2015 New York: Top Five Reveals and Flops of the show this year, part one

The 2015 New York Auto Show is happening now for the public and like every other auto show, it wasn’t without its own big list of reveals, ranging from a couple new concepts to the revealing of some all-new models.

And like every other auto show, some of the reveals were great and some were not so great. So here, we’ve provided a breakdown of our five best and worst reveals, in the opinions and minds of egmCarTech’s editorial staff.

We start with Assistant Editor, Adam Ismail’s top five lists, after the jump.

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2015 New York Auto Show Top Five Reveals:

5. Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu
2016 Chevrolet Malibu

The way the midsize sedan segment is going, I imagine in a few years’ time 40% of cars on the road will look like Ford Fusions. Mind you, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because with the new Malibu Chevy has built a car I wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen in. Give me the 2.0-liter turbo, and I may even enjoy it. I don’t think the new car will fulfill GM’s hype machine, but it does look like it has the potential to be a solid competitor in a class full of solid competitors.

4. Honda Civic

2015 Honda Civic Coupe Concept
2015 Honda Civic Coupe Concept

Regardless of what you think of the car itself, the Civic Concept’s reveal was one of the most exciting moments at New York this year. Although I’m not completely sold on the design, the forthcoming coupe appears to be a return to form for the struggling nameplate. And what about that Type-R announcement? The hot hatch segment is about to get even more exciting in about a year’s time, and I cannot wait.

3. Cadillac CT6

2016 Cadillac CT6 (4)
2016 Cadillac CT6

What Lincoln could do with the Continental is what Cadillac is doing with the CT6. There’s a lot to be excited about here: Caddy’s latest flagship looks fantastic in person, their commitment to small, efficient yet powerful engine options is admirable, and the fact that this thing weighs about as much as a spiral notebook compared to most full-size sedans (3,700 lbs!) are all very, very encouraging.

2. McLaren 570S

2016 McLaren 570S (3)
2016 McLaren 570S

Yes, it’s really just a less-powerful 650S, which is really just a more powerful MP4-12C. Yes, it looks like every McLaren made in the last three years. But damn if this doesn’t give the R8 and 911 a run for their money. As a traditionally low-volume manufacturer, McLaren is punching above their weight now and I’m excited to see what they can do.

1. Lincoln Continental

2015 Lincoln Continental Concept (4)
2015 Lincoln Continental Concept

If you told me a week ago that the most stunning looking car to emerge from New York would be a Lincoln, I would have laughed and probably never spoken to you again. But its Lincoln that ultimately had the last laugh, as the Continental is one of the most well-proportioned, elegant big sedans I’ve seen in a long time. Maybe it’s a Bentley ripoff, maybe it isn’t; either way, it’s the one I’d rather have, all else being equal. And it’s what the brand needed yesterday.

2015 New York Auto Show Top Five Flops:

5. Chevrolet Spark

2016 Chevrolet Spark
2016 Chevrolet Spark

The old Chevrolet Spark was notable for being the worst looking car in America. Good news is, the new one isn’t. Congratulations Fiat 500L, and best of luck defending your title. That said, this is a GM subcompact, and those two words paired in that particular order elicit about as much excitement as a Jason Mraz concert.

 4. Scion iM

2016 Scion iM (8)
2016 Scion iM

Really all the things I just said about the iA, I could say again about the iM, except for the fact that this car isn’t a Mazda. It’s a Toyota, which means it actually has a valid excuse being a Scion. Then again, it is a mildly more attractive looking version of a Corolla, with few qualitative differences. I always welcome fun hatchbacks, but everything we know about the iM seems to indicate it will just be average.

3. Rolls-Royce Wraith ‘Inspired By Film’

2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith 'Inspired by Film'
2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith ‘Inspired by Film’

New rule: car companies are not allowed to bring perfectly stock versions of vehicles and pass them off as special editions at auto shows anymore. There is nothing that makes the RRWIBF special except for the things that Rolls-Royce is telling you make it special. And last time I checked, fame for the sake of fame is never a good thing. For that reason, you could make a strong argument that this Wraith is really just the automotive equivalent of Kim Kardashian.

2. Scion iA

2016 Scion iA
2016 Scion iA

Well isn’t this just tragic. I’m sure the Mazda 2 is a good car; the automaker’s other products as of late have given me reasonably high expectations. But it was bad enough when Scion was the dumping ground for Toyota’s unmarketable vehicles; now it’s got to be Mazda’s as well? Really they are the only ones winning out in this equation, leveraging Toyota’s dealer network to get the 2 through showroom doors. Still, couldn’t they have made it just a little less…hideous?

1. Subaru STI Performance Concept

2015 Subaru STI Performance Concept
2015 Subaru STI Performance Concept

We’ve seen this before. People have been asking for it for years. My friend Chris Chin seems to think the BRZ/FR-S doesn’t need more power, and maybe he’s right, it doesn’t need it. But wouldn’t it be nice to have an outrageously fast version of everyone’s favorite little real-wheel drive Japanese coupe? Especially one powered by the same engine used in Subaru’s Super GT racing program? Well, why don’t you ask Subaru? Because they’re not building it.

– By: Adam Ismail