The best, worst, and weirdest cars at the 2018 New York Auto Show

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The International Auto Show in New York opens to the public this weekend, and upon entering the Javits Center, attendees will be bombarded with new cars, SUVs, trucks and even a handful of supercars that will most likely be outside their range. prices. Here is our manual for anyone who wants to get through the noise and see the things that really matter.

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Most of the car ready for Futurama: Génesis Essentia
Anyone who grew up on hot copies of Popular Science probably assumed that we would be driving in cars without a driver while we see the landscape passing through glass or plastic roofs. The part of the car that is driven is only being played at this time, but the bubble part of glass or plastic seems to have been left in the recycling bin. Now, here's the Genesis Essentia, an all-electric performance concept with a transparent hood and a completely retro-futuristic bubble roof. The luxury brand owned by Hyundai is certainly making a statement with its first EV.

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Best curve: Waymo and Jaguar
The news that Waymo would add up to 20,000 Jaguar I-Pace electric SUVs to its fleet of autonomous taxis launched many people on a circuit. I think the editor of The Verge, Michael Zelenko, summed it up best when he told me, "jaguar? … it's weird!" On the surface, yes, something strange. Of all the cars Waymo could have chosen to operate with their Chrysler Pacifica minivans without driver, why the I-Pace? Since its debut in Geneva, car writers have twisted their wrists trying to find new and different ways to compare the I-Pace with the Tesla Model X (see below). But before he could get to the dealership, Jaguar already made a multi-million dollar deal with Waymo. The Alphabet company is clearly attracted to automakers that do not have an autonomous vehicle program, as we saw earlier with Fiat Chrysler. We will learn more in 2020, when these cars are expected to start accumulating up to one million trips per day for the Waymo travel service that will soon be launched.

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The strangest feature of the technology: DriverFocus of Subaru Forester
I think it's safe to say that the Subaru Forester is probably the last car in which I would have expected to have something cutting edge like facial recognition technology. The Japanese automaker is known for its reliability and resale value, but it is hardly its acceptance of fashion technology. Which made it surprising to hear that the new Forester would have a new feature for the brand called DriverFocus. Subaru describes it as a "driver monitoring system that uses facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction." The feature, which the automaker claims is the first in the segment, can recognize up to five drivers and remember their pre-set preferences for seat position, weather and information and entertainment. There is no detail about which company Subaru is supplying with biometric technology, but we hope to see more automakers installing this type of gadget in their effort to reduce traffic accidents.

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Most likely to be included in a selfie with actors hired to play millennials: the VW Tanoak truck concept
It is the unfortunate staple of auto shows that automakers feel compelled to produce live versions of their commercials when they reveal their new models. Let's take Volkswagen: the German car giant had four actors dressed outdoors and the millenium generation was driving their new Atlas Tanoak truck on stage and then taking a selfie in front of him. One wore a fishing vest covered with hooks and lures. Another had a bicycle helmet, but no bicycle. I can not say for sure, but they may have been the same actors who introduced the Toyota FT-4X in the auto show last year. VW has not said if he plans to produce the Tanoak, so this little Kabuki theater may be the closest thing to the millennial generation, real or fake.

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More generous with its semi-autonomous technology: Nissan
The latest redesign of the Nissan Altima includes an unexpected and welcome gift: ProPilot Assist, the semi-autonomous driver assistance system of the automaker. Nissan has not yet announced Altima prices, but it is likely to start in the low range of $ 20,000. Compare that to the Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise (around $ 71,300) or with a Tesla Model S with automatic pilot (around $ 77,500), and you can see why Nissan deserves your attention. It's a separate question about whether ProPilot Assist can measure up to Super Cruise or Autopilot, which sets the bar high enough for driver assistance systems. But Nissan's commitment to making its technology available at a fraction of the price of those luxury car manufacturers is really a big problem.

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Stingy with semiautonomous technology: Cadillac
The new Cadillac XT4 SUV has a lot to offer, but unfortunately its biggest disadvantage comes from something missing: the car's excellent Super Cruise driver assistance system. Cadillac does not even offer the system on the CT6 V-Sport, it is also displayed at this year's show. While the V-Sport has more to do with power and a more aggressive personality, it is also likely to be the most expensive version of the CT6. Should not it mean that you have all the options available in that car? A spokesman said it was due to "packaged" problems that Super Cruise was not available in any of the models, but that is an unsatisfactory response. For a company that wants to be at the forefront of autonomy, GM is certainly being Scrooge-ish with its technology.

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Most likely you'll keep Elon Musk awake at night: Jaguar I-Pace
Let's be honest: there are no signs that any other automotive company that makes an EV at this time has the same kind of cultural memory as Tesla. But this is the year that Tesla will begin to face real and comparable competition in space, and it all starts with the I-Pace. It's fast, it has rank, and it's cheaper than anything Tesla sells. In Geneva, between a show full of wild concepts, the I-Pace almost felt intangible. But the American electric SUV debut made the threat even more real, especially because Jaguar also announced a team with Waymo to compete with companies like Tesla for full autonomy.

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