New York City isn't the first place you think of when you think of car lovers. About half its residents don’t even own a car. Still, the city’s annual auto show is one of the most important on the automotive calendar, and it's the oldest in the country.
The first New York Auto Show was held in 1900, seven years before the first one in Detroit, and in the last decade the show has boosted the number of new vehicle announcements, broken attendance figures, and increased media attention to extraordinary levels. This year, New York's show will host the debut of almost 20 new vehicles and a slew of refreshed ones, as well as the usual dose of corporate news.
We’re expecting great things to be on display in the Jacob Javits Convention Center where the event is held--nearly 100 individual press conferences, industry forums, symposiums, award ceremonies, roundtables, and parties will be taking place during the press preview week.
The New York Auto Show opens to the media on Wednesday, March 27, and to the public the following weekend. We'll be on hand to report direct from the show floor, so make sure you're in touch with us every way possible--by bookmarking our auto show pages on The Car Connection, Motor Authority, and Green Car Reports; by following us on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram; and by staying in touch with the latest news on Twitter @carconnection @motorauthority @greencarreports.
In the lead up to next week’s opening press day, let’s take a look at many of the vehicles we know will be making their debut.
2014 Jeep CherokeeEnlarge Photo
2014 Jeep Cherokee: Jeep’s lauded Cherokee nameplate is back, though the vehicle it returns on shares little resemblance with any previous generation of the popular mid-size SUV. That’s because this latest model moves towards true crossover status, adopting the front-wheel-drive Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW) platform found in a variety of vehicles including the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Dodge Dart. The 2014 Cherokee serves as the replacement for the Liberty, and, as we’ve seen, it’s quite capable off the road.
2014 Infiniti QX60 HybridEnlarge Photo
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG: Following the debut of the new CLA Class at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz is now ready to show us the car’s performance variant built by the men and women at AMG. The hot sedan promises to deliver 360 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission helping get that power to the ground. Expect 0-60 mph times under 5.0 seconds and a pricetag under $50k.
2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI, 2013 Geneva Motor ShowEnlarge Photo
2014 BMW 328d: The diesel version of the latest F30 BMW 3-Series sedan will be making its U.S. debut in New York. Fitted with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, the new diesel sedan will generate 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, which BMW says is enough for a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds and fuel economy in excess of 40 mpg. Though it won’t be displayed in New York, word is that the BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon will also receive the diesel option here in the states.