After going on life support just a few short years ago, carmakers are enjoying a season of relative good health. The eyes of the auto world turned to the Big Apple last month as the New York International Auto Show celebrated the industry’s resurgence with zero-emission vehicle test-drives, a career fair for gearheads and exhibits from close to 20 manufacturers. Here are a few of the stars of the show:Audi A6
The next generation of Audi’s popular full-size model takes a big step forward in 2012, coupling a sharp new exterior design (long, sweeping lines and LED headlights) with a lighter body and smart interior technology. Features include an 8-inch touch-pad control system, an onboard navigation system with Google Earth and a Wi-Fi hot spot for phones and gadgets.
Thanks to a quirky Super Bowl teaser, Beetle fans were frothing at the mouth by the time they got an up-close look at the 21st-century edition of the four-wheel VW icon, an aerodynamic, turbocharged bug set to hit car lots this fall.
The Japanese luxury automaker celebrates its 20th birthday with the newest addition to its F-class portfolio. The LFA is both sleek — the low-slung coupe features a lightweight, carbon fiber–reinforced plastic body and cockpit interior — and athletic. With a 552-horsepower V10 engine, the LFA can go from zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds and tops out at 202 mph.