The opening morning of the 2014 New York International Auto Show lived up to the hype. Movie stars and the most iconic muscle car jockeyed with America’s top-selling car for the Javits Center spotlight on April 16. Here are the six automobiles that made their world debuts in style in New York.
1. 2015 Toyota Camry
The debut of the 2015 Toyota Camry opened the ceremonies in New York. As most people in the industry expected, Toyota introduced a significantly more stylish model in this mid-cycle upgrade. Senior VP Bob Carter presented the latest model with changes to nearly every exterior feature. Instead of the typical vanilla Camry, the 2015 model features a more athletic, almost sporty design that should silence its critics for the time being.
2. Mercedes Benz S63 AMG Coupe
In terms of star power, no automaker topped Mercedes Benz in its world debut of the S63 AMG Coupe. Actor Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” fame interrupted the Toyota official for a staged entrance that delighted the audience at New York’s Javits Center. Hamm seemed genuinely enamored with the performance coupe from the Mercedes performance line, which he referred to as “the latest power play” from the German automaker. The 577 horsepower is enough to wow movie stars and sports car lovers alike.
3. 2015 Jeep Renegade
Jeep executives boasted about their impressive sales increases in recent years, which the automaker claimed was not going to slow the brand down under full Fiat control. The strains of heavy metal blared through the main events center when the 2015 Jeep Renegade rolled onto the stage at the New York Auto Show. This compact SUV is a first for the Chrysler brand in many ways. It will sport a nine-speed automatic transmission and get 30 mpg on the highway. More importantly, it will have off-road capabilities and come in four different trims for adventure seekers.
4. 2015 BMW M4 Convertible
While BMW had the misfortune of following Jon Hamm in the Mercedes Benz spectacle, the automaker pulled the wraps off several cars of note. Topping the list is the M4 convertible, which will pack 425 horsepower for days when having the top down is a must. This car will be among the most thrilling convertibles set to debut this year (it’s expected by September). Anyone hoping to set a more aggressive tone on the open road would do just fine in the 2015 M4 convertibles — its menacing look from the front matches the power underneath the hood.
5. 2015 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai officials wanted to push the U.S. cred of their operation in unveiling the seventh generation of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. To give the Javits Center crowd a bit of that heartland feel, the audience was greeted by the factory workers who build the Sonata in Montgomery, Alabama, courtesy of a live satellite feed. After hitting that note, Hyundai emphasized the impressive feats in noise reduction and ”fluidic sculpture” design introduced in the latest Genesis and continued in the all-new Sonata. This midsize sedan has been a huge winner for Hyundai, but the automaker is continuing to push the envelope with the 2015 redesign. It will debut in summer 2014.
6. Ford Limited Edition 2015 Mustang
Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields opened the New York Auto Show with its keynote address, but Chairman Bill Ford made the grandest entrance of the day when he drove on stage in a limited edition model of the 2015 Ford Mustang. Limited to a production run of exactly 1,964 cars — in homage to the Mustang’s debut at the 1964 World’s Fair — the Wimbledon White model Ford arrived in will be one of only two color options on the table. Expected to arrive late in 2014, this Mustang brings the muscle legend full circle.
In fact, Ford’s presentation emphasized the history of the Mustang and its debut in New York fifty years ago. To match the amazing feat engineers pulled off in Manhattan in 1964, Ford went through the trouble of hauling one 2015 Mustang to the observation desk on the eighty-sixth floor of the Empire State Building on the morning of April 16. It took cutting the vehicle into pieces to fit it onto the elevators, but Ford considered it worth the trouble for its New York showcase in 2o14.