A premium-class sedan from economy-car maker Hyundai, a new kind of wagon to replace Ford's minivans, and a Hummer H3 SUV packing a powerful V-8 are among the 2008 and 2009 cars and trucks being unveiled at the 2007 New York Auto show.
Go behind the scenes with the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide as we bring you up-to-the-moment news from this international event. We have hour-by-hour coverage as automakers from around the world unveil the cars and trucks you'll soon see in showrooms.
Our reports include news, photos, analysis, prices, and specifications. Here's just some of what's in store.
2008 BMW 5-Series: BMW tones down the controversial looks and conjures up some needed six-cylinder power for a premium-midsize sedan update.
2008 Bentley Brooklands: The Brits call it a "coo-pay," we call it an imposing new 530-horsepower, $330,000 mostly hand-built two-door hardtop.
2008 Buick LaCrosse Super: Buick drops a V-8 into its midsize sedan and taps the "Super" tag from its past in an effort to liven up its conservative LaCrosse lineup.
2008 Buick Lucerne Super: A sportier, more powerful V-8 Lucerne recalls the swaggering Buick Supers of old. But can it breathe new life into a struggling brand?
2008 Cadillac STS: The 2008 Cadillac STS puts on a fresh face, gains more V-6 power, and boots up some new hi-tech toys. Is that enough to turn around slow sales?
Chevrolet Trax: A concept car that leads the ballot for possible future Chevy minicars. You can even vote on-line for this little wagon, or two other cheeky little concepts, the Groove and the Beat.
2009 Ford Flex: Minivans are out, innovative people movers are in as Ford rides the next wave in soccer mommobiles.
2008 Hummer H2: A bad-boy SUV mounts a charm offensive with a new interior, more safety features, and a bigger engine. Oil companies applaud, Al Gore boos. What will buyers do?
2008 Hummer H3 Alpha: It's the new top dog among the more sensibly sized of Hummer's two SUVs. The Alpha curbs H3's anemic five-cylinder engine and unleashes a 295-horsepower V-8.
2009 Hyundai Genesis: Hyundai's a force in the economy-car field and now this bold South Korean automaker jumps into the near-luxury class with a sleek rear-wheel drive V-8 sedan.
2008 Infiniti EX: Think of the high-style 2008 Infiniti EX SUV compact SUV as a sort of "mini-me" to Infiniti's FX premium midsize SUV.
2008 Infiniti G37: Infiniti's low-slung G35 coupe won fans with an eye for style, and its replacement turns up the heat with even slicker sheetmetal and a larger, more-powerful V-6 engine.
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee: A 330-horsepower Hemi too much for you? Jeep's got a great alternative for 2008 in a less-costly and slightly smaller V-8 with a still-healthy 305 horsepower.
2008 Jeep Liberty: Gently rounded countors do not a manly SUV make. That's why the redesigned 2008 Liberty has square-cut new styling befitting a genuine trail-rated Jeep.
2008 Lexus LX 570: Just what America needs, a 381-horsepower luxury SUV. Actually, it's what Lexus needs because its 286-horsepower LX 470 was a relative weakling in a world of 403-horsepower Cadillac Escalades.
2008 Maserati GranTurismo: Gorgious new styling by Pininfarina brings this 405-horsepower, 177-mph coupe abreast of the hottest $120,000 exotics on the planet.
2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Borrowing a bit of the flavor of Mercedes' big S-Class sedans, the German automaker's redesigned compact sedan takes aim at tough rivals from Audi, BMW, Infiniti, and Lexus.
2008 Subaru Tribeca: Subaru gives its SUV a "less polarizing" look. We call it boring. At least the revised front and rear styling is accompanied by more horsepower.
2008 Suzuki SX4 sedan: Slice off the hatchback tail, graft on a trunk, keep the roomy cabin and neat all-wheel-drive system and you've got the sedan version of Suzuki's bargain-priced SX4 compact car.
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