New York City might seem one of the most car-hostile environments on the planet, but it really isn't. Take the city's annual auto show as irrefutable proof of the opposite: New Yorkers love cars so much, they'll endure a subway ride to get to the Jacob Javits Convention Center to see cars they can't even drive.
Half of New Yorkers may not even own a car, but the annual New York International Auto Show is one of the best-attended in the country, and one of the oldest. And again this year, it's one of the most important events on the automotive calendar, with more mass-market reveals and global introductions than even the Detroit Auto Show held just a few months ago.
Next week, the Internet Brands Automotive team will be on site to tell you more about the big news from Javits--in words, pictures, video, and social media. This week, we're channeling our crystal ball to show you exactly what to expect as the curtains pull back during the show's press days starting Monday. It's a half-week jammed with dozens of press conferences, industry forums, symposiums, and award ceremonies.
The deluge has already begun with previews, sneek peeks, and teasers. Stay with us as we cover the show before and after by bookmarking our auto show pages at 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.
Meanwhile, these are the most important new vehicles we'll be bringing you from New York:
2016 Cadillac CT6 in new spot ‘The Daring: No Regrets’Enlarge Photo
Shown briefly in ads aired during this year's Super Bowl, the Cadillac CT6 is the GM brand's first real shot at global full-size luxury sedans like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. It will pack a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine good for 400 horsepower, and Cadillac says it's the only twin-turbo V-6 engine in the world with both cylinder deactivation and stop-start. The CT6 debuts a new naming system at Cadillac, and also a new normally aspirated V-6. The new 3.6-liter will be rated at 335 horsepower, and like the twin-turbo six, will be paired to an eight-speed automatic. The CT6 is due late this year; there's no word on the plug-in hybrid powertrain suggested last year by GM product development chief Mark Reuss.
Teaser for 2016 Chevrolet Malibu debuting at 2015 New York Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
After just three model years on sale, the Chevy Malibu gets a complete redo for the 2016 model year. The new family sedan bows in New York with a new profile, and rides on a new version of GM's mid-size Epsilon architecture, dubbed E2. The uprated Malibu promises to deliver more safety and space than the previous Malibu--up to four inches more in cabin space--while it weighs some 300 pounds less, thanks to extensive use of high-strength steel. We know more, but we'll only be able to share it next week as the wraps come off the Malibu on the Javits Center floor.
2016 Chevrolet Spark teaserEnlarge Photo
The Chevrolet Spark is one of the smallest vehicles sold in the U.S., and it's one of the most pleasant to drive, too. We expect that to carry over as Chevy issues a new Spark for the 2016 model year. The Spark will make its New York show debut, but details are slim as of now. What is known, is that the new Spark won't carry over its electric-car EV edition. That battery-powered car will continue in its current form until Chevrolet introduces its new Bolt electric car, just unveiled in January in Detroit.