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.2014 Jeep Cherokee
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.
: 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 Hybrid
: Don’t get too excited. The QX60 isn’t a brand new vehicle from Infiniti but simply its JX crossover renamed under the automaker’s new Q-based naming strategy. A hybrid option for the popular seven-seat crossover is new, however, and promises to be a great option for families looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Under the hood you'll find a 2.5-liter, supercharged four cylinder gasoline engine. Paired with a 15 kilowatt (20 horsepower) electric motor and driving through a continuously variable transmission, net system power is around 250 horsepower.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.2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI
: Even though the new seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has been on sale in Europe for almost a year, the U.S. won’t see the car until early next. The good news is that when it arrives, its GTI performance variant
will also be available. Both vehicles have made their respective debuts in Europe, but this is the first time we’re seeing them on U.S. soil. One major difference between the new models and past generations is that the latest versions will be assembled in Mexico rather than Germany.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.