The interior and exterior of the Mirai are underwhelming -- too reminiscent of the Camry. The electric-drive sedan will have a range of 300 miles on a fill-up of hydrogen.
By VICTOR E. SASSON
Only a small fraction of the hundreds of vehicles on display at the New York International Auto Show in Manhattan can be considered environmentally friendly.
At today's press preview in the Javits Center, I saw a handful of purely electric cars, maybe a dozen gas-electric hybrids and Toyota's hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, which is going on sale later this year in very limited numbers.
After all, the show is produced by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, not the Environmental Protection Agency.
At the opening press breakfast this morning, dealer association President Mark Schienberg emphasized that performance is the leading factor driving new-car sales -- followed by technology and fuel efficiency.
In other words, don't look for a great many new products later this year and in 2016 that are aimed at slowing climate change.
The show opens to the public on Friday.
|The Toyota Mirai's electric motor (rated at 153 horsepower), fuel cells and hydrogen tank, front to rear. The midsize, four-passenger Mirai will have an MSRP of $57,500.|
|The Ford Focus Electric.|
|Volkswagen's all-electric e-Golf.|
|Mitsubishi's all-electric, hard-to-pronounce i-MiEV.|
The low-slung BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car has an MSRP of $137,450, but that doesn't include treatments from a chiropractor.
The new Ford GT, reminiscent of the race car that won Le Mans from 1966 to 1969, is going on sale next year.
|Mazda's new MX-5 Miata.|
Lincoln unveiled a limousine-like Continental Concept, which is expected to be produced for the 2017 model year. The announcer said the car will have soft-closing doors, which reminded be of the Toto toilet seat.