The new Lincoln in the deepest red you've ever seen on a car this side of the SRT Viper. (Doug Stewart / April 6, 2012)

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.