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2014 Honda Odyssey: A minivan with built-in vacuum

A Honda Motor Co. representative demonstrates the vacuum

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So staid is the minivan sector that the term “world premiere,” and the excitement it connotes, is practically inapplicable to a new minivan. Even moreso when it applies to Honda, whose vehicles already border on ubiquity.

But the Japanese automaker managed to bring some buzz to the New York Auto Show last week when it unveiled its revamped 2014 Odyssey minivan. The family vehicle comes with...

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New York auto show: Ford Atlas hints at future of pickups

The Ford Atlas concept, which hints at the

(Credit: Adam Fusfeld)

Light trucks are relegated to undercard status at the New York auto show. Yes, they’re given exhibit space, but it’s on the bottom floor, tucked beneath the luxury vehicles and best-sellers on the Javits Center’s main level and coupled with other so-called “specialty vehicles.”

But those brave enough to venture downstairs are greeted right at the entrance by one of the more exciting concept...

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Families in focus during 2013 New York Auto Show

Visitors to the 2013 New York International Auto

(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Don’t be alarmed as you notice SpongeBob SquarePants and built-in vehicle vacuums taking precedence over engine cylinders and transmissions at the New York Auto Show. It’s all part of car manufacturers’ renewed focus on the family car buyer.

Toyota, Honda, BMW, Chrysler Group and General Motors all took the 2013 New York International Auto Show as a chance to appeal to family-oriented consumers...

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Prepare to hear about diesel at the New York Auto Show

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with an

(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

If you’re heading to the New York Auto Show this week, you might be surprised by how far the word “diesel” has traveled around the exhibits. Once reserved almost exclusively for the pickup truck show areas, diesel is now being touted enthusiastically at displays of automakers – including Volkswagen, Mazda and BMW – known more for their smaller, sleek vehicles. And it’s not just the foreign brands:...

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Volkswagen Golf nabs New York Auto Show's top honors

The Porsche Cayman, left, and the seventh-generation Volkswagen

(Credit: Adam Fusfeld)

The all-new seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference this morning held in the Jacob K. Javits Center during the 113th annual New York International Auto Show. This year marks the second consecutive one in which Volkswagen took home the top honors. At last year's NYIAS, the German automaker's Up! Mini car nabbed the award.

Volkswagen also...

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Attending the 2013 New York Auto Show: What you need to know

The new Porche 911 GT3 at the 2013

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If all the photos of souped-up sports cars, sleek sedans and thundering trucks are whetting your appetite to attend the New York International Auto Show, don’t fear -- it’s not too late. In fact, our photos and stories all come from the press showings. The show doesn’t open to the public until Friday, March 29.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on going to the show:

What:...

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How the New York auto show gets put together

Mark Schienberg has served as president of the

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This Friday, the New York International Auto Show opens for the 113th time at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. The event features more than 1,000 cars, including 60 making their North American or world debuts.

While the show is open for just ten days, the planning and preparation for it is a year-round process. The show is organized by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association,...

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