2012 New York International Auto Show Yearbook by CarBuzzard

It’s that time, time for the CarBuzzard Yearbook for the 2012 New York International Auto Show, a who’s who of the new in the Big Apple. Who’s most likely to, what their favorite classes and what they do. So hey, who are the cool kids anyway?


2012 Acura RLX Concept

2012 Acura RLX Concept

Acura RLX concept: Most likely to: Wear a suit to work.  Favorite class: Accounting.  Activity: Junior Achievement. Acura has ignored the Acura RL to the point that car shoppers have been as well, so it’s about time for a replacement. The Acura RLX concept isn’t it, but it’s just that close to being the real thing. Tech specs? We’ll let Acura say it: “The RLX Concept’s all-new 3.5L direct-injected VTEC® V-6 engine and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system, with three electric motors, combine to generate more than 370-horsepower, and are paired with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and lightweight body to deliver V-8 acceleration with four-cylinder fuel economy—with an estimated EPA (city/highway/combined) rating of 30/30/30 mpg.” And yeah, they spiced up the body and tuned down the beak. Production model arrives early 2013.

2013 Bentley Continental GT V8
Bentley GT (Scott Killeen photo)

2013 Bentley Continental GT V8: Most likely to: Become a wall street banker with an attitude. Favorite class: Etiquette Activity: Showing off. If there was ever a car that made you wish you were wealthy, this is it. The new Bentley is as luscious as ever, and although it was already introduced to the public, the prices are what was announced at the show.  For $174,000 this 500-hp V8 can be yours. If that’s not enough, you can step up to the convertible version, the GTC, for a mere $191,400. If you think that’s a lot, remember, you can’t drive your house, but you can always live in your car.

2013 BMW X1
2013 BMW X1 (John Matras photo)

BMW X1: Most likely to: Finally get around to it.  Favorite class: Calculus   Activity: Varsity wrestling, 98 pound class. At last, the BMW X1 arrives in America. BMW’s sub-compact sport utili—uh, sport activity vehicle—has been around since 2009, but BMW waits until the 2013 model year to bring it Stateside. The X1 may be small—it’s a little over a foot longer than the Mini Countryman but no taller—but it will pack a wallop, with an optional twin-scroll-turbo in-line 6-cylinder inline engine developing 300 horsepower, and a base 240 horse 4-cylinder as the engine choices. Before options, X1 versions start at $31,545 to $39,345. So when a BMW X3 is just too big…