2008 New York Auto Show Review
The Detroit Auto Show a few weeks ago made a major move to showcase hybrid and green vehicles, that emphasis didn't seem to translate to this year's NYAS. While there were energy efficient vehicles and technologies scattered around Javits, many manufacturers chose the event to debut sedans and in the case of Dodge, three versions of it's new retro muscle car Challenger.
New York didn't miss on style though. The Hako Coupe Concept from Scion clearly stole the show. Scion has used the New York auto show to launch most of it's concept cars and new models. In fact the Scion brand itself was launched at NY in 2003. The Hako Coupe could be called the big brother of the xB. During the press conference, Jack Hollis, the VP of Scion said that sales numbers weren't a major factor in determining the decisions about which direction the brand should go. He noted that providing affordable vehicles that met the style and functional needs of young consumers was the goal. He speculated that the line could grow to include several other vehicle types including maybe a pickup.