The 2014 running of the New York motor show was one for remembering legends, reinventing them, and perhaps creating new ones.
The story of the show was undoubtedly the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept. Like all great concept cars, the Discovery Vision stirred debate. Does it look too similar to the Range Rover? Is it too much of a departure from the current Discovery, already an acclaimed design?
Whatever people thought about the concept, they still spent the whole show talking about it, which is the sign of true star quality.
Nostalgic nods to legends still in production today came courtesy of the Ford Mustang, which celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special edition, and the Mazda MX-5, which celebrated its 25th with a new special and brought along a whole host of classic MX-5s with it in a special display.
While we’ve already seen the future of the Ford Mustang with the next-generation Mustang, Mazda has so-far kept quiet on the next MX-5. Until New York that is where it showed off the car’s completed chassis and suspension systems, a masterpiece in compact packaging and the first glimpse of how the innovative firm will look to get the roadster under 1000kg. We’ll see the results before the year is out.
Another compact sports car heading to the US is the Alfa Romeo 4C, marking the return to the US for Alfa after two decades away and the best part of another decade full of promises it was coming back.
The brand still holds great kudos in the US after the Alfa Spider’s starring role in 1960s film The Graduate, despite quality issues that forced its most recent exit. The 4C will look to leverage that and raise awareness ahead of Alfa’s relaunch proper next year when the talking and false dawns will surely finally stop with a new range of rear-wheel drive models made in Italy.