So apparently there is some embargo on teen journalists here at the New York International Auto Show. We got him a badge and a wrist band… but they wouldn’t let us on the floor. Apparently you have to be at least 18, which wasn’t a problem when we signed Jack up initially.
Do you think we turned tail and walked home? No… We didn’t get Jack onto the main floor, but did manage to sneak the young lad into the GM pavilion at the north end of the show [where he behaved like a perfect gentleman and no one challenged his right to be there].
Here are Jack’s observations on the GM products he was able to see up close and personal..
New Impala (2014)
“Nice, but the interior wood trim looks really fake. The styling reminds me a lot of VW products…the nose and tail are Jetta-esque and the way the hipline comes out of the rear light cluster feels very CC. But since I like VW products, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.”
Spark [Maybe his favorite car in the GM area?]
“I liked it a lot. Mostly because it’s so small. It felt like a go kart.”
“I don’t even like the idea of this car. It’s like they tried too hard to make it look modern — especially the interior.”
“Looks better in person than in pictures, but it also feels they stole the back of the Camaro and put it on this car. The interior is very nice. Great seats.”
“Honestly, it doesn’t look that different to compared to the regular car. They seem to like to put contrasting body panels on their cars…”
New SS (2014)
“Cool looking exterior but I don’t like the steering wheel. It’s too square. The way the nav screen is built in to the dash is weird, too. Good rear seat leg room.”
Since the Shelby American booth was outside of the “off-limits” zone, we were able to spend a little time examining their heavily massaged versions of various Fords. They literally asked Jack is he wanted to jump in and then happily popped the hoods. Thanks Shelby American guys!
Shelby Super Snake Widebody
“Very cool. They say it has something like 850 horsepower. That would be a great first car for a teenage boy, right?” [Jack’s Dad quickly informed him that he would NOT be getting said car for his 16th birthday.]
Thanks to Hooniverse and Blipshift for even entertaining the idea of bringing a young enthusiast to the show. Time for lunch.
[Ed’s Note – we have video of Jack’s take on the cars he was able to see. It will be up on Monday.]