Dream cars, luxurious economy at the New York International Auto Show – WABC-TV

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The New York International Auto Show has rolled into Manhattan, and hundreds of thousands of people are expected at the Javits Center to shop for a new ride or just day dream about one.

Foreign or domestic, hardtop or convertible, super economical or super exotic, if you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, the annual auto show is the place to be starting Friday.

And bring a camera, because there are plenty of cars you’ve never seen before.

“There are 26 all-new models that are debuting this year across all model lines,” AAA’s Robert Sinclair said. “So there’s lots of new iron out there to check out.”

Naturally, it’s the high-end performance cars that will get plenty of attention. But the reality for most car-driving commuters is something like the Chevrolet Sonic that will set you back about $16,000.

“Great fuel efficiency, great infotainment technology, the addition of Apple CarPlay and a number of new safety features like lane departure warning,” Chevrolet’s Steven Majoros said. “We know New York traffic can get a little fussy.”

And Sinclair says even economy cars are getting fancier.

“We’re seeing the smaller cars with more luxurious interiors,” he said. “They’re making them nicer. Although it’s an economy car, you’re not going be in an economy space on the interior.”

“Economy” is not a word you would associate with many of the super cars at the auto show, some of which will set you back an arm and a leg and maybe a pair of kidneys. And that still might not be enough.

Perhaps that’s one reason why Porsche unveiled the 718 Boxster, and its hefty $60,000 price tag.

“At Porsche, it’s all about history, it’s all about heritage,” president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Klaus Zellmer said. “Many of our cars actually come from the racetrack, and we convert them into something that is street current…We don’t like to talk price. We like to talk performance.”

The New York International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday.


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