New York, the new rides are in.
With more than one million visitors each year checking out cutting-edge displays of the latest, greatest automotive trends, the New York International Automobile Show has long been one of the industry's premiere events. The 112th show, opening Friday and running through May 1 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, boasts an impressive roster of innovative new vehicles and concept cars:
Lotus Evora S and IPS: The trendy British sports car maker will offer the North American premiere of its latest models at the NYIAS. The S (for supercharger) makes use of its 3.5 liter V6 engine to go from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The Telegraph called it "driving nirvana." The IPS (Intelligence Precision Shift) lets you shift between manual paddle shift and automatic drive.
Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet: When Nissan announced this new version of its mid-size SUV, industry observers were perplexed. The Murano CrossCabriolet (pictured above) is the world's first all-wheel drive crossover convertible, blending the seemingly discordant SUV and convertible universes into a single vehicle. Yet reviewers have praised the quirky newbie. Whether it's fated to spur a new trend or fade into obscurity, the CrossCabriolet is a piece of automotive history.
Kia Optima hybrid: Kia makes its way into the U.S. hybrid market with this sedan, which offers a zero-emission, electric drive mode that can take you to speeds topping out at 62 mph and a second gas-electric mode that lets you drive faster. It's but one of many notable environmentally conscious cars, both hybrid and electric, that will be displayed throughout the Javits Center.
All-new Chevrolet Malibu: The eighth-generation version of this General Motors standard is to be the first midsize car sold globally by Chevrolet. Drivers in 100 countries on six continents will have the opportunity to purchase the new Malibu, which features "European-inspired driving characteristics" and "a global family of fuel-efficient and powerful four-cylinder engines," GM said in a press release.
Hyundai Curb/Cadillac Urban: New Yorkers should pay special attention to these concept cars, two of the many not-yet-produced roadsters centered on groundbreaking design concepts that will be featured at the NYIAS. Both Hyundai's Curb and Cadillac's Urban are geared toward city residents who need their vehicles to cram as much as possible into a compact space, with driving features that are ideally suited to stop-and-go traffic and crowded streets.
The New York International Auto Show
April 22-May 1 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. at Eleventh Ave. (A,C,E to 34th St.-Penn Station)
Hours: Mon-Sat.: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun.: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tickets: $14 adults, $4 children under 12, $2 off for groups of 10 or more; available at door or online at autoshowny.com