New York International Auto Show: Oldest, most celebrated event coming

Written by Car Dekho | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 24 2014, 20:56pm hrs
BMW i8BMW i8 showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, might be new beginning in terms of electric vehicles. (CarDekho)
Generally, the mango people in a particular auto expo do three to four things-they click, they eat, they dance and sometime they sing too, but beyond that auto expo provides an opportunity to witness something that can change the entire automobile sector. For instance, the BMW i8 showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, might be new beginning in terms of electric vehicles. Similarly, the feel of witnessing a concept model that won't be able to make it to the roads for at-least two to three years, is also kind of thrilling. Apart from the glamorous female models and shiny surfaces of a saloon, the expo provides roof for many conferences, media interviews, symposiums and interaction of customer with the designing and manufacturing head of company. When you witness such an event the heart-beat halt for a moment and everything is felt like a dream coming true. There are a lot of concept cars that come out in this event and these very concepts would enable manufacturers to think outside the box and make their final production cars, plunging their way into the future.

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The year starts with the biggest auto show in the whole north America-North American International Auto Show commonly known as Detroit Motor Show followed by the Indian Auto Expo, which though is a biennial event but then too is the largest motor show in Asia and second largest in the world. After the Indian Auto Expo, the focus turns to the beautiful city of Geneva for the Geneva Motor Show where the manufacturers showcase their irresistible coupes and convertibles.

In the month of April, it seems like everything stops in the busy roads of Manhattan as the world witnesses one of the oldest, and one of the most celebrated, irresistible event for automobile lovers. Yes, you guessed it right! Its one and only- The New York International Auto Show. The event started way back in 1900 and it had been strong ever since. Imagine the troubles the world was going through, World Wars, Economic Depression, Countries trying to invade each other, cultural diversities witnessed. None of these were strong enough to cease the impact of this event at a global scale. Mitsubishi, BMW, Audi, Lincoln, Subaru, Jaguar, Jeep, Honda, Ford are among the few. It won't hurt to say that almost every key automobile manufacturer on the face of earth has at some point or another been a regular at the show. This grand event is scheduled to be from April 18th to 27th, the nine day extravaganza will hopefully open doors to many international automobile innovations and successive inspirations.

The platform fulfills all the quintessential requirements of an auto expo - New York International Auto Show was an event the whole world stops to witness. It housed some of the amazing automobiles since time could be recollected. Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mini Cooper Convertible, Hyundai Accent, Audi TT, Chevrolet Beat Concept version, Suzuki SX4, Mercedes Benz E Class, Honda Civic, BMW Z4 and the list keeps going on and on only limited by the data detailing the launches from 1900 to 2013.

When a car comes out it creates enough impact for automaker that it helps them discover new territories where their car might sell better than they thought. For instance, Chevrolet Beat might not be the best car to be sold like hotcakes in US but it certainly proved to be a show-stopper in India. Such details can only be known by observing the world interest during such events.

Talking about this year's preparations, the organizers are already burning midnight oil and are making sure that everything goes well. The show will house some exciting launches, some interesting facelifts and some ground breaking concept cars along with the technologies which will be announced just acting as an icing on the cake. Subaru WRX Concept is expected to have a World Debut while BMW X4 Sports Coupe along with BMW Alpina B6 are supposed to showcased by BMW. Moving on to the concept segment, BMW concept X5 eDrive is also expected to be displayed. The display by the Mazda features Miata, a car whose platform is designed by Alfa Romeo.

Marking the 25 year anniversary of the vehicles launch, 15 historic vehicles by the brand will be put to display. Hondas luxury subsidiary Acura is coming up with the Acura TLX. Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Durango, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima are some of the vehicles whose facelifts are expected to be launched at the mega event.

One thing is sure about the New York International Auto Show is the century old tradition. A belief that only the finest automobiles come out and everyone can get to see what their favorite manufacturer is up to lately. With so many cars coming up and the events they are expected to arrange at the show, this years New York International Auto Show seems to get only better every passing minute. While the environmental friendly automobile design is pulling many major automobile manufacturers towards it gradually, the innovations in this department are also to be waited and watched for.

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