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New Japanese Cars to Look for at the 2015 NY Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

As one of the last large automotive events of the spring season, the 2015 New York Auto Show is most automakers’ last chance to show off their innovations to a huge international audience for several months. As you can imagine, there are will be quite a few new cars to see. So, we’ve narrowed down the list for you to the top Japanese cars to look out for when doors open later this week:

2016 Lexus RX & 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Unsurprisingly, Toyota and its sub-brands have the most new cars they plan to unveil later this week in New York. To save space, we’ve condensed these two crossovers into one slot.

2016 Lexus RX Teaser

The Lexus RX is undoubtedly the more exciting of the two… We’ve only seen a single teaser image of the new compact crossover, and it’s sporty, almost sedan-like profile has us itching to see the full body revealed in New York. As the current best-selling premium car in the US, all eyes are on the next-generation RX to see what Lexus has come up with.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid teaser

That being said, you can’t gloss over the importance of the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Even if you’re not a green car enthusiast, the new RAV4 Hybrid’s design will carry over to the rest of the RAV4 lineup in 2016.

Scion iA Sedan and iM Hatch

For the first time in years, Scion is expanding their lineup with not one, but two new youthful automobiles that will be on display in New York.

In case you missed our original preview, the Scion iM hatchback is based on the Scion iM Concept from about a year ago. The Scion iA sedan is the one we’re really excited about though – it’s a sedan based on the all-new Mazda2, and we can’t wait to see what it looks like in-the-metal.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Teaser 2

We’re not exactly sure what to expect from the new Mitsubishi Outlander that’s coming to the 2015 New York Auto Show.

You can read our detailed preview if you’d like more information on what exactly Mitsubishi has in store, but the short version is that we’re HOPING to see an Outlander PHEV. Other options include a new Outlander Sport or a redesigned regular Outlander. You can see the latest teaser image Mitsubishi’s released for us above.

2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

Finally, the last major Japanese car to be revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show is the 2016 Nissan Maxima. We’ve put this last on the list because we’ve technically already seen the new Maxima. It originally aired in Nissan’s Super Bowl ad spot, and since then Nissan has released perfectly clear images to show what the car will look like, such as the one above.

Still, nothing replaces an in-the-metal reveal, and the Nissan Maxima is one of the most important vehicles in the second largest Japanese automaker’s lineup… Definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

Either way, the NY Auto Show is set to be a ton of fun with a floor full of sweet new cars, Japan-made or otherwise. Come back later this week to start seeing some reveals!


Scion iA Sedan & iM Hatch Coming to New York

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 20th, 2015

Scion has really big plans for the upcoming 2015 New York Auto Show. They’re going to unveil not one, but two new production models at the event, which is set to take place in the first full week of April.

These will be the first additions to the Scion lineup in over three years, which is about 25% of Scion’s 11-year lifespan. As you continue reading, you’ll get a peek at each of these new cars and learn what we know about their debut in a couple of weeks.

Scion iM Hatchback

2015 NYIAS Scion iM Teaser

This is the easy one… You may remember the Scion iM Concept (pictured below) from the 2014 LA Motor Show just a few months ago in November. Well, this is the production version of that car, and it’s basically just a US-spec version of the European Toyota Auris.

2014 Scion iM Concept

It’s possible that the iM will replace both the xD and xB in Scion’s current lineup – basically they’d be replacing two low-sellers with one (hopefully) high-seller. At least, if the Auris’ European performance is any indication.

It should be noted that while the Auris is offered in Europe with a myriad of powertrains – gasoline, diesel and hybrid – we’re guessing that the Scion iM will only be offered in petrol form. At least for starters.

Scion iA Sedan

2015 NYIAS Scion iA Teaser

The Scion iA requires a bit more guesswork, as this is a car that we haven’t seen before. At least not by the iA name. However, the automotive blogosphere seems to have reached unanimous agreement that this will be the Mazda2-based model we’ve heard rumors about since the new hatchback’s launch last year. Except, Toyota’s version would be a sporty, budget-friendly four-door sedan.

2015 Mazda2 hatchback

If the Scion iA is indeed the Mazda2-based model – complete with Mazda’s Skyactiv powertrain and technology suite – then this is really big news for Scion. Skyactiv has continued to be a huge hit with drivers everywhere, and adding it to the Scion lineup can only improve sales. Scion VP Doug Murtha shared a similar opinion…

“We’ve been eagerly waiting for this moment and are excited to introduce our new Scions in New York,” he said. “Both the iM and iA are tremendous additions to our lineup and will appeal to young people with different perspectives and needs. These cars represent the evolution of Scion and are kicking off a new wave of momentum for the brand.”

On the whole, this is looking like a really smart move from Scion, and we can’t wait to see both cars in New York; especially the iA sedan!