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New cars abound at NY auto show

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Posted: 6 am ET

Unveilings of new and redesigned cars were fast and furious at the recent press days for the 2012 New York International Auto Show. Automakers took the wraps off of more than 20 cars in the last big event of the auto show season. There were new-car introductions to suit every taste that will all be on sale this year.

2013 Dodge Viper

The 2013 Dodge Viper, photo courtesy of Dodge.

Those interested in a sedan will have lots of new choices soon. Among the cars unveiled in New York were redesigns of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, the 2013 Nissan Altima and the 2013 Toyota Avalon, all of which now have been made more upscale. In terms of luxury sedans, showgoers saw the new 2013 Acura RLX (the new name for the Acura RL), which has improved fuel economy, as well as the 2013 Lexus ES and the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, both of which will now add hybrid versions to their lineups.

For those that prefer a higher ride height, there were plenty of redesigned crossovers and SUVs on display including the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, which will now be available in a longer version that seats seven as well as the five seater, as well as the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, an eight seater that features a brand-new styling look for Chevrolet's crossovers, and the 2013 Buick Enclave, which features a new exterior design and a more modern interior.

2013 Toyota Avalon

The 2013 Toyota Avalon, photo courtesy of Toyota.

Those with a need for speed were excited about the launch of Dodge's 2013 SRT Viper, which returns after a three-year hiatus and is powered by a 640 horsepower, V-10 all-aluminum engine, as well as the 2012 BMW M6 Convertible, which returns after a two-year break and is powered by a 560 horsepower V-8, and the 2013 Porsche Boxster, which has been redesigned for a more spacious interior and now features a power top that can be fully raised or lowered while driving up to 31 mph.

These are just a handful of the cars showcased at the New York International Auto Show, which is open to the public through Sunday night at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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.

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