There were plenty of concept and production cars to sort through at last week’s New York auto show. Kelsey Mays and Joe Wiesenfelder weigh in on what did and didn’t impress them under the bright show lights.
The BMW X6 moves quickly and handles well, but that doesn’t make it a particularly attractive choice — not when buyers are looking for value and practicality more than ever. The ZDX strikes me as a model headed down the same path. It’s relatively cramped inside, with limited cargo capabilities, for a price upward of $50,000. BMW sold — wait for it — 299 X6s in March. Methinks the market for these is small, and shrinking.
“Bad Timing, Episode I.” Now is a bad time in history to be introducing any new model, as new-car sales are at a decades-long low, automakers are strapped for cash, first generations are seldom profitable, and a product’s success demands prodigious marketing — i.e., money. For its size, the ZDX prototype (scheduled for sale this fall) isn’t especially practical, and I suspect practicality will remain the watchword even once the auto market rebounds. Acura has gotten perilously close to the deep end in terms of styling; this model doesn’t move closer to the edge, but it doesn’t step back much, either.