New York doesn’t usually play second fiddle to other global cities, but this year its motor show opened in the shadow of Shanghai, which scooped most of the significant world debuts as a result.
It was left to Jaguar and Lexus to blaze a trial in the world’s biggest market for luxury cars by unveiling new models that didn’t appear in China.
Jag showed off a significantly revamped XF saloon and lightly tweaked XK sports car in NY, while Lexus offered a crystal ball view of its next range of saloons with the LF-Gh hybrid concept.
Jag targeted its reveals at the two different shows — China got the new V6 petrol XJ — and backed them both with appearances from CEO Ralf Speth who travelled overnight directly from China to the US to speak at the New York reveal.
Several of Shanghai’s major debutantes were unveiled a day later in the US, most notably the second-gen new VW Beetle, which looks a clever and more sophisticated replacement for the cutesy first-gen new Beetle.