The New York International Auto Show is a sure sign of spring. Car makers from around the world show off new models and put their best on display at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from April 6th until April 15th.
Here is a brief guide to this year’s show:
- If you haven’t been to the Javits Center since last year, be aware there is construction in the area and your favorite spot to park may be different. Once you get in the building, they’ve done a great job in keeping the inconvenience to a minimum. You’ll barely notice the construction areas.
- When you go in the main entrance, make a quick stop at the Terrafugia, a plane that drives. It’s interesting and they are doing demonstrations of the wings folding and unfolding.
- High on your list of cars to see should be the SRT Viper. This was the hit on press days. It’s long, low and fast. And if you need more speed, there’s a version that’s faster and lighter. You’ll find it in the SRT area along with the Charger, Challenger and Grand Cherokee SRT models.
- Nissan is showing off the new New York Cab. It will start replacing those ever present Crown Victorias within the next year or so. It features more headroom, USB charging stations, a flat floor, and other conveniences.
- Honda is showing off an Accord Coupe concept. Honda doesn’t really make concept cars, so what you see here will be on showroom floors soon enough. It’s got a refreshed face and rear. Honda also has a simulator to help you improve your efficient driving skills.
- Out in the North Hall, GM has taken over the room again this year with Cadillac right upfront. Cadillac is offering small cars, the new ATS, big cars with the new XTS and even bigger, with the popular Escalade.
- Buick has snuck their new compact CUV, the Encore, on to the stand.
- And Chevy has the new Impala. It’s great redesign and gives a new life to a car that’s previous highlight was being the nondescript vehicle at the beginning of last year’s movie, Drive.
- Over in the Lincoln exhibit, take a look at the new MKZ and it’s very cool moonroof. The car represents the first salvo in a reinvention of the Lincoln brand according to Ford. They say they’ll not only have great products but a unique customer concierge experience both in the showroom and online.
- On the lower level of the convention center is where the truck lovers will be in their happy place. Check out the full size trucks to smaller SUVs like the new Ford Escape.
- Also here is a chance to take a ride in an electric car, like the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf.