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