The 2008 New York Auto Show press preview is in the books, and now it's the public's turn to roam the floor in the Javits Center. After thinking things over, we thought we'd put together a video of our top five most significant introductions from the show. New York served as a launching pad for exciting new vehicles like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Saleen S5S Raptor, so there were some winners to choose from. Click play on the video above to see our picks for the most significant debuts, and follow the jump to check out the high-res shots from the show floor and place your vote for which ride you think deserves the number one spot.








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      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 6 Years Ago
      What about the Maxima?
        Jon Russell
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you kidding me? The Maxima is absolutely horrible... Have you seen those headlights?? Its good to try different stuff, as long as you succeed
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have to agree with Maxima, the designers of the new Maxima must have sat around for hours asking each other "What can we do that is different", Oh I know said one, lets make these headlights look like paint splatters.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As far as the most significant, I have to go with the Kizashi. Since it's basically production-ready we'll probably see it in a couple of years, and it has the potential to put Suzuki on the map as a serious contender. It's not exactly my favorite, but I definitely think it's the most significant. Genesis Coupe would probably be a (very) close second.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I see that some people here associate branding more with being "interesting" than the actual PRODUCT.

      I don't give a rat's ass about who makes something, as long as that something is good. IMO, the Genesis coupe, for what it is and what it will bring, is good.

      I guess it just goes to show why brand equity is so valued.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That would be the 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T and SE of course
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Kia Koup may be most dramatic.

      290 hp, 2.0T, for maybe 20k...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's obviously the Genesis coupe, the impact this car will have is major. RWD, Turbo or 300Hp and manual trans, all around $25K. This car effects far more people with its perfomance and price than any other debut at the show.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry I don't agree. The Hyundai Genesis is a big let down for me. it doesn't look as edgy, as crisp as it did in concept stage where it really sang. The production Genesis looks like a Hyundai Tuscan on steriods - a big let down.

        I sure hope Suzuki can bring the K3 concept to production without loosing any of it's cutting edge design.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That sagging rear window is horriffic, how in hell did a ligitimate designer ever conclude that was a good line. It will date this car from the begining by growing old and tiresome, kind of like a can of tuna that's been opened and l left on the counter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Genesis coupe has the potential to be a great car. But unless you need 2 tiny rear seats, the Solstice coupe is just as appealing, probably more appealing.

      Where is the G8 sport truck (El Grandprixo)...or was that introduced at a previous show?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Genesis and Solstice both have tiny rear seats. They are both "4-seat 2-seaters". Their rear seats aren't really meant for adults. Think of their rear seats as a padded parcel shelf. No one in the market for either car is considering the comfort of passengers 3 and 4, very highly on their lists.

        The G8 Sports Truck "never actually went away in Australia":
        http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/15/new-york-08-preview-2010-pontiac-sports-truck-gm-wants-you-to/
        So it's only "new" to us/US. It is significant, though. I'll give you that. It'll be the most driveable truck in the country! (for the record, I don't understand El Caminos)
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      Most significant? Genesis Coupe
      It's a image changing product that can bring Hyundai to the level of imports like Mazda, VW, and Nissan. Not Toyota or Honda quite yet. The next generation of mainstream bread and butter product Azera, Sonata, etc will have to do that.

      My Favorite and where my $0.02 would be going? Solstice Coupe just plain beautiful
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gen Coupe
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hyundai, Kia, Suzuki...

      Uggh.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with ya' Chris......Urgh indeed
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hyundai Genesis or the Suzuki K3? I'm kind of torn between the two. I'll go with the Hyundai for now, it's hard to pass up a 300 horse AWD sedan that looks so damn good!
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