The Best of the 2012 New York Auto Show

At the 2012 New York International Auto Show, a healthier industry moved beyond the trauma of the last several years, rolling out an assortment of new production vehicles, concept cars, and even one flying car. Here are some highlights.

Acura NSX Concept

Acura actually unveiled its gorgeous NSX hybrid supercar concept three months ago in Detroit, but they had it on hand in New York, too, and we can't resist showing it again.Seth Fletcher

Acura RLX

The RLX concept, which had its premiere yesterday in New York, wil be the basis of the production RLX sedan, which arrives next year.Seth Fletcher

2013 BMW X1

BMW calls its miniature crossover SUV an SAV -- a sport activity vehicle. Already on sale elsewhere in the world, the X1 comes to the U.S. this fall.Seth Fletcher

2014 Chevy Impala

When it reaches the market next year, the completely redesigned Chevy Impala, which GM revealed yesterday, will be available with four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as the eAssist mild-hybrid system that GM launched with the Buick Lacrosse.Seth Fletcher

Dodge SRT Viper

Don't call it a Dodge. The new Viper, the star of this year's New York show, is losing the Dodge name, to be called SRT Viper instead. Like its predecessors, it will still be an obnoxiously powerful rear-wheel-drive sports car, with an 8.4-liter V10 that makes 640 horsepower. But word is that this Viper has finally moved beyond the cheap plasticy interior, switching to Ferrari seats and adding other high-end touches.Seth Fletcher

Dodge SRT Viper

Don't call it a Dodge. The new Viper, the star of this year's New York show, is losing the Dodge name, to be called SRT Viper instead. Like its predecessors, it will still be an obnoxiously powerful rear-wheel-drive sports car, with an 8.4-liter V10 that makes 640 horsepower. But word is that this Viper has finally moved beyond the cheap plasticy interior, switching to Ferrari seats and adding other high-end touches.Seth Fletcher

Fisker Karma

Fisker Automotive parked a few of its Karma plug-in hybrids on the show floor. They did not, however, bring the company's next car -- the Atlantic (nee Nina), a mid-size sedan revealed the night before at a party across town.Seth Fletcher

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai's five-passenger Santa Fe Sport arrives this summer, with a larger seven-passenger version to come next January.Seth Fletcher

Lincoln MKZ

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ -- particularly the finally-perfected split-wing grille and the enormous retractable glass roof -- attracted plenty of admiring gazes.Seth Fletcher

Mazda Takeri

Mazda announced yesterday that the attractive Takeri concept car will form the basis for the new 6 sedan, scheduled to arrive next year.Seth Fletcher

Mercedes GL

Mercedes unveiled the redesigned GL class, the automaker's entry in the highly profitable gargantuan-SUV market.Seth Fletcher

Mercedes SL 65

Mercedes also revealed the long and vaguely evil-looking SL65 AMG. A few key stats pretty much say it all: Two seats, 12 cylinders, 738 pound-feet of torque.Seth Fletcher

Nissan Altima

Nissan unveiled a full redesign of its best-selling Altima. "I can't think of two words that excite me less than 'New Altima,'" a fellow show attendee said yesterday. Nonetheless, Nissan will probably sell hundreds of thousands of them, starting this summer.Seth Fletcher

Porsche Cayenne Diesel

The diesel version of Porsche's money-printing Cayenne SUV, which arrives later this year, should get 28 mpg on the highway.Seth Fletcher

Terrafugia Transition

It's now so obvious what every previous auto show has been missing: flying cars. At least one of them. Or, at least, a "street-legal airplane," as Terrafugia Inc. calls the $279,000 Transition, which is scheduled to begin shipping within a year.Seth Fletcher