By Sydnie Coleman, Auto Show Global (Photos by Jonathan Morales, Auto Show Global)
We traveled to New York City for the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) last week and, as always, there’s lots to see in the Big Apple. After the Lion King, the Statue of Liberty, and a emotionally moving tour of the 9/11 Memorial, we made our way to the Javits Center on the west side of the island.
The spacious convention center allowed for test tracks in the lower level for ride-a-longs in FCA vehicles. Outside, cars and trucks were displayed, with fashionable experts on hand to answer any questions.
Inside, NYIAS boasted some crowd-pleasing exhibits, such as an awesome Trans Am display, featuring three intricately designed models — including the Bandit edition — that stayed true to their original roots with a nostalgic throwback feel.
As seen at other shows this year, the automotive manufacturers found creative ways to incorporate social media into their showcases. Chevy’s team utilized selfie sticks and iPads to allow media to take “selfies” with the vehicles and then easily post to Facebook, Twitter, or send via text or email. The photos, when sent, also included links to information and specifications about the particular vehicle or Chevy’s entire line.
And, of course, there were the reveals, including the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL 1, 2017 Acura MDX, 2017 Chrysler 300S with an all-new Appearance Package, 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (we forget about that brand being from the Midwest), 2017 Subaru Impreza, 2017 Kia Cadenza, 2017 Nissan Titan, the new Mercedes GLC43 AMG and many more (see gallery). Of course, the big talk of the show, which never made it to the show floor but still made a big buzz, was the Lincoln Navigator Concept. I was disappointed that it was not on the show floor during media days. Maybe we’ll see it at the next big show. Alfa Romeo had a beautiful full-color book dedicated to their stylish new Giulia models,.
After all of the excitement, our photographer and I took a break in the sleek Cadillac lounge, decorated with pristine white chairs and couches, and an open bar serving small plates, beer, wine, and other beverages.
As we looked around we reflected on the similarities and differences between NYIAS and the other shows we have covered this year. NYIAS definitely has its own swag and personality that makes it uniquely chic. We weren’t disappointed!
Public days for the 2016 New York International Auto Show run through Sunday, April 3. For ticket information, go to www.autoshowny.com.