2017 NY Auto Show 4/12/17: Ferris Bueler’s Day Off

Disclaimer: I have bought one new car in my life.  My strategy to save the environment involves buying used cars and keeping older cars on the road (preferably pre-2000 Mercedes).  With all that in mind, I headed to NY Auto show on Wednesday armed with DT press credentials to see what there was to offer.  Here are a few ramblings and quite a few pictures from the day.


  • Accent striping found on wheels and body of cars
  • Matte paint finishes
  • Super fancy headlights
  • Ipod-like screens mounted on dashboards
  • Carbon fiber everywhere- front splitters, rear diffusers, vents, wings, and interior trim
  • fake vents found all over front & rear bumpers and front fenders


  • Front seats in the Lincoln Continental
  • Integration of the Nav screen in Volkswagen Golf R
  • Dodge Viper- coolest car of the show
  • Corvette C7 interior 
  • Mercedes C class AMG interior wood trim
  • Alfa Romeo Guila/Stelvio design themes
  • Camaro turned into a TransAm
  • BMW i3 interior design despite having a Ipod-like screen
  • Ford Fiesta/Focus ST Recaro seats- fit me perfectly
  • Cadillac CT6 interior


  • Useless rear seats and lack of hatchback in Toyota 86
  • Wood trim found in Cadillac Escalade interior
  • Lack of outward visibility in nearly every car at the show
  • Gigantic tires and brakes- didn’t see a 15″ tire in the house
  • Manual gear boxes were few and far between

Honda Civic Si center mounted exhaust and fake vents in rear bumper.

Honda Civic Type R triple exhaust pipes, huge wing, fake vents, and accent striping.

Striping around Honda Civic Type R wheels and carbon fiber front splitter with red accent.

Mercedes GLA45 AMG with yellow wheels stripes and accents.

Maserati interior slathered in carbon fiber and blood red leather.

Cadillac CTS-V with carbon fiber hood vents & front splitter and fancy headlights.

Alfa Romeo Guila Quadrifolglio means twin turbo V-6!

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio intricate wheels with massive brakes.

Front end of the Lincoln Continental.  Expensive looking headlights and grill.

Yes please! Look at these front seats in the Lincoln Continental.  They remind me of vintage Recaro Classic C seats.

Porsche 911 retro 1980’s targa roof.

Mercedes AMG-GT twofer- carbon fiber trim with Ipod-like dash screen.

Mercedes AMG-GT flat green paint and huge carbon fiber wing.

BMW i3 had the coolest interior design.  Loved the contrasting colors and mix of cloth and leather.

BMW i3 dashboard shot with blonde wood and Ipod-like screen.

Kia Stinger fake shark gills behind front wheels.

The only thing rarer than a manual transmission was the amount of passenger car diesel engines.  It was nice to see the Chevrolet Cruze having this torque monster engine as a available option.

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport going for the trifecta of carbon fiber front splitter, fancy headlights, accent color on the fenders, and hood vents.

The Dodge Viper was my favorite car of the show.  The interior was surprisingly nice and body was simply over the top in every possible way.  It is a shame it is being put out to pasture this year.

Funky Lexus with led lighting all over it.  The corporate grill is no more attractive in person.

Ford Mustang GT350 with matte colored stripes, front splitter, and hood vent.

Dodge Charger with matte carbon fiber stripes and multiple hood vents.

Mercedes C-class AMG interior wood trim done up right.

Cadillac Escalade wood trim done up wrong.

Mercedes C-class AMG door panel with real wood trim and quilted leather done up right.

Cadillac Escalade door panel with unconvincing wood trim.

 Pretty convincing Chevrolet Camaro to Pontiac Trans Am transformation.

Screaming chicken in the house!

Cory is working on a fleet of needy Mercedes from the early 1990’s.  He thoroughly enjoyed taking a day off from work to head into the big city to make this report.