2014 New York Auto Show emerges as one of the most important in the world – New York Daily News

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

	A glimpse from the floor of the 2013 New York International Auto Shwo. The 2014 show opens to the public on April 18 at the Javits Center.

A glimpse from the floor of the 2013 New York International Auto Shwo. The 2014 show opens to the public on April 18 at the Javits Center.

The 2014 New York International Auto Show is shaping up to be the best one ever.

Several automakers are using the show to introduce significant new 2015 models, such as the revised Ford Focus, the redesigned Hyundai Sonata, and the revamped Toyota Camry. In fact, once the curtain closes on this year’s New York Auto Show, it might prove to have been the biggest and most significant North American auto show of the year in terms of new model debuts.

That’s a very big deal, and marks a dramatic shift in the automotive landscape. It used to be that Detroit held ‘The Really Big and Important Auto Show’ in North America. Lately, though, Los Angeles and New York have been rising from their positions as supporting cast members to become major events in their own right.

How is New York City, with its endless concrete canyons and rivers of yellow cabs, becoming a focal point for the auto industry? Manhattan dwellers don’t need personal transportation, and many people commuting in from the closer boroughs have trouble justifying the expense of owning, maintaining, and parking their own cars.

But within a subway ride from the bright lights of Times Square, car ownership goes from a luxury, to a real necessity. Car ownership in Long Island, for example, exceeds 80-percent. Beyond this, New York City is the epicenter of one of the most densely populated regions in America.

That’s why car companies from around the world are drawn to the annual New York International Auto Show at Jacob Javits Center. Show organizers also recognize the city’s global appeal, and have been working overtime to make the NYIAS a bigger, better, and brighter beacon for the car world.

That’s great for car companies with vehicles to sell, but you’re probably wondering what the average show-goer gets out of this deal? What’s really the point of going to an auto show?

Well, there’s a ton of cars, for starters. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, the NY Auto Show parks at least one example of every make and model on the show-floor, giving you the opportunity to poke and to prod each car, truck, and SUV on your list of contenders. Instead of schlepping from one dealership to the next, you get every model under a single climate-controlled roof.

You can check out the latest safety and infotainment technologies, and participate in demonstrations designed to teach you exactly how they work. If you’re so inclined, you can sign up to receive more information about the models that most interest you, or, if you’re close to making a decision, even speak to a sales representative about what a deal could look like.

Automakers will also use the New York Auto Show to promote new products, and to try out cutting-edge ideas and designs. If you ever wondered why car companies build concept cars that they never intend to produce, that’s the point. Concepts are designed to test the waters, to demonstrate capabilities, and to provide a vision of what the future might look like.

If you’re looking for something less outrageous – something that might actually wind up in your driveway – this year’s New York Auto Show is going to showcase some seriously vital production cars and trucks. Given the list of heavy-hitting debuts at the New York Auto Show, it’s clear to see that automakers view the Big Apple as the perfect place to introduce hot new models.

Click through below to see some of this year’s major highlights

	Acura unveiled its new TLX prototype on Tuesday at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Replacing the existing TSX and TL models, the new Acura TLX is a midsize luxury sports sedan offered with available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.

2015 bmw 4 series gran coupeBMW

Sleeker and sexier than a 3 Series sedan, the new 4 Series Gran Coupe has the potential to become a huge hit.

2015 bmw m4 convertibleBMW

The new BMW M4 Convertible delivers sun-drenched performance for four people, effectively replacing the old M3 Convertible in BMW’s lineup.

2015 BMW X4 bmw

Based on the BMW X3, this new crossover SUV features fastback styling, more standard equipment, and a higher price tag than the X3.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible is making its official debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center.Chevrolet

Historically, the Corvette Z06 has been sold only as a coupe. Those days are over.

2015 chevrolet cruzeGeneral Motors

Chevrolet is revamping the oldest car in its lineup, and arguably one of the most important.

2014 Dodge ChallengerDodge

A rolling example of classic American muscle, the Dodge Challenger, pictured here in the 2014 model year, will be updated and upgraded for 2015.

2014 dodge chargerdodge

A new Charger is coming soon to a dealership near you, and Dodge is keeping a tight lid on the details until the auto show starts.

2015 ford focusFord

New styling, new technology, and a new engine promising class-leading fuel economy summarize the changes to the Ford Focus, the best-selling nameplate in the world.

	Hyundai unveiled its 2015 Sonata mid-size sedan in Seoul.

Making its first appearance in America, the redesigned 2015 Sonata loses some of the current model’s style and sensuality.

Jeep Renegade debut at 2014 Geneva Motor ShowNick Kurczewski

This new compact and affordable Jeep model debuted in Geneva, and is shown in the U.S. for the first time at the New York Auto Show.

2015 nissan muranoNissan

This redesigned 5-passenger, midsize crossover SUV is expected to introduce a new styling direction for all future Nissan models.

2014 subaru outbackSubaru

Subaru’s popular 5-passenger midsize crossover SUV, seen here in the 2014 mode year, is redesigned for 2015, and boasts better fuel economy and improved safety in a better-looking package.

2014 toyota camryToyota

More than a simple mid-life refresh, the new 2015 Camry is substantially upgraded in a bid to retain its status as the best-selling car in America.c

	The new Volkswagen Golf SportWagen will debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

The car formerly known as the Jetta SportWagen is redesigned, and gets a new name. Makes sense, since the current version is really a Golf wearing the wrong nametag.



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