2013 New York International Auto Show Report: Volkswagen Golf Declared 2013 World Car of the Year

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de'Silva poses for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de’Silva poses for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de'Silva accepts the award for the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de’Silva accepts the award for the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

The Volkswagen Golf was declared the 2013 World Car of the Year by the World Car Awards at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation

World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year trophies sit on a table before the awards are given out at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year trophies sit on a table before the awards are given out at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Jurors pose for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf after it was named the World Car of the Year during the World Car Awards press conference at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Jurors pose for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf after it was named the World Car of the Year during the World Car Awards press conference at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

This is the second consecutive year that Volkswagen has won the prestigious World Car of the Year title and the fourth time since 2009.  The Volkswagen Up! won in 2012, the Volkswagen Polo in 2010, and the Volkswagen Golf VI in 2009.

The Volkswagen Golf was chosen from an initial entry list of forty-two new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then four finalists:  the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, the combined entry Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 / GT 86, and the Volkswagen Golf. Continue reading

And Now There Is One…. Tesla Model S Declared 2013 World Green Car

At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation, the Tesla Model S was declared the 2013 World Green Car.

The World Green Car finalists are on display at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

The World Green Car finalists are on display at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

The Tesla Model S was chosen from an initial entry list of twenty-one new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then three finalists:  the Tesla Model S, the Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.

The success of Model S is a critical step towards the widespread adoption of sustainable transport and we are grateful to the World Car of the Year Jury for the recognition,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors Co-founder and CEO. “Winning the 2013 World Green Car award is great acknowledgment of what Tesla has accomplished with Model S in the last four years.”

Tesla communications manager Katrina Schira, left, and vice-president of communications Sarah Meron, right, pose for a photo with the Tesla Model S after it has been named World Green Car of theYear at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Tesla communications manager Katrina Schira, left, and vice-president of communications Sarah Meron, right, pose for a photo with the Tesla Model S after it has been named World Green Car of theYear at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Vice-President of Communications Sarah Meron, left, poses for with Jens Meiners, right, of the World Car Steering Committee Director after the Tesla Model S has been named World Green Car of the Year at the World Car Awards press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Vice-President of Communications Sarah Meron, left, poses for with Jens Meiners, right, of the World Car Steering Committee Director after the Tesla Model S has been named World Green Car of the Year at the World Car Awards press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

The World Green Car Award is presented by Bridgestone Corporation (Japan) Mike Martini, President, Original Equipment, U.S. & Canada Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations said, “We are very pleased and honored to sponsor the 2013 World Green Car award.  The environment is everyone’s responsibility. And throughout our global family of companies, we take this responsibility very seriously.  We believe it is our mission to serve society with superior quality.Continue reading

2013 New York International Auto Show Report: And Now There Is One…Jaguar F-TYPE Declared 2013 World Car Design of the Year

World Car Awards director John McCormick opens the envelope to announce that the Jaguar F-Type is the winner 2013 World Car Design of the Year at the 2013 World Car Awards press conference on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

World Car Awards director John McCormick opens the envelope to announce that the Jaguar F-Type is the winner 2013 World Car Design of the Year at the 2013 World Car Awards press conference on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

At a press conference on March 28th  hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation, the Jaguar F-Type was declared the 2013 World Car Design of the Year.

The Jaguar F-Type, which has been newly named the 2013 World Car Design of the Year, is on display at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

The Jaguar F-Type, which has been newly named the 2013 World Car Design of the Year, is on display at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Jaguar production studio director, left, and global brand director Adrian Hallmark, right, pose for a photo at the New York International Auto Show with the Jaguar F-Type after it was newly named the 2013 World Car Design of the Year at the 2013 World Car Awards press conference on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Jaguar production studio director, left, and global brand director Adrian Hallmark, right, pose for a photo at the New York International Auto Show with the Jaguar F-Type after it was newly named the 2013 World Car Design of the Year at the 2013 World Car Awards press conference on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said: “No design project has given me greater pleasure than the creation of the F-TYPE. It’s a project I’ve looked forward to from the moment I joined Jaguar, and it’s one that’s given my team and I great satisfaction. The F-TYPE is a sports car that is true to Jaguar’s design values – beauty of line and purity of form – and I’m honoured that the World Car of the Year Design jury has recognised our work with this award.”

The World Car Design of the Year category, and the corresponding award, is meant to highlight new vehicles with innovation and style that push established boundaries. Continue reading

2013 New York International Auto Show Report: Porsche Boxster/Cayman Declared 2013 World Performance Car

World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year trophies sit on a table before the awards are given out at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year trophies sit on a table before the awards are given out at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

At a press conference hosted by the 2013 New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation, the Porsche Boxster/Cayman was declared the 2013 World Performance Car.

President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Detlev von Platen holds the trophy for the World Performance Car as he poses for a photo with jurors following the World Car Awards press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Detlev von Platen holds the trophy for the World Performance Car as he poses for a photo with jurors following the World Car Awards press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Detlev von Platen poses for a photo as he accepts the World Performance Car of the Year award for the Porsche Boxster / Cayman at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Detlev von Platen poses for a photo as he accepts the World Performance Car of the Year award for the Porsche Boxster / Cayman at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Detlev von Platen speaks as he accepts the award for the World Performance Car of the Year for the Porsche Boxster / Cayman at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Detlev von Platen speaks as he accepts the award for the World Performance Car of the Year for the Porsche Boxster / Cayman at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

This is the second consecutive year that Porsche has won the prestigious World Performance Car title and the third overall.  The Porsche 911 won last year’s award and the Porsche Cayman won the inaugural World Performance Car award in 2006. Continue reading

2013 New York International Auto Show Report: Mitsubishi Unveils Highly Fuel-Efficient All-New 2014 Mirage, Details Upcoming Outlander PHEV at the 2013 New York Auto Show

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) has unveiled a remarkably fuel-efficient all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-Door Subcompact at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (www.autoshowny.com, March 29 – April 7 at the Jacob Javits  Convention Center on the West Side Highway in Manhattan) that is expected to arrive at Mitsubishi Motors dealers later this fall. Mitsubishi Motors also announced pricing information on the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander compact CUV (arriving in dealerships this June) at the show, along with demonstrating a detailed full-scale cutaway model of the upcoming eco-friendly Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle).

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. has unveiled the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door subcompact at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (Courtesy of MMNA, Inc.)

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. has unveiled the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door subcompact at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (Courtesy of MMNA, Inc.)

In 1900, the New York International Automobile Show became North America’s first automotive exhibition. For over one hundred years, through depression, war, boom-time, oil crisis, recession and growth, it has continued its pioneering tradition of bringing new and innovative ideas to a national and world stage. In the last decade, the Show has boosted the number of new vehicle announcements, broken attendance figures, and increased media attention to extraordinary levels.

Combined with the City’s energy, and the fact that metro New York is one of the nation’s largest markets for new car and truck sales, the Show is now one of the most important automotive events in the world. In addition to its place as one of the world’s greatest public shows, NYIAS has expanded its range of world-class trade and industry events. Today, nearly 100 individual events, conferences, industry forums, symposiums, award ceremonies, roundtables, and parties take place during the Show’s press preview week – in addition to the more than two dozen press conferences hosted by the automakers.

No other event brings the business, consumer and lifestyle press, Wall Street’s financial community, the marketing and advertisers of Madison Avenue, and the nation’s largest and most diverse metropolitan population together in such a unique way.

The Show offers virtually every make and model vehicle sold in the U.S. under one roof giving consumers the unique opportunity to see everything the auto industry has to offer. From fuel-sipping economy cars to million dollar supercars, NYIAS has something for everyone. Continue reading

Culinary Superstars To Host Crystal’s Extravagant Ultimate Wine Dinners In Europe

Celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Winemaking Royalty Bo & Heidi Barrett to Host Once-in-a-Lifetime Vintage Room Menus

In the “ultimate” dinner parties at sea, award-winning Napa Valley vintners Bo and Heidi Barrett and multiple Michelin star-winning Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa are each hosting one of Crystal Cruises2013 Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners, all for the first time ever.  Just 12 to 14 guests (per event) have the opportunity to attend one of the exclusive seven-course, ultra-rare wine-pairing feasts, either while sailing a Mediterranean cruise aboard Crystal Serenity (starting May 18) or the Black Sea aboard Crystal Symphony (departing July 13), respectively.  Held in the ships’ private Vintage Rooms just once or twice a year, the “dinner tab” to attend is $1,000 per guest.

Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Hosts will be on-hand to oversee preparations and enlighten guests on their menu choices–

Bo and Heidi Barrett (May 18, Istanbul to Barcelona): Between Bo’s Chateau Montelena–the winery whose 1976 Judgment of Paris Chardonnay win was depicted in the recent film, Bottle Shock–and Heidi’s award-winning “cult” 1992 Screaming Eagle, this Napa couple is largely credited for putting California wines on the map. They will be personally selecting each vintage served for the evening.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa (July 13, Rome to Istanbul): The mastermind behind a culinary empire, including Crystal’s Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, will be creating his first-ever “ultimate” meal for Crystal, accompanied by extraordinary rare wine and champagne pairings. Nobu will also hold autograph sessions, cooking classes, and larger omakase dinners throughout the sailing.

“The Ultimate Vintage Room dinners allow us to push the culinary envelope over the top, with each event truly a once-in-a-lifetime affair created just for Crystal guests,” says Toni Neumeister, Vice President, Food and Beverage Operations.  “This year’s dinners may be our most exciting ever, with culinary superstars who tend to be as impossible to get as the wines themselves.”

Both 12-day voyages boast equally exceptional itineraries, with the May 18 sailing overnighting in Monte Carlo during the Grand Prix, in addition to overnights in Istanbul and Barcelona and visits to Mykonos, Santorini/Thíra, Sorrento, Bonifacio/Corsica and Florence/Livorno.  The July 13 Black Sea voyage explores Rome/Civitavecchia, Sorrento, Sicily/Taormina, Contanza, Yalta and Sochi, with overnights in Odessa and Istanbul.  When booked by April 30, all-inclusive cruise fares start at $4,790 and $5,510, respectively.  Cruising guests may book the Ultimate Vintage Room by calling the On Board Guest Services department in Crystal’s Los Angeles office.