The 49th edition of the Miami International Auto Show is providing a platform for manufacturers to give the media and public an exclusive look at what is happening today and a glimpse of what’s around the corner.
Now in its 49th year, the Miami International Auto Show is recognized as one of the nation’s premier auto expositions. The latest edition is once again providing a platform for manufacturers to give the media and public an exclusive look at what is happening today and a glimpse around the corner.
Four manufacturers held press conferences last week leading up to the opening on Nov. 1 at the recently renovated 1.4 million square-foot Miami Beach Convention Center. Genesis gave a state of the company address and Mazda hosted a special evening event that showcased the new Mazda3.
Jeep unveiled two new versions of its popular off-road vehicles. The Miami-themed Gladiator and Renegade are named “Three O Five” after the city’s area code. The pair features Mopar aftermarket goodies and unique hood graphics and fender decals.
Jeep will limit production to 305 vehicles — 255 Wranglers and 50 Gladiators, which will be distributed to dealers in the Miami area.
Nissan showcased the latest GT-R Nismo. Nissan’s halo supercar features a 600-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine and a dual-clutch transmission.
The supercar’s lightweight carbon-fiber construction and all-wheel-drive equate to incredible acceleration. Massive Brembo carbon ceramic brakes bring the car affectionately known as “Godzilla” to a stop.
First revealed in April at the New York International Auto Show, Toyota featured the new three-row Toyota Highlander SUV. The 2020 model’s attractive styling rests upon a new platform called Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K). Toyota claims that the new foundation provides more safety, capability, and comfort. The fourth-generation Highlander is powered by a V6 or new hybrid powertrain. V6-powered SUVs will get an estimated 22 mpg combined and the hybrid, 34 mpg combined.
Also on hand was the Supra, Toyota’s new sports car. Built in cooperation with BMW, the Supra offers excellent performance. The turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine has enough punch to get the Supra from 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds. That number affords the 2020 Supra the title of “Quickest Toyota-branded Production Vehicle.”
Hyundai’s presence included the “Official Show Car of the 49th annual Miami International Auto Show”, the new three-row 2020 Hyundai Palisade SUV.
Mike O’Brien, vice president of product, corporate and digital planning, was quoted saying that the new Palisade is the “ultimate family vehicle for practical, comfortable daily use and memory-making road trips.”
Based on our time with the vehicle, it is hard to argue the SUV’s appeal. Surprisingly affordable pricing — the Palisade starts at $31,550 — attractive design and a long list of standard technology features make Hyundai’s new SUV very compelling.
Hyundai also showcased the all-new 2020 Sonata. The four-door midsize sedan is built on a new platform and is the first to feature Hyundai’s new “Sensuous Sportiness design language.” The aggressive grille, sharp lines and coupe-like appearance provide the Sonata with a look unlike any Hyundai vehicles of the past.
Other highlights included our first peek at the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. Both vehicles represent a high point for their respective brands. The Ford GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever. According to Ford, the new GT500 is also the “most advanced mustang ever for street, track or drag strip.”
Chevrolet’s mid-engine Corvette shook the industry when it was launched. Seeing the new Corvette in person only qualifies the accolades that the media have bestowed upon it. The mid-engine design is new, but somehow captures the essence of what we have come to expect from the Corvette. In other words, it is wildly different, but strangely familiar.
Every year, the Miami International Auto Show teams up with the South Florida Region Antique Automobile Club of America to present a collector car display.
As the director of communications for the Amelia Island Concours d‘Elegance, I was asked to present the 2019 Amelia Chairman's Choice Award to one of the vehicles included in the Havana Classics display. The Amelia would like to congratulation Guy Lewis and his beautiful 1956 Chrysler Newport for winning this year’s award.
The 2019 Miami International Auto Show runs through Sunday. The next show will skip a calendar year and move to February 2021. The dates for the 50th anniversary show at the Miami Beach Convention Center are February 19 to 28, 2021.