Automakers took the opportunity to unveil dozens of new cars at the New York International Auto Show, which has opened to the public. More than 1 million car shoppers and auto enthusiasts will wind their way through 846,000 square feet at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in the Big Apple to view the dazzling array of horsepower.
The 2013 New York International Auto Show, which runs through April 7, features more than 1,000 cars on display, including dozens of cars that are being shown in the U.S. (or in some cases, the world) for the first time. New-car debuts include redesigned versions of the Acura MDX, Cadillac CTS, Kia Soul, Toyota Highlander and Volvo S60, while brand-new cars that will be available in the U.S. for the first time include the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid.
You don't need to be ready to buy a new car to enjoy the New York International Auto Show. There are plenty of things for families and car enthusiasts to do as well. Visitors can ride along while an off-road pro traverses a special course created by Camp Jeep, experience one of the latest electric cars, and take in special displays of custom and exotic vehicles, such as the Gartel art cars. Families will have fun checking out video games and racing simulators as well as superhero cars and even a bicycle course.
Have you been to an auto show? What was your experience? Are you looking for a redesigned model?
Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.