user. The company reported 3.6 million active users in 2018.