2019 New England International Auto Show

The 2019 New England International Auto Show kicked off today with media presentations from Toyota, Honda and FCA.

Toyota provided an overview of the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid, the 2019 Prius AWD-e and the 2020 Corolla.

Alex Darling, Toyota Vehicle Product Training Specialist talks about the 2019 RAV4.

Now in its fifth generation, the 2019 RAV4 features an entirely reimagined design, enhanced performance and fuel efficiency thanks to the implementation of the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and two new powertrains.

Toyota Vehicle Product Training Specialist, Kristi Pourmousa explains the features of the 2019 Prius AWD-e and 2020 Corolla.

Boasting an estimated 52 mpg in the city, the new Prius AWD-e is one of the most fuel-efficient AWD-equipped vehicles in America, now allowing for more adventures outside of the city. The new AWD-e system (“e” stands for electric), provides additional traction in certain conditions including inclement weather, snow or rain, giving drivers the confidence to expand their horizons.

Next up was Honda, who engaged the media crowd with the Northeast debut of the all new 2019 Honda Passport. Carl Pulley, Assistant Manager, National Honda Public Relations detailed the adventure-ready all-new 5-passenger SUV on display at the show.

Carl Pulley, Assistant Manager, National Honda Public Relations detailed the adventure-ready all-new 2019 Passport.

Going on sale early this year, Passport promises to provide a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road adventure capability along with best-in-class interior space.

2019 Honda Passport Makes Northeast Debut

Honda said:

  • Passport provides a unique blend of on- and off-road prowess with exceptional occupant and cargo hauling capability
  • 280-horsepower V6 and available sophisticated all-wheel drive system give Passport robust towing and off-road capabilities
  •  Standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive tech on all trims
  • Passport is well equipped for towing, with 3,500-pound capacity on front-wheel drive models and 5,000 pounds on all-wheel drive models when both are equipped with the optional towing package
  •  Multiple accessory options to personalize Passport ownership

For more information visit: https://hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/passport-press-releases/releases/2019-honda-passport-makes-world-debut-adventure-ready-all-new-5-passenger-suv-on-display-at-2018-los-angeles-auto-show

Wrapping up the press conferences, FCA hosted two – first was the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator followed by Ram Heavy Duty.

Brandon Girmus gave a deep dive into the all new 2020 Jeep Gladiator that they are calling the most capable midsize truck ever. He explained that “The new Gladiator builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility, best-in-class towing and 4×4 payload, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features.”

For more information go to: http://media.fcanorthamerica.com/newsrelease.do?id=20427&mid=4

Brandon Girmus, Gladiator Brand Manager enthusiastically details the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

Jim Morrison, head of Ram Brands touted the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty as the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. and a payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. Its torque rating is 1000 lb.-ft. from a Cummins I-6 Turbo Diesel engine.

Jim Morrison, Head of Ram Brands prepares to show off the Ram Heavy Duty.

Morrison said the new Ram Heavy Duty also sets benchmarks in ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation and technology extending well past any competitive offerings.

For more information, visit: http://media.fcanorthamerica.com/newsrelease.do?id=20518&mid=69

Also spotted at the auto show were former NEMPA President Craig Fitzgerald and current NEMPA President John Paul solving the problems of the world.

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