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.

KIDS RULE: FIRST EVER GLOBAL KIDS FASHION WEEK HELD IN LONDON

Global Kids Fashion Week AW13 Media And VIP Show - Arrivals: Alex Theophanous and Alexa Till, Founders of AlexandAlexa.com attends the Global Kids Fashion Week AW13 media and VIP show at The Freemason's Hall on March 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for AlexandAlexa.com)

Global Kids Fashion Week AW13 Media And VIP Show – Arrivals: Alex Theophanous and Alexa Till, Founders of AlexandAlexa.com attends the Global Kids Fashion Week AW13 media and VIP show at The Freemason’s Hall on March 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for AlexandAlexa.com)

Text by Phillip D. Johnson

Images by Dave M. Benett Ian Gavan/Getty Images for AlexandAlexa.com

AlexandAlexa, the global online style destination for kids played the first ever Global Kids’ Fashion Week (GKFW) in London in mid-March 2013. The event, which ran for two days from 19th–20th March 2013 took place at the Freemason’s Hall, Holborn, London. In addition to just plain having fun, Global Kids Fashion Week also aimed to educate and inspire people about Kids’ fashion and to celebrate how this specialist category has thrived and evolved over the past five years.

A general view of atmosphere at the Global Kids Fashion Week AW13 media and VIP show at The Freemason's Hall on March 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for AlexandAlexa.com)

A general view of atmosphere at the Global Kids Fashion Week AW13 media and VIP show at The Freemason’s Hall on March 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for AlexandAlexa.com)

A general view of atmosphere at the Global Kids Fashion Week AW13 media and VIP show at The Freemason's Hall on March 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for AlexandAlexa.com)

A general view of atmosphere at the Global Kids Fashion Week AW13 media and VIP show at The Freemason’s Hall on March 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for AlexandAlexa.com)

AlexandAlexa (www.alexandalexa.com) is the global style destination for kids, offering over 200 premium brands spanning fashion, toys, sports and lifestyle. The site was launched in October 2007 by husband and wife duo Alex Theophanous and Alexa Till. As with most things in life, necessity is the mother of invention. With two children under the age of five, the pair were tired of the stress of family shopping trips. To access the world’s best kids collections without having to hit London’s high street, they created an online shopping destination for parents. Five years on, the company has exceeded all growth expectations and is a true global player with a thriving customer base in over 100 countries. Continue reading

2013 New York International Auto Show Report: Nissan Debuts 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid, NV200 Mobility Taxi at 2013 New York International Auto Show

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid set for late summer, offers 26 mpg fuel economy (estimated combined city/highway), 526-mile driving range

Wheelchair accessible “Mobility Taxi” added to Nissan NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow” program

Custom Nissan NV200 “Gibson Repair & Restoration Van” also on display

After nearly doubling sales of Pathfinder since the October 2012 introduction of an all-new fourth-generation design, Nissan‘s iconic SUV took another major step forward today with the world debut of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid at a press conference at the 2013  New York International Auto Show.

The 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid, the first of several upcoming Nissan hybrid models, is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers in the United States in late summer. Featuring a supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine, 15 kW electric motor and advanced Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch hybrid control system, it will be priced at around $3,000 USD above the standard 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine-powered Pathfinder models.

Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi debuted at 2013 New York International Auto Show.  (PRNewsFoto/Nissan North America)

Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi debuted at 2013 New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Nissan North America)

Also making its New York debut today was the wheelchair accessible version of the Nissan NV200 Taxi, which will become available as part of Nissan’s NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow” Program that rolls out this coming fall. Converted by Indiana-based BraunAbility, the NV200 Mobility Taxi features a rear ramp and an industry-first integrated restraint system that provides safe and quick securing of wheelchairs. The rear ramp access eliminates the need for wheelchair users to cross traffic to enter or exit – an important feature for New York City’s network of one-way streets. The Nissan Mobility Taxi looks and functions like a standard NV200 Taxi until the mobility function is needed.

Said Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Executive Vice President Andy Palmer : “Our mindset at Nissan is to lead the way with innovative solutions to the challenges of modern, sustainable mobility with the goal of reaching 100 percent zero emissions, like the LEAF. That means creating cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles like the Pathfinder Hybrid that serve people on the move, and vehicles like the NV200 Mobility Taxi that offer expanded functionality while keeping a small environmental footprint.Continue reading

MINI PLANT LEADS CELEBRATION OF 100 YEARS OF CAR-MAKING IN OXFORD

British Transport Secretary opens centenary exhibition in new Visitor Centre and views multi-million pound investment for next generation MINI

Today a centenary exhibition was opened in the new Visitor Centre at MINI Plant Oxford by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Harald Krueger, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, to mark this major industrial milestone. One hundred years ago to the day, the first ‘Bullnose’ Morris Oxford was built by William Morris just a few hundred meters from where the modern MINI plant stands.

OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 27: A Bullnose Morris Oxford, the first car to be manufactured by William Morris on 28th March 1913, (L) and a MINI Roadster, the most recent car to enter production in 2012 are displayed to celebrate 100 years of car manufacturing in Oxford on March 27, 2013 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Gettyimages)

OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 27: A Bullnose Morris Oxford, the first car to be manufactured by William Morris on 28th March 1913, (L) and a MINI Roadster, the most recent car to enter production in 2012 are displayed to celebrate 100 years of car manufacturing in Oxford on March 27, 2013 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Gettyimages)

With a weekly production of just 20 vehicles in 1913, the business grew rapidly and over the century 11.65 million cars were produced, bearing 13 different British brands and one Japanese. Almost 500, 000 people have worked at the plant in the past 100 years and in the early 1960s numbers peaked at 28,000. Today, Plant Oxford employs 3,700 associates who manufacture up to 900 MINIs every day. Continue reading