The 2016 New York International Auto Show: Thousands of People Visit NY to Check Out New Cars and Auto Technology

(Photo: Chase Fendrich)

by Chase Fendrich


The 2016 New York International Auto Show, hosted at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, concluded its ten-day run last Sunday.

Since the opening of the Javits Center in 1986, it has been an ideal venue for events, and the New York International Auto Show has been one of its biggest crowd-pullers since the beginning. The venue takes up nearly 200 million square feet, with most of the show floor covered in cars. The admission cost and show location makes it the ideal event for families and car enthusiasts alike.

Approximately 110 thousand people attended the show each day, with numbers reaching over a million throughout the ten-day course, making it the biggest car show in the United States. Visitors went to the show to see debuting models, concept models, and to also find their next vehicle purchase.

The New York International Auto Show left no man behind, with appearances by all types of vehicles, catering to all tastes. However, the cars that received by far the most attention were performance vehicles and classics.

Figuring out what to do was never a problem at the event. Besides looking at cars, visitors could participate in raffles, games, and my personal favorite, the Jeep off-road simulator.

One could visit the show every year and still leave surprised each time. This year’s show revealed top-of-the-line sports cars that drove gearheads nuts.

Photographing the cars was not only allowed but also encouraged. Guests were allowed to sit in some cars and fiddle with the settings, getting the feel of what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat of some of the most exclusive cars the world has to offer.

The most notable car that made its first public appearance was the Dutch-made Spyker C8 Preliator. Although labeled as a luxury car, the Preliator truly has it all. Speed and handling? That is not a problem with Spyker, which puts in a supercharged 4.2 liter V8 in a sleek, aerodynamic body.

Weighing in at only three thousand pounds, the Preliator undoubtedly puts itself in the supercar category, reaching 60 mph in just a little over three seconds. Spyker makes car enthusiasts drool by being one of the only car manufacturers to offer a manual transmission.

World Car teams up with the New York International Auto Show to reveal their awards winners each year. Attendees flock to the show, anticipating the next winner with bated breath. Coming as a shock to most, the Mazda MX-5 Miata took this year’s award as Car of the Year, fending off fierce competitors such as the Audi A4 and Mercedes GLC-Class.

Other winners included the BMW 7-series as the World Luxury Car, the Audi R8 as the World Performance, and the Toyota Mirai as the World Green Car. Unfortunately for American car enthusiasts, imports showed their dominance at this year’s show.

Visitors were prepared to spend the majority of their day at the show as it would take up to five hours to make way around the whole venue, so comfortable walking shoes are a must, and public transportation is recommended as it is nearly impossible to find parking.

This year’s auto show, as always, was a great start to the countless amount of car shows in the area to follow.

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